Chivas USA Academy: Youth product Anthony Rodriguez signs pro deal with Club Tijuana

Following his brother, Rodriguez is just the latest CUSA Academy player to sign a pro deal with a different team.

Chivas USA Academy player Anthony Rodriguez announced on twitter and instagram on Tuesday that he signed a professional deal with Club Tijuana.

On one hand, the news comes as a surprise, as any time another club swoops in and signs a youth player, it's a surprise. At the same time, Rodriguez's older brother is Stevie Rodriguez, who bolted from CUSA's Academy in 2012 to sign with Xolos, even though the Goats were getting ready to offer him a pro deal. Since one bro's in the system, and is slowly working his way up through the ranks in Mexico, playing most recently for Tijuana's Ascenso MX affiliate Dorados de Sinaloa, it's perhaps not a big surprise his younger brother would join him.

I am a little surprised nobody - player, family, agent, team rep - noticed Rodriguez was wearing a Chivas USA shirt as he was signing his deal (pictured above) with Club Tijuana and told him to either change it or not actually release the photo.

Rodriguez had been featuring for Chivas USA in reserve league games in recent months as a defender.

The signing represents the latest pro prospect in Chivas USA's system to sign a professional deal with another club. In addition to Stevie Rodriguez, Ben Spencer joined Norwegian club Molde, Josh Perez signed a youth pro contract with Italy's Fiorentina, and Bradford Jamieson, part of the exodus of CUSA Academy players following coach Mike Munoz's departure, signed a pro deal with the LA Galaxy in the spring.

Meanwhile, Chivas have signed two Homegrown players in that span - Marky Delgado and Caleb Calvert.

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