Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy traded midfielder Paolo
Cardozo to Chivas USA on Tuesday for defender David Junior Lopes.
L.A. picked Cardozo in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, and he made
17 appearances last season for the MLS Cup champions. Cardozo had nine starts
last season, and started his one appearance for the Galaxy this season.
But with L.A. struggling defensively after the loss of star center back Omar
Gonzalez to an ACL injury, the Galaxy acquired 29-year-old Brazilian Lopes for
22-year-old Uruguayan Cardozo.
Lopes played eight games, including seven starts, for Chivas last year. He had
not appeared in a match yet this season for Chivas USA, which has two wins and
three draws after five matches.
L.A. has just one win and three losses after four games, and sits last in the
Western Conference. The Galaxy are allowing an average of two goals per match,
one season after they gave up less than one per game.
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