Carson, CA (Sports Network) - Chivas USA acquired defender Danny Califf from
the Philadelphia Union on Thursday for midfielder Michael Lahoud, following an
earlier trade that sent defender Heath Pearce to Red Bull New York for forward
Chivas also sent allocation money to Philadelphia, as it acted quickly to fill
the void left by the departure of Pearce to New York. Califf and Agudelo will
both be available to face the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
"Obviously, losing Heath, our thoughts were to acquire a center back and we
had the ability to get Danny Califf who's a player who has played in a lot of
places, he has some good experiences, he's a very experienced and hard-nosed
defender and again, as we said, to get an asset you have to give up an asset
and the cost for this one was Michael," said Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser.
The 32-year-old Califf has played 23 matches for the United States, and is a
veteran of Danish Superliga in addition to extended experience in Major League
Soccer with Los Angeles, the San Jose Earthquakes and Philadelphia.
The 25-year-old Lahoud played 23 games in 2011 for Chivas USA, but appeared in
just two matches so far this season.
"In Michael Lahoud we are getting another young versatile player who we
believe will have an opportunity to establish himself as a Union player while
helping us achieve our goals throughout the season," Union coach Peter Nowak
Per league and team policy, financial details of the trade were not revealed.
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