November 24, 2010
Chivas lose Gordon, get him back along with Moreno
CARSON, Calif. – The last time Alan Gordon switched teams, he didn’t have to move very far, going from the LA Galaxy locker room at the Home Depot Center to Chivas USA’s. On Wednesday, the veteran striker did not even have to go that far. After being taken by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS Expansion Draft. Gordon was traded back to Chivas USA, along with Alejandro Moreno, who was taken in the draft from the Philadelphia Union.
|Former Philadelphia Union midfiedler Alejandro Moreno was acquired by Chivas USA after an expansion draft day trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
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In exchange for the players, Chivas USA sent allocation money and an international player spot for 2011 to the Whitecaps.
“We’re very happy we get to keep Alan Gordon at Chivas USA, and we’re also excited to add Alejandro Moreno to our squad,” said Chivas USA Vice President of Soccer Operations Stephen Hamilton. “We had the opportunity to add a pair of experienced and proven forwards, who will provide us with strength and depth up front.”
Gordon was acquired by Chivas USA on August 5, 2010, after playing with the LA Galaxy for more than six seasons. In nine games with Chivas (eight starts), Gordon scored one goal and added three assists, and was named MLS Player of the Week for Week 24 of the Regular Season. In his MLS career, Gordon has played 108 matches, scoring 17 goals to go with 15 assists. He was selected with Vancouver’s fifth pick in the 2010 Expansion Draft before the trade brought him back to the Red-and-White.
Venezuelan forward Alejandro Moreno has enjoyed a long career in Major League Soccer, having played 222 regular season games (177 starts) since joining the league in 2002. Playing with the LA Galaxy (2002-2004), San Jose Earthquakes (2005), Houston Dynamo (2006), Columbus Crew (2007-2009) and Philadelphia Union (2010), Moreno has 45 goals and 35 assists in the regular season in his career. With the Venezuelan National Team, Moreno has made 23 appearances, scoring twice.
In addition to Gordon, Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein was selected in the Expansion Draft, by the Portland Timbers with the team’s 8th pick (15th overall). As Bornstein has already signed a contract with Tigres UANL of the Mexican First Division to start play in 2011, the Timbers have only acquired the domestic rights to Bornstein should he rejoin MLS in the future.
“As far as Jonny goes, his multi-year contract with Tigres factored in our decision to unprotect him in the draft, especially as we focus on building for next season,” said Hamilton. “I’m sure we’ll revisit this issue if and when he chooses to rejoin MLS.”
Per MLS rules, Chivas USA and the other 15 current MLS clubs were allowed to protect only 11 players, with several other players exempt from selection by the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers. A total of 15 Chivas USA players were available to be picked before Vancouver selected Gordon, at which point the Red-and-White added defender Mariano Trujillo to its protected list. After Bornstein was selected, no further Chivas players could have been selected in the draft. The LA Galaxy did not lose any players in the expansion draft.
The full 2010 Expansion Draft was:
1. Portland – Dax McCarty (M, FC Dallas)
2. Vancouver – Sanna Nyassi (M, Seattle Sounders FC)
3. Portland – Eric Brunner (D, Columbus Crew)
4. Vancouver – Atiba Harris (M/F, FC Dallas)
5. Portland – Adam Moffat (M, Columbus Crew)
6. Vancouver – Nate Sturgis (M/D, Seattle Sounders FC)
7. Portland – Anthony Wallace (D, Colorado Rapids)
8. Vancouver – Shea Salinas (M/D, Philadelphia Union)
9. Portland – David Horst (D, Real Salt Lake)
10. Vancouver – Alan Gordon (F, Chivas USA)
11. Portland – Robbie Findley (F, Real Salt Lake)
12. Vancouver – O’Brian White (F, Toronto FC)
13. Portland – Peter Lowry (M, Chicago Fire)
14. Vancouver – Alejandro Moreno (M/F, Philadelphia Union)
15. Portland – Jonathan Bornstein (D, Chivas USA)
16. Vancouver – Joe Cannon (GK, San Jose Earthquakes)
17. Portland – Jordan Graye (D, D.C. United)
18. Vancouver – Jonathan Leathers (D, Kansas City Wizards)
19. Portland – Arturo Alvarez (M, San Jose Earthquakes)
20. Vancouver – John Thorrington (M, Chicago Fire)