Chivas USA announced on Aug. 22 that the club has acquired defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado from the Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money. A veteran of six seasons in Major League Soccer, Hurtado joins the Red-and-White after recording 19 starts and netting a goal for the Fire this year. Hurtado will be eligible for selection in Chivas’ Week 24 interconference road match against the New England Revolution this Saturday.
A native of Palmira, Colombia, the 30-year-old central defender broke in to MLS in 2009 with Seattle Sounders FC, where he spent five seasons before being traded to Chicago. A physical presence on the back line, Hurtado has appeared in 127 League games (122 starts) and tallied a pair of goals.
In his first MLS season, Hurtado was named as one of the finalists for MLS Defender of the Year and selected to play in the MLS All-Star Game against English side Everton. In his final season with Seattle, the center back tied a career-best with 27 appearances while helping Sounders FC to their fifth consecutive playoff appearance.
Hurtado made his professional debut in 2004 with Colombian side Union Magdalena S.A. and went on to appear in 121 games between his country’s First and Second Division with several teams, including Deportivo Cali, before making the jump to MLS.