Chivas USA Re-Signs Paulo Nagamura

Brazilian defensive midfielder, who starred for Red-and-White from 2007-2009, eligible to play

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Chivas USA announced on Friday that midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who scored eight goals and added seven assists in 73 appearances for the Red-and-White from 2007-2009, has signed with the club. Following a six-month stint with Mexican First Division club Tigres UANL, the Brazilian defensive midfielder will be eligible to play for Chivas USA, pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, when the international transfer window opens on July 15. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“In his three seasons here, Paulo made a great impact for Chivas USA, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back,” said Chivas USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez. “He’s a talented player who will add a lot to our midfield, and he is also a strong presence in the locker room. We’re all excited to see him back in the Red-and-White stripes.”

Nagamura, 27, formed an important part of the Chivas USA teams from 2007-2009, playing 73 matches in central midfield, giving the club both a defensive presence and effective, accurate passing going forward. The Brazilian scored twice in each of his first two seasons with the team before doubling his output in 2009, scoring four times, including both goals in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in the opening match of the season. He played every minute of all six Chivas USA playoff games in his time with the club.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Chivas USA, which I consider my home,” said Nagamura. “I hope to help the work being done by my teammates, Martín and the rest of the coaching staff this season. We’re in three different competitions this year and we have a chance to win each of those tournaments. I’m eager to get started.”

Born March 2, 1983 in São Paulo, Brazil, Nagamura began his professional career with hometown club São Paulo FC, where his youth teammates included Chivas USA midfielder Marcelo Saragosa and Real Madrid star Kaká. In 2001, Nagamura was sold to Arsenal FC of the English Premier League, where he helped lead the club to an England U-19 club championship in 2002. He joined Major League Soccer with the LA Galaxy in 2005, making 54 appearances in two seasons and helping the team to the MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup in 2005 before being selected in the 2007 Expansion Draft by Toronto FC. Nagamura made just four appearances with the Canadian side before a May 2, 2007 trade brought him to Chivas USA.

Chivas USA returns to MLS action this Saturday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT when the Red-and-White face FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center. A special ‘Kids Pack’ is available for the game, giving fans a free ticket for a child 16 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket. For more information on the match, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or click here.

TRANSACTION: Chivas USA re-signs midfielder Paulo Nagamura on Friday, June 25, 2010.

PAULO NAGAMURA

Nombre/Name: Paulo Roberto Nagamura
Número/Number: 26
Posición/Position: Mediocampista/Midfielder
Fecha de nacimiento/Date of birth: 1983-03-02, São Paulo, Brazil
Residencia/Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Brazil
Peso/Weight: 70 kg / 155 lbs
Estatura/Height: 1.73 m / 5'8"
Último equipo/Last team: Tigres UANL (Mexico)
Adquisición/Acquired: Chivas USA re-signs midfielder Paulo Nagamura on Friday, June 25, 2010/Chivas USA firma al mediocampista Paulo Nagamura el viernes, 25 de junio, 2010.