Chivas USA Signs Alex Zotinca

Right-sided player joins Red-and-White for second stint with team

Zotinca June 4 practice before NYRB DL

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Chivas USA

USA announced on Friday that it has signed defender Alex Zotinca, an
MLS veteran who previously played for Chivas USA from 2007-2008.
Zotinca, 33, has played in six MLS seasons and previously played for
Steaua Bucharest in his native Romania. An American citizen, Zotinca
will occupy a senior roster spot; per league and team policy, terms of
the deal were not disclosed.

is an experienced, versatile player, and over the last couple months he
has shown us his talent,” said Chivas USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez.
“He has been with the team before and has plenty of experience in MLS
that will definitely help us moving forward. We are pleased to welcome
him back to our roster.”

first joined Chivas USA in 2007 after a trade with the Kansas City
Wizards, and played 22 matches (20 starts) for the club in his first
season with the club, notching three assists. In 2008, he suffered a
partial tear in the ACL of his right knee and missed most of the
season, but returned to make four regular season appearances to help
the team into the playoffs, where he played in both games. Prior to
joining the Red-and-White, the defender made 85 appearances (62 starts)
for the Kansas City Wizards, scoring three goals and adding two assists.

on January 22, 1977 in the city of Sibiu, in central Romania, Zotinca
began his career with his hometown team, FC Inter Sibiu, where he
played from 1995 to 1998, before moving to Romanian powerhouse Steaua
Bucharest, where from 1998-2000 Zotinca played in the UEFA Cup (1999)
and helped the team claim the 1999 Romanian Cup. In 2000, he moved to
the United States, where he would play four years with the Kansas City
Comets (2000-2003) of the Major Indoor Soccer League, before being
signed by the Kansas City Wizards in 2003.

USA will face the New York Red Bulls tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET (4:30
p.m. PT) in a match that will be broadcast live nationally on Fox
Soccer Channel and Fox Sports en Español. After a three-week break for
the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Red-and-White will return home
on Saturday, June 26 when the team hosts FC Dallas at The Home Depot
Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.

TRANSACTION: Chivas USA signs defender Alex Zotinca to a senior roster contract on June 4, 2010.


Nombre/Name: Alexandru Zotinca

Número/Number: 33

Posición/Position: Defensa/Defender

Fecha de nacimiento/Date of birth: 1977-01-22, Sibiu, Romania

Residencia/Hometown: Sibiu, Romania

Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Romania

Peso/Weight: 77 kg / 170 lbs

Estatura/Height: 1.83 m / 6'0"                          

Último equipo/Last team: Chivas USA

Adquisición/Acquired: Signed by Chivas USA, June 4, 2010