Chivas USA add Espinoza to roster

Mexican midfielder becomes Goats' third signing in three weeks

CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA continued to bolster the squad this week, adding Mexican playmaker Rodolfo Espinoza to the roster on Wednesday.

“Rodolfo is a dynamic player who gives us another look in the midfield,” said Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez in the team’s official press release. “He’s a proven midfielder and can help us continue to strengthen our attack. We’re excited for him to get started.”

Pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, the 29-year-old midfielder will be eligible to make his debut for the Red-and-White on Thursday against Puebla FC in the Goats’ opening match of SuperLiga 2010.

The native of Guasave in the Mexican state of Sinaloa comes from a stint with Peruvian club Universitario, where he scored five goals in 36 games. He also played in the Copa Libertadores with Universitario in 2009 and 2010.

Espinoza began his professional career at Necaxa of the Mexican First Division, appearing in a total of 78 matches and scoring eight goals between 2002-2008. The former member of the U-20 and U-23 Mexico national squads has spent time with other Mexican First Division clubs as well, including loan spells at Atlante (2006-2007) and Chiapas (2008-2009).

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to play in MLS,” said Espinoza. “I know that Chivas USA has high expectations and I am very excited to achieve great things with this club. It is a great group in the locker room and I’m looking to adapt very quickly.”

Espinoza is the third player to join the Red-and-White in the course of the last three weeks, following the signings of midfielder Paulo Nagamura and striker Giancarlo Maldonado, as Chivas USA look to reinforce their squad for league and tournament play.

The Red-and-White kick off their Superliga 2010 campaign Thursday evening against Puebla FC before returning to MLS action against reigning league champions Real Salt Lake on Saturday, July 24.