Chivas USA's Gordon excited to help new club
CARSON, Calif. – For most of the players in MLS, a transfer from one club to another means a new state, a new city and a new stadium. It’s a whole new life, in a lot of ways.
But not for Alan Gordon.
Chivas USA acquired the 28-year-old striker from in-stadium rivals LA Galaxy last week. After moving across the hallway from one Home Depot Center locker room to the other, Gordon is excited to be working with his new club.
“It feels good to be here,” he told MLSsoccer.com after practice on Wednesday. “I’ve always been on the other side of this rivalry and this is a different view, but it’s a good one. I like the guys here and I like that the organization is serious about getting to the next level and I’m happy to be a part of that.”
Gordon provides Chivas USA with some much-needed attacking reinforcement after the club loaned both Chukwudi Chijindu and Maykel Galindo to USL teams within the past two weeks.
“My role is going to be a high striker,” said Gordon. “Someone who is physical and holds the ball and hopefully can get some goals.”
Gordon joins Justin Braun and Giancarlo Maldonado at the front of the Red-and-White offense. Braun, particularly, has been a force this season, scoring seven goals and notching three assists so far in 2010.
“[Braun and I] going to complement each other well,” said Gordon. “He’s got a lot of energy – he hustles – and I’m the same type of player. We’re going to throw our bodies around and cause some havoc. It will be fun to be on the field with those guys and compete.”
Gordon has been practicing with the Goats all week and could make his debut for the club this Saturday against Seattle Sounders FC at the Home Depot Center. Until then, he’s focused on adapting to a new system and a new set of teammates.
“I just need to get used to the players,” he said. “Repetition is going to be the most important thing. Other than that, I just need to bring the energy and intensity and go about the job as usual.”
While Gordon admits it’s been a little strange to switch sides in the SuperClásico rivalry, he’s excited about his new side and can’t wait to try and help the Goats finish the season on a high note.
“It’s a little strange to do midseason, but it’s been a pretty simple transition,” said Gordon of his transfer. “These guys have welcomed me; I couldn’t ask for anything more. I appreciate that [and] I don’t see any problems going forward.”