Gordon, Moreno trade just start for Chivas USA

Acquisitions begin long process of rebuilding last-place squad

CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA bolstered their offense on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring Alejandro Moreno and reacquiring Alan Gordon just hours after both had been selected by Vancouver in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. The transaction was the first of what will likely be a number of offseason moves as the Goats look to climb out of the Western Conference basement in 2011.

Gordon was taken from the Red-and-White in the fifth round of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft, and Moreno was pulled from the Philadelphia Union in the seventh. Both players boast impressive MLS experience and will be welcome assets to a Chivas USA attack that scored just 31 goals last season – good for worst in the Western Conference.

“We got together on Monday and came up with a list of players that we’d be interested in acquiring,” said Chivas USA vice president of soccer operations Stephen Hamilton. “We have multiple priorities this offseason. Obviously, no one was satisfied with the season that we had. We felt, looking at this draft, that it was a great way for us to improve our front line. So we took advantage of that.”

Moreno is a true veteran of MLS. The Venezuelan International has played 222 regular-season games (177 starts) since joining the league in 2002. He has played with the LA Galaxy (2002-2004), San Jose Earthquakes (2005), Houston Dynamo (2006), Columbus Crew (2007-2009) and Philadelphia Union (2010), and has notched 45 goals and 35 assists in the regular season so far in his career.

"We had Alejandro Moreno way up on our list in regards to players that might be available,” said Hamilton. “We were fairly aggressive in trying to get him, and it worked out for us. We’re excited.”

Alan Gordon joined the Goats this past August after six years with the LA Galaxy that saw him score 16 goals and notch 12 assists. The Oregon State alumnus wasn’t on the Red-and-White’s original list of 11 protected players, but the club was keen to hold onto him nonetheless.

“We had more than 11 guys that we wanted to protect,” said Hamilton of the team’s expansion strategy. “So [not protecting Gordon] was something that we felt comfortable with because we thought we’d be able to make a move if we had to. And we’re happy to make the move with Vancouver to make sure that we kept Alan.”

Hamilton and the rest of the Chivas USA front office will now turn their attentions to the 2011 MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 13 in Baltimore, when the team will look to continue building for next season.

“There are still other areas that we need to address,” admitted Hamilton. “We’ll do that through potential acquisitions within the league in terms of trading opportunities, as well as the SuperDraft and extensive international scouting.”

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