Chivas USA selects Carranza and Ushedo in MLS Supplemental Draft

Red-and-White use 22nd overall pick to take Ernesto Carranza from Sacramento State;

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, January 18, 2011) – Chivas USA selected a pair of players in today’s 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft, first taking Ernesto Carranza from Sacramento State, followed by UAB defender Curtis Ushedo. Carranza was taken with the 22nd overall pick, and Ushedo was taken 40th overall. Both players will report to Chivas USA’s preseason, which opens later this week.

Ernesto Carranza is a 21-year-old midfielder/forward from Oakdale, Calif., and is coming off a strong four-year career at Sacramento State, where he is the all-time leader in assists. He played a total of 82 matches in his Sac State career (81 starts), scoring 18 goals and adding 20 assists. A graduate of Oakdale High School, where he had 113 goals and 114 assists in four years, Carranza also holds Mexican citizenship.

A powerful defender from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Curtis Ushedo played for seasons for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), scoring five goals in 67 appearances (63 starts). At 6-4, 195, Ushedo was an NSCAA All-Region pick for his junior and senior seasons, and has also participated in training camps with the Canadian Under-23 National Team.

Both players will join Chivas USA for preseason training camp, starting later this week at The Home Depot Center in Carson as the team starts preparation for the 2011 Home Opener on March 19 against Omar Bravo and Sporting Kansas City. Season Seats for 2011 are now on sale, with prices remaining at the same low rates as 2010. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.