WCup vets Elliott, Boyens sign with Chivas USA

Goats hoping to add leadership in midfield, defense

Chivas USA added some veteran leaders to their team with the signing of New Zealand internationals Simon Elliott and Andrew Boyens, the club announced on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Elliott, who starred in the midfield for the All Whites at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, signs on a free transfer from Wellington Phoenix of the A-League. Boyens, also a member of the World Cup squad, joins from the New York Red Bulls, who did not renew his contract.

“These signings give us depth and experience in the middle of the field,” said Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser in a press release. “I have known Simon for a long time; he’ll be able to help us both on and off the field, and we saw in the World Cup last summer what he’s capable of. Andrew is a solid central defender with international experience who will be a good addition to our back line.”

Elliott broke into MLS in 1999 with the Los Angeles Galaxy, and featured more than 100 times for the club before moving to the Columbus Crew in 2004. He spent two years in Ohio and then moved on to Fulham of the English Premier League. He also played briefly for the San Jose Earthquakes in 2009.

Boyens, a 27-year-old defender, was a first-round draft pick of Toronto FC in 2007. He played 23 times for TFC, then moved on to the Red Bulls, where he played from 2008 through 2010.

Both will be eligible to suit up upon receipt of their international transfer certificates (ITC).

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