Chivas USA acquires Argentine forward Marcos Mondaini

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 1, 2011) – Chivas USA announced today that the club has signed Marcos Mondaini, an Argentine forward with experience playing in several South American leagues, on loan from Centro Atlético Fénix of Uruguay. Mondaini, 26, plays as both a striker and a winger and has experience playing in Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Colombia, and will be eligible pending receipt of his P-1 Work Visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Marcos is a dynamic attacking player and will fit well into the system that we’re working to implement," said Head Coach Robin Fraser. "He’s got experience in some of the top leagues in South America and we think he’ll help us score some goals this year."

Mondaini came through the youth system of Boca Juniors, one of the top clubs in Argentina and worldwide, and has made a total of five appearances for the club. He has spent several seasons on loan with clubs throughout South America, scoring 13 goals in 41 appearances with Ecuadorian side Emelec in 2006, before joining Barcelona SC of Ecuador in 2008, and Uruguay’s Nacional in 2009. Most recently, Mondaini was with Atlético Nacional in Colombia, where he scored four goals in 26 appearances. Mondaini, the first Argentine player to sign with Chivas USA, joins 11 other Latino players on the Red-and-White’s current roster.

Chivas USA opened preseason training camp in January and continues 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.

Marcos Mondaini
Nombre/Full Name: Marcos Gustavo Mondaini
Pronunciation (English): MAHR-kose mohn-dye-EE-nee
Número/Number: 23
Posición/Position: Mediocampista/Midfeilder
Nacido el/Born: 1985-02-14, Sáenz Peña, Argentina
Residencia/Hometown: Sáenz Peña, Argentina
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Argentina
Estatura/Height: 1.77 m / 5'10"
Peso/Weight: 73 kg / 160 lbs
Último Equipo/Last Team: Atlético Nacional (Colombia)
Adquisición/Acquired: Adquirido a préstamo de Centro Atletico Fénix (Uruguay) el 28 de febrero de 2011/Acquired on loan from Centro Atlético Fénix (Uruguay) on February 28, 2011