Chivas USA acquires Valencia and Iraheta

Deals have been finalized with Colombian John Alexander Valencia & Salvadoran Marvin Iraheta

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Carson, CA. (Tuesday, January 24, 2012) Chivas USA announced today that the club has acquired Colombian defender, John Alexander Valencia, and Salvadoran midfielder Marvin Iraheta. 30-year-old Valencia, who most recently played for Corporación Popular Deportiva Junior, better known as Atletico Junior, won the Colombian 2011 Fall Championship this past December, and now will join the Red-and-White pending receipt of his ITC and P-1 Visa. As for Iraheta 19, he has already incorporated in the Goats pre-season workouts; he arrived at the Red and White through its youth academy after it merged with Cosmos Academy West last year. Per league and team policy, details of the contract were not revealed.

“John is a player we have been scouting for some time now,” said Chivas USA General Manager, Jose Domene. “He is a great defender that just became champion in Colombia and will help reinforce our backline and help our team win. We are looking forward to his arrival and having him on the Goats squad.” 

Valencia, 30, originally from Medellin, Colombia has played for Corporacion Popular Deportiva Junior (Atletico Junior) since the fall of 2007 where he accumulated a total of 114 appearances with a total of 112 of those as a starter. Prior to arriving with ‘Los Tiburones’ he played for Independiente Medellin from 2005 through the spring of 2007.   

Iraheta, 19, born in Departamento Cabañas, El Salvador, was named the Player of the Year for 2009-2010 season of the US Developmental Academy U 17/18 and played against Manchester United on the New York Cosmos squad that was put together for the club’s inaugural match in Old Trafford, England.

JOHN VALENCIA
Nombre/Full Name: John Alexander Valencia Hinestroza
Posición/Position: Defensa / Defender
Nacido/Born: 1982-01-04, Medellin, Colombia
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Colombiana / Colombian
Peso/Weight: 77kg / 170 lbs 
Estatura / Height: 1.93 m / 6’4”
Ultimo Equipo/Last Team: Atletico Junior
Transacción/Transaction: Chivas USA adquiere al defensa colombiano John Valencia el 24 de enero de 2012 / Chivas USA acquires Colombian defender John Valencia, on January 24, 2012.

MARVIN IRAHETA
Nombre/Full Name: Marvin Iraheta
Posición/Position: Mediocampista / Midfielder
Nacido/Born: 1992-05-31, Departamento de Cabañas, El Salvador
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Salvadoreño / Salvadoran
Peso/Weight: 70kg / 155 lbs 
Estatura / Height: 1.75 m / 5’9”
Ultimo Equipo/Last Team: Cosmos Academy
Transacción/Transaction: Chivas USA adquiere al defensa salvadoreño Marvin Iraheta el 24 de enero de 2012 / Chivas USA acquires Salvadoran defender Marvin Iraheta, on January 24, 2012.