Chivas USA acquires Philadelphia Union defender Danny Califf

The California native comes to the Goats in exchange for Michael Lahoud and allocation money

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CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, May 17, 2012) – Chivas USA has acquired defender Danny Califf in a trade with the Philadelphia Union, in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud and allocation money. Califf will be available for selection this weekend as Chivas USA take on the LA Galaxy in the first leg of the SuperClásico on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center. The match’s live television broadcast will be on ESPN 2 for English and ESPN Deportes for Spanish, and Radio through KWKW 1330 AM (locally).

Califf, a veteran from California was signed by the Union on January 21, 2010 after rights were previously acquired from Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland on December 3, 2009. He has appeared in four matches, all as a starter for the Union in this 2012 season. The Red-and-White have traded midfielder Michael Lahoud, who appeared in 23 games (17 starts) in 2011, for Chivas USA, and has two appearances so far in 2012. Per League and team policy, details of the contract were not revealed.

“Obviously, losing Heath, our thoughts were to acquire a center back and we had the ability to get Danny Califf who’s a player who has played in a lot of places, he has some good experiences, he’s a very experienced and hard-nosed defender and again, as we said, to get an asset you have to give up an asset and the cost for this one was Michael [Lahoud],” commented Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser. “Certainly Michael has been here for a while and we wish him the best and thank him for all that he did while he was here.”

Califf, 32, a Montclair, California native, served as captain of Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga, and has been capped 23 times with the USMNT. In 2009, he captained the side’s 3-2 win over Sweden and helped the U.S. to a first place finish in the CONCACAF region to earn a trip to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The physically imposing center back was drafted by the LA Galaxy in 2000 and captured three championships with the team, including the 2002 MLS Cup, the 2001 U.S. Open Cup and the 2000 Champions’ Cup titles. After being traded to the San Jose Earthquakes in 2005, Califf made 20 starting appearances, scoring twice, and was rewarded with a spot on the MLS Best XI team.

Michael Lahoud joined Chivas USA after being selected by the club in the first round (9th overall) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, and has made 39 appearances in two seasons with the club, including 29 starts, scoring once and adding four assists. A four-year starter at 2007 NCAA National Champion Wake Forest, Lahoud enjoyed a distinguished college career with the Demon Deacons, finishing with 14 goals and 20 assists in four seasons. Born in Freetown, Sierra Leone and moving to the Washington D.C. area at the age of three, Lahoud played both forward and midfield in his college career, but finished in a defensive midfield role. In 2011, Lahoud joined forces with the non-profit organization ‘Schools for Salone,’ charity that aims to help schools in Sierra Leone. For his efforts, Lahoud was named Chivas USA’s Humanitarian of the Year in 2011.

Chivas USA return to the Home Depot Center this coming weekend for the first leg of the 2012 Los Angeles SuperClásico, as they play host to their cross hall rivals, the LA Galaxy on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center. The match’s live television broadcast will be on ESPN 2 for English and ESPN Deportes for Spanish, and Radio through KWKW 1330 AM (locally). For more information about the game and for tickets, please visit or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and

Nombre/Full Name: Daniel Benjamin Califf  
Número/Number: 4
Posición/Position: Defender/Defensa
Nacido el/Born: 1980-03-17, Montclair, California
Residencia/Hometown: Montcalir, California
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: USA
Estatura/Height: 1.88 m / 6’2"
Peso/Weight: 84 kg / 185 lbs
Último Equipo/Last Team: Philadelphia Union
Adquisición/Acquisition: Acquired via trade with Philadelphia Union on May 17, 2012, in exchange for midfielder Michael Lahoud/Adquirido en intercambio con Philadelphia Union el 17 de mayo de 2012, en intercambio por el mediocampista Michael Lahoud.