Chivas USA signs Steve Purdy and Carlos Borja

Rojiblancos sign two defenders; officially part ways with four players from last season

Carlos Borja Steve Purdy

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Olivia Cervantes

CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, February 14, 2013) – Chivas USA announced today that the club has signed defenders Steve Purdy and Carlos Borja. Per league and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Purdy, a 28-year-old Salvadoran-American, joins the Red-and-White after playing the last two seasons with the Portland Timbers. The 6-foot-4 center back made 11 starts for Portland and has been called in for international duty for both the U.S. and El Salvador.

“I think we are bringing a different style to Chivas USA, a lot of Latin-American characteristics and I feel that, because of my size, I can bring a little something different to the team,” said Purdy. “It’s good to have a balance of different things on a club and I think I can complement the rest of the players.

“I’m very excited to play for [Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola] ‘El Chelis.’ He’s a very outspoken coach with a lot of passion, and that is something that I always love as a player,” he concluded.

Borja, a 25-year-old Mexican-American and Southern California product, returns to Chivas USA for his third stint with the club after playing last season with USL side the L.A. Blues. Borja was part of Chivas USA’s youth academy and also played for Chivas Guadalajara’s second division squad.

“This is the club that gave me my first chance professionally,” said Borja. “I started my career here, and it’s always good to come back to a team with open arms and to a coach and staff that accepts you. I’ve been a part of Chivas in Mexico too, so I know the tradition, I know what it means to play for this club.”

The club also announced that it has declined to pick up the contract options of Paolo Cardozo, Ryan Smith and John Valencia, and waived Cesar Romero.

Chivas USA will kick off its ninth season when it hosts the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center as part of MLS’ March to Soccer on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT). Ticket packs and individual tickets are now available. For more information please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 (244-8271) or visit Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and

Nombre/Full Name: Steve Purdy
Pronunciation (English): PER-dee
Número/Number: TBD
Posición/Position: Defensa/Defender
Nacido el/Born: 2-5-1985
Lugar de nacimiento/Birthplace: Bakersfield, Calif.
Lugar de residencia/Hometown: Morgan Hill, Calif.
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Americana/American
Estatura/Height: 1.95 m / 6’4”
Peso/Weight: 86 kg / 190 lbs                                  
Último Equipo/Last Team: Portland Timbers
Adquisición/Acquired: Signed via discovery

Nombre/Full Name: Carlos Roberto Borja Baltazar
Pronunciation (English): BOR-ha
Número/Number: TBD
Posición/Position: Defensa/Defender
Nacido el/Born: 1-18-1988
Lugar de nacimiento/Birthplace: Anaheim, Calif.
Lugar de residencia/Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Americana/American
Estatura/Height: 1.83 m / 6’
Peso/Weight: 80 kg / 178 lbs                                  
Último Equipo/Last Team: LA Blues (USL)
Adquisición/Acquired: Signed via discovery