Third time’s the charm for Borja

The Anaheim native is currently training with the team ahead of the 2013 season

Carlos Borja

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Olivia Cervantes

It wasn’t so long ago that defender Carlos Borja was enjoying his second stint with Chivas USA back in 2010.  Signing under a Development Player contract in 2006, Borja was part of Chivas USA’s U19 squad where he was teammates with midfielder Eric Avila, team coached by Sporting Director Dennis te Klose.

Now, Borja is back for a third stint, joining the Goats since day one of this year’s preseason. The 25-year old has played in all three preseason scrimmages, helping the team to an unbeaten streak.

“I’m excited to be coming home,” said Borja. “For me, Chivas USA will always be my team and I’m back to work hard and help put the team back in the top spots.”

Although Borja is excited to reunite with teammates from 2010, he’s mostly looking forward to working with head coach Jose Luis “Chelis” Sanchez Solá, who joined the team this year after eight years of coaching experience.

“I feel honored to work with a coach like Chelis,” Borja said. “I’ve followed his career in Mexico and I’m excited to learn more from him and take the team to the top.”

In 2010, Borja played a total of eight games (four starts) and notched his first goal as a professional in a 3-1 victory for the Red-and-White against Columbus Crew, team that Chivas will face in the first game of the 2013 season on March 2 in The Home Depot Center.

“Your first goal is always going to be special. But now, I just want to focus on working towards the new season and get the team to where it should be,” concluded Borja.