Chivas USA adds Jose Manuel Rivera and Daniel Antunez

Rivera pending ITC approval; Antunez eligible for Sunday's game vs. Dallas

Daniel Antunez Jose Manuel Rivera

Photo Credit: 
Olivia Cervantes

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 5, 2013) – Chivas USA today announced that it has signed forward Jose Manuel Rivera and defender Daniel Antunez. Both players join the Red-and-White via discovery. Rivera is still pending ITC approval. Per league and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Rivera, a 26-year-old Mexican forward made his debut in Mexico’s First Division with Jaguares de Chiapas during the Apertura 2007, making six starts in eight appearances. The Guadalajara native had brief stays with Mexico’s FC Atlas, Club Pachuca and Toluca.

Rivera’s career has also taken him to a number of European clubs, most recently in Finland with Second Division side Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPs) in 2012. The forward has also played in Slovakia and Hungary for Spartak Trnava and Budapest Honved, respectively.

Antunez, 27, was born in Santa Ana, California and grew up in Southern California before moving to Texas in high school.

The All-State high school midfielder played college soccer at Lon Morris College in Texas and University of Hartford in Connecticut.  He was drafted in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Colorado Rapids.  Before joining Chivas USA, Antunez played for the USL Rochester Rhinos, Estudiantes Tecos and FC Inter Turku (Finland).  

JOSE MANUEL RIVERA
Nombre/Full Name: José Manuel Rivera Galván
Pronunciation (English): Re-veh-rah
Número/Number: 6
Posición/Position: Delantero/Forward
Nacido el/Born: 6-16-1986, Guadalajara, Mexico
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Mexicana/Mexican
Estatura/Height: 1.79 m / 5’10"
Peso/Weight: 75 kgs /  165 lbs                                  
Último Equipo/Last Team: Rovaniemen Palloseura (RoPs) – Segunda División (Finlandia)/Second Division (Finland)
Transaction: Via discovery

DANIEL ANTUNEZ
Nombre/Full Name: Daniel Antúnez Burgos
Pronunciation (English):
Número/Number: 22
Posición/Position: Midfielder
Nacido el/Born: 2-10-1986
Lugar de nacimiento/Birthplace: Santa Ana, Calif.
Lugar de residencia/Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Americana/American
Estatura/Height: 1.82 m / 6’
Peso/Weight: 82 kg / 180 lbs                                  
Último Equipo/Last Team: FC Inter Turku
Adquisición/Acquired: Via discovery

Chivas USA continues its two-game home stand when it hosts Western Conference rival FC Dallas on Sunday, March 10, for a 2 p.m. (PT) match. Ticket packs and individual tickets are available. For more information please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 (1-877-244-8271) or visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa