Chivas USA has been working on bringing in a Colombian striker for the past month, and with Major League Soccer's primary registration window closing Monday, it either happens now or must wait until the summer transfer window.
Looks like it's happening now.
The official website of Colombia's Liga de Postobon reports that 19-year-old Boyaca Chico forward Jose Erick Correa, who has scored six goals in 12 games in the the country's top division, is headed to Chivas.
Chico majority shareholder Eduardo Pimentel Murcia reported the transfer and said the Colombian club, based in Tunja, would hold onto 20 percent of Correa's rights. A text message sent to Chivas USA general manager Jose Domene was not immediately answered.
A source within Chivas reported last month that the club was on the verge of signing a South American forward but that his goalscoring antics were making negotiations more complex. Correa's form also has won him a call-up to Colombia's national team.
“I am very happy to make my dream come true, playing outside [Colombia] ...,” Correa, who will be 20 in July, said in a statement on the Liga Postobon website. “Boyaca Chico will always be my home, and I am very proud to belong to this wonderful institution. Now I only hope to do good things in the MLS to earn a spot on the [Chivas] team.”
The Goats (3-3-0) have struggled on attack, scoring no goals in three home games and just once in two of their three road victories. Star striker Juan Pablo Angel, a Colombian, has missed the past five games following a concussion, and Venezuelan veteran Alejandro Moreno, rookie Casey Townsend and newcomer Cesar Romero have split time up top. Moreno and Townsend have scored goals.
Three other South Americans were added to Chivas' roster during the offseason and preseason: Colombian defender John Alexander Valencia and Ecuadoran midfielders Oswaldo Minda and Miller Bolaños. Only Minda, who has quickly asserted himself among MLS's best holding midfielders, has snared a regular starting job, and Bolaños made his first start in Saturday's 1-0 win at Toronto FC.
Uruguayan-born Argentine midfielder Paolo Cardozo joined Chivas in a trade Tuesday from the Galaxy.
UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): The Correa deal has been completed, according to a source within Chivas USA, and an announcement is expected later today or Tuesday.