Chivas USA on Friday bid farewell to Alan Gordon, who spent most of his professional career down the hall with the Galaxy, sending the big forward to Toronto FC in a trade for veteran midfielder Nick LaBrocca.
The move brings in a two-way central midfielder, which Chivas needs with Blair Gavin (hamstring strain), Michael Lahoud (knee laceration) and Paulo Nagamura (calf strain) almost certain to miss the March 19 opener against Sporting Club Kansas City and Simon Elliott, 36, still feeling the effects of a minor knee injury sustained early in preseason.
“Nick is an extremely intelligent, efficient player who will give us options and depth in the midfield,” Chivas coach Robin Fraser said in a statement. “He’s proven himself in this league, and we’re excited to welcome him into the team.”
The Goats also made official that they have declined the option on forward/midfielder Jesus Padilla's contract. They are awaiting word from the league office that Ghanaian defender Seth Owusu's contract has been approved.
Gordon, 29, played in nine games with a goal and three assists after he was acquired in an Aug. 5 trade from the Galaxy. The 6-foot-3 striker started 58 of 106 MLS regular-season and playoff games he played for L.A. after joining the club late in the 2004 season, scoring 16 goals with 12 assists.
La Brocca, 26, emerged with the Colorado Rapids, playing a key role in its 2007 title-winning reserve team, then taking a starting role in 2008. He played in 59 games, with 56 starts and four goals, in 2008-09, was traded to Toronto FC last March in the deal that sent former UCLA defender Marvell Wynne to the Rapids, and played in 28 games, with 24 starts, a goal and six assists, last season for the Reds.