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Report: Chivas USA interested in USMNT youth internationals Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas

Could the Santos Laguna duo be on their way to Chivatown?

Joya: Could he be in red-and-white next year?
Joya: Could he be in red-and-white next year?
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According to a report from Tom Marshall over at, two young players, midfielder Benji Joya and forward Daniel Cuevas, are on the radar of several MLS clubs, including Chivas USA. Both players featured for the U.S. at the U-20 World Cup earlier this year, and both are products of the Santos Laguna system. Joya has made four Liga MX appearances for Santos, all in the 2012 Apertura (meaning he hasn't played for the first team in a year), while Cuevas has not made his pro debut yet.

Given the lack of playing time for both players, and the apparent annoyance of Santos coach Pedro Caixinha over the duo missing so much time with the club while playing for the U.S. U-20s, they are looking to move elsewhere.

As Marshall notes, getting one or both of the players would not be as easy as simply convincing them to sign with the Goats. If they opt to come to MLS, they would either enter the MLS SuperDraft (they're only 20 years old), or through a weighted lottery. Chivas don't have a SuperDraft pick in the first round this coming year, and it seems unlikely Joya would drop all the way to the second round (Cuevas' prospects are a little less clear, though he did score four goals and an assist with the U.S. U-20s this year, including a penalty at the World Cup, and his agent claims he's drawing interest from Denmark).

Still, it looks like Chivas are already getting ready for 2014, which is a good sign. It's still unclear if Santos wants to unload either player, and beyond that if they want to come to MLS, but we'll keep you posted on any developments related to this rumor.

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