After spending three seasons on Chivas USA's books from 2009-2011, it appears forward Chukwudi Chijindu has since found his place abroad in the Icelandic Premier League. The Fontana, California native did not have his MLS rights picked up in the 2011 Re-Entry draft, and subsequently signed with USL Pro team Wilmington Hammerheads for the 2012 season. After the team decided to release him from his contract, Chijindu found a home with Icelandic club Thór. The club is also home to two other Americans - goalkeeper Josh Wicks, who has MLS experience with the LA Galaxy and D.C. United, and Giuseppe Funicello, who spent time with the New York Red Bulls Academy.
Chijindu scored 5 goals in 9 games in the 2012 season, and has continued his good run of form in 2013. Since the season started in May, he has scored 5 goals, which currently leads Thór and puts him in a tie for second in the league. In fact, the 10 goals he's scored in less than two full seasons in Iceland are by far the most he's scored to date with any club in his career. And he's on a bit of a streak, scoring in Thór's last two games, both wins for the Akureyri side.
Despite Chijindu's scoring success, Thór continue to remain in the middle of the table in the league. Still, this is their first season in the Icelandic first division after winning promotion last season, and with the season nearing the halfway point, Thór are doing well to ensure they remain in the top flight. Of course, there are many fixtures left in the season, but at the moment, the club and former Goat Chijindu seem to have found a mutually productive partnership.
And remember, if you want to keep tabs on him, Chijindu is on twitter @ItsChuckMate.
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