Chivas USA announced the return of a familiar face Tuesday, as forward Bryan de la Fuente signed a professional deal with the club. It is his second stint with the Goats, as he was a member of the squad August 2010-January 2012, signing a Homegrown deal that time with the team. This time, terms of his deal were not disclosed, according to MLS and team standards.
After his contract ran out with Chivas last year, de la Fuente signed a deal with Club Tijuana, but despite getting minutes with the U-20 side, never made a first team appearance for the Xolos. Since leaving Mexico, de la Fuente bounced around a bit, eventually playing for Chivas USA's U-23 team this summer, the group that won the state title for their league recently. As a result, he represents the first player to make the jump from that U-23 (amateur) team to a pro deal with the organization.
De la Fuente also takes after a current and former teammate, Carlos Borja, who is on his third stint with Chivas USA this season. A big question is how many minutes de la Fuente will get this time around, however. The 21-year-old only made one first team appearance in his first spell with the Goats, coming off the bench for five minutes. Chivas have major depth issues at forward (if he's indeed going to play that position -- he's been known as a midfielder in the past), but he will clearly be behind Erick Torres in the pecking order, along with any of the other strikers.
Still, it's good to see Bryan again with the first team, and welcome back!
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