Chivas USA announced Monday morning they have sent midfielder Gabriel Farfan on loan to Mexican side Chiapas FC. The loan is for six months with an option to buy.
Farfan, 25, joined Chivas in May 2013 through a trade with the Philadelphia Union for Chivas' first round draft pick, which was subsequently traded to D.C. United on draft day for defender Steve Birnbaum. Farfan played frequently for the Goats after his arrival, making 15 appearances in all competitions for the club, but following his red card ejection for stomping on Shane O'Neill in a game in August, then-Chivas coach Jose Luis Real kept him on the bench for most of the remaining matches.
The midfielder trained with Chivas de Guadalajara during the summer, along with teammate Eric Avila, but while Avila ended up trialling with the mothership, Farfan didn't make the trip to Jalisco. He did, however, profess his ambition to play in Mexico, so he is surely thrilled to get a chance to go to Liga MX.
You can read my full 2013 season review of Farfan, but I'm not sure I really see him making inroads in Liga MX. His twin brother Michael was transferred from Philadelphia to Cruz Azul prior to the season, and while Cruz Azul is a stronger team generally than Chiapas, Michael has shown to be a better player overall than Gabriel. But who knows, maybe the Mexican league will showcase Garfan's skills better than MLS and he'll settle in.
In the meantime, he will continue to occupy a roster spot for Chivas USA while on loan, though if he is sold he'll come off the books.
And really, if Chivas can ultimately sell him, it could be the best outcome of what was a terrible trade. The Goats gave up too much for Farfan's caliber, and he really didn't step up after joining the team. If they get some money, theoretically they could turn around and reinvest in the team. But we'll have to wait and see on that front.
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