Chivas USA confirmed on Monday the signing of their third 2014 SuperDraft pick, defender Michael Nwiloh. The 23-year-old was drafted in the fourth round, and went on an extended trial with the club through the preseason.
Nwiloh featured regularly in the preseason, but was not signed when the season itself came around. Still, he remained with the club, and recently played in the team's Reserve League defeat to the Sacramento Republic FC, where I thought he looked pretty solid.
It was pretty apparent that the Georgia State University product had been signed by the Goats last week, after Nwiloh was listed on the salary figures release by the MLS Players Union.
At this point, Nwiloh looks to be the fifth choice center back on the squad, behind Carlos Bocanegra, Bobby Burling, Eriq Zavaleta, and Andrew Jean-Baptiste. Still, we've seen so far this season the need for CUSA coach Wilmer Cabrera to go to his depth players on the backline with several injuries. Although it doesn't look likely that Nwiloh will see first team action anytime soon, it certainly wouldn't be a surprise to see him on the field at some point, especially if the injuries continue.
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