In light of Chivas USA waiving backup goalkeeper Tim Melia on Thursday, attention now turns to what the team plans to do next in that area. Will they take the risky move of simply keeping just two 'keepers on the roster? Or will they bring in a new goalkeeper?
Although there is no definitive indication on that front just yet, at least two young goalkeepers were in Chivas USA training this week. Former Chivas USA Academy player Jake McGuire is one of them:
The other goalkeeper in the picture is a former U.S. Men's National Team U-17 teammate, Kendall McIntosh. Both players played for Wilmer Cabrera while he was head coach of the USMNT U-17, and both were part of the U-17 residency program with Cabrera in Florida.
Cabrera has already shown a propensity in his short time as CUSA manager to sign players he knows from his previous coaching stops, so it seems quite plausible either McGuire or McIntosh could be signed as the first team's third goalkeeper.
Since leaving the Academy, McGuire has played collegiately at Tulsa. He's currently a sophomore, so it's unclear if he's willing to leave college right now, or if Chivas are willing to offer him a pro contract. It appears he would be eligible for a Homegrown contract if both parties wanted to pursue that path.
McIntosh, a native of northern California, has played collegiately at Santa Clara, where he backed up former Chivas USA trialist Larry Jackson (who is now with the New England Revolution).
Again, it's unknown if these players are in for a trial, or if they were simply getting some training time in the offseason as a favor from their old coach. Still, given the hole at goalkeeper for this team, and the fact that CUSA have in fact used all three goalkeepers on their roster in competitive games this season, a signing could be coming at some point. Will it be either of these players?
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