After bouncing around the United States, with a stop thrown in Mexico, two-time former Chivas USA forward Bryan de la Fuente has made a big move, as he was announced as one of three American signings by Armenian team FC Ararat Yerevan, on the club's website this week (Armenian).
You may recall de la Fuente was cut by Chivas USA at the beginning of March for the second time in his career. After being a rare bright spot for the Goats in the second half of 2013, scoring two goals after being signed from the now-defunct Chivas USA U-23 team, he was deemed surplus to requirements for new CUSA coach Wilmer Cabrera, and was shown the door. He subsequently signed with USL PDL side LA Misioneros, where he was honored in the 2014 Western Conference team of the season, after he scored four goals and three assists in league play.
Now, de la Fuente is taking a big leap, along with Misioneros teammates Jamel Wallace and Christian King, by going to a European team, albeit one on the fringes of the bright lights of world soccer. Still, Europe nonetheless.
Ararat Yerevan finished fourth last season in the Armenian Premier League. A team that did quite well in the Soviet days, winning a 1st division title in 1976 and a 2nd division title in 1965, Ararat have also won one Armenian Premier League title, in 1993. Their last silverware came in 2008, when they won a domestic cup double. They have also participated in predecessors to today's UEFA Champions League and Europa League in the past.
It's unclear if de la Fuente and his American teammates will get a look in with the first team on the one-year deal they signed, or if they will get their first shot with the second team, Ararat Yerevan II, which plays in the Armenian second division. Either way, best of luck to de la Fuente in Armenia -- we know Goats fans hope you do well there!
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