Yet again, the reports were correct, as Chivas USA announced on Friday that they have acquired defender Jhon Kennedy Hurtado in a trade with the Chicago Fire, in exchange for Allocation Money. As ever, further terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hurtado, 30, was in his first season with the Fire after spending the previous four with the Seattle Sounders. Hurtado started in 19 of Chicago's 23 league games this season, scoring one goal from the center back spot. The Colombian has made a total of 127 regular season appearances in MLS (as well as 11 MLS Cup playoff games with the Sounders).
Prior to joining the Sounders, Hurtado spent his career in his native Colombia, starting out with Union Magdalena in 2004, before playing for Centauros, Expreso Rojo, Real Cartagena and Deportivo Cali.
An MLS All-Star in 2009, Hurtado has dealt with injury problems off and on during his career, but has basically always played when he's healthy.
Chivas were likely motivated to make the move following the concussion suffered by captain Carlos Bocanegra in July. He will sit out a fifth consecutive match this weekend against the New England Revolution, and the absence of him and Bobby Burling in the starting lineup was a direct factor in Chivas recently dropping four straight games, dampening their fledgling playoff hopes. It seems pretty likely that Hurtado is a temporary, and possibly permanent, replacement for Bocanegra, and could start for the Goats as soon as Saturday's game.
Hurtado is the second MLS veteran to join CUSA this week, following the trade for Nigel Reo-Coker on Thursday.
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