From South America, it appears Chivas USA will make a move before the MLS transfer window closes today. On Tuesday, Ecuadorian club LDU Quito announced on Twitter that forward Felix Borja had "officially" been transferred to Chivas USA:
Oficial / Hace pocos momentos se llegó a un acuerdo para que F. Borja sea transferido al Chivas USA de la #MLS. Deseamos éxitos al jugador.— LDU Oficial (@LDU_Oficial) August 5, 2014
For their part, Chivas USA have not made any announcement concerning the 31-year-old Ecuadorian, though if the other club involved claims it's official, it's likely only a matter of time before the news is confirmed here in California.
Borja is a former Ecuador international, and played in the 2006 World Cup. Though never a club teammate with current CUSA midfielder Oswaldo Minda, they likely crossed paths on the national team at some point.
Borja has played professionally on three continents, getting his start at El Nacional in Ecuador before going to Greece and playing with Olympiacos and then Germany to play for Mainz. In 2010, he moved to Mexico, playing for Puebla, then Pachuca, then Puebla again. Earlier this year, he returned to Ecuador to play for LDU Quito. In his career, he's won two Ecuadorian Serie A titles, and a Greek Super League title.
If Borja indeed joins the Goats, that means there has to be some shuffling of the international players on the team, or it means Jose Correa will be put on the injury reserve list to open up his roster spot for the rest of this season. Correa is recovering from a torn ACL, and may or may not recover in time to play at the very end of the season, if he's even in Wilmer Cabrera's plans. Update: Matt Hoffman reports Jose Correa has been transferred to Gimnasia, meaning an international slot is open.
Update to update: Hoffman has retracted his report on Correa's sale. Correa remains on Chivas USA's roster.
So although this isn't officially official yet, so to speak, based on one club announcing it as a done deal, it looks pretty likely this is going to happen. We'll keep you posted on any developments in this story.
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