Update (Aug. 7): Hoffman has retracted his original report, getting confirmation from Nelson Rodriguez that Correa remains a member of Chivas USA. So Correa looks set to stay with CUSA, and the status of rumored signing Felix Borja is unclear, given the full complement of international slots the team currently has.
With reports out of South America that Felix Borja is coming to Chivas USA, comes a local report of a player leaving the team for good.
Matt Hoffman reports on Soccerly that Jose Correa has been permanently transferred to Argentine club Gimnasia, where he was on loan for the past year. Hoffman received confirmation of the move from CUSA president Nelson Rodriguez.
He's the second player from the club to be transferred abroad this year, following Gabriel Farfan's transfer to Chiapas FC last month.
Correa did return to Chivas USA earlier this summer, but that was apparently temporary, and the player was out of commission after tearing his ACL in February while playing for Gimnasia. He finishes his Chivas USA career with five goals in 36 competitive games across two seasons, with just one of those goals coming in 2013 before leaving for his loan. Meanwhile, in Argentina, he started out well, scoring four goals in his first 10 games. Of course, he started brightly for Chivas USA in 2012 before being benched by Robin Fraser, then looking like a shell of the player he was last year.
Correa did provide two great memories for Chivas USA. First, he drew the penalty and then converted the PK against the LA Galaxy in 2012 to help the Goats win their first Clasico Angelino over their rivals in five years (and that win remains their last against the Galaxy to date).
The Colombian also scored two goals in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal, including the stoppage time game winner, against the Charlotte Eagles, to help Chivas advance to the semifinal for the second time in club history.
Although Correa's time was ultimately not the success it looked like it would be in his first few months with the club, he does go down in CUSA lore for those key moments. We wish him the best in his recovery and good luck with his new club.
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