Chivas USA move for ex-Villa star Angel confirmed
Chivas sent a 3rd round natural 2012 Supplemental Draft pick to LA in exchange for the leading goalscorer in MLS over the past five seasons.
"Juan Pablo is a great pick up for us because he knows how to score goals and has scored the most goals in the League (MLS) through the last five years. Outside of his experience and ability on the field, he's a classy person and I think that another experienced classy person in our locker-room is a positive," commented Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser. "It is a win-win when you get a good player and a good person who fits into what we are trying to do.
"Since the first day I arrived, I've been asked, "Who's going to score goals for you - . I have said all along that we would score goals by committee and as a group we've done a good job of finding opportunities, creating opportunities and finishing some," added Coach Fraser. "Certainly now we have a player who is renowned for scoring goals. If we continue to play well and we incorporate a player who knows his way around the box, it's going to be a good fit.
"Angel is a great and experienced player that is going to help us here down the stretch getting to the playoffs. He's a professional and I'm very sure he'll be successful," said Chivas USA General Manager Jose Domene. "He can also be a great presence in the locker room. He's a veteran player who has been around the league, who has scored a lot of goals, and who can be a great example to our younger players."
Angel added: "I'm looking forward to my joining Chivas USA. I hope to help the team through the last games of the regular season and qualify for the playoffs, which is obviously our main objective.
"I hope the season is better for me compared to how it began. I now have the opportunity to help a team that has worked very hard to get where it is. Despite certain difficulties in the beginning of the year, this team has, little-by-little, found its best level of play. The coach has communicated his plan and the players understand it. I need to adapt very quickly and try to help the team earn a spot in the playoffs."