Chivas USA announced on Wednesday that it has signed midfielder Francisco ‘Panchito’ Mendoza, the Mexican player with the most all-time Major League Soccer appearances, as well as goalkeeper Sergio Arias, a star of Mexico’s U-17 World Cup winning team in 2005, on loan from Chivas de Guadalajara.
Mendoza is re-joining Chivas USA, having played for the club from 2005-2009, during which time he registered 5 goals and 16 assists in 111 regular-season games, the most appearances ever for a Mexican-born player in Major League Soccer history.
Both players will be eligible pending receipt of their International Transfer Certificates (ITC).
“Panchito and Sergio will be important additions for this season, and we’re excited to officially welcome them to the team,” said Head Coach Robin Fraser. “Both of them have been with us since the start of preseason, and they’re comfortable and active members of the group. Panchito is an important player in this organization’s history and knows the club very well, and Sergio is a talented young goalkeeper with a great deal of potential.”