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Chivas USA sign Seattle Sounders striker Eriq Zavaleta

Chivas USA announced today the addition of 21-year-old forward and center back Eriq Zavaleta on loan from fellow Western Conference side Seattle Sounders FC.

Zavaleta will join the Red-and-White as they return to Los Angeles, Calif. to wrap up the final stages of preseason ahead of the March 9 season opener against the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center. Per club and Major League Soccer policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Selected by the Sounders with the 10th overall pick out of Indiana University in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, Zavaleta made his professional debut last season against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 23. The young player went on to appear in five League matches, while also leading the Reserve squad with four goals in 12 Reserve League games.

"Zavaleta is a very versatile player who knows the League, and who's going to bring internal competition to our team," described Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera. "We know Eriq very well from his time with us in the U.S. U-17 Residency Program, and what he's capable of doing not only playing as a forward but also as a center back. He is going to be a very good addition to our team."

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