Thursday, December 29, 2011

San Jose seal Chavez swoop

The San Jose Earthquakes have snapped up FC Dallas striker Marvin Chavez for allocation money.

The 28-year-old Honduras international scored six goals in 31 appearances for Dallas last season, having previously played for Victoria and Marathon in his homeland.

He also scored the decisive goal in Dallas’ 1-0 victory at Pumas UNAM in the group stage of the CONCACAF Champions League in August, the first-ever victory by an MLS side in Mexico in any competition, and has been popular among the soccer betting tips ever since.

Those who bet on soccer games will note that San Jose struggled to find a settled attacking line-up last season with head coach Frank Yallop trying many different options with only limited success.

Chris Wondolowski led the line last term, scoring an impressive 16 goals in 30 matches but Yallop may now look to use Chavez as his main striker.

“Marvin is one of the most exciting players in MLS," said San Jose’s General Manager John Doyle. "I can’t wait to see him in an Earthquakes uniform."

San Jose have been very busy in the off-season, adding Jean Alexandre and Shea Salinas to their midfield while allowing the former Reading star Bobby Convey to join Sporting Kansas City.

Meanwhile, FC Dallas have allowed Jeremy Hall to join Toronto FC while head coach Schellas Hyndman has admitted that Maicon Santos also looks set to leave.

Hyndman believes Chavez’s departure will be good for the team in the long run, saying: “Marvin was always an outstanding player and we certainly will miss him, but this move allows us to better balance our team.

“We are losing a solid player, but it’s for the overall benefit of the team. We can strengthen our team in both our back line as well as up front where we really missed having that player who could finish the plays we generated up front last season.”

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