Chivas USA has made a series of moves, including sending defender Bobby Burling to the San Jose Earthquakes for a draft pick.
Another defender leaving Los Angeles is previously-waived rightback Lawson Vaughn. Drafted in 2005, Vaughn locked down a starting role in Chivas USA's 2007 run to the top of the Western Conference. Injury cost the pacy fullback his starting spot, and the 25-year-old was waived in August.
D.C. United signed the player, moving defender Greg Janicki to the Disabled List to make room.
“Lawson is a player who has several years of experience playing in our League,” said D.C. general manager Dave Kasper. “He will provide us with an additional option in the back line and we look forward to having him on board.”
Making a reverse trek from the Northeast to LA is Jon Conway. The goalkeeper joins Chivas USA from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2011.
Conway, the tallest player in Major League Soccer at 6'6, failed a drug test late last year and was suspended for 10 games. In his absence, rookie Danny Cepero excelled in goal as New York made it to the final of the MLS Cup. Cepero's emergence and the addition of Bouna Coundoul meant that Conway was surplus to requirements in the Big Apple.
However, the 32-year-old will provide valuable experience for Chivas. With starting 'keeper Zach Thornton still struggling with a quad strain and backup net-minder Dan Kennedy yet to recover from knee surgery, the team has had to turn to Lance Parker. The 24-year-old conceded four goals in his first start this year, a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of the Colorado Rapids, and has looked shaky since, posting a 2.29 goals-against average.
“Jon is a talented, experienced goalkeeper who will provide us with depth at the position as we work toward a spot in the playoffs,” said Chivas USA head coach Preki.
Zac Lee Rigg, Goal.com
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