Chivas USA Signs Venezuela's All-Time Leading Goalscorer Giancarlo Maldonado

With only 15 goals in 14 games, Chivas USA moved to address the lack of composure up top by signing forward Giancarlo Maldonado on loan.

Venezuela's all-time leading goalscorer with 19 goals in 48 matches, the 28-year-old has spent the last three years in the Mexican First Division with Atlante.

"Giancarlo is an experienced striker with international experience and the ability to score goals," said Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez. "He's going to make us a better team as we head into the second part of this season."

Earlier Chivas USA cut Maicon Santos, so Maldonado will join a strike force featuring the bustle of Justin Braun and pace of Maykel Galindo.

"I'm very happy to start this new phase in my career, and I'm very grateful to the Chivas USA organization for their trust and for giving me the opportunity," said Maldonado. "I'm very excited to start playing."

Winner of the Apetura 2007 championship with Altante, Maldonado won't be available until the international transfer window opens on July 15.

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