Juan Pablo Angel Officially Joins Chivas USA

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, the forward says he chose to stay in Southland because his family just joined him there.

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Juan Pablo Angel Says He's Joining Chivas USA

Juan Pablo Angel has told ESPN Deportes that he will be joining Chivas USA after he was essentially forced to leave the Los Angeles Galaxy. The interview was conducted in Spanish, but according to the translation, it sounds as if he chose to stay in Southern California mainly because his family had only recently relocated there and he was not interested in uprooting them again:

"Not the best scenario, but these are the rules here in the league and should be respected. This is an agreement or not, must be respected. After I communicated the decision to leave, the opportunity arose to be Chivas and met with the coach," he said with mature resignation. "There's a decision that interested me so I proposed it (to Robin Fraser). I had other options in the MLS, but the family recently moved here, and various other things, I decided it was best to stay here, explore this option is presented and enjoy."

Elsewhere in the interview, Angel admitted that he has not performed at a level up to his expectations and seems to understand the Galaxy's decision to look for a replacement. He also says that he is healthy.

It has been a tumultuous year for one of MLS's most prolific strikers. Last year, he never quite clicked with Thierry Henry after the New York Red Bulls made him their third Designated Player and it was announced during the season he would not be playing there this year. He was eventually picked in Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft by the Galaxy, who saw him as a replacement for Edson Buddle.

But Angel's Galaxy career got off to a slow start when he missed the season opener with an injury and didn't start until the third game. Although he scored in that first start, he has scored just three times all season, a considerable drop-off for a player who entered this season averaging about .6 goals per 90 minutes played.


Robbie Keane Joins LA Galaxy, No Word On Juan Pablo Angel

What has been rumored for several days is now official as Robbie Keane has become the Los Angeles Galaxy's newest Designated Player. The team announced the deal on Monday, but has not yet made official the fate of Juan Pablo Angel, whose fate has apparently been decided. There are strong indications that Angel will be joining Chivas USA.

"I am delighted, honored and very excited to be joining the LA Galaxy," Keane said in a Galaxy release. "I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it’s the perfect combination for me and a dream come true. My family and I have already been made to feel very welcome in telephone calls from Tim Leiweke and Bruce Arena. Also when David Beckham came and trained at Spurs recently he couldn't speak highly enough about the Galaxy, their fans and the league in general, so I can’t wait to get over and get started."

The 31-year-old was playing in the English Premier League as recently as last year, but he has been on the outs with Tottenham for awhile. Last year, he played just 12 games across all competitions with Tottenham, starting only five times. He made nine other EPL appearances with West Ham United, where he scored his only two goals of the season. He is just a year removed from a season in which he scored six times in 20 EPL appearances with Spurs, a year which saw him score 28 goals in 52 games for club and country.

Make sure to check out LAG Confidential for more analysis on the Keane signing.


Galaxy Reportedly Purchase Robbie Keane, Juan Pablo Angel Appears Headed To Chivas USA

The Los Angeles Galaxy have reportedly agreed to purchase Robbie Keane's contract from Tottenham for a reported £3 million, but the signing is not yet official. The summer transfer window closed on Sunday at 11:59 p.m., but Galaxy president Tom Payne said on Twitter that an announcement may come on Monday. To make room for Keane on the roster, it now appears the Galaxy have traded Juan Pablo Angel to Chivas USA.

The major hang up to this deal happening has long Angel's status. The Galaxy needed to make Keane a Designated Player and with Angel on the roster, there was no room for the Irish international. By convincing Angel to accept what amounts to a switch in locker rooms, there does not seem to be anything standing in the way of Keane joining the Galaxy.

On Sunday, it looked as if Angel was set to join the Philadelphia Union. Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon tweeted about wanting his fellow Colombian to join him in Philadelphia and Angel was reportedly trying to convince the Galaxy to make the trade happen.

Now, it appears Angel may not have been interested in joining the Union, after all, as the recent reports suggest he was choosing between joining Chivas USA and retiring.


MLS Transfer Rumor: Robbie Keane Likely Joining Galaxy, Juan Pablo Angel Appears Union Bound

With the summer transfer window just a few hours from closing, it appears as if the Los Angeles Galaxy are working hard to make room for Robbie Keane by trading away Juan Pablo Angel, who appears set to join the Philadelphia Uion. IrishCentral.com is reporting that the Galaxy confirmed that they are trying to get the deal done by close of business on Sunday. Tottenham, for whom Keane is currently under contract, are apparently prepared to allow him to leave on a free.

As it was on Friday when news of the deal first broke, the Galaxy are still trying to make room for Keane by trading Angel. The Union have emerged as the most likely landing spot for the 35-year-old striker, at least that's how it looks according to a series of Tweets from fellow Colombian Faryd Mondragon.

The moves would seem to give both the Union and the Galaxy what they want. Since parting ways with Carlos Ruiz, Union coach Peter Nowak has been open about wanting a real finisher. Whether or not Angel has lost a step, he still seems capable of scoring some goals for a team that badly needs them.

The Galaxy have been bitterly disappointed with Angel's performance so far this season (just three goals in 22 games) and are understandably looking for an upgrade.  LAG Confidential thinks Keane would be a significant upgrade:

Keane will also be able to help out the Galaxy midfield. The unit that has had trouble against the top teams in the past will be helped by Keane's ability to drop deeper, help hold the ball and give the rest of the guys the chance to run off of him. All in all, this looks like a fantastic move for LA and oh yeah, we're rid of Angel.

One way or another, this should all be decided by Sunday evening. While Angel could still be traded after then, Keane's paperwork would have to be submitted by the close of the transfer window.

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