Chivas USA acquires midfielder Ryan Smith via trade from Sporting KC

Sporting KC will receive first and third round 2012 Supplemental Draft picks

CARSON, CA. (Monday, November 21, 2011) – Chivas USA announced today that it has acquired via trade Englishman midfielder Ryan Smith from Sporting Kansas City in exchange their first and third round 2012 Supplemental Draft picks. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Chivas USA General Manager, Jose Domene commented on Ryan Smith: “Ryan is a talented winger with great pace and skills. At Chivas USA, we are committed to continue to improve our roster for the 2012 season.”

Smith, 25, appeared in 32 matches in two years for Sporting Kansas City, recording four goals and seven assists over the past two seasons. In 2011, Smith appeared in six matches after returning from offseason knee surgery, but his season was cut short in June after leaving the team for family reasons.

The 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft will be held on January 17 by Major League Soccer via conference call. It is a secondary draft which features four rounds with all 19 MLS clubs participating.

About Chivas USA

Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in six full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit

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