Six Chivas USA players eligible for MLS re-entry process

Eligible players may either choose to participate in the Re-Entry Process or opt out

CARSON, CA. (Wednesday, November 30, 2011) – Chivas USA today announced the list of players eligible for selection in the 2011 MLS Re-Entry Process. The club may still sign their Re-Entry Process eligible players through December 2. Additionally, eligible players may opt out of the Re-Entry Process between now and 5 p.m. ET on December 2.

The Red and White declined the 2012 contract options on Andrew Boyens, Chukwudi Chijindu, Simon Elliot, Ante Jazic, Zach Thornton, and Mariano Trujillo. All six players are eligible to enter the Re-Entry Process, which begins on Monday December 5.

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The Stage 1 Draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Monday, December 5 and the Stage 2 Draft will take place on Monday, December 12. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented. MLS will release the results following each of the calls.

Trujillo, 34, the Mexican veteran in 2011 appeared in twelve matches for the Goats; scoring one goal in 451 minutes played. He began his MLS career in March of ’09 when the Red and White signed him as a permanent fixture for the team. Career totals in MLS are 61 matches with 46 starts, one goal scored in a total of 4555 minutes played. Additionally Mariano is a product of the youth system of Pumas UNAM, Trujillo made his Mexican First Division debut in 1996. He represented the Mexico City club from 1996-2003, barring a half-year stint at Santos Laguna (2001), where he helped Santos to the Verano 2001 championship. He also played for Morelia (2003-2007), and Atlante (2008). In all, Trujillo has played in 284 Mexican First Division games (233 as a starter), in which he has registered 35 goals and 2 assists.

Boyens, 28, made twelve appearances in 2011, including ten as a starter for the Goats, scoring one goal and logging a total of 909 minutes. In his MLS career, Andy has seen action with Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, and Chivas USA tallying 68 total appearances with 61 starts, two goals and 5354 minutes.

Chijindu, 25, in 2009 played in eleven matches including four starts, contributing with one goal and one assist. Scored his first professional goal on April 18, 2009 in a 2-0 Chivas USA victory over Seattle Sounders FC. ”Chuck” originally signed by Chivas USA to a Developmental Contract on April 3, 2009.

Elliot, 37, for the 2011 season appeared in twenty-four matches with twenty-one starts and 1824 total minutes. Over his MLS career, the savvy FIFA World Cup veteran has played in 220 matches, including 206 starts with 11 scored goals in a total of 18,876 minutes. He began his MLS career in 1999 with the LA Galaxy and was there through ’03, followed by stops at Columbus Crew, Premier League’s Fulham FC, San Jose Earthquakes, and in 2011 Chivas USA.

Jazic, 35, appeared in twenty-eight matches, all as a starter with 2468 minutes. The Canadian veteran has called Los Angeles home throughout his MLS career beginning with the LA Galaxy in 2006. In ’09 he was acquired by the Goats and has appeared in 106 matches including 103 starts with 8,888 minutes for his pro career.

Thornton, 38, played and started two matches for the Red and White with a total of 180 minutes in 2011. Zach is arguably one of the greatest Goalkeepers in MLS history. His career totals over 17 seasons are, 282 games played with 276 starts; 24,935 total minutes played and 987 saves. Honors he has accumulated over his illustrious career are: MLS Cup Champion (1998), U.S. Open Cup Champion (1998, 2000, 2003), MLS Supporters Shield (2003), MLS All-Star (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2009), Chicago Fire MVP (2002), Chicago Fire Defender of the Year (2001, 2002), Goalkeeper of the Year (1998, 2009), Chivas USA MVP (2009), MLS Comeback Player of the Year (2009), and MLS Best XI (1998, 2009).

About Chivas USA

Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven 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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