Chivas USA deflect latest rumors over Martínez, Morales
CARSON, Calif. — Chivas USA have promised for months that the Rojiblancos would make a splash during the summer transfer window. However, several weeks into the window and the Goats are still without a signing.
That has not stopped the rumors from flying linking Chivas USA to various players from all reaches of the globe.
This week was no different as Honduran newspaper Diez stated that Honduran winger Mario Martínez was near a deal with the Rojiblancos. As has been the case throughout the transfer season, the club deflected rumors that Martínez was on his way to the Goats.
“I’m more familiar with him than whomever I was asked about last week, but we’re looking a lot of people,” Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s definitely not someone who is signed and sealed and ready to come, but he’s on the radar.”
Chivas USA GM José Domene declined to comment when asked about the former Honduran Olympic player.
While rumors about Martínez swirled, former CD Guadalajara midfielder Ramón Morales told Univisión that he was interested in coming to MLS and in particular playing with Chivas USA. A dead-ball specialist and a former Mexican International with 64 caps for El Tri, Morales was a former captain for Guadalajara.
Currently 35 years old, the left-sided midfielder last played for Estudiantes Tecos and had been linked with Chivas USA several years ago, but instead chose to continue his career in Mexico.
Although Morales stated that conversations between his agent and MLS were ongoing, Fraser was a bit perplexed about any interest from the former Mexican star.
“I am personally not familiar with him,” Fraser said of the former Guadalajara talisman. (Interestingly, Fraser’s last cap for the US national team came in 2001, less than a week before Morales’ debut for El Tri.)
Although a deal is not yet in place at the moment to bring in a player, adding an offensive force remains a high priority for Chivas USA. However, the search for a player to bolster the Rojiblancos roster is not without its complications.
“It’s difficult and it’s extremely complicated about how players are acquired in this league,” said Fraser. “It’s coming. Finding the right guy is difficult and we’ve identified some and then there is a process to go through, but we’re still looking. You’re never satisfied and you’re always looking so we’ll keep looking.”
Adam Serrano covers Chivas USA for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at email@example.com and on Twitter: @adamserrano