Chivas USA add veteran defenders Walter Vilchez and Joaquin Velazquez
Chivas USA announced Tuesday evening that they have acquired Mexican center back Joaquín Velázquez and Peruvian left back Walter Vílchez. Velázquez comes to the Red-and-White on loan from Chivas Guadalajara while Vílchez was acquired by the Rojiblancos via special discovery. The new acquisitions are still pending approval of the players' international transfer certificates (ITCs). Per league and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Velázquez, 37, comes to Chivas USA having once played for new head coach José Luis Sánchez Solá in Mexico’s First Division. As a part of Puebla, Sánchez Solá and Velázquez formed part of the team that helped take Los Camoteros to the top flight in 2007. The Veracruz-born defender made his pro debut in 1995 with Puebla and also had stints with Santos Laguna, Lobos BUAP and Veracruz.
Vílchez, 31, has earned 64 caps for Peru’s national team, recording one goal for his country. An experienced player in Peru’s top flight, Vílchez is a five-time champion – three times with Alianza Lima and twice with his most recent club Sporting Cristal. The left back also spent time in Mexico, first with Cruz Azul and then Puebla under Sánchez Solá. Vílchez made his professional debut in 2000 with Deportivo Wanka.