Chivas USA no longer want Torrado

Mexican international Gerardo Torrado was courted by Chivas USA but the Racing Santander midfielder rejected the club, Mexican sports daily Record reported.

Chivas de Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara told Record on Monday that Chivas USA is no longer interested in acquiring Torrado.

"We are not going to look for him anymore," Vergara told Record. "I believe Gerardo made the wrong decision. He did not accept our offer, which was a very generous offer."

Vergara told Record that Torrado felt Major League Soccer was not the right place for him.

"He disrespected MLS," Vergara said. "He said the league's level was beneath him and for that reason we are not interested in him in the least bit."

Torrado, 25, was a key part of Mexico's World Cup 2002 squad, scoring a goal against Ecuador and playing solidly in the midfield. A product of Mexico City side Pumas, Torrado joined his fourth Spanish club in December, switching from FC Seville to Racing Santander. He's played just six matches with Santander since joining the club.

Despite his age and international experience, Torrado, who also had stints with Polideportivo Ejido and Tenerife, is not a favorite of Mexico coach Ricardo Lavolpe.

"I believe he thinks he's better than us, but honestly the results do not substantiate that," Vergara said. "I don't think it's worthwhile to continue talking to him."

Luis Bueno is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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