ACQUIRED: Signed on Aug. 7, 2015, after rights were traded from Sporting Kansas City.
LIGA MX: Played in Liga MX from 2010-15, suiting up for Puebla, Pachuca, Estudiantes Tecos, Santos Laguna, Tijuana, Tigres and Puebla again … He tied for the scoring lead in the Primera División with 10 goals in the 2010 Clausura season, becoming the first American to lead a foreign league in scoring … He helped Santos Laguna capture the Primera División title in the 2012 Clausura season and helped the club reach the final of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League.
MLS: Signed by the LA Galaxy in 2002 after excelling for the San Diego Gauchos in the USL D-3 Pro League during the 2002 season … From 2002-2006, made a combined 66 appearances in all domestic competitions, registering 23 goals and 6 assists … Scored the game-winning goal in the 2005 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup final and helped LA capture the double when they won the MLS Cup as well … Loaned to the Seattle Sounders in the USL First Division during the 2003 season … Traded to the Colorado Rapids in 2007, appearing in 37 matches and registering six goals and three assists over two seasons … Scored the first goal in the history of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 7, 2007, in his Rapids debut … Traded to the Kansas City Wizards on Sept. 3, 2008, and scored an injury-time winner against San Jose to help the Wizards qualify for the playoffs … Made 20 starts and contributed three assists during the 2009 MLS season.
INTERNATIONAL: US international (24 caps, 6 goals) … Debuted for the US as a substitute on June 29, 2007, during a 4-1 defeat to Argentina in the 2007 Copa América … After his scoring streak with Puebla, scored first international goal in friendly win vs. Czech Republic on May 25, 2010 … Was then named to the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad and scored in the team's final pre-World Cup friendly against Australia … Went on to appear in three of four games as the US won their group and reached the Round of 16 at the World Cup … Scored two key goals in quailfying for the 2014 World Cup, vs. Antigua and Barbuda on June 8, 2012, and vs. Jamaica on Sept. 11, 2012 … Was also part of the US team that captured the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, although he was replaced after the group stage.
YOUTH: Spent time in the youth system of Mexican power Cruz Azul.
PERSONAL: Born in Las Vegas to Mexican-American parents … Speaks English and Spanish.