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Mariano Trujillo became an integral part of the Chivas USA defense during his first season in MLS, playing in 21 games (18 starts). Chivas USA signed the versatile Mexican midfielder, a veteran of Mexican clubs Pumas UNAM, Santos Laguna, Morelia and Atlante, on March 19, 2009. A right-sided midfielder who can also play outside back, Trujillo has played in the Copa Libertadores and the CONCACAF Champions League, and has also played for the Mexican National Team. Born on May 19, 1977, Trujillo is a U.S. green card holder, and counts as a domestic player for MLS roster purposes.
2009: Trujillo played in 21 games (18 starts) and registered one assist for Chivas USA. Signed by Chivas USA on March 19 after training with the team for a month. Registered his first MLS assist on 4/25/09 vs. FC Dallas.
Other Professional Experience
A product of the youth system of Pumas UNAM, Trujillo made his Mexican First Division debut on Oct. 25, 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, starting both games and scoring in the Guerreros’ 4-3 aggregate win over Pachuca. From 2003-2008, he played for Mexican First Division clubs 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. He has also played in the Copa Libertadores and the CONCACAF Champions League, among other tournaments.
On the international level, he played two games for the senior Mexican National Team from 2003-2005, registering 1 goal. Trujillo was also a member of Mexico’s U-20 squad at the 1997 World Youth Championship in Malaysia.
Mexican First Division Champion (Verano 2001)
Signed by Chivas USA on March 19, 2009