Chivas USA acquires Douglas Sequeira

CARSON, Calif. - Club Deportivo Chivas USA today acquired Costa Rican international Douglas Sequeira from fellow Major League Soccer expansion team Real Salt Lake in exchange for Chivas USA's natural second-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. The 27-year-old Sequeira occupies Chivas USA's fourth Senior International slot.

Sequeira joins Chivas USA after two seasons with Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa (2000-2004). The tall central defender, who can also play defensive midfielder, impressed the Chivas USA coaching staff while on trial during the team's two-week training camp in Guadalajara in early February. Upon returning to Costa Rica, Sequeira bid farewell in style, scoring the winning goal in Saprissa's 1-0 victory in the "clásico" of Costa Rican football against archrival Liga Deportiva Alajuelense.

In addition to Saprissa, Sequeira has played for top-flight European sides Feyenoord of the Netherlands (1997-1999) and Karlsruhe of Germany (1999-2000). Sequeira has played at all major levels for the Costa Rican national team, representing his country at the U-17 (1995) and U-20 (1997) world championships and during the qualifying process for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Sequeira made his debut with the full Costa Rican national team in 2004, the year in which he won the league title with Saprissa.

TRANSACTION: Chivas USA receives Costa Rican defender Douglas Sequeira from Real Salt Lake in exchange for Chivas USA's natural second-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.