The latest player to leave Chivas USA appears to be veteran defender James Riley, who tweeted out the news on Thursday morning that he’s set to join D.C. United.
Riley, who joined Chivas USA via trade from Montreal after being taken in the 2011 Expansion Draft, appeared in 32 games for Chivas over two seasons.
He began his MLS career in 2005 with the New England Revolution, but he’s arguably best known for the three seasons spent with the Seattle Sounders from 2009-11. Riley still boasts a picture of himself in a Sounders kit on his Twitter account.
D.C. United have not responded to a request for comment from MLSsoccer.com, while Chivas USA did not have an official statement on the report.
Riley would join a lengthy list of players who have either been dealt out of Chivas USA or did not have their contract renewed after a dismal 2012 season and a coaching change from Robin Fraser to José Luis Sánchez Solá (see list of Chivas USA transactions here). He’s also the second player to be traded this week, following Ben Zemanski being shipped to Portland on Wednesday.
It’s also the second deal between Chivas USA and D.C. United, following Casey Townsend’s trade to DC on Jan. 25.
I would like 2 thank the Chivas USA fans/supporters groups, my past/present coaching staffs, and especially my teammates 4 all the support.— James Riley (@JamesRiley7) February 14, 2013
Although, I will miss SoCal incredibly. I am excited for the next chapter. On a flight now leaving LA to join DC United!— James Riley (@JamesRiley7) February 14, 2013