Chivas USA added an Ecuadorian international forward to their roster for the MLS stretch run on Friday, just not the player some expected.
The club acquired 29-year-old Luis Bolaños on loan from LDU Quito, giving the Goats a new option up top and potentially on the wing as they look to snap a three-game losing streak and make a a push for their first playoff berth since 2008.
Bolaños will be eligible to make his Major League Soccer debut upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P1-Visa.
“We need players with a finishing mentality who can try to give us a little bit of help scoring goals,” Chivas USA head coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement. “Bringing someone in with experience at the international level is important for us and it is going to bring more possibilities for the team.”
Bolaños appeared in 11 matches for Ecuador’s national team and made his pro debut with LDU Quito in 2002 after ascending through the club’s youth ranks. The attacker was part of Liga de Quito’s historic 2008 Copa Libertadores championship squad, which became the first team from Ecuador to claim the title in the prestigious tournament, and also played two seasons with Ecuador’s Club Social y Deportivo Macará.
After stints with Brazilian sides Santos FC and SC Internacional beginning in 2009, Bolaños returned to his native country to join Barcelona Sporting Club. In 2012, the Quito native spent a season in the Liga MX with Club Atlas.
LDU Quito’s official Twitter feed revealed on Tuesday that striker and World Cup veteran Félix Borja had also joined the Goats on loan, but that was not confirmed by Chivas USA and there has been no official announcement of a loan transaction.
The Goats travel to face the Portland Timbers on the road on Saturday (10:30 pm ET; MLS Live).