By FRANCO PANIZO
Mauro Rosales can be scratched off the list of available players in this year’s MLS Re-Entry Draft.
Chivas USA landed the 32-year-old Rosales a day before he was set to be made available in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft, sending the rights to forward Tristan Bowen to the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday afternoon. The deal also included the two teams’ swapping places in next season’s allocation order, meaning the Sounders now have the No. 2 pick while the Goats own the No. 13 pick.
“Chivas is the team that has trusted me to help with what I’ve done in my last club, Seattle,” Rosales said in a statement released by Chivas USA. “Obviously I’m grateful for that confidence, and what the team is giving and betting on for next season.
“What (Chivas) wants to have next season is a great team and to get to the playoffs, which is something that everyone wants.”
The winner of the 2011 MLS Newcomer of the Year award, Rosales spent the previous three seasons with the Sounders. The Argentine veteran scored four goals and had eight assists for Seattle in 2013.
“Mauro has been an important part of our organization, both on and off the field, for the past three years,” said Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer in a statement released by the club. “It will be difficult to see him leave, but our salary cap situation made this decision necessary. We wish Mauro the very best at Chivas.”
Bowen, 22, had a career high 22 appearances and 15 starts for Chivas USA in 2013. He scored two goals and added two assists.
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