By IVES GALARCEP
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a relatively quiet off-season in terms of additions this winter, but the past week has seen the club make some serious moves that have increased the reason for optimism for the club which was forced into selling a Golden Boot winner.
The Province in Vancouver reported on Friday that the Whitecaps are going to sign Chilean playmaker Pedro Morales from Spanish side Malaga. The move was first reported in Spain, but the Province confirmed the report.
Morales has left Malaga by mutual consent, and appears ready to give the Whitecaps their third Designated Player and second midfield DP addition of the week after acquiring Argentine defensive midfielder Matias Laba from Toronto FC.
Here are some other items to catch you up on the latest in MLS news:
ZAVALETA JOINS CHIVAS USA ON LOAN
Eriq Zavaleta didn’t get much of a chance for playing time with the Seattle Sounders as a rookie in 2013, but his chances for time in 2014 have increased after being loaned to Chivas USA for the season.
Zavaleta will join a Chivas USA attack in what is just the second intraleague loan deal completed since MLS established the player personnel mechanism a year ago. Tony Cascio’s loan from Colorado to Houston being the other.
Zavaleta made five appearances for the Sounders in 2013, playing just 31 minutes. He also had loan stints with the NASL San Antonio Scorpions.
EARTHQUAKES LOAN BINGHAM, GARZA TO NASL SCORPIONS
The San Jose Earthquakes have loaned goalkeeper David Bingham and forward Sam Garza to the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions for the upcoming season.
Bingham has been a regular in U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League action for the Earthquakes, but was not ready to unseat regular starter Jon Busch. The 24-year-old will have his chance for regular playing time with the Scorpions.
Garza has seen limited playing time in his two seasons since being a first-round pick for the San Jose Earthquakes. He has played in 11 MLS matches for the club, but should find more regular playing time with San Antonio.
Mike Magee has returned to training with the Chicago Fire after having been out for “personal reasons”. Reports had Magee holding out for a new contract, with Fire head coach Frank Yallop denies.
D.C. United has named Tom Hunt the club’s new Chief Operating Officer after former COO Michael Williamson left the club to become Chief Financial Officer at Inter Milan.
The LA Galaxy have waived defender Bryan Gaul. A rookie in 2013, Gaul made 14 appearances for the Galaxy.
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