Chivas USA were quite active in the MLS trade market today, trading Heath Pearce and allocation money to the New York Red Bulls for Juan Agudelo. RBNY will receive a significant amount of allocation money, a portion of the Agudelo sell-on fee, and Chivas will still be paying part of Pearce's salary. Chivas also completed a deal sending Mike Lahoud and allocation money to the Philadelphia Union for Danny Califf. All of these deals were first confirmed by Ives Galarcep and Fox Soccer, official confirmation has not yet come down from the league.
Heath Pearce, who has 35 appearances with the US Men's National team since 2005, was acquired by Chivas in the 2010 offseason from FC Dallas for allocation money. Since 2011 he's made 40 appearances for the Goats, a significant part of their solid back line.
Juan Agudelo is also a member of the US Men's National Team, featuring heavily since Jurgen Klinsmann took over the squad. He's made 33 appearances and scored six goals with the Red Bulls, his only club thus far in his career. With the Red Bulls since March 2010, he's had trouble getting significant minutes with the club.
Michael Lahoud has been with Chivas since 2009, making 64 appearances and scoring two goals. The midfielder finished last season with one goal and three assists. Danny Califf is a defender and was captain of the Philadelphia Union.
For Chivas they send out a defender and a midfielder, and get back a defender and a forward. If Juan Agudelo can blossom into the everyday player many believe he can be, this trading session will be a significant upgrade for Chivas. Agudelo will be joining former Red Bulls teammate Juan Pablo Angel at Chivas.