CHIVAS USA SIGNS MEXICAN-AMERICAN ATTACKER CESAR ROMERO
Romero joins Peter Vagenas and Rauwshan McKenzie as new Goats
CARSON, CA. (Wednesday, February 22, 2012) Chivas USA announced today that the club has acquired Mexican striker Cesar Romero. The 22 year-old Romero, whom most recently played for Murcielagos FC de Guamuchil in Mexico’s second division, joined the Red-and-White as a trialist shortly after pre-season camp had initiated for the Goats. Vagenas, 33, midfielder, native of Pasadena, California, joins Chivas USA after spending last season with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. McKenzie, 25, defender from Hartford, Connecticut, joins the Goats after spending the last two seasons with Real Salt Lake. Per league and team policy, details of the contracts were not revealed.
“We are very pleased to sign Cesar,” said Chivas USA Head Coach, Robin Fraser. “He is a young player who has come in and done quite well in pre-season. He’s got good pace, he’s got a good nose for the goal, he has proven to make himself difficult to be marked by opposing defenses and we think that he has a bright future.”
Romero, 22, originally from San Diego, California, has played with USMNT U-16’s, U-17’s and U-18’s figuring prominently in several matches for the US. Most recently he played for PASL’s Revolucion Tijuana (of Mexico’s Federacion Nacional de Futbol Rapido) where he scored 9 goals in one match, feat that earned him Player of the Week honors in early January; and not to be outdone would repeat his accomplishment by scoring 9 goals one more time in another match, totaling 33 goals in four games played for Tijuana. Prior to joining Revolucion, he played last season for Murcielagos FC de Guamuchil of Mexico’s Second Division.
Peter Vagenas, 33, a native of Pasadena, California, joins Chivas USA after spending the past season with Western Conference rival, Vancouver Whitecaps FC where in 2011 he played in 16 matches, 13 of which were as a starter, with a total of 1,042 total minutes. Prior to arriving to Whitecaps FC, Vagenas played two seasons with the Seattle Sounders FC, who selected him as the sixth pick in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. The career stats for the 12 year MLS veteran add up as follows: 220 total matches with 193 starts, 14 goals scored and 27 assists with a total of 16,832 minutes.
McKenzie, 25, originally from Hartford, Connecticut, joins the Red-and-White squad after spending his last two seasons with Western Conference foe, Real Salt Lake. Prior to RSL, Rauwshan began his MLS career in 2008 with the Kansas City Wizards where he spent 2 years. McKenzie’s career totals amount to the following: 11 matches with 9 starts in 841 total minutes.
Nombre/Full Name: Cesar Romero
Posición/Position: Delantero / Forward
Nacido/Born: 1989-08-02, San Diego, CA
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: USA / Mexico
Peso/Weight: 79 kg / 175 lbs
Estatura / Height: 1.78 m / 5’10”
Ultimo Equipo/Last Team: Murcielagos FC de Guamuchil
Transacción/Transaction: Chivas USA adquiere al delantero Mexico-Americano Cesar Romero el 22 de febrero de 2012 / Chivas USA acquires Mexican-American forward Cesar Romero on February 22, 2012.
Nombre/Full Name: Panayiotis Alexiou “Peter” Vagenas
Posición/Position: Mediocampista / Midfielder
Nacido/Born: 1978-02-06, Pasadena, California, USA
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: American / Estadounidense
Peso/Weight: 71kg / 157 lbs
Estatura / Height: 1.73 m / 5’8”
Ultimo Equipo/Last Team: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Transacción/Transaction: Chivas USA adquiere al mediocampista estadounidense Peter Vagenas el 22 de febrero de 2012 / Chivas USA acquires American midfielder Peter Vagenas, on February 22, 2012.
Nombre/Full Name: Rauwshan McKenzie
Posición/Position: Defensa / Defender
Nacido/Born: 1986-11-19, Hartford, CT.
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: USA / Estadounidense
Peso/Weight: 84 kg / 185 lbs
Estatura / Height: 1.85 m / 6’1”
Ultimo Equipo/Last Team: Real Salt Lake
Transacción/Transaction: Chivas USA adquiere al mediocampista Americano Rauwshan McKenzie el 22 de febrero de 2012 / Chivas USA acquires American midfielder Rauwshan McKenzie on February 22, 2012.
About Chivas USA
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.