August 17, 2009

Chivas USA has acquired forward Jesus Padilla on loan from its associated organization in Mexico, Club Deportivo de Guadalajara, the club announced on Monday.

Padilla, who was born and raised in San Jose, Calif., joined the youth ranks of Chivas de Guadalajara when he was 14.

It was his murky background which forced Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara to declare that, despite Chivas' famous club policy of closing the roster ranks to all but those born in Mexico, the club would be more flexible.

"We go by the definition in the Constitution," Vergara said recently. "Mexican law says that you are a Mexican if you are born outside Mexico and both parents are Mexican."

Vergara was pushed to vouch for the player in February 2008 when a report by Luis Bueno on revealed Padilla's American roots. That revelation caused a stir with Guadalajara fans, but Padilla remained with the club.

Padilla will be eligible to play for Chivas USA pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Jesús is a talented, explosive attacking player who will help our team as we work toward a spot in the playoffs," said Chivas USA head coach Preki. "We're excited to have him join the squad, and look forward to seeing him in action for our club."

The versatile player can also perform as a midfielder. He made his debut with the Chivas first team in August 2006 during the Apertura 2006 tournament, and has made 24 regular season appearances (two starts) with Guadalajara, scoring one goal. In all tournaments, the striker has made 34 total appearances with the club, scoring five goals.

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