LOS ANGELES - Colombian striker Juan
Pablo Angel has been traded by LA Galaxy to Chivas USA in
exchange for a third round selection in the 2012 supplemental
draft, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club said on Wednesday.
With the Galaxy having announced the prized signing of
Ireland captain Robbie Keane from Tottenham Hotspur just two
days earlier, veteran Angel was always likely to be offloaded
by the Los Angeles team.
Under the 'designated player rule', MLS clubs are permitted
to sign two players largely outside the league's salary cap and
three by paying an extra so-called "luxury tax."
The Galaxy already have internationals Landon Donovan and
David Beckham on their books and Angel has been released to
make way for Keane, holder of 108 caps and scorer of a record
51 goals for his country.
Angel, 35, joined the Galaxy in January and has scored
three goals in 22 games for the club this season.
The Colombian previously played in England's Premier League
with Aston Villa before joining the New York Red Bulls in the
MLS where he spent four prolific seasons from 2007-2010.
Angel represented the Colombia national team on 33
occasions, scoring nine goals.
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