Friday, July 24, 2009

Saragosa begins training with Chivas,Midfielder ready to contribute to Red-and-White's success

Marcelo Saragosa will try to help Chivas USA achieve their ultimate goal of winning the league.

CARSON, Calif. -- Marcelo Saragosa took part in training for the first time since joining Chivas USA on Thursday morning, but the Brazilian native is no stranger to Los Angeles. The Red-and-White's newest midfielder is excited to be back in southern California and is ready to contribute to the team's success.
Chivas USA acquired Saragosa on July 17 in a trade with FC Dallas that sent Atiba Harris to Texas.
Marcelo Saragosa will try to help Chivas USA achieve their ultimate goal of winning the league.

"I'm really happy to be here with Chivas and to be part of a group that's so strong," said Saragosa. "I love this city, my family loves this city, and I have a lot of friends from Brazil who live here. It's awesome."

One of those friends is Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura, with whom Saragosa is reuniting for the third time in his career. The two first were teammates in the youth system of Brazilian club São Paulo before both playing with the LA Galaxy during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. Saragosa is delighted to be playing yet again with his old friend.

"Being with Paulo again after so many years is great," he said. "We have a great friendship, so it's good for us to [be back together.]"

Saragosa's career has taken him from São Paulo to Los Angeles and then on to Dallas in 2006 before finally arriving at Chivas USA. He has notched two goals and six assists during his six years in MLS.

"I bring a lot of experience to this team," said Saragosa. "I have played a long time in this league. I want to work with all my teammates to get into the playoffs and hopefully be champion."

Saragosa joins a Chivas USA squad that is currently tied for the fourth-best record in the league.

"Chivas is a very strong team," he said. "They've gotten some bad results recently but I believe they have a great team with very good players. We have to keep our heads up and continue working toward getting three points."

Saragosa could get his first minutes for the Red-and-White on August 8 when the team travels to Colorado. Chivas USA have already beaten the Rapids once this season, earning a 2-1 victory on March 21.

"I hope that we can get some good results and accomplish our ultimate goal, which is to win the league," said Saragosa.

Jeffrey King is a contributor to

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Chivas USA adquiere al mediocampista Marcelo Saragosa

El experimentado mediocampista brasileño Marcelo Saragosa fue adquirido del FC Dallas. (J.Venegas)

Más >CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA anunció la adquisición del mediocampista brasileño Marcelo Saragosa, un producto de las fuerzas básicas del poderoso club brasileño São Paulo FC y jugador con seis años de experiencia en la MLS. La transacción con el FC Dallas también envía al delantero Atiba Harris al conjunto texano.

"Marcelo es un jugador versátil y talentoso. Es muy hábil a la defensiva y a la ofensiva. Nos da varias opciones en el medio campo", dijo el director técnico Preki. "Es un jugador con mucha experiencia en Brasil y en la MLS. Lo esperamos en el equipo con muchas ansias".

"A la misma vez, nos gustaría agradecer a Atiba Harris por sus contribuciones al club en las últimas dos temporadas", expresó Preki. "Nos gustaría desearle lo mejor en la próxima fase de su carrera", agregó.

Nacido el 22 de enero de 1982, Saragosa es originario de Campo Grande, Brasil, donde fue parte de las escuelas de São Paulo FC desde la edad de 13 años. Saragosa jugó con el equipo por 9 años y tuvo entre sus compañeros en ese entonces al actual mediocampista de Chivas USA, Paulo Nagamura, y al seleccionado brasileño Kaká. Saragosa llegó a la MLS con el LA Galaxy en 2004, donde jugó por dos temporadas y media antes de ser transferido al FC Dallas en 2006. En sus seis temporadas en la MLS, el mediocampista ha jugado un total de 94 partidos (80 de ellos como titular), con dos goles y seis asistencias. Saragosa posee una tarjeta verde y cuenta como jugador doméstico para cuestiones de la liga.

Harris, de 24 años de edad, llegó a Chivas USA de cara a la temporada 2008 en intercambio con Real Salt Lake. El originario de San Cristóbal y Nieves jugó 42 partidos con los Rojiblancos en una temporada y media, en la que anotó cinco goles y tuvo siete asistencias.

Chivas USA visita a New England Revolution el domingo, 19 de julio, a las 3:00 p.m. PT (6:00 p.m. ET) en un encuentro que será televisado en vivo por FS West y transmitido por W Radio 690 AM, con una previa que comenzará a las 2:30 p.m. PT. El próximo encuentro en casa para los rojiblancos será el 22 de agosto ante Toronto FC; para más información o para comprar boletos, favor de llamar a 1-877-CHIVAS-1 o visitar

TRANSACCIÓN: Chivas USA adquiere al mediocampista brasileño Marcelo Saragosa en intercambio con el FC Dallas, a cambio del delantero Atiba Harris.

Nombre: Marcelo Saragosa
Posición: Mediocampista
Fecha de nacimiento: 22 de enero de 1982 en Campo Grande, Brasil
Residencia: Campo Grande, Brasil
Nacionalidad: Brasil
Estatura: 1.83 m / 6'0"
Peso: 80 kg / 175 lbs
Último equipo: FC Dallas (MLS)
Adquisición: Transacción con FC Dallas el 17 de julio de 2009 a cambio de Atiba Harris

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Chivas acquire Saragosa from FC Dallas Harris heads East in exchange for versatile midfielder

Six-year veteran Marcelo Saragosa joins Chivas USA from FC Dallas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

CARSON, Calif. -- Chivas USA Friday acquired versatile midfielder Marcelo Saragosa, a six-year MLS veteran and product of the youth system of Brazilian powerhouse São Paulo FC, in a trade with FC Dallas. In exchange, the Red-and-White sent forward Atiba Harris to Dallas.
"Marcelo is a talented and versatile player who gives us several options in midfield," said Chivas USA Head Coach Preki. "He has a lot of experience in both Brazil and MLS, and we look forward to having him in our squad."

"At the same time, we would like to thank Atiba Harris for his contributions to our club during the last two seasons," added Preki. "We wish him the best in this next stage of his career."

Born Jan. 22, 1982 in Campo Grande, Brazil, Marcelo Saragosa joined São Paulo FC at age 13 and played for nine years with the club, where his teammates included Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura and Brazilian international Kaká. A versatile midfielder who can play both centrally and on the outside of midfield, Saragosa joined MLS with the LA Galaxy in 2004, playing two and-a-half years before a trade sent him to FC Dallas in 2006. Saragosa, who possesses a U.S. green card and thus counts as a 'domestic' player for MLS roster purposes, has played a total of 94 games (80 starts), in six MLS seasons, registering two goals and six assists.

Atiba Harris, 24, was acquired by Chivas USA ahead of the 2008 MLS season, via a trade with Real Salt Lake. The St. Kitts & Nevis international made 42 appearances with the Red-and-White in one-and-a-half seasons, registering five goals and seven assists.

Chivas USA visits the New England Revolution this Sunday, July 19, at 3:00 p.m. PT (6:00 p.m. ET) in a match to be broadcast live on FS West and W Radio 690 AM, with pregame shows starting at 2:30 p.m. PT. The Red-and-White's next MLS home match is on Aug. 22 against Toronto FC. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit

TRANSACTION: Chivas USA acquires midfielder Marcelo Saragosa in a trade with FC Dallas, in exchange for forward Atiba Harris.

Marcelo Saragosa
Nombre/Full Name: Marcelo Saragosa
Pronunciation (English): mar-CEL-o sa-ra-GO-sa
Posición/Position: Mediocampista/Midfielder
Nacido el/Born: 1982-01-22, Campo Grande, Brazil
Residencia/Hometown: Campo Grande, Brazil
Nacionalidad/Citizenship: Brazil
Estatura/Height: 1.83 m / 6'0"
Peso/Weight: 80 kg / 175 lbs
Último Equipo/Last Team: FC Dallas (MLS)
Adquisición/Acquired: Transacción con FC Dallas, el 17 de julio del 2009, a cambio de Atiba Harris / Trade with FC Dallas, July 17, 2009, in exchange for Atiba Harris

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Jesse Marsch #15 of Chivas USA slides in to play the ball from Marcelo Saragosa #5 of FC Dallas during the MLS match at The Home Depot Center on April 25, 2009 in Carson, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Marcelo Saragosa;Jesse Marsch