Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Chivas USA's radical remake continued Friday when the team traded forward Casey Townsend to D.C. United for a second-round pick in next winter's SuperDraft. That trade comes three days after the team dealt midfielder Nick LaBrocca to Colorado for Mexican American midfielder Eric Avila, part of a roster restructuring ordered by new owner Jorge Vergara. Since October six players from last year's squad have been traded or let go: Juan Pablo Angel and Peter Vagenas were not re-signed, options were declined on Danny Califf and Alejandro Moreno, and LaBrocca and Townsend were traded. And all six have one thing in common: they aren't eligible for Mexican citizenship. The reason behind the purge is no secret. Vergara also owns Chivas de Guadalajara of the Mexican league, a team famous for never having used a non-Mexican player in its 106-year history. So now Vergara is packing his Major League Soccer team with players who are eligible to play for his clubs on both sides of the border. ...
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