Chivas USA have added some veteran leadership in the defensive line with the signing of a New Zealand international who has plenty of experience at both the MLS and country level.
According to reports, Chivas have completed a move to bring Tony Lochhead back to the States after his previous stint with the New England Revolution a few years ago. His arrival will add experience and skill at the left-back role with a player who has been capped more than 40 times for his country.
The 32-year-old spent his last six seasons playing for Australian side Wellington Phoenix where he set an all-time club record with 131 appearances. He also featured in the Kiwis’ squad that played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, playing all three contests of his team against Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia. With a name already made in the international stage, he decided to come back to a league he already knows and his presence should be enough to bolster the defensive line of a team that needs help all over the pitch.
Tony Lochhead has always been connected to the States, and he will get ready for the 2014 season in what would be his third stint in the country after attending UC Santa Barbara and being selected by The Revs in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft.
It’s a great pickup for Chivas USA as they added experience and skill in a key position on the defensive line. Lochhead has all the skill-set to be a leader for the squad, and it wouldn’t be strange to see him leading the back-four this year.