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Player Connections: D.C. United and Chivas USA

Connecting the dots between D.C. and Chivas

Dwayne De Rosario

& Eric Avila
Dwayne De Rosario and Eric Avila spent part of the 2011 season together with Toronto FC, before De Rosario was traded to the New York Red Bulls. That year, De Rosario started and played two games for Toronto FC, scored once and notched an assist. Avila played nine games (eight starts) and added both a goal and an assist.

Nick DeLeon

& Carlos Alvarez
Nick DeLeon and Carlos Alvarez were opponents twice during their college careers, while DeLeon was with Louisville and Alvarez represented Connecticut. Both games took place in the 2011 season, with the first on 10/1/11 finishing in a 1-0 win for Connecticut. The second, just over a month later on 11/11/11, also ended in a 1-0 win for the Huskies. Both players started both games.

Taylor Kemp

& Carlos Alvarez
Taylor Kemp (and D.C. United teammates Casey Townsend and Ethan White) faced Carlos Alvarez once during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Alvarez was with Connecticut. The game took place on 10/5/10 and finished in a 1-0 win for Maryland.

Lionard Pajoy

& Gabriel Farfan
Lionard Pajoy and Gabriel Farfan spent the 2012 season as teammates with the Philadelphia Union after Pajoy signed with the club from Itagui Ditaires in Colombia. That year, Pajoy made 20 appearances (16 starts), scored five goals and notched two assists. Farfan played 23 games (22 starts) and registered an assist.

Chris Pontius

& Eric Avila
Chris Pontius and Eric Avila spent three seasons together with the University of California-Santa Barbara Gauchos from 2005-2007, helping the team win the 2006 College Cup. In that period, Pontius made 64 appearances (46 starts), scored 15 goals and notched five assists. Avila played 66 games (64 starts), scored 15 goals and registered 18 assists.

& Bobby Burling
Chris Pontius came up against Bobby Burling twice while playing for the University of California-Santa Barbara against Burling’s Loyola Marymount. The first game took place on 9/25/05, with Loyola Marymount winning 2-1 thanks to a Burling assist and game-winning goal in the first half. The teams faced each other again on 9/15/06, and the Gauchos prevailed this time by a score of 1-0. Both players started the latter game, while Pontius came on as a substitute in the former one.

& Gabriel Farfan
Chris Pontius faced Gabriel Farfan on three occasions while playing for the University of California-Santa Barbara against Farfan and Cal State Fullerton. The pair were first opponents on 9/21/06, a game won 2-1 by UCSB on its way to its 2006 College Cup triumph. The pair were reunited on 11/10/07, and UCSB once again won 2-1. The final game between the two at college level took place on 10/6/07, and saw the Gauchos win 1-0 thanks to a Pontius strike in the 77th minute.

& Steven Purdy
Chris Pontius and the University of California-Santa Barbara faced Steven Purdy and the University of California-Berkeley on one occasion, in a game that took place on 9/2/05 in that season’s opening game. Cal took a surprising 2-0 victory, with Purdy starting the game and Pontius entering from the bench.

James Riley

& Chivas USA
James Riley (and D.C. United teammate Casey Townsend) spent the 2012 season with Chivas USA after being traded to the club by the Montreal Impact during the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft with allocation money in return for Justin Braun and Gerson Mayen. That year, Riley started 32 games and registered two assists.

Carlos Ruiz

& Gabriel Farfan
Carlos Ruiz and Gabriel Farfan played together in 2011 with the Philadelphia Union, after Ruiz returned to MLS from Aris FC in Macedonia and Farfan signed with the club after a successful trial. That year, Ruiz played 14 games (13 starts) and scored six goals. Farfan made 22 appearances (18 starts), scored once and notched two assists.

& Ante Jazic
Carlos Ruiz and Ante Jazic spent part of 2008 together with the Los Angeles Galaxy before Ruiz was traded to Toronto FC on 8/19/08. That year, Ruiz played 10 games (three starts) and scored once. Jazic played 15 games (14 starts) and added three assists.

Marcelo Saragosa

& Chivas USA
Marcelo Saragosa was part of the Chivas USA team for two seasons from 2009-2010 after being traded from FC Dallas on 7/17/09. In that time, Saragosa made 22 appearances (16 starts) and notched an assist.

& Eric Avila
Marcelo Saragosa and Eric Avila spent two seasons together as teammates at FC Dallas from 2008-2009 after Avila was drafted from the University of California-Santa Barbara. In that time, Saragosa made 34 appearances (31 starts), scored once and notched three assists. Avila played 32 games (three starts), scored once also and added four assists.

& Ante Jazic
Marcelo Saragosa and Ante Jazic spent less than a month together with the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2006, with Jazic signed by the club on 6/27/06 before Saragosa was traded to FC Dallas on 7/19/06. That year, Saragosa started all 10 of the games he played for the Galaxy, while Jazic started all 11 of his.

& Steven Purdy
Marcelo Saragosa and Steven Purdy spent part of the 2009 season together with FC Dallas before Saragosa was traded to Chivas USA on 7/17/09. That year, Saragosa played nine games (eight starts) and notched an assist. Purdy played five games (four starts).

Luis Silva

& Eric Avila
Luis Silva and Eric Avila played together for Toronto FC in the 2012 season after Silva was selected in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. That year, Silva made 30 appearances (22 starts), scored five goals and notched five assists. Avila played 24 games (16 starts), scored once and registered three assists.

& Patrick McLain
Luis Silva and Patrick McLain were opponents on seven occasions during their college careers, while Silva played for the University of California-Santa Barbara and McLain represented Cal Poly. The pair first came up against each other on 10/7/09, in a game won 1-0 by UCSB thanks to a strike from Silva after 29 minutes. On 11/4/09 the pair played again in a game that finished tied at 0-0. The following year, UCSB won 2-1 on 10/12/10 thanks to a goal from Silva, before Cal Poly exacted some revenge by winning 2-1 on 10/27/10, a game in which Silva added an assist. The final game between the pair that year saw UCSB take another 2-1 win on 11/10/10. The teams played twice more in 2011, first on 10/14/11 as Cal Poly took the spoils 2-1. Then, just under a month later on 11/4/11, Silva was on the scoresheet once more as the Gauchos won 2-0. Both players started all games.

Casey Townsend

& Chivas USA
Casey Townsend began his career in MLS with Chivas USA after being selected in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. Townsend, who spent the entire 2012 season with Chivas before being traded to D.C. United, made 17 appearances (10 starts), scored once and added two assists.

& Carlos Alvarez
Casey Townsend (and D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Ethan White) faced Carlos Alvarez once during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Alvarez was with Connecticut. The game took place on 10/5/10 and finished in a 1-0 win for Maryland.

Ethan White

& Carlos Alvarez
Ethan White (and D.C. United teammates Taylor Kemp and Casey Townsend) faced Carlos Alvarez once during their college careers, while Kemp played for Maryland and Alvarez was with Connecticut. The game took place on 10/5/10 and finished in a 1-0 win for Maryland.