Chivas USA adds skillful Cardozo in trade

April 10, 2012

The LA Galaxy and Chivas USA agreed to a trade, with Chivas USA sending Brazilian defender David Junior Lopes to the Galaxy in exchange for midfielder Paolo Cardozo. An experienced center back who has
played in South America and Europe, Lopes is in his second season in MLS.
He has been added to the Galaxy roster and is eligible for
selection for the club’s game on Saturday night against the Portland Timbers at
The Home Depot Center.

A native of Maringá, Brazil, Lopes made his professional
debut with Clube Atlético Paranaense in 2002. Later that year, Lopes singed with
FC Porto of Portugal, who at the time were managed by Jose Mourinho. After a
short stint with Porto’s B team, he returned to Brazil for a year, signing with
Iraty, before heading back to Europe in 2005 when he signed with NK Osijek of
the 1. HNL, which is the first division of Croatian soccer. Following two and a
half years with Osijek, Lopes moved to Russia, signing with FC Terek Grozny of
the Russian Premier League for the second half of the 2008 season. Lopes was on
the move again a few months later, signing with Cordoba FC of the Spanish second
division ahead of the start of the 2009-10 Spanish season. He spent one season
with Cordoba before heading to Romania, where he joined FC Universitatea Craiova of the
Romanian Liga I for the 2010-11 campaign.

The 29-year-old signed with Chivas USA on August 12,
2011 and made his debut for the club a day later as a second half substitute in
a 0-0 draw at Seattle. He went on to make eight appearances for the club,
starting each of the final seven games that he played in, including their final
five games of the regular season. This season, Lopes was in the 18-man squad for
two of Chivas USA’s five games, but did not make a first team

Cardozo, the Galaxy’s first round draft pick in the 2011
MLS SuperDraft (16th overall), appeared in 18 regular season games during his
time with the Galaxy. He made his MLS debut as a second half substitute during
the club’s home opener last season, a 1-1 draw with New England. In addition to
playing in 17 regular season games for LA last year, Cardozo also played three
games in the CONCACAF Champions League and two in the U.S. Open Cup, as well as
friendlies against Real Madrid and Manchester City. Cardozo’s only appearance
for the Galaxy this season came in the 3-1 home loss to New England on March 31.
He started and played 71 minutes in that game in midfield before being replaced
by Chad Barrett.