Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Burling surgery adds to Chivas USA questions
by Ridge Mahoney, December 10th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Several key members of Chivas USA suffered significant injuries during the 2008 season and one of the players who stepped up to fill in has been sidelined by offseason surgery.

Defender Bobby Burling, a reserve in his rookie 2007 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle last week and is expected to be back in time for the start of preseason training in early February.

Burling, who played right back as well as in the middle, will miss six to eight weeks while recovering from the removal of bone spurs and other debris from the ankle. He played 20 games (18 starts) as Coach Preki juggled players to cover for the absences of Claudio Suarez, Shavar Thomas, Alex Zotinca, and Lawson Vaughn, who played a combined total of just 44 games.

Burling, 24, played forward at Loyola Marymount prior to being drafted by Los Angeles in the 2007 SuperDraft and after being waived, joined Chivas USA on a senior developmental contract. He played nine reserve games last year while scoring two goals and making the transition to defender.

Chivas USA is evaluating the status of Brazilian attacker Dejair, who arrived in mid-September on loan. Injuries limited him to three games (128 minutes) during which he scored a goal. The club declined to pick up the option on his contract, as it stipulated a large salary increase for the 2009 season. His base salary was $96,000 and his guaranteed compensation $185,230.77 for 2008 according to the MLS Players' Union salary list.

According to a team spokesman, Chivas USA would like to negotiate another loan deal to get a better idea of how Dejair, 31, can fare in MLS. He came through the Botafoga youth system and played 12 seasons in the lower Brazilian league before signing with MLS. In addition to league competition and the U.S. Open Cup, Chivas USA will compete in SuperLiga next season.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
A back-heel sombrero from Greek boy     
[VIDEO PICK: Skills] Greek youth soccer, in a game between AO Ioannina and Agia Eleousa, delivers ...
What They're Saying: Jose Mourinho    
"Obviously they must be very sad with the result but when we lose against a team ...
Report: W-League champion Pali Blues are folding    
The LA Blues won W-League titles as the Pali Blues in 2009, 2009 and 2013 and ...
The Messi files: Eight amazing scoring records    
Lionel Messi holds all the single-season scoring records. Now, he is cleaning up on the all-time ...
Mulroy departs NASL runner-up Ft. Lauderdale Strikers    
Tommy Mulroy, the longtime soccer promoter, is out as the president of the NASL Ft. Lauderdale ...
Business Reporter: adidas to open store in Orlando stadium    
MLS sponsor adidas will operate the league's first in-stadium store starting in 2016 with the opening ...
Three takeaways from Manchester City-Bayern Munich     
The Champions League actually includes runners-up and third- and fourth-place finishers, but this Group E game ...
Marshall becomes first three-time top MLS defender    
In his first season with the Seattle Sounders, Chad Marshall has been named the MLS Defender ...
Copa America: Brazil and Colombia will meet again    
Brazil and Colombia, which faced each other in a hotly contested quarterfinal match at the 2014 ...
Referees grab the spotlight in MLS playoffs    
If the goal of a referee is to go unnoticed, the two referees in Sunday's MLS ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives