[MLS SPOTLIGHT]MLS is often criticized for failing to attract top young Latino players. But Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy landed Marvin Iraheta and Jose Villarreal, two of the most heralded players to come out of the Development Academy. It is just their bad luck that both players are now sidelined and face potentially long layoffs.
Villarreal, who has played for the U.S. under-20 national team, will be out for six weeks for surgery to repair bilateral lower-leg compartment syndrome, a longstanding ailment. He helped Pateadores win the 2011 DA U-17/18 title and signed with the Galaxy as a home-grown player.
The 19-year-old Iraheta suffered what was believed to be an ACL tear in his knee in a tackle in Chivas USA's preseason opener against the Ventura County Fusion and could face a long layoff. Iraheta, who was born and raised in El Salvador, was the 2009-10 DA U-17/18 Player of the Year with LAFC. He had been playing very well in midfield for Chivas USA in his short time with the club in preseason.