When Eriq Zavaleta went on loan to Chivas USA he left Seattle as a forward who could fill-in as a centerback. The Generation Adidas player struggled for time with Seattle Sounders FC and took a short-term loan to San Antonio Scorpions in the NASL. As a forward there his coach liked his style as a target forward.
This year's loan is different. With Chivas USA he is a defender, one of their most used defenders. Facing Seattle this weekend the Goats' coach will have to figure something else out in defense. Zavaleta can not play per MLS Roster Rules.
INTRALEAGUE LOANS: Teams may loan a player to another MLS team subject to the following:
(i) The player must be 24 years old or younger at the time of the loan.
(ii) Each MLS team may only loan one player per season.
(iii) The loan must be initiated during the Primary Transfer Window.
(iv) The player must remain with his new team for the entire MLS Season.
(v) Players may not compete against their former Team during the MLS Season while on loan (includes MLS games and all other competitions).
(vi) Intraleague loans may include an option to make permanent.
Only Eric Avila and Carlos Bocanegra have as many starts or more along Chivas' backline. Lochhead, Burling and Martin were all listed in last week's injury report.
Seattle hasn't been shutout this season. Their two goal a game average is potent enough without facing a weakened defense. Dempsey, Oba and Cooper should have a good time against a backline with significant holes.