There have been several reports linking center back Tony Alfaro with Chivas Guadalajara, but his move to Liga MX is not likely to happen. Two diverse sources close to C.D Guadalajara have told me that, although Alfaro’s name has been “mentioned as an option”, the California State University Dominguez Hills product “falls at the bottom of a player list” designed to identify possible reinforcements for next season.
This comes at a time of perceived chaos inside for El Rebaño. Manager Matias Almeyda left the club because of issues with team directors, Francisco Gabriel de Anda has been a disaster as the team’s sporting director, and Chivas is currently an unpopular first choice destination for top-level Mexican players in LigaMX. This has led the Rojiblancos to look to MLS for players they might be able to lure in.
The Michoacán, Mexico native is understandably thrilled with the rumors, telling Mexican outlet “Record” he would be delighted to wear Chivas’ jersey. “It would be a terrific opportunity. I would love to be part of a group like Chivas and if there is a chance and the acquisition was complete, it would be a great opportunity”. Undeniably this would be a huge move for the 25-year-old, who has slipped down the Seattle Sounders’ depth chart and has played just 220 minutes this year.
Nonetheless, I’m told there are no current talks or negotiations taking place, and the chances of Guadalajara’s front office seriously pursuing the Sounders center back are slight. Alfaro’s lack of playing time over the last two seasons appear to be a concern, not to mention FC Dallas midfielder Victor Ulloa and RSL forward Luis Silva are both MLS players who are higher in Chivas’ priority list. At this point there are just too many factors that would have to play out on behalf of Alfaro for new manager Jose Saturdino Cardozo to agree to bring in a player with a total of 25 MLS games in his career as one of his off-season signings, particularly after losing two players of the caliber of Oswaldo Alanis and Rodolfo Pizarro. With big shoes to fill, the team is looking for bigger feet.