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Bobby Burling signs new two-year deal with Chivas USA

Sep 12, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

Bobby Burling, Johnny Leveron AP

Chivas USA announced on Thursday that it signed defender Bobby Burling to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season. Burling has appeared in 19 games in 2013, starting 14, in his second stint with the Los Angeles club.

“Obviously, I have a special place in me for this club,” Burling said in a club release. “It’s the second time I’ve been here, and there are a lot of familiar faces. I just want to be part of the rebuilding process, and I’m excited to be able to stay in L.A. and be a part of the turnaround of this club.”

Burling joined Chivas USA in 2007 from the crosstown Los Angeles Galaxy, after the latter selected him in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The Montreal Impact selected him in the 2011 Expansion Draft from the San Jose Earthquakes, where he moved in 2009, and the Impact traded his rights back to Chivas before the season began.

“It’s a joy to be able to count on Bobby being here for the next two seasons,” director of soccer Francisco Palencia said. “He’s someone that displays a level of professionalism, is a quality player and above all has supported the team — because he is a person with experience that knows the club and the league very well. It’s a great thing for us that he has signed with the club and that he will be a part of the team for the next two years.”

Burling is in the club’s top 10 in games started and minutes played in 2013, logging 1,336 minutes so far.

  1. hildezero - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    It was not too long ago, when there was a rumor that Sacha Klejstan was trying to get Burling into RSC Anderlecht by presenting him to the club’s front office.

  2. Norrin Radd - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Imagine if Chivas couldn’t re-sign Kennedy and Burling? With all their lawsuits, you have to imagine that Chivas USA will go out of their way to get these guys to stay.

  3. hildezero - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Fo real. I think Chivas should trade Kennedy, because he’s white and probably doesn’t speak spanish. NYRB would be a good trading partner for them by sending Kennedy to NYRB while NYRB sending Robles to Chivas. Both goalkeepers. It would make sense, since Robles is hispanic and probably speaks spanish and to mention that he’s from the west coast also. While Kennedy needs to play for a competitive club, because he’s a competitive player. Robles is a good goalkeeper, but Kennedy is better.

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