ACQUIRED: Via trade from Chivas USA along with the No. 2 selection in Stage 1 of the 2013 MLS Re-Entry Process in exchange for the No. 17 selection and defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.
A versatile player who can play left midfield and left back, Jorge Villafaña spent the last seven seasons with Chivas USA (2007-13), appearing in 86 regular-season matches (63 starts) and registering seven goals and six assists. He is a former U.S. youth international playing at the U-20 and U-23 levels.
2013: Compiled one goal and a career-best four assists over 20 regular-season appearances (15 starts) in his seventh season with Chivas USA … Recorded assists in three of his first five appearances of the campaign (March 24, March 30, April 27), including one in a 4-1 route of Chicago on the road March 24 … Assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory against Vancouver on March 30 … Scored the club’s lone goal in a loss to Real Salt Lake on May 19.
2012: Saw action in 14 regular-season games for Chivas USA … Assisted on the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute by Juan Pablo Angel, helping the club to a 2-1 win against Montreal … Notched the equalizer in the 69th minute of a 1-1 draw Oct. 7 against FC Dallas … Played the full 90 in eight of his nine league starts.
2011: Was a regular starter for Chivas USA, playing in 25 games (24 starts), registering a career-high 1,793 minutes … Notched the initial go-ahead goal in a 3-3 draw on the road against Columbus on May 28 … Four games later, assisted on a game-tying goal by Justin Braun in an eventual 3-2 road loss to Philadephia on June 25 … Started and played the full 90 in his 50th MLS appearance Aug. 27 against Real Salt Lake.
2010: Started six of his eight regular-season appearances in his fourth season with Chivas USA … Tallied the game-winning goal in the 51st minute of a 3-0 win vs. Toronto FC.
2009: Appeared in seven regular-season matches, making three starts contributing to Chivas USA’s berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs … Made two substitute appearances in the 2009 MLS Cup Playoffs in Chivas USA’s Western Conference Semifinal series against the LA Galaxy.
2008: Played in 11 league games (6 starts) for Chivas USA, recording an MLS-career high three goals … Tallied his first MLS goal in his season debut May 27 against D.C. United, scoring the third goal of a 3-0 win … Scored all three goals in consecutive appearances May 17, May 24 at Colorado and May 31 vs. Columbus … The goals against Colorado and Columbus were the first game-winning goals of his MLS career.
2007: Made his professional and MLS debut with Chivas USA on Sept. 9, as a 76th-minute sub in a 3-0 win against New York at The Home Depot Center … Was signed July 25 after time with the club’s U-19 team and was the winner of Sueño MLS, a reality TV show and tryout held by the club and MLS.
INTERNATIONAL: Was a U.S. youth international and played for both the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Teams … Made 16 total appearances with the U.S. U-20 National Team from 2007-09 and served as the team’s captain … Earned first call-up to the U.S. U-20s for a camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from Nov. 11-Dec. 3, 2007, playing in all three of the team’s games during the camp … Tallied his first international goal Nov. 28, 2007, scoring the equalizer in a 1-1 draw against the Argentina U-20 National Team … Led the U.S. U-20 National Team in appearances in 2008, playing in the 2008 Campos Verde International and 2008 Milk Cup … Earned 10 caps and scored two goals for the U.S. U-20 National Team in 2009, including three appearances in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup … Scored both goals in a 2-0 win over C.A. Tiro Federal in the opening match of the Copa Cuidad de Rosario on July 25, 2009, in Rosario, Argentina … Was called into camp with the U.S. U-23 National Team on multiple occasions in the lead up to the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament … Featured in two games during group play, starting and playing all 90 minutes against Canada on March 24, 2012, and El Salvador on March 26, 2012.
PERSONAL: An Anaheim, Calif., native, spent part of his childhood in Pénjamo, Guanajuato (México), before returning to Southern California as a teenager … In November 2011, officially changed his last name from Flores in honor of his mother, who raised him on her own.