FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas has traded midfielder Marvin Chavez to the San Jose Earthquakes. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
“Marvin was always an outstanding player and we certainly will miss him, but this move allows us to better balance our team,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “We are losing a solid player, but it’s for the overall benefit of the team. We can strengthen our team in both our back line as well as up front where we really missed having that player who could finish the plays we generated up front last season.”
The Honduran international joined FC Dallas in August 2009 on loan from CD Marathon. Chavez, who has 23 international caps, helped his native Honduras to a Copa Centroamericana title in 2011 before enjoying his best MLS season with six goals and four assists in 31 games (30 starts) for FC Dallas. In his MLS career, Chavez has appeared in 54 games, starting 43 and tallying eight goals and six assists. He netted two goals against New York on July 23 and three game-winning goals during the 2011 season.
“We hate to see Marvin go, but this move is giving us the freedom to make much-needed improvements to the whole,” said FC Dallas President and CEO Doug Quinn. “As coach said, this trade gives us the ability to sign players who will fill some pretty big gaps. If fans will be a little patient over the holidays, they can expect exciting announcements soon on moves that are going to make FC Dallas a stronger squad in 2012..”
Before joining FC Dallas, Chavez played two seasons with CD Marathon in 2008-09. He tallied 11 goals and 11 assists during that time and scored the game winner against D.C. United to propel his side into the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal.
From 2005 to 2008, the speedy winger had 23 goals and 17 assists while suiting up for his hometown club, CD Victoria, of the Honduran top division.