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Chivas USA sign veteran Argentine midfielder

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Chivas USA has continued their rebuilding process in the MLS offseason, signing Argentine midfielder Agustin Pelletieri.

Pelletieri had been training with the club since the second week of preseason but officially joined up with the franchise today.

Chivas coach Wilmer Cabrera expressed his delight in an official statement:

"Augustin is a very experienced and important player who will be an asset to our team.

"He has been a captain for a very important club in Argentina for the past four years, so he brings leadership on and off the field, which is a very important aspect for us to try and get the results we need this season."

The 31 year old joins the struggling MLS side having spent the past three years in his native country playing for Racing. He previously made over 200 appearances for fellow Argentinian side Lanus.

Pelletieri also spent a brief period on loan in Greece, playing for AEK Athens in the 2008-09 season.

The new signing, who usually plays in an attacking midfield role, has also been called up by the Argentinian national side on four occasions, most recently in 2008 - remaining on the bench on all four occasions.

Chivas finished the 2013 season bottom of the Western Conference, but will be hoping the addition of Pelletieri alongside fellow recruits Mauro Rosales and draft pick Thomas McNamara can help them improve.

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