Chivas USA trades Villafana for defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste

December 12, 2013

Chivas USA continued its wheeling-and-dealing ways, completing its second trade this week by announcing today that it has dealt local favorite Jorge Villafaña and the No. 2 pick in Stage One of Major League Soccer’s Re-Entry Draft to Portland in exchange for defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Portland’s No. 17 pick in Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft.

During his two seasons in Portland, the 6-2, 205-pound Jean-Baptiste played a total of 31 games (26 starts), scoring two goals. In 2013, Jean-Baptiste led the Timbers with 2,142 minutes and was listed among’s 24 Under 24, being ranked at No. 16 in the league.

A Brooklyn native, he was selected 8th overall by Portland Timbers in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after being named the 2011 Big East Conference Defensive Player of the Year during his sophomore year with the University of Connecticut.

Villafaña was the longest serving member of Chivas USA, having joined the First Team on July 25, 2007. The Anaheim product played a total of seven seasons and 86 games (63 starts), logging 5,518 minutes and scoring seven goals. In 2013, Villafaña played 20 games (15 starts), scoring one goal and adding four assists.

By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald and news services

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