Chivas USA returned from Guadalajara with Eduardo Lillingston in tow. Lillingston will have the chance to show his worth to coaches in Saturday's games against Hammarby and UCLA.
The skinny on Lillingston: he's played with Tecos, Santos, Tigres, Toluca and Atlas. He spent the Apertura 03 to Apertura 08 seasons with Tecos. Overall, he's scored 57 goals in 258 games. He's been used mostly as an option off the bench in his career, though, as he's only started 118 games. He's 31 years old.
Lillingston is an interesting player but won't be a difference-maker if he stays. I see him as the fourth option at forward at best, with everyone healthy of course. But that's where he could be of value. If players aren't healthy, Lillingston will be someone Preki can turn to for an experienced option off the bench.
Also, the club wants to bring Arturo Ledesma up as well, but Ledesma is under contract with Guadalajara, so there are some hurdles to overcome before that happens. Ledesma would add good depth in central defense, particularly since Claudio Suarez is not around. Not sure what the deal is with Suarez but he's not signed and not in camp, though not officially retired.