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Cade Cowell agrees terms with Chivas

The Mexican-American is a step closer to swapping California for Guadalajara. Now all that remains is to agree a price and payment plan.

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Cowell abandona concentración del USMNT y se acerca a Chivas

Chivas are very close to completing a deal that will surely cause a few raised eyebrows among one section of the fans. Cade Cowell, who holds a Mexican passport but is an international with the United States is set to become a new member of the Sacred Flock. On Friday, sources revealed that an agreement between the player and the Liga MX club has reached although a few specific details remain to be defined.

According to the sources consulted, Guadalajara and the player have reached an agreement on the salary that he will receive. The 20-year-old winger is also reported to have a concrete offer from Europe on the table, but prefers to explore the option of Mexican football. His decision to move on will be facilitated by the San José Earthquakes once a transfer fee is settled.

Mexican mother

On Thursday in San José, Cowell received the passport that certifies him as Mexican. He was born in Ceres, California, on October 14, 2003 to parents Debin Slade and Amber Maldonado. While he is eligible for Mexican passport because of his mother, he recently stated: “I’ve only come to Mexico on a couple of occasions, to play soccer,” adding, “I don’t feel a connection with the country” - something that Chivas fans were not too impressed by.

Chivas’ new policy

Some time ago, Chivas owner Amaury Vergara modified the club’s statutes, in a move away from the traditional Mexican players only-rule. Now, the club is open to signing foreign players, including those who are “Mexicans by birth, but who play for another national team” - which is Cade Cowell’s case.

Cowell plays as a left winger and is rated for his power, explosiveness and great speed - conditions that have attracted great attention. With the San José Earthquakes he was handed his debut by Argentine coach Matías Almeyda, who arrived in 2018 - precisely after triumphing with Guadalajara and who is now in charge at AEK Athens.

According to sources close to the operation, all that remains to resolved are minor details including the method of payment which is the main pending issue. Chivas are trying to convince San José to accept payments in installments rather than in one go.