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Danny Califf may be on his way to Chivas USA.
Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak said Sunday the club had received a trade offer for Califf and informed Califf, but Union sporting director Diego Gutierrez said no deal has been finalized.
A Chivas USA spokesman said by telephone earlier Sunday afternoon that he had heard nothing of a trade, though the southern California club is rumored to be the destination.
“As far as I know, it’s just a rumor,” said Rodrigo Ochoa, public relations manager for Chivas USA.
Califf was not in uniform Sunday for the match against the New York Red Bulls after appearing on the league injury report as questionable with a strained hamstring.
Califf is a Union original and the team’s captain, having signed with the team before the 2010 season after spending parts of five seasons in Denmark. He has appeared in 65 regular season games for the Union, scoring one goal. Califf first broke into MLS in 2000 with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Word began to spread Saturday of a potential trade, which was the subject of a great deal of talk among fans at Sunday afternoon’s match against the New York Red Bulls.
Speculation has abounded that a Califf trade would happen since March, when Nowak held Califf out of a game because of what Nowak said was an injury. Califf’s told the Delaware County Times he had no clue why he was sitting, saying, “I guess I found out. Supposedly I have a knee injury.” Should a trade be finalized, Califf would be the latest team leader and fan favorite to be dealt in the last several months, following striker Sebastien Le Toux out the door.
There is no indication as of yet what the Union would receive in exchange for Califf, who grew up in southern California. The Union have only one other true center back, Carlos Valdes, on their roster.
Philly Soccer Page writers Eli Pearlman-Storch, Adam Cann, and Ed Farnsworth contributed to this report.