Lochhead gets MLS deal with Chivas USA

Last updated 13:19 23/01/2014

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All Whites defender Tony Lochhead is returning to America's Major League Soccer competition with Los Angeles-based club Chivas USA.

The club announced on their website today they had signed Lochhead, who has won 43 All Whites caps and played in the 2010 World Cup finals.

The 32-year-old was cut by the Wellington Phoenix last season after 131 A-League appearances between 2007 and 2013.

Lochhead spent three seasons in the MLS with the New England Revolution as the 33rd pick in the 2005 MLS draft after graduating from the University of Santa Barbara.

He made 16 MLS appearances and helped the Revolution make the MLS Cup final before signing for the Phoenix.

A favourite of former All Whites coach Ricki Herbert, Lochhead played at left wing back in the 2010 World Cup finals campaign in South Africa. He held his place for the first leg of the World Cup intercontinental playoffs defeat to Mexico last November.

Lochhead was effectively on trial at Chivas when the All Whites played out a 0-0 draw with the American club in a training match in Los Angeles last October.

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