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Bobby Burling signs new two-year deal with Chivas USA

Bobby Burling, Johnny Leveron

Chivas USA’s Bobby Burling, left, heads the ball away from his own goal while defending against Vancouver Whitecaps’ Johnny Leveron, of Honduras, during the first half of an MLS soccer game, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)


Chivas USA announced on Thursday that it signed defender Bobby Burling to a two-year contract extension through the 2015 season. Burling has appeared in 19 games in 2013, starting 14, in his second stint with the Los Angeles club.

“Obviously, I have a special place in me for this club,” Burling said in a club release. “It’s the second time I’ve been here, and there are a lot of familiar faces. I just want to be part of the rebuilding process, and I’m excited to be able to stay in L.A. and be a part of the turnaround of this club.”

Burling joined Chivas USA in 2007 from the crosstown Los Angeles Galaxy, after the latter selected him in the MLS Supplemental Draft. The Montreal Impact selected him in the 2011 Expansion Draft from the San Jose Earthquakes, where he moved in 2009, and the Impact traded his rights back to Chivas before the season began.

“It’s a joy to be able to count on Bobby being here for the next two seasons,” director of soccer Francisco Palencia said. “He’s someone that displays a level of professionalism, is a quality player and above all has supported the team — because he is a person with experience that knows the club and the league very well. It’s a great thing for us that he has signed with the club and that he will be a part of the team for the next two years.”

Burling is in the club’s top 10 in games started and minutes played in 2013, logging 1,336 minutes so far.

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