USMNT Winger Cade Cowell Secures a Transfer to Liga MX’s Chivas

San Jose forward Cade Cowell in May 2023
San Jose forward Cade Cowell in May 2023. Photo by Thurman James/CSM/Shutterstock (13903779ar)

United States men’s national team winger Cade Cowell will continue his career with Liga MX side Chivas. According to multiple reports, Chivas agreed to a $4 million transfer fee with Cowell’s club San Jose Earthquakes, and the deal is expected to be officially announced soon.

According to The Athletic’s Tom Bogert, Cowell will travel to Mexico in the following days to undergo his medical.

Chivas is known for its club policy that states only Mexican players can be on its roster. However, despite representing the U.S. and being born in California, Cowell owns a Mexican passport through his mother and is thus eligible to play for the club.

There was reportedly quite a lot of interest for Cowell in recent weeks from teams outside the United States. Greek club AEK Athens, coached by former San Jose head coach Matias Almeyda, was rumored to be keen on the 20-year-old player, but Chivas beat them to the punch.

Cowell played 23 games for Quakes last season, including 20 as a starter. He finished the season with one goal and three assists.

Cowell has been a member of the USMNT since 2021, making his debut in a 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since then, he played seven more games and has one international goal on his resume.