Jaime Chavez will suit up for Fresno FC in the 2019 USL Championship season after ending last season with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. | Photo courtesy Matt May / Tampa Bay Rowdies
FRESNO, Calif. – Fresno FC announced on Thursday evening it had signed striker Jaime Chavez for the 2019 USL Championship season, pending league and federation approval. A California native, Chavez arrives after most recently competing for fellow USL Championship side the Tampa Bay Rowdies late in the 2018 campaign.
“This one is a really, really big signing for us,” said Foxes Head Coach Adam Smith. “He’s a player that’s got a very good pedigree and has played at a high level for a lot of teams. He has a very good goals-per-game ratio and he’s an experienced player. He’s that guy we’ve been looking for, who can score lots of goals in a true No. 9 position, so we’re delighted to have him. We expect big things from him, and we hope he enjoys his time here in Fresno.”
The 31-year-old forward appeared in five matches and recorded one goal for Tampa Bay after arriving late in the season from Miami FC. While in Miami, he recorded nine goals in 11 appearances over the 2018 campaign as he led the side to a championship.
Chavez grew up playing in the Chivas USA youth academy before seeing stints with USL League Two clubs the Hollywood United Hitmen and LA Misioneros, during which he scored 30 goals across 42 appearances over three seasons. He broke into the professional ranks in 2014 with the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he scored 20 goals in two seasons before making a move to Miami FC late in 2015. At Miami, Chavez scored a combined 18 goals over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, taking that form into Miami’s championship season.