Rumor: Raphael Wicky to Chivas USA

Several reports tonight indicate that Chivas USA is prepared to sign defensive midfielder Raphael Wicky.
The 30-year-old Swiss international is currently playing for FC Sion in his native Switzerland after losing his place in the first team at Hamburger SV. He has also played for Werder Bremen and Atletico Madrid in his career, but is preparing to move to Major League Soccer at this hour. Wicky actually trained with Chivas in August of last year, but ultimately returned to Europe, despite drawing interest from several MLS teams.

Wicky has been capped 75 times for the Swiss national team and performed well for the Nati in World Cup 2006, as Switzerland was the only team in the tournament that did not concede a goal during regulation - though they were ultimately dumped out of the tournament in penalty kicks by Ukraine in the round of 16. Wicky was also called up for the European Championships in 1996 and 2004, and could again appear in the competition this year, as Switzerland automatically qualified for Euro '08 as a co-hosting country.

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