Lawson Vaughn went under the knife today. The Chivas USA right back had his left ankle operated on and will be out for six weeks.
Chivas USA's training camp opens on Feb. 4 so obviously Vaughn will be among those not in action at the start of the preseason. No need to rush him back, though, as Vaughn is better off letting his ankle heal safely than risking it by coming back too soon.
Vaughn's got the right back spot sewn up, and if he doesn't I'd need a lengthy explanation as to why not. He's versatile enough to play in the middle but his speed is better suited out right. And if Chivas will play a 4-3-3 this season, he would provide good service from the right side while still having enough speed to get back and defend.