Following up on the news from yesterday, it has been revealed by Adam Serrano on twitter that Chivas USA forward Tristan Bowen has been loaned to Belgian second-division club KSV Roeselare. Bowen has only featured in three matches for Chivas this season, all as a substitute, after being traded from the Galaxy in the offseason. Bowen had a severe ankle injury early in the season, and after coming back into health has never really earned a spot in Robin Fraser's rotation. Some speculate that as Bowen was obtained before Fraser's arrival, Bowen's days with the Goats were numbered from the very beginning.
So the good news is that Bowen will get an opportunity to gain some traction in his career, and I'm guessing this loan deal will only be the beginning, as he will likely be sold to his new club or another club at the conclusion of the loan period. I think the bad news is that this club seems to be pretty small time. I don't presume to be an expert of Belgian soccer, but KSV Roeselare is a semi-professional club, so pros and amateurs play together. Is this really the best situation to jump start a professional career for an American? I guess we will see for the 20-year old Bowen. Regardless, we wish Tristan the best of luck in this new phase in his career.
More news after the jumpAnother Chivas player has gotten an international call-up! In addition to Heath Pearce (USA) and Ante Jazic (Canada), Michael Umana has been announced to Costa Rica's roster in their upcoming friendlies. Like Pearce, Umana will be in familiar confines when Costa Rica takes on the United States September 2 at the Home Depot Center, and is also called up for the Ticos match against Ecuador in South America on September 6. With that, three of Chivas' four starting defenders have been called up for the early September international window. Congrats to Umana!
Some bad news: Adam Serrano (busy day!) has also reported that midfielder Paulo Nagamura has a broken foot and has already undergone surgery. He has a broken fifth metatarsal bone, and for those of you unfamiliar with this type of injury, obviously broken feet for soccer players are a common and tricky problem. It is never wise to rush a player with a broken foot back, because if it doesn't fully heal, complications and further injury are likely. As a result, it is quite likely Nagamura is done for the season, although no official projections have been publicly made yet. And for a player who has battled many injuries, not only this season but in his career, he needs to make sure he's fully healed before getting back in action. Here's hoping for a speedy and safe recovery for Paulo.
In the Sammy Ochoa saga, Chivas have passed on him in the Allocation Order, where they have the top spot, and the Seattle Sounders moved up to the fourth slot to grab him. Seattle traded a third-round pick for the allocation spot. Another instance where the club sits on an allocation slot without picking a player up. As we get closer and closer to the end of the season, the more and more unlikely it is that Chivas will not use it, which has to be disappointing. Coming on the heels of the news that Chivas has if not the lowest then one of the top three lowest payrolls in the league is a continued unwillingness to spend on many players. Now, to be fair, Ochoa has hardly played in Mexico, so maybe he just didn't justify a selection at a certain salary, but we'll have to wait and see how he does with the Sounders. But it appears to be an overall statement of intent, that the club will not make an effort to purchase talent that may be above league minimum standards, for the foreseeable future.
What do you think of the news? Happy for Bowen? Happy for Umana? Sad for Nagamura? Thoughts on Ochoa? Leave a comment below!