Los Angeles Soccer: Eric Marscheider

CHIVAS USA: Meet the new trialists

February, 21, 2012
2/21/12
3:09
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CARSON -- Who are the newest trialists in Chivas USA camp? Do they have a chance to make the roster?

It's Colombian attacking midfielder Jose Manuel Najera and Brazilian wing/forward Alan da Silva Souza, and yes, of course.

Najera and Souza began training with the Goats last week, but the league's offices were closed for the Presidents Day weekend, so the club couldn't submit its “discovery” claims until Tuesday morning. The club asked their identities be kept secret until Tuesday.

Najera, 23, is an attacking midfielder who has played since 2006 with Real Cartagena. He has made one appearance, in 2009, for Colombia's national team.

Souza, 24, is a wide attacker who has spent most of the past six years in the Ukraine, with Metalurh Donestsk, Arsenal Kyiv and Stal Alchevsk, and most recently played in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca.

“I think that we have a couple players in who play with a bit of savvy and a bit of understanding and who are technically good as well, so they're interesting to watch,” Chivas coach Robin Fraser said Monday. “[They are] guys who, as you watch them play, certainly, day by day, you can see the qualities that they have, and their understanding of how to move about the field, and both have good attacking minds, for sure.”

Fraser said the club had been following them for “maybe a month or so” and discovered them via “connections.”

“Connections, man, you've got to have connections,” he said. “You have a lot of contacts and you make a lot of contacts throughout the year, and you're in constant contact with these contacts. You always hear information about players who might be interesting or might be available or just things to keep on the radar.

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