So long, Tristan...
The Los Angeles Galaxy parted ways with Tristan Bowen on Wednesday, shipping him to rival club Chivas USA. The received allocation money in the process to bring in players that will be mentioned later in this piece.
“It’s a bit of a risk and a gamble on our part because we feel Tristan is a young player with great potential,” Galaxy coach Bruce Arena told MLSsoccer.com. “Given the issues with dealing with salary cap and improving our team in the short term, giving consideration to a third Designated Player, we had an opportunity to support that kind of thinking with receiving some allocation money in this trade.”
Bowen was the first homegrown signing for Los Angeles, and in 17 appearances, he's scored two goals.
Now his colors change from blue and gold...to red and white.
“Tristan is a talented, explosive player, and we’re excited to bring him to the club,” Chivas USA interim general manager Jose Domene said in a statement. “He’s has a lot of experience at this level for a player of his age. We look forward to helping him develop into a top player alongside many of the other young, local players we have on our roster."
"We’ve made a move which we think could help us in the short term realizing that, obviously, this is a young player with a lot of potential,” Arena said. “There is a give and take to all of this stuff. Trades are not one-sided and this certainly is not. There’s an upside in this trade certainly for Chivas and hopefully there’s an upside in this trade for the Galaxy.
To duplicate that kind of performance is not going to be easy and, you know, it never is in this league. Things are sometimes short-term and realizing that we want to at least be able to inject ourselves for a few more resources for the short term.”
...hello, Juan Pablo!? And Frankie goes to Hollywood!
The allocation money received was used to bring in from the New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew Juan Pablo Angel and Frankie Hejduk, respectively.
Angel was picked fifth in the first round of Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft. Hejduk was acquired from Sporting Kansas City, who picked him eighth. Luke Sassano was picked 14th by the G's before they traded him to Kansas City.
Ángel is the Red Bulls all-time leading scorer, tallying 61 goals for the club in all competitions, including 58 in the regular season. A native of Medellin, Colombia, Ángel joined the Red Bulls in 2007, when they were coached by current Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, and was a finalist for the MLS MVP award that season, scoring 19 goals, which were the second most in MLS.
One year later, Ángel led the Red Bulls to the Western Conference Championship and a berth in MLS Cup for the first time in club history, scoring twice in a 4-1 aggregate goal win over Houston in their Western Conference Semifinal Series. A three-time All-Star, Ángel appeared in all 30 of the Red Bulls’ games in 2010, scoring a team-best 13 goals and helping them finish in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Ángel began his career in his native Colombia with Nacional Medellin before joining River Plate in Argentina in 1997. He moved to England in January 2001, joining Aston Villa of the Premier League.
Hejduk is an MLS original, having debuted for the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996. Primarily an outside back, the 36-year-old former UCLA star spent three seasons with the Mutiny before moving to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen following the 1998 FIFA World Cup. After four years in Germany, Hejduk joined FC St. Gallen in Switzerland in September 2002.
He returned to MLS in 2003, joining the Columbus Crew, with whom he has spent the last eight seasons, serving as the club’s captain for the last five years. In that time, he appeared in more than 150 regular season and postseason games for the club, helping the Crew win their first MLS Cup championship in 2008.
He started all four of the club’s postseason games that year and scored his team’s third and final goal as they defeated New York 3-1 at The Home Depot Center. In 197 career MLS regular season appearances, Hejduk has scored 12 goals and added 25 assists.
A veteran of the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, as well as the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, Hejduk has made 85 appearances with the U.S. National Team since debuting in 1996.
In addition to playing at two World Cups, appearing in seven of the eight games that the U.S. played in France and Japan/Korea, Hejduk also helped his country qualify for the 2006 World Cup, for which he was named to the squad but was forced to withdraw because of a knee injury, and the 2010 World Cup.
A member of the U.S.’s CONCACAF Gold Cup winning teams in 2002, 2005 and 2007, Hejduk scored the first of his seven international goals in December 1996, tallying in a 2-2 draw with Guatemala in a World Cup Qualifier. His last goal for the U.S. also came in a World Cup Qualifier, heading home a late equalizer, after setting up his team’s opening goal, as the U.S. earned a 2-2 draw with El Salvador in March 2009.
“The reason we took [Angel] in the Re-Entry Draft is we think we can make it work,” Arena said in a media conference call on Wednesday. "I think Juan wants to make it work and we just have to get into some discussions this week and see if we can reach an agreement.
“We’re not going to be acquiring Juan to play five years for the LA Galaxy. We know that. I think Juan has two or three years left in him. Juan played in every game last year for New York. We think he’s a fit player and his fitness has been a big reason for his success over the years. He’s a very good professional and takes very good care of himself.”
Angel will look to form a potent scoring tandem with Edson Buddle.
"He can score goals," Arena said of the Red Bulls' all-time leading scorer. "He’s very good in front of the goal. He can hold the ball up and I think, although Edson is similar, I still think they’ll be a good duo if we can get them both on the field together.”
When asked of Angel being listed as a DP, Arena noted that it would be a possible conclusion. “I would think there’s a chance he's certainly going to be a Designated Player," Arena said. "We haven’t gotten into those discussions. There are other mechanisms in the league that allow for a player not to be a Designated Player. My guess is if we sign him, he’ll likely have that designation.”
These are the results of the Stage 2 Re-Entry Draft.
- D.C. United: Josh Wolff
- Chivas USA: Jimmy Conrad
- New England Revolution: Ryan Cochrane
- LA Galaxy: Juan Pablo Ángel
- Chicago Fire: Cory Gibbs
- Sporting Kansas City: Frankie Hejduk
- Seattle Sounders: Chris Seitz
- Columbus Crew: Jeff Cunningham
- LA Galaxy: Luke Sassano
- Colorado Rapids: Tyrone Marshall
- New England Revolution: Fred