February 7, 2011
Boyens trying to catch on with Chivas
Former Red Bulls central defender Andrew Boyens in on trial with Chivas USA.
|Former Red Bulls defender Andrew Boyens is trying out with Chivas USA.
Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images
Boyens, 27, was offered a contract to return to the club for this MLS season, but declined.
Boyens replaced Michael Umana in the 53rd minute of Chivas' 1-0 MLS pre-season win over the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Monday.
The Goats also have brought in former MLS defender Simon Elliott for a look.
Elliott has played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Columbus Crew and San Jose Earthquakes, as well as Fulham in England. He most recently played with Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand.
"I want a season where I can be a bit more consistent,” Boyens told MLSsoccer.com. “I was away for a bit of time last year and it will be a nice to have a club-team year as opposed to national-team year, which the last few years have been.
“I’d like to play here for the year, but I don’t want to expect too much. I want a clean slate and I want to be able to perform and have my chance to play.”
Boyens did not see any MLS action with the Red Bulls last season, although he did appear in Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup matches.
The 6-4, 180-lb. Boyens and Elliott were members of the New Zealand team that went undefeated (0-0-3) during last summer's World Cup.
His departure left only five players from the pre-Backe and Erik Soler era.
The remaining players are defender-midfielder Danleigh Borman, goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, midfielder Dane Richards, forward Giorgi Chirgadze and defender Carlos Mendes.