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Najar and Bowen off to slow starts
by Paul Kennedy, April 25th, 2011 8:03PM

TAGS:  chicago fire, chivas usa, d.c. united, fc dallas, mls


[HOMEGROWN WATCH] Homegrown star Juan Agudelo came off the bench to score an early candidate for 2011 Goal of the Year in the New York Red Bulls' 4-0 win over D.C. United, but several other players coming off promising 2010 seasons are struggling in 2011.

Andy Najar, the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year, didn't get off the bench for D.C. United in the New York loss.

Najar, who recently recovered from a bout with the flu, has endured a sophomore slump, starting just two games so far in 2011.

(Click here for more on Najar.)

Another of the homegrown players to see plenty of action in 2010 is Tristan Bowen, but since a trade from Los Angeles to Chivas USA he's only made one brief appearance.

A sprained ankle has kept Bowen on the sidelines for offense-starved Chivas USA.

DALLAS CUP JOURNEY. Starting four homegrown players -- Jon Top, Victor Ulloa, Bryan Leyva and U.S. under-20 international Moises Hernandez -- FC Dallas swept its group at the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup, but it fell to Tigres of Mexico, 5-0, in the Super Group semifinals.

FC Dallas was looking to become the first MLS team -- and only the second American team -- to win the Super Group. The Dallas Texans won in 2006.

FC Dallas won the U-15 age group to become only the second MLS team to win a Dallas Cup championship. The Houston Dynamo won the 2008 U-19 and 2010 U-16 titles.

FUTURE PROSPECTS. The Chicago Fire opened its 2011 MLS Reserve League season with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Teams are allowed to dress up to five Academy players Reserve League games, and Fire academy players Peter Beasley, Manny Rios and Brady Wahl all came on as second-half subs.

7-0 Nizar Khalfan (Vancouver)
5-2 Juan Agudelo (New York)
4-0 Ruben Luna (FC Dallas)
4-0 Andy Najar (D.C. United)
3-0 Russell Teibert (Vancouver)
3-0 Bill Hamid (D.C. United)
2-0 Ethan White (D.C. United)
2-0 Oscar Cordon (Toronto FC)
1-0 Tristan Bowen (Chivas USA)
1-0 Keith Makubuya (Toronto FC)
1-0 Ashtone Morgan (Toronto FC)
1-0 Alex Dixon (Houston)

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