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Two Cuban Defectors Will Get Chivas Tryout

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Two players who left the Cuban national team during the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston earlier this month will get a tryout with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

Chivas USA spokesman Keegan Pierce, said yesterday that Lester More, a 28-year-old forward, and Osvaldo Alonso, a 21-year-old midfielder, are expected to work out with the team during the week of July 9.

"We have been aware of these players since word of their defection came through during the Gold Cup," Pierce said. "We filed an application with the league for the right of first refusal to sign them.

"We've been in contact with them via a person who is representing them. They are currently in Miami, and our intention is to bring them to train with our team following our return from our upcoming road trip to Dallas and New England."

Chivas USA's leading scorer is Maykel Galindo, who left the Cuban national team two years ago in Seattle. He eventually received political asylum and played for the Seattle Sounders of the United Soccer Leagues' First Division, where he played until joining Chivas USA during the preseason.

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