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Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara set for second ChivaClásico
Losing to your older brother in anything burns deeper than most losses. But Chivas USA will get a chance to avenge their 2009 loss to their Mexican hermano, Chivas de Guadalajara, when the two sides face off in a friendly next month.
Announced on Thursday, the second ChivaClásico will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at San Diego’s PETCO Park, home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.
Chivas de Guadalajara are Mexico’s most successful club. They have won 11 league titles and boast a roster of stars, including Mexican internationals Omar Bravo (recently signed to join the Kansas City Wizards in January), Jonny Magallón, Adolfo “Bofo” Bautista and Alberto Medina.
The last time the two Chivas sides squared off, last year at the Rose Bowl, the Mexican club walked away 2-0 winners, thanks to a brace from Omar Arellano. For the Americans, revenge is in order. The friendly will be the second on Chivas de Guadalajara’s tour of the US.
Real Salt Lake knew that sooner or later there was going to be an MLS team that would take former assistant Robin Fraser to be its head coach. That moment finally arrived on Tuesday, as Chivas USA named the former Galaxy player as their new manager.
“We’re extremely pleased he’s gotten this opportunity,” RSL manager Jason Kreis told MLSsoccer.com. “He’s been in contention last couple of years and occasionally felt hard done by that he didn’t get the opportunity sooner.
“It’s well-deserved and no doubt he’s going to be fantastic head coach in the league. He leaves a gaping hole in our staff and we have to address it in fairly short order.”
The hole is even greater given that Fraser will also be taking along the club’s director of the RSL-Arizona youth academy, Greg Vanney, who will now serve as Chivas USA assistant.
Since Fraser was under contract with Real Salt Lake, the two Western Conference clubs have reached an agreement for minimal future considerations, according to RSL GM Garth Lagerwey.
Chivas USA and Corona Extra Announce Major Sponsorship Agreement
One of the world’s leading beer companies teams up with Major League Soccer club in multiyear deal; Full details of agreement will be unveiled at a Feb. 16 event in downtown Los Angeles
CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, January 25, 2011) – In a landmark agreement between Club Deportivo Chivas USA of Major League Soccer and Grupo Modelo, the leading beer company in Mexico and one of the top brewers in the world, Corona Extra has become the presenting sponsor of Chivas USA. The multiyear agreement will see the logo of Corona Extra, the leading brand in Mexico and the top imported beer in the United States, on Chivas USA team gear, as well as having a significant and visible presence at Chivas USA’s home games and other events.
Corona Extra has been the number one imported premium beer in the US for more than a decade and is the top imported beer in 50 of the 170 countries in which it is currently present. Grupo Modelo is known for its sports sponsorships not only in Mexico but all over the world, and made for a natural fit between the Mexican-owned Chivas USA and Corona Extra, a premium beer known the world over as a symbol of Mexico, quality and great sports.
Full details of the agreement will be unveiled at a February 16 event in downtown Los Angeles. More information on the celebration will be made available in the coming days
Moreno vows to give full commitment to Chivas
Forward hurt, but not bitter, about trade from Philadelphia
This wasn’t part of Alejandro Moreno’s plan.
The veteran striker expected to be part of the Philadelphia Union’s future, to help the expansion team grow into an MLS powerhouse.
But Moreno’s time in Philadelphia ended after just one season when he was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps in the 2010 Expansion Draft and then immediately traded to Chivas USA.
“When I was approached about coming to Philadelphia in the first place, I made a commitment not only with the team but certainly in buying a place in Philadelphia and moving my family,” Moreno told MLSsoccer.com by phone as he began his preseason training with Chivas. “I was fully committed to the organization and I bought fully into what the team was trying to do.”
Pearce a valuable asset for transitional Chivas USA group
Fraser praises defender's skills, character after trade completed
CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The news that Heath Pearce had been traded to Chivas USA surfaced pretty quickly on Tuesday, and Pearce’s new team was busy battling Real Salt Lake in a scrimmage when the final confirmation came down.
But it might be safe to say this has been in Robin Fraser’s plans for quite a while, since long before he became a head coach.
“If by ‘awhile,’ you mean two or three years, probably,” the new Goats boss joked to MLSsoccer.com after Tuesday’s game. “[Pearce is] a player that I didn’t know very well before he came to the league, but once he got into the league and I saw him playing with Dallas, he’s a player I’ve admired a lot from the beginning.”
Coming from one of the best defenders in MLS history during his own playing days, that’s a pretty nice compliment. With his own 10-year MLS career and time with the US national team, Fraser points to Pearce’s experience in Denmark and Germany and with the USMNT as something his young team can make good use of during the transitional period.
With Corona, Chivas plan big splash in LA
Club sees partnership as a chance to "relaunch" franchise ideals
To add to the plethora of changes is a new corporate partner: Mexican beer company Corona. On Wednesday night, in an event in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Chivas USA announced that the Mexican beer giant will be the club’s jersey sponsor.
The multi-year partnership is one that the Rojiblancos hope can create a serious buzz among fans and business executives alike. It is also a deal that could assist Chivas USA in making a serious splash in the Los Angeles area.
“Corona is one of the most recognizable brands worldwide, and to partner with a company that has been proven to do things the right way is just the perfect match,” Chivas USA president and co-owner Antonio Cue told MLSsoccer.com. “This is a great opportunity for the franchise to relaunch a lot of ideals starting with 2011."
"We are re-doing a lot of things on the soccer side with our new coaching staff and new players, and having Corona as our main sponsor shows the tremendous respect that there is for the Chivas brand,” he added.
The Corona emblem will be front-and-center on the team jerseys, and the club is in talks with the company to have a number of promotions between the two entities, including plans for a television spot featuring the club
Kick Off: LA's Goats unveil plans to become all-SoCal squad
Ahead of Saturday's SuperClásico, Chivas USA outline blueprint to own LA
Take a good look at today’s version of Chivas USA. Because it will be very different in just a few years.
As they prepare to take on their rivals, the LA Galaxy, in the SuperClásico on Saturday night (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2 and ESPNDeportes), one Chivas USA executive outlines the future vision for the club: “We will play only with South California players. … It will be the real thing — homegrown players through development rather than hiring stars.” Call it the anti-Galaxy approach.
05-22-2011, 05:16 PM
Chivas are trying too hard. I'm intregued by the decision, but they're still trying too hard.
Lots of talent there though.
Chivas USA in discussions on potential move from HDC
Co-owner Cué confirms talks on new Chivas USA stadium in LA
CARSON, Calif. — Chivas USA have confirmed to MLSsoccer.com that club owners are in active conversations with multiple communities in Los Angeles regarding a potential new home for the Goats, who currently share the Home Depot Center with the LA Galaxy.
“There are a lot of cities asking for us to move and we're evaluating that, but it's going to take some time and right now, we're focusing on playing here this year,” co-owner Antonio Cué told MLSsoccer.com from the HDC. “We will study all the locations and when we are ready to make a move then we'll let everyone know. We're not ready now though because all of [the cities] seem to be pretty good.
“But we're obviously talking to a lot of cities that are all within LA and there is nothing outside of LA County,” he added.
07-07-2011, 08:50 PM
This would be a good move for them. Anything to make them less like the Clippers.
CHIVAS USA: Angel says he's coming
Juan Pablo Angel says he's moving his stuff around the corner, to Chivas USA's locker room at Home Depot Center, after being forced to leave the Galaxy after Irish forward Robbie Keane was signed.
The Galaxy announced Keane's signing Monday, but Angel officially remains on their roster -- he can stay there until Keane gets his visa, but Major League Soccer clubs are allowed just three Designated Players, and Keane will join Landon Donovan and David Beckham as the Galaxy's trio.
“Not the best scenario, but these are the rules here in the league, and they should be respected ...,” Angel told ESPN Deportes Los Angeles. “After [the decision was] communicated to leave, the opportunity arose to be with Chivas, and I met with the coach [Robin Fraser]. ... I had other options in the MLS, but my family recently moved here, and various other things, I decided it was best to stay here, explore this option as presented and enjoy.”
10/16/2011 @6:00PM PDT
ESPN and ESPN Deportes
Los Angeles v. Chivas USA
The Home Depot Center
CHIVAS USA: A most entertaining 'wake'
By Scott French]
CARSON -- “This is a funeral, of course. You guys are at the wake of my career. So I appreciate you guys coming. I hope you're enjoying the food at the back.”
With that, Jimmy Conrad was off and roaring in the most entertaining news conference we've seen at Home Depot Center -- and we've seen plenty.
The Chivas USA defender had plenty to say during his retirement announcement Thursday: http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/soccer/post/_/id/10448/chivas-usa-a-most-entertaining-wake
On what he'll take from his brief Chivas USA experience: “I think the biggest thing I'll take out of it is knowing the club is in good hands, and for the first time in a long time I have a lot of hope where this sport is going in this country. I think these guys [Fraser and Vanney] get it, they're smart, and I'm glad they're in charge because ... it's time for a new breath of fresh air, and I think these are the guys to do it.
Goat Notes: Chivas USA eyeing Ochoa through allocation
Fraser admits interest in ex-US U-20 int'l
Chivas USA and their No. 1 spot in the allocation order are on the clock once again.
After passing on Freddy Adu and Benny Feilhaber, the Rojiblancos have the opportunity to select former United States Under-20 international Sammy Ochoa, who signed a contract with MLS on Wednesday. The Riverside, Calif., native has been with Mexican club Estudiantes Tecos since 2006 and has seen sporadic action for the Guadalajara-based club.
Ochoa’s team will be decided by Friday, and after the Chivas' defeat to the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night, head coach Robin Fraser admitted that Ochoa was a person of interest for the Goats.
“We have looked at him in the past,” Fraser told MLSsoccer.com over the phone on Wednesday. “Certainly this happened very fast on the day of the game, so we haven’t spent any time talking about it yet, but he’s a player that we will certainly discuss over the next two days. We really need to look at him and see how he plays. We looked at him in the past, so we just need to re-evaluate.”
Chivas keep playoff hopes alive in 3-0 win vs. TFC
JPA has seven goals in five games for CUSA
CARSON, Calif. — Juan Pablo Angel continued his torrid scoring pace, bagging two goals and keeping Chivas USA’s faint playoff hopes alive in a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC at the Home Depot Center Saturday night.
Angel’s brace halted Toronto FC’s two-game winning streak and gives the Colombian five goals in his last three games for a total of six since he joined Chivas USA on August 17th. The victory gives Chivas USA their first win at home since a 3-0 victory on July 23 while Toronto FC finish the season winless in the Pacific Time Zone.
Chivas hoping to keep red-hot Ángel for 2012
Vet striker in fine form, but will he be back?
When asked if the decision to bring Ángel back in 2012 came down to solely to Ángel's lofty contract — which is being paid primarily by the Galaxy — Fraser refused to speculate.
Bragging rights, Players and coaches talk about the heightened emotions of
CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, October 11, 2011) - It’s Superclasico week at The Home Depot Center again and you can feel the excitement building already. It started Monday with a 2-1 victory by Chivas USA in the Reserve League edition of the Superclasico. The buildup continues Saturday evening in the Barra Clasico as the teams’ supporters meet in a friendly game.
Galaxy Reserves fall to Chivas USA Reserves , 2-1
CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy saw their two-game unbeaten streak in the MLS Reserve League snapped with a 2-1 loss to Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center on Monday. Hector Jimenez gave LA a 1-0 first half lead but Chivas USA scored twice in a three minute span early in the second half to claim the victory.
Ángel unsure of his future at Chivas despite resurgence
Colombian striker plans to discuss one-year option with ownership
CARSON, Calif. – Juan Pablo Ángel’s blistering end to the 2011 season showed he has rediscovered his scoring touch. The matter of him discovering his future with Chivas USA is, however, not so straightforward.
Ángel is pleased with his performances for the Goats, as he proved his lethal predatory instincts are still present after enduring a frustrating start to the 2011 season while with the LA Galaxy.
“I have enjoyed my time here [at Chivas],” Ángel said on Saturday following Chivas USA's season-ending loss to Seattle. “It's been rewarding and it was good to finish scoring goals and get back to double figures again. For any striker, it's good to get to that mark so it was good for me to prove to myself that I could still do it.”
The LA Blues Scrimmage Against Chivas USA
Give trial players opportunity to impress against MLS opponents
Los Angeles Blues News Release -- www.bluessoccerclub.com
Sunday, November 13, 2011
CARSON, Calif. – The Los Angeles Blues fell 4-1 to MLS club Chivas USA in an offseason scrimmage Friday at the Home Depot Center. With both sides featuring a mix of trialists and players from their respective 2011 rosters, the Goats’ superior fitness manifested itself on the scoreboard, as Head Coach Robin Fraser’s men only finished their campaign three weeks ago while the Blues’ season ended in mid-August.
Goat Notes: Chivas USA optimistic Angel will return
Re-signing Colombian a top priority; Ecuadorian MF Minda on radar
Chivas USA appear to be close to retaining veteran Juan Pablo Ángel after making his return one of the club’s priorities of the offseason.
The 36-year-old forward regained his scoring touch with Chivas after making a midseason move from the LA Galaxy last season, scoring seven goals in nine games in the club's possession-oriented system.
Chivas have been one of the more active MLS clubs this offseason, parting ways with young striker Justin Braun while trading for midfielder Ryan Smith and selecting midfielder Arturo Alvarez in the Re-Entry Draft earlier this week. They also shipped midfielder Paulo Nagamura out to Sporting Kansas City.
But keeping tabs on Ángel is crucial to the Goats’ success going forward. The Colombian’s 68 goals are tied for the fifth most all-time in MLS over five consecutive seasons, and he’s one of only two players in league history to score at least 10 goals in five straight seasons.
“Talks are ongoing with Juan,” Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser confirmed to MLSsoccer.com. “I'm certainly optimistic that we will have him next year, but until it's actually done, there's no guarantee.”
Chivas USA acquires Oswaldo Minda
MF stood out to Fraser while scouting other players in Ecuador
Chivas USA have added yet another piece to the puzzle for next season, signing Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda from Deportivo Quito on Wednesday.
Although the move seemed to be a certainty in recent weeks due to Minda’s comments about Chivas’ interest in the Ecuadorian media, the tenacious two-way midfielder had to fight his way onto Chivas' radar initially
Chivas USA part ways with Umana, three others
Rojiblancos also let go of Mondaini, Arias, Estupiñán during rebuild
The exhaustive roster turnover at Chivas USA continued on Wednesday, with head coach Robin Fraser confirming the departures of four members of his 2011 roster.
In a phone interview with MLSsoccer.com, Fraser said the club had parted ways with defender Michael Umaña, midfielder Marcos Mondaini, goalkeeper Sergio Arias and forward Víctor Estupiñán.
The out-of-contract Umaña, who played the most minutes of the quartet, departs Chivas USA after serving as a regular fixture in Fraser’s backline last season.
Congrats 2012 ChivaGirls
Meet the 2012 squad here!
It was a 3 day audition process, but after preliminary auditions, business interviews and the final dance call back on Tuesday, January 24th at Meridian Sports Club in Fullerton, the judges came to their final decision in selecting the following 19 young ladies to represent Chivas USA as their teams ambassadors and game day entertainment. We would like to thank ALL of the ladies that auditioned for the 2012 ChivaGirls and hope to see everyone return back to audition again next season.
Chivas USA unveils new jersey
Over 30,000 feet above sea level, Chivas USA unveils the new 2012 season jersey
“Welcome aboard. This is Volaris flight #912 from Guadalajara with Los Angeles as its final destination, this is your captain,” up until this moment, everything sounds like things you’d hear before a flight takes off. However, the more than 150 passengers on board exchanged surprised looks when the captain added, “I want to welcome each and every one of you, but in particular the members of the soccer team Chivas USA, who are joining us today and will present us, exclusively, their new 2012 season jersey!”
Chivas USA to use Tijuana friendly as measuring stick
CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA’s preseason is winding down and gaining game experience is paramount as the 2012 season quickly approaches.
The Rojiblancos will get their first dress rehearsal on Wednesday in their first preseason friendly when they take on Mexican Primera División side Club Tijuana at San Diego’s Torero Stadium.
With their season opener against the Houston Dynamo less than two weeks away, Chivas' match against the Xolos offers another opportunity for the club to see how far they’ve grown this preseason.
“We need to get up to competitive game speed and there is no other way than to be thrown into it,” head coach Robin Fraser told reporters on Monday. “If you play against a good team which is doing well in the Mexican first division, which is a good league, then you get to play a game in a stadium with lights on and a crowd and it’s all a process to get ready for the season.”
Juan Pablo Angel to stick with Chivas USA for 2012
CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA announced today that Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel will remain with the club during the 2012 MLS season. Details on the conversations were not released.
“At Chivas USA we are committed to assembling the best possible team, and having Juan Pablo Angel continue [with the team] for the 2012 season is proof of our organization’s commitment,” said the Red-and-White’s General Manager Jose Domene. “We know that Angel will have another great campaign, just like he did last season, bringing joy to our fans with his goals.”
Chivas' HDC reconfiguration augers future new stadium
CARSON, Calif. – If fans noticed anything during Chivas USA's First Kick loss to 2011 MLS Cup finalists Houston this past weekend, it was that the club has worked on being tighter at the back in 2012. They also might have noticed that matches are a much more intimate affair.
The club announced last on Saturday, on the eve of their opener, that they would alter the capacity of The Home Depot Center from 27,000 to 18,800 seats for all home matches in 2012. In order to limit capacity, the stadium’s east side upper deck and the entire north end stand (pictured, in background) are covered in team banners.
Chivas' HDC facelift made its debut on Sunday during the club’s 1-0 defeat to the Dynamo and was met with complete support from MLS Commissioner Don Garber.
“[Eighteen thousand] will be the size of their new stadium,” Garber said. “Whatever stadium that they build is going to be 18,000 seats. So I believe that they’re going to make progress on that stadium over the next couple of years, and their view was why not get started with a manifest that will replicate what that stadium will look like. The league was very supportive of the move.”
Look Who's Back
After weeks of waiting, Chivas' Angel could finally return
CARSON, Calif. – Juan Pablo Ángel believes that he’s ready to return to action this week when Chivas USA take on the Philadelphia Union (10:30 pm ET, watch LIVE online), and it’s not a moment too soon for the fiercely competitive forward.
Thursday May 17th
Front Office Clásico
Chivas USA Staff vs LA Galaxy Staff
Black Army 1850 vs LA Riot Squad
Union Ultras vs Angel City Brigade
Wild day ends with vastly improved Chivas USA outfit
CARSON, Calif. – It’s been a wild week for Chivas USA, but nothing topped a dramatic day of trades on Thursday that the Rojiblancos believe will help them contend for a playoff berth and, ultimately, an MLS Cup.
The Rojiblancos completed a deal that sent defender Heath Pearce to the New York Red Bulls for forward Juan Agudelo, and also completed the long-speculated deal that brought center back Danny Califf to the Home Depot Center in exchange for midfielder Mike Lahoud.
Califf’s move ends a bizarre rumor storm that had engulfed the club for several days, but Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser admitted that it was necessary to deal with the strange situation as the club looked to make a pair of deals all at once.
“There were a lot of things swirling, but certainly it made sense that if we lose a center back then we need to bring in a center back,” Fraser said. “Then the timing of the moves just worked out. That was certainly a consideration for us, to make sure that we don’t cut off our nose to spite our face. We wanted to make sure that we were able to cover ourselves and make improvements all at once.”
Agudelo, Califf eager for fresh starts with Chivas USA
CARSON, Calif. – Neither wanted it to be this way. But after tumultuous endings with their former clubs, Juan Agudelo and Danny Califf now get a fresh start with Chivas USA, and they’re looking to make the most of their new opportunity.
Less than 24 hours after being dealt west from New York and Philadelphia, respectively, the pair was on the training field with the Rojiblancos on Friday as they prepared for Saturday’s SuperClásico matchup with the LA Galaxy
After finally joining the Rojiblancos, both players have put their past behind them and relishing the opportunity to make an impact in the SuperClásico.
“It’s going to be a fight, but I’ve been in plenty of those,” said Califf. “Probably not a whole lot of soccer in the beginning, more battles. But it’s kind of mean, so that’s fun.”
New signings play key role in Chivas' win vs. LA
CARSON, Calif. – With one victory in the SuperClásico, Chivas USA was able to wipe out a pair of dubious distinctions and build confidence for the long season ahead.
Jose Erik Correa’s penalty kick goal in the 72nd minute gave the Rojiblancos not only their first victory of the season at the Home Depot Center in 2012, but their first victory against the LA Galaxy in five years.
Recap: Chivas USA vs New York Red Bulls
Angel, Cooper trade goals as Chivas, RBNY tie 1-1
HARRISON, N.J. – Fresh off their takedown of the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA picked up a valuable point on the road on Wednesday night with a thrilling 1-1 draw against the Eastern Conference-leading New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena.
Juan Pablo Ángel scored the opener early in the second half in his return to Red Bull Arena, but Kenny Cooper continued his torrid scoring streak by knocking in the equalizer shortly after.
The draw saw Chivas USA move to 4-6-2 on the season, and extended their unbeaten streak to three games. It also marked the first time the 8-3-3 Red Bulls failed to win a game since April 22, a stretch of five matches.
CHV 1, SEA 1
Juan Agudelo scores his first for Chivas USA; Red-and-White unbeaten in last four
CARSON, Calif. –Juan Agudelo and David Estrada traded second half goals as Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders played to a 1-1 draw at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
Agudelo put Chivas USA ahead in the 57th minute with his first goal of 2012, a lead they would hold for just four minutes until Estrada found the equalizer.
Angel, Agudelo still developing partnership for Chivas
CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA have been seeking a strike force to break them out of their offensive doldrums, and the combination of Juan Pablo Ángel and Juan Agudelo just may be the one to do so – but they’ll need some seasoning first.
In what was just their second start together during Chivas’ 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake last weekend, the former New York Red Bulls teammates combined well but were unable to seriously challenge the RSL defense until the game’s dying minutes. Despite the fact that the pair was unable to score, Ángel (above left) cautioned that partnerships don't click overnight.
Chivas MF Minda out indefinitely with dislocated shoulder
CARSON, Calif. — Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda dislocated his shoulder in training on Saturday and will be lost for an indefinite amount of time, head coach Robin Fraser told reporters on Monday.
“He had a collision with the ground,” said Fraser, who missed around a month for the LA Galaxy in 1999 with the same injury. “He just fell, landed awkwardly and his shoulder came out.”
Chivas 1, Timbers 0
Ecuadorian forward Miller Bolanos scored his first MLS goal and helped earn the team 3 points
CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA made an early goal from Miller Bolaños stand as the club beat Portland by 1-0 in a rare Wednesday afternoon match.
The victory moved Chivas four points clear of Portland and, at least temporarily, to within three points of fifth place in the Western Conference. Portland, meanwhile, stayed on 19 points, even with FC Dallas at the bottom of the table.
Chivas opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Ryan Smith knifed through Portland’s left side. Smith beat Portland’s Steven Smith, danced past Mamadou “Futty” Danso and sent the ball in from the right side of the goal area. Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins dove and got his hands on the ball, but could only slow it down as it rolled out to Bolaños. The Ecuadorian coolly slotted the ball into a gaping net as Kosuke Kimura tried in vain to stop him.
For Chivas & LA
finally a SuperClasico that truly matters
CARSON, Calif. – Emotion and passion have always been the two key elements in SuperClasicos gone by.
Importance has not.
Saturday’s meeting between Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy, though, is different. The Rojiblancos are battling for a playoff spot with their in-stadium rivals as only a narrow margin separates the two sides. As early as it still is in the season, a win for either team could prove a decisive moment in their playoff fates.
“These Clasico games are crazy so we just need to make sure we come in, are focused and take care of business,” Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said. “Without a doubt, we need to make sure we take advantage of these. This is where we could really do some damage.”
Feeling "great," Goats' Agudelo eyes return vs Portland
CARSON, Calif. — For most of July, the news for Juan Agudelo has not been good.
A swollen knee banished him to the sidelines and kept the 19-year-old from playing in any games this month.
However, the chance to make one final appearance before the month ends has seemingly presented itself. Agudelo returned to training this week and expressed optimism about his chances of playing in the Red-and-White’s match at Portland on Saturday (11 pm ET, watch on MLS LIVE).
Califf pumped for first Chivas goal, first win in Portland
If Chivas USA reach the postseason, they'll have to send a thank-you card to the Rose City.
Danny Califf scored as a scrappy Chivas side beat Portland 1-0 at JELD-WEN Field on Saturday, and in doing so, completed a season sweep of the Timbers.
Just 10 days ago, the Red-and-White took an identical result from a home match against the Timbers, and having faced them so soon was a benefit for Chivas, who went into the game with the confidence.
“It helped to have played them recently," Califf (above, third from right) told reporters after Saturday's victory. "I think the personnel they put out tonight didn’t change much from when we played. “That was good in knowing how to match up with them.”
News of Joseph trade
hits stunned Revolution players hard
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The news of Shalrie Joseph's departure almost seemed too significant and too surprising for his teammates to process on Wednesday morning.
Joseph no longer a Rev? On his way to Chivas USA in a trade?
Even in the volatile world of MLS, the move represents a dramatic shift for a club that has leaned on Joseph for the past decade to lead the team on the field and in the locker room.
“It still hasn't quite sunk in,” Revolution goalkeeper and longtime teammate Matt Reis told MLSsoccer.com. “It's been an interesting morning. There have been some seismic events, even though we don't get too many earthquakes around here.”
Losing the imposing and pervasive presence of their captain certainly qualifies as a dramatic shock. Joseph, 34, wielded plenty of influence within the squad and his absence will create a significant void to fill in several different areas.
Joseph eager to start fresh at Chivas after impasse in NE
CARSON, Calif. – When Shalrie Joseph was dealt from New England to Chivas USA a week ago, his immediate reaction was sadness.
Not too long after, though, his mindset changed.
“Once the initial shock wore off, it was, ‘What’s next for me?’” Joseph told reporters on Monday. “That’s how I live my life. What’s next? What can I do in the next moment? How can I make myself better?”
Having had the chance to talk to his new teammates and coaches, though, Joseph’s familiar smile is back. After spending his entire career with the Revolution, Joseph suddenly finds himself in the midst of a Western Conference playoff chase. While it was difficult to depart the Northeast, the door that opened out west is one he now looks at with eagerness.
“For me to come down here in a nice place, a nice environment ... it put a big smile on my face,” Joseph said. “I’m moving into a team that’s in the hunt for the playoffs, a great environment, great locker room, great players around me. That’s what the big smile’s about.”
Joseph trained with the Rojiblancos for the first time on Monday after only having gotten into Southern California late Sunday. He was immediately greeted with a taste of what life figures to be like for him now – a relaxed atmosphere and loads of sunshine.
Joseph to add excitement
The midfielder could make his debut with the Goats this Sunday
CARSON, Calif. – When Chivas USA dealt for Shalrie Joseph, they not only added quality and experience to the club but also did something else.
They added excitement.
Joseph's arrival has sent a jolt through his new teammates, who said they look forward to lining up alongside the longtime MLS superstar.
"For me he's been probably the best central midfielder that we've had in this league for a number of years," Chivas striker Juan Pablo Ángel said. "To have a player of his caliber here I think is going to be great. I hope we can help him settle in as soon as possible so he can have his full potential on the field but I am extremely, extremely excited to have him here."
Chivas USA's Dan Kennedy and Juan Pablo Angel
spoke to media previous to this Sunday's SuperClásico
Joseph vows better from Chivas after uninspiring debut
The new Goat made his debut in the Red-and-White's SuperClasico loss
CARSON, Calif. – After a full week of training and anticipation, Shalrie Joseph finally debuted with Chivas USA.
His debut, though, fizzled out. Joseph had little impact his first time out with his new club as the veteran midfielder – like the rest of his teammates – spend 90 minutes chasing shadows in a 4-0 drubbing courtesy of the LA Galaxy.
“It’s not good enough, bottom line, what I did tonight,” Joseph said after Sunday's match. “We just have to be better next week. I have to work my tail off in practice this week and make sure everybody’s on the same page for Colorado.”
Angel makes Rapids pay as Chivas get late 1-1 tie
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Juan Pablo Ángel’s 83rd-minute equalizer gave visiting Chivas USA a last-gasp draw and perhaps a lifeline in the Western Conference table in a 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens failed to collect Tristan Bowen’s cross in the late going, and the veteran Ángel – a second-half substitute – pounced on the open rebound for his team-high fourth goal of the season in a game dominated by the home side.
Commissioner Garber on new LA downtown stadium
As we wait for more details from Chivas USA's new sole owners, Chivas Guadalajara's Jorge Vergara and Angelica Fuentes, here's something for Goats fans to get excited about.
In a video interview with Sports Business Journal, MLS Commissioner Don Garber makes mention of an "opportunity to build a stadium for them in downtown Los Angeles."
Garber says that Chivas USA is "a team we want to see rise up and create more excitement in the local market."
In addition to that news, there are plenty of nuggets for MLS fans to chew on, including expansion, a rivalry in New York, ownership in Columbus and the regular season Cascadia derby between Seattle and Portland that is "arguably the biggest and perhaps the most important event that we've had."
That Was Unexpected
Chivas score twice in final five minutes to stun FCD for draw
FRISCO, Texas — Laurent Courtois and Juan Agudelo both scored in the final four minutes of the match as Chivas USA rallied for an improbable 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Sunday night.
The hosts looked to be cruising to their seventh home win of the season after second-half goals from Jackson and Fabián Castillo, but Chivas scored in the 90th and 94th minute to earn the Goats an improbable point in both teams' season finale at a chilly FC Dallas Stadium.
Chivas part ways with Fraser as restructuring continues
Vergara takes full control
The Chivas USA owner spoke about changes in the club and getting the team to MLS Cup final
“We want to tell our fans that we’re investing money in the club and retaking the control of Chivas with the goal that they will be part of the local community, and that we give Chivas back to the fans. We want the club to become what we all want it to be, a successful team, and I’m sure fans are going to give it their all to support us,” finalized Vergara.
New Chivas USA sporting director promises winning, pride
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – New Chivas de Guadalajara and Chivas USA sporting director Dennis te Kloese is promising a bright future for fans of both clubs, but is keeping his cards close to his chest on how it will be achieved.
“The objective is that Chivas and Chivas USA should be winning teams and more than anything sources of pride for the fans,” announced Te Kloese in a press conference here on Wednesday.
Explanations of how te Kloese, whose hiring was announced on Christmas Eve, will split his time between the two institutions and what will be the process of improving Chivas USA from their dismal performance over the last three MLS seasons were not touched upon, with the Dutchman set to carry out an in-depth analysis of the structure of both clubs first.
Chivas USA's Agudelo to train at West Ham this week
Chivas continue rebuild,
send LaBrocca to COL for Avila
Chivas USA continued their offseason makeover on Tuesday, announcing that they have acquired the rights to attacker Eric Avila from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for midfielder Nick LaBrocca.
The Rapids had acquired the rights to the San Diego-born Avila, who has Mexican heritage, from Toronto FC in the 2012 Re-Entry Draft but did not reach an agreement with the 25-year-old.
Avila started his career at FC Dallas, scoring three goals in 63 appearances in his first three-and-a-half seasons in the league. He was then traded to Toronto FC in mid-2011, where he made 33 appearances. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2012, recording a goal and two assists while playing a career high 24 games.
Chivas USA roster shakeup continues: Townsend off to DC
“We were quite surprised that Casey was available for a trade and we pounced on it,” said D.C. United general manager Dave Kasper in club statement. “He is an exciting striker who brings a ton of energy to the attack, and we think he will be a great fit with our side. He is very happy to return to the D.C. Metropolitan area and we are equally excited to bring him back.”
Townsend becomes the sixth player to leave the club after José Luis Sánchez Solá (a.k.a. "El Chelís") took over as manager. Legendary forward Juan Pablo Ángel and midfield veteran Peter Vagenas were not brought back after their contracts expired. The club also declined the contract options of long-time MLS players Danny Califf and Alejandro Moreno. Attacking midfielder Nick LaBrocca and now Townsend have been traded.
WE WILL PUT UP A FIGHT!
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Chivas Guadalajara and Chivas USA sporting director Dennis te Kloese didn’t look comfortable in the press conference here last month to announce his new position.
Journalists asking quick-fire questions in search of the next day’s headline just didn’t seem to suit his style.
But chat at length with the Dutchman and you realize quickly that he plans long term, talks with substance not sound-bytes, has a deep understanding of soccer both sides of the border and possesses a steely drive as he confronts the biggest job in his career to date.
Chivas USA extend unbeaten streak
The Red-and-White defeated K-League's Gangwon FC 7-3 on Saturday
CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, February 9, 2013) – Chivas USA defeated Korean League side Gangwon FC, 7-3, today in its fourth preseason match at The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium. After falling behind by three, the Rojiblancos stormed back to score seven unanswered goals, led by Miller Bolaños, Jose Correa and Tristan Bowen, who knocked in two goals apiece. Julio Morales chipped in with a goal of his own in the rout. The match was also highlighted by the preseason debut of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy who played the entire final period.
Chivas USA signs Steve Purdy and Carlos Borja
Rojiblancos sign two defenders; officially part ways with four players from last season
CARSON, Calif. (Thursday, February 14, 2013) – Chivas USA announced today that the club has signed defenders Steve Purdy and Carlos Borja. Per league and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
The club also announced that it has declined to pick up the contract options of Paolo Cardozo, Ryan Smith and John Valencia, and waived Cesar Romero.
Nombre/Full Name: Steve Purdy
Pronunciation (English): PER-dee
Nacido el/Born: 2-5-1985
Lugar de nacimiento/Birthplace: Bakersfield, Calif.
Lugar de residencia/Hometown: Morgan Hill, Calif.
Estatura/Height: 1.95 m / 6’4”
Peso/Weight: 86 kg / 190 lbs
Último Equipo/Last Team: Portland Timbers
Adquisición/Acquired: Signed via discovery
Nombre/Full Name: Carlos Roberto Borja Baltazar
Pronunciation (English): BOR-ha
Nacido el/Born: 1-18-1988
Lugar de nacimiento/Birthplace: Anaheim, Calif.
Lugar de residencia/Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.
Estatura/Height: 1.83 m / 6’
Peso/Weight: 80 kg / 178 lbs
Último Equipo/Last Team: LA Blues (USL)
Adquisición/Acquired: Signed via discovery
2013 Depth Chart: Chivas USA
Chivas USA get three players on loan from Chivas Guadalajara
Chivas USA look set to reap the benefits of their closer relationship with their Mexican counterparts, as the club announced Friday that it has acquired three players on loan from CD Guadalajara.
Midfielder Edgar "El Chore" Mejía, defender Mario de Luna and forward Giovani Casillas will all join the Rojiblancos for the 2013 season, and the LA-based club will have an option to make the moves permanent
Chivas USA add veteran defenders
Walter Vilchez and Joaquin Velasquez
Velázquez, 37, comes to Chivas USA having once played for new head coach José Luis Sánchez Solá in Mexico’s First Division. As a part of Puebla, Sánchez Solá and Velázquez formed part of the team that helped take Los Camoteros to the top flight in 2007. The Veracruz-born defender made his pro debut in 1995 with Puebla and also had stints with Santos Laguna, Lobos BUAP and Veracruz.
Vílchez, 31, has earned 64 caps for Peru’s national team, recording one goal for his country. An experienced player in Peru’s top flight, Vílchez is a five-time champion – three times with Alianza Lima and twice with his most recent club Sporting Cristal. The left back also spent time in Mexico, first with Cruz Azul and then Puebla under Sánchez Solá. Vílchez made his professional debut in 2000 with Deportivo Wanka.
Chivas USA sign midfielders Josue Soto, Emilio Orozco
Chivas USA have been feverishly filling out their roster in the past week, making it official with several of their preseason trialists. On Wednesday, they made it seven in the last five days, announcing the signing of two more young Mexican-Americans in midfielders Josue Soto and Emilio Orozco.
Soto, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and Orozco, a Southern California product, join the Red-and-White via discovery. Per league and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed
2013 CHIVAS USA SECONDARY JERSEY
2013 CHIVAS USA PRIMARY JERSEY
Chivas USA to face Chivas Guadalajara in friendly match
in Ciudad Juarez
Chivas USA will square off against sister club Chivas Guadalajara in a friendly match on Wednesday, March 20, to be held in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez.
This will represent the first time the two sides have clashed since Guadalajara owner Jorge Vergara took full control of Chivas USA at the end of the 2012 season. Since then, Chivas USA have re-established a strong connection with their sister club and loaned in a number of players from the Mexican powerhouse.
CHV 3, DAL 1
Goals by Agudelo, Minda & Casillas lead Goats to 3-1 victory over FC Dallas
MLS Match Recap:
LA Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 1
CARSON, Calif. – Carlos Álvarez finished a late ball through the box in his Major League Soccer debut and Chivas USA overcame a controversial first-half red card to claim a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy in the first SuperClasico showdown of the season.
Jack McBean had given LA the lead in the 83rd minute, but Álvarez tapped home Carlos Borja's low cross through the box in the 89th to give Chivas a share of the points.
The Goats had gamely weathered center back Joaquín Velázquez's 40th-minute ejection and held off the dominant Galaxy's second-half forays until McBean got his head to a deflected ball from Mike Magee. Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy got his hand to the ball but couldn't keep it out of his net.
Kennedy and his backline had been strong in thwarting LA's attack, even more so after Velázquez was shown straight late in the first half, though the exactly ultimately failed to make the man advantage pay.
Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara play to 3-3 draw
Giovani Casillas, Jose Correa and Julio Morales each score for Chivas USA
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Chihuahua, Mexico (Wednesday, March 20, 2013) – Chivas USA and sister club Chivas Guadalajara played to a 3-3 draw Wednesday evening at Ciudad Juarez’s Estadio Olimpico in a match that featured two penalty kicks and two lead changes.
Guadalajara went up by two scores within the friendly’s first 21 minutes on goals by Jesus Sanchez and Luis Morales. The Rebaño Angelino stormed back with three scores to take the lead in the second half on scores from Giovani Casillas, Jose Correa and Julio Morales. In the 86th minute, Guadalajara’s Erik Torres equalized the match for good by knocking in the match’s second penalty kick.
A portion of the proceeds from the match will go toward EDUCARE, an education institute in Ciudad Juarez that builds hope for one of that city’s most marginalized and violence-stricken communities.
Chivas 4, Chicago 1
Edgar Mejia, Joaquin Velazquez, Juan Agudelo and an own goal lead Chivas USA to victory
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – This time, there was no comeback needed for Chivas USA in a 4-1 win over Chicago on Sunday.
The Goats scored opened the scoring for the first time this season when Edgar Mejia's 57th minute rocket found the back of the net, then Joaquin Velazquez scored the game winner a week after a phantom red card threatened to keep him out of Sunday's contest. A Juan Agudelo curler and an own goal from Chicago’s Jalil Anibaba finished the day off.
The Fire knew they'd have chances against Chivas USA’s bend-but-don’t-break defense, and the opportunities came in bunches during the first half.
03-31-2013, 09:36 AM
Chivas USA (3-1-1) extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-2-0) at The Home Depot Center Saturday night. The Rojiblancos were led by goals in each half - the first, a Vancouver own goal off a strike and the second on midfielder Eric Avila's first goal of the season. Vancouver's lone goal came on a Kenny Miller header in the second half. With the win, the Red-and-White are now in sole possession of second place with ten points in the Western Conference and continue to lead MLS in goals scored with ten.
- The Rojiblancos took their earliest lead of the season in the off a strike from midfielder Carlos Alvarez in the 12th minute from the left wing near the top of the 18-yard box. The rookie's shot deflected off a Vancouver defender near the short area and went past goalkeeper Joe Cannon's right for the 1-0 advantage.
- The Red-and-White nearly went up a second goal in the 21st minute when Juan Agudelo received a pass inside the box, and with a defender battling the forward for ball possession, laid the ball off to the right side of the box to a cutting Avila, whose strike sailed wide right into the side netting. A minute later, left back Bobby Burling had a dangerous look at goal on the end of a corner kick. Burling got a header on the entry and sent it toward the left post, but Cannon got a hand on the attempt.
- Chivas USA continued to knock on the door throughout the first half and looked to extend its lead. In the 24th minute, midfielder Edgar "Chore" Mejia unleashed a strike from about 30 yards out that bounced just wide left of the post. In the 40th minute, midfielder Jorge Villafaña - making his first start of the season - won a fifty-fifty challenge and served an outlet pass to Tristan Bowen down the left seam. The forward pushed the ball up field and sent a low cross to a cutting Jose Correa near the short area. But Correa's sliding attempt could not connect with the cross, and the pass went through untouched.
- Chivas USA took a 2-0 lead in the 50th minute on Avila's tremendous strike from about 15 yards out. Villafaña sent a high cross from outside the left side of the box toward Avila, who was left unmarked inside the right side of the box. As the volley approached, the midfielder squared up and sent his right-footed strike before the pass even touched the ground and beat Cannon to his right and inside the left post. The assist was Villafaña's second of the season and second in as many games.
- Vancouver cut the lead to 2-1 in the 64th minute on the rebound of a Dan Kennedy save. The Red-and-White goalkeeper made a diving stop to his right on Erik Hurtado's strike. Miller headed-in the loose ball from inside the box for his second goal of the season.
- With regulation time ticking away, Kennedy came up with a huge stop in the 89th minute. The Red-and-White captain came far off his line to meet Kekuta Manneh, who was on a solo breakaway with right back Mario de Luna closing in from behind. Kennedy met Manneh near the arc and broke up the threat, preserving the 2-1 victory for the home side.
Chivas USA has the following weekend off from MLS competition and will return to league play on April 13 when it hosts Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center starting at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The match can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com . Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.
04-07-2013, 09:02 AM
Led by a Tristan Bowen hat-trick performance Friday morning, Chivas USA defeated Cal FC, 5-1, in its second of two scrimmages this week. The Rojiblancos were also propelled to the dominant win at The Home Depot Center-s Field 4 on goals by Miller BolaÃÂ±os and Giovani Casillas. Cal FC's lone goal came in the final minutes of regulation on a John Caceraes score.
- The Red-and-White got out to an early lead, as BolaÃÂ±os and Laurent Courtois worked a combination play on the left wing that resulted in BolaÃÂ±os beating Cal FC goalkeeper Isiah Castro to his left to take a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute. The Goats nearly doubled their score in the 12th minute when right back Emilio Orozco sent a pass over the top down the right sideline to forward Julio Morales, who crossed the ball to BolaÃÂ±os inside the box. Starting the match at forward, BolaÃÂ±os got off a clean shot but was denied by Castro.
- Chivas USA Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola "Chelis" made 10 substitutions to start the second half, most of who are regular starters. Of the 11 that started the match, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, center back Joaquin Velazquez and midfielder Marvin Iraheta were the only players with four appearances or more in the regular season.
- In the 63rd minute, Bowen knocked in his first of three goals when he cashed in a penalty kick awarded to the Goats a minute earlier when midfielder Jorge VillafaÃÂ±a was taken down on the left side of the box with a tackle. Bowen lined up and sent a low shot passed substitute goalkeeper Adrian Topete-s right side to put Chivas USA up 2-0.
- A minute later, Bowen put his side up by three when he led a fast break on the right seam unassisted. As the forward neared the box, Topete came off his line to meet the attack, leaving the net exposed and allowing Bowen to send a chip shot over the keeper for the score.
- In the 75th minute, Casillas worked the ball toward the arc and laid the ball off to Carlos Alvarez inside box. Alvarez, with his back to the goal, turned to his left toward the right post and slotted a pass to the cutting Casillas, who beat Topete with a short tap in to take a commanding 4-0 lead.
- Chivas USA found its fourth second-half goal and went up 5-0 in the 78th minute on Bowen's third goal. Midfielder Eric Avila received the ball on the right wing and made a solo play into the right side of the box and sent a pass to Bowen, who made his cut near the short area for the tap-in score to put the exclamation point on his side's goal performance for the day. Caceraes put his side on the board in the 88th minute with an assist from Osiris Saligan on a set piece for the 5-1 result.
Chivas USA currently sits in second place in the Western Conference and has the weekend off from MLS competition. The Rojiblancos return to league play on April 13 and look to extend their unbeaten streak to five when they host conference rival the Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center starting at 7:30 p.m. (PT). The match can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com . Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa .
04-14-2013, 03:16 AM
Chivas USA (3-2-1) fell, 1-0, Saturday night at The Home Depot Center to Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids (2-3-2). The match's lone goal came in the first half on a Deshorn Brown penalty kick. With the loss the Rojiblancos remain in second place with 10 points and a game in hand of first place FC Dallas.
- Colorado took the early lead in the seventh minute when Brown cashed in his second goal of the season after being awarded a penalty a minute earlier. As Brown pushed the ball inside the 18-yard box, the referee called a penalty on what he appeared to see as too much contact on the challenge.
- Chivas USA had a golden opportunity to equalize the match in the 36th minute when it was awarded a penalty kick of its own when forward Jose Correa was bumped by a Colorado player while going up for a ball near the short area. The Red-and-White, however, were unable to convert the penalty as Correa's shot was sent off the crossbar.
- The Rojiblancos continued to get into dangerous spots in their attacking third. As the first half entered stoppage time, midfielder Eric Avila sent a cross from the right side into the box. Midfielder Jorge VillafaÃÂ±a headed the ball toward goal but the attempt was not on target. Forward Tristan Bowen gathered the loose ball on the right side of the short area near the end line and crossed it back to Laurent Courtois, who one-timed his shot over the crossbar.
- In the 58th minute, Avila again sent a cross from the right side near the short area. The initial entry pass was batted away in the air to an unmarked Courtois inside the box. The midfielder - who came on as a sub in the 31st minute - brought the deflected ball down off his chest and one-timed his strike, but the shot sailed over the crossbar.
- The Rojiblancos continued to knock on the door. In the 73rd minute, Courtois served a pass from the left side to midfielder Carlos Alvarez who was left with space momentarily on top of the 18-yard line. Alvarez's right-footed curling shot, however, traveled over the crossbar.
- In the 83rd minute, midfielder Edgar "Chore" Mejia sent a free kick from about 35 yards out on the left seam and toward the far post. The entry was headed back toward the center of the box but the threat was turned away by Colorado goalkeeper Clinton Irwin. The Goats continued to push their numbers forward but were unable to get on the board, as stoppage time ran out and the 1-0 result stood.
Chivas USA continues its Western Conference play when it travels to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, April 20, at Rio Tinto Stadium for a 6 p.m. (PT) kickoff. The match is the first of three meetings between the clubs and can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com . Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.
04-21-2013, 07:48 AM
hivas USA (3-3-1) fell, 1-0, Saturday night at Real Salt Lake (3-3-2) before a crowd of 14,900 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The host side was led by Javier Morales' first goal of the season in the second half. With the loss, the Rojiblancos currently sit in third place in the Western Conference standings with 10 points.
- Both sides started the match looking to press the action by getting into dangerous spots. Rookie Carlos Alvarez pushed the ball down the middle of the field in the sixth minute and created space near the arc to get off a clean strike, but was denied by RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
- The Rojiblancos got into their attacking third and took six corner kicks in the first half as a result, one of which generated a golden opportunity for the Goats to take the initial lead in the match. In the 35th minute, Edgar "Chore" Mejia's entry from the left corner was handled by a RSL player near the short area. But Mejia was unable to convert on the penalty as Rimando deflected the shot with a dive to his left.
- Chivas USA continued to get into dangerous spots inside the host's defense and create opportunities. As first-half stoppage time ticked away, Alvarez nearly put the Red-and-White up a goal on his left-footed strike near the left corner of the short area. Forward Julio Morales dropped off his pass near the arc to Alvarez who was making his run inside the left side of the box, but Alvarez's shot was wide right of the far post, and the sides went into the half locked in a scoreless tie.
- RSL went up 1-0 in the 53rd minute off Morales' header just outside the short area that found the inside of the left post. Alvaro Saborio received a slotted ball inside the right side of the box and crossed it to Morales, who was positioned inside the box and knocked in the eventual game-winner.
- The Goats continued to push their numbers forward throughout the second half in search of the equalizer to come away with their second road result of the season. As the match entered stoppage time, Chivas USA continued to send crosses into the area, but could not find the back of the net, and the 1-0 result stood.
Chivas USA returns home to continue its Western Conference play when it faces Northern California rival the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, April 27, at the Home Depot Center for a 7:30 p.m. (PT) kickoff. The match is the first of three meetings between the clubs and can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com . Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.
04-28-2013, 12:34 PM
Led by Mario de Luna and Tristan Bowen's first goals with the Rojiblancos, Chivas USA (3-3-2) played the San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-4) to a 2-2 draw Saturday night at The Home Depot Center. The Quakes took the initial lead on Chris Wondolowski's first-half score but gave up the lead early in the second half on De Luna and Bowen's back-to-back scores. San Jose evened the marker on Cordell Cato's goal. With the tie the Rojiblancos are tied for the fourth-most points in the Western Conference with 11.
Both sides came out from the opening whistle looking to get their numbers forward. Chivas USA rookie Carlos Alvarez found space early in the match and pushed the ball inside the arc but could not get off a shot as the Quakes' defense closed in on the midfielder. Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy continued to add to his save total (32) as he made a diving save to his left in the 12th minute on a shot that was on frame.
San Jose went ahead in 40th minute on Wondolowski's fourth goal of the season off a free kick served in by Shea Salinas from about 25 yards out near the left sideline. Salina's entry pass found Wondolowski on the right side of the box, where the forward's right-footed shot was able to beat Kennedy inside the left post.
The Rojiblancos answered back with two goals in a span of four minutes to take a 2-1 lead beginning in the 47th minute on De Luna's goal. Midfielder Jorge VillafaÃÂ±a sent a low cross from outside the left side of the box and into the short area where De Luna was cutting toward the near post. VillafaÃÂ±a's pass was initially tipped by San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch, but the Red-and-White right back was able to put the loose ball away for the score.
VillafaÃÂ±a again pushed the ball down the left sideline and got off a second low cross from nearly the same spot. The pass momentarily traveled through the box but eventually found an unmarked Bowen on the right side of the box for a left-footed strike that beat Busch to his right.
The Red-and-White defense held the lead for 25 minutes off key saves from Kennedy and a diving save by left back Joaquin Velazquez in the 72nd minute on a cross from the left side of the box that Wondolowski nearly tapped in behind Kennedy. But Velazquez was slid in front of the goal line to deny the threat.
San Jose found the equalizer it was looking for in the 76th minute on Cato's first goal of the season. The midfielder entered the match in the 67th and was able to get on the end of Salina's second assist of the match. Salina's crossed his pass from outside the left side of the box to Cato as he made his cut toward the short area. Nana Attakora was credited with his first assist of the season on the sequence. Chivas USA continued to get into dangerous spots in stoppage time but could not take its second lead of the game, as the marker remained locked at 2-2.
05-02-2013, 09:25 AM
As part of the week's training schedule ahead of the match against Sporting Kansas City in MLS' Week 10, Chivas USA hosted a friendly scrimmage against the Los Angeles Misioneros. The Red-and-White came up on top and defeated the PDL club 1-0 at The Home Depot Center's Field 6.
Wednesday's scrimmage, set up to help Coach Jose Luis Sanchez SolÃÂ¡ see players he sees fit for Sunday's match against Kansas City, had the same expectations as any match; with the exception of injured players, just about all Red-and-White players took part of the friendly.
After a warm-up session to prepare for the scrimmage, the match kicked off and consisted of two, 35-minute halves. The Red-and-White coach used two different line-ups in each half in an effort to see the performance of each member of the squad.
Facing the Southern California lower-tier team, Chivas USA did not struggle in dominating the Los Angeles Misioneros, taking control of the ball and generating the most, and the best chances at goal, same chances that they hope they can develop in Sunday match at Sporting Park.
Coach Chelis Sanchez SolÃÂ¡ stood by in the sidelines and continually gave his players instructions and inclusively added precise movements to help optimize the team's performance that will help lead them to their fourth victory of the 2013 MLS season.
After 70 minutes, the final whistle indicated that the match had concluded, but training had not finalized for Chivas USA; the two squads that took part of the scrimmage closed training with a light jog around the field and a series of stretching exercises on the sidelines.
Chivas USA will return to training for its third session this week this Thursday at 9:30 am at The Home Depot Center ahead of their match against Sporting Kansas City scheduled for this Sunday, May 5 at 2 pm PT at Sporting Park.
De Luna, part of MLS' Team of the Week
Chivas USA's back line continues to receive an ovation league wide. A few weeks ago, Bobby Burling's performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC put him in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week, and this week, Mario de Luna has been named to the elite group.
Just last week, Coach Jose Luis Sanchez SolÃÂ¡ pulled the Red-and-White defender from the match against Real Salt Lake just minutes before the end of the first half, move made many wonder if de Luna was injured or the coach was simply not satisfied with his on-field performance.
The Mexican defender returned to Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes to redeem himself and prove why, before the match against RSL, he had played every minute of the 2013 MLS season. Not only did De Luna go all 90 minutes on the pitch, but also scored his first MLS goal for Chivas USA, but also made two crucial saves that kept the Goats in the game.
Once he found out about his nomination, the Aguascalientes, Mexico native said that he was very happy for the distinguished honor, but also expressed his committed to continue improving his playing level so he can be considered week-to-week on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week.
"Me siento contento por esto", comenzÃ" De Luna despuÃ©s de conocer su nominaciÃ"n, "ahÃ- se ve el trabajo de lo que se hace semana a semana y para que en el partido estÃ©s en el equipo titular. TambiÃ©n el hacer bien las cosas en el partido, estar bien concentrado y cuenta tambiÃ©n mucho el apoyo de los compaÃÂ±eros, ya que uno solo no podrÃ-a ser nada.
"I feel very happy about it," De Luna said after learning about his nomination. "That's where you see all the work that we've been carrying out week to week just to get to the starting line-up. We also have to work hard on the field, be fully concentrated and also appreciate the support from my teammates, that without them, I couldn't do my job."
"Now, I have to match and improve my performance level. We have a game this weekend where we're determined to earn three points and continue the level that we carried out in the match against San Jose," the Chivas USA defender concluded.
Julio Morales, back home
After being out one week with the Mexican U20 National Team training camp, Julio Morales is back with Chivas USA. The 19 year-old forward returned to The Home Depot Center's Field 6 this week, just in time to get back on track with his teammates in a practice scrimmage against PDL-side LA Misioneros FC.
"I felt good physically and mentally being back here with my team. I'm ready to work hard and focus on my team and the league because even though we're doing well so far, we have to continue moving up," Morales said after the scrimmage with the Misioneros.
Morales joined the Mexican youth squad on April 22nd for a week-long training camp just two days after going all 90 minutes in the Red-and-White's match at Real Salt Lake. The camp was held in Indiana as a preparation for the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup, set to take place from June 21st- July 23 in Turkey.
"It [the camp] was interesting, to say the least; there was a lot of competition. But overall, it was good experience and I felt very good. Thankfully I was taken into consideration this time, and personally, I thought I did well and now we wait to see if I get called up again.
While with the U20's, Morales played in the two games against the University of Notre Dame and the University of Indiana. Though the San Jose native didn't score in any of the games, Morales went all 90 minutes against the Fighting Irish.
"I think I have the skills and the capacities to be on the squad that goes to the World Cup. I went to this camp, gave it my all, and hopefully the coach [Sergio Almaguer] takes me into consideration. By the end, the coach told me that I did things very well and to continue working hard and we'll see where we go from there," he finalized.
'Chore' Mejia ready for his return
The match suspension that midfielder Edgar "Chore" Mejia received after a red card in the match against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Week 8 has been served after his absence in last Saturday's match against San Jose at The Home Depot Center.
Consequently, ahead of the Week 10 match against Sporting Kansas City, Chivas USA's number eight has become eligible to return to action; after watching his team from the stands for the first time, Edgar Mejia assured that he can't live through that again.
"It's not good being out of action, and much less due to a suspension. I'm sure that it won't happen again, and though its how soccer is, today I'm very happy to be eligible and have the opportunity to join the team against Kansas City this weekend.
"Even though this was the first time that this has happened to me, a suspension in this league or any other, looks bad on the player, but now that it has happened to me, it's a lesson that I've learned and it won't happen again," he indicated.
Before his suspension in the match against Real Salt Lake, Edgar Mejia had been one of the regulars in Chivas USA's line-up, playing in seven of the nine games in the 2013 MLS season, all of which were starts, and disputed practically every minute of them.
Yet, not just because he has been a regular in the Red-and-White line-up and is now eligible for an official match, means that it'll guarantee him a starting spot. The midfielder himself stated that he has to work as much as he can to be considered by the Red-and-White coach.
"Just because I'm eligible, it doesn't guarantee that I'm going to play, it simply means that I'll be at the coach's disposition, and if I get a chance, I'll happily give it my best, with the responsibility that the team needs to continue adding points in the standings," the Mexican midfielder said.
New England Revolution acquire Juan Agudelo from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money
After a year in Los Angeles, Juan Agudelo is heading back to the East Coast.
The New England Revolution announced Tuesday that they have acquired the 20-year-old striker from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money.
Agudelo is in his fourth MLS season after making his professional debut in 2010 as a New York Red Bulls Homegrown player. In 59 career appearances (33 starts) with New York and Chivas USA, Agudelo has scored 11 goals and added six assists.
So far this year, he’s made six appearances for Chivas USA, scoring two goals and adding one assist while picking up MLS Player of the Week honors in Week 4.
05-13-2013, 04:55 AM
Chivas USA fell 3-0 to the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field with goals by Rodney Wallace, Diego Valeri and Will Johnson. With the loss, the Rojiblancos (3-5-2) could not add to their 11-point total in the Western Conference standings.
Led by Chivas USA goalkeeper Patrick McLain who had his first career start in Major League Soccer, the Rojiblancos' defense denied Portland's attack on a number of dangerous looks at goal. The young goalkeeper made his first big stop in the 10th minute when a header attempt forced him to make a last-second save across his body after a cross was sent in from the left side.
McLain came up big again in the 25th minute at point-blank range. Portland's Jack Jewsbury sent a cross from the right side of the box to a cutting Ryan Johnson who headed the ball from inside the short area. The Red-and-White keeper was stout and denied the threat.
The Rojiblancos generated several chances at goal in the first half, as Giovani Casillas sent a ball into the mixer from the right sideline off a free kick in the 22nd minute. But Mario de Luna's header was not on frame and sailed out of bounds.
Portland went ahead in the 34th minute on Wallace's chip shot over McLain from inside the box. After Chivas USA could not convert on a corner kick, Portland 'keeper Donovan Ricketts served a quick outlet pass to start the fast break for the home side. Midfielder Ryan Johnson worked the ball into the attacking third and chipped his assist over the top of the Red-and-White defense to a finishing Wallace.
Playing a goal down in the second half, Chivas USA continued to push their attack forward in search of the equalizer. In the 68th minute, midfielder Eric Avila and forward Jose Correa - who came on as a sub to start the second half - tried to work a give-and-go near the goal but could not complete the exchange cleanly and the threat was cleared out by Portland's defense.
Two minutes later the Timbers extended their lead to 2-0 when Valeri tapped in his shot past McLain just outside the short area off a Wallace assist.
Chivas USA midfielder Martin Ponce made his MLS debut when he was subbed on in the 59th minute and nearly knocked in his first goal in the 78th minute. Ponce received a threaded pass from Avila near the right sideline in the attacking third and worked the ball from the right side of the box toward the short area and got off a shot that was on frame inside the near post, but Ricketts was there to get a hand on the shot.
As the match entered stoppage time, the Timbers put the exclamation point on the victory on Will Johnson's right-footed strike just outside the box. The shot found the inside of the right post past a diving McLain to his left for the final 3-0 marker.
Chivas USA now return home to continue their Western Conference play when they host Real Salt Lake on Sunday, May 19, at The Home Depot Center beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT).
05-19-2013, 09:04 AM
Strengthened by Jorge Vergara's support and visit to The Home Depot Center, Chivas USA's Youth clubs ended today their U.S. Soccer's Development Academy regular season on a high note as both U15/16's and U17/18 teams earned huge wins against the LA Galaxy.
Romario Lomeli and Caleb Calvert led Chivas USA's U18 team to a 2-1 victory over the Galaxy in the last regular season game. Lomeli gave the Red-and-White the lead in the 20th minute after shooting a ball past LA goalkeeper off a pass by Brian Kennedy. The Galaxy fought hard throughout the rest of the half looking to equalize, but a solid performance by Chivas defense and 'keeper Jake McGuire kept the ball from entering the Chivas goal.
Early into the second half, Calvert notched his 22nd goal of the season, and the second of the match for the Goats in the 57th minute. Although Chivas dominated the second half, the Galaxy was able to score their only goal in the 80th minute via penalty kick. With the win, the Red-and-White has qualified to the USSDA playoffs that will kick-off on June 24 at FC Dallas Park.
Also earning a huge win, and extending their unbeaten streak was Chivas USA's U15/16 team as they defeated the LA Galaxy 4-2, also at The Home Depot Center. The Southwest Division Champions went down 1-0 in the 8th minute of the match after a Galaxy goal, but fought tirelessly to make a comeback. In the 20th minute, with all their hard work and determination, Mark Hernandez was able to notch the equalizer for the Goats, and five minutes later, Bilal Abdallah put the Red-and-White on top, scoring his first goal with the Academy. Just before the first half ended, Jorge Ruiz scored the third in the game, his 17th goal this season.
Coming back to the second half, the LA Galaxy scored early on in the 42nd minute to put them back in the game. It was Amaya Adonis who was able to seal the score board in the 81st minute for the final 4-2 win. Chivas USA's U15/16 automatically qualify to the USSDA playoffs in Dallas that will kick-off for their category on June 25.
Chivas USA's new and upcoming U23 squad fell 4-1 in their first international friendly match against Mexico's U20 National Team on Friday night at the University of California at Riverside. The Red-and-White team, composed of former Academy players, fought hard against the Mexican squad who is preparing for the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup to be held in Turkey. Chivas USA's U23 squad will participate in the So Cal Premier League that will kick-off June 1st and will face some of the top teams in Southern California.
Training Report: Chivas USA focus on attacking
Chivas USA today completed their final practice of the week with an emphasis on offensive tactics ahead of Sunday's conference showdown against Real Salt Lake at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at home.
The session kicked off with a 10 minute light jog around the pitch, followed by a series of stretches under the supervision of Strength and Conditioning Coach Osvaldo Scansetti. The squad completed its warm-ups portion of training by running through cone and hudle drills positioned at short distances. The drills were set-up to work on speed and also incorporated hip rotation exercises.
The Rojiblancos were then divided into separate groups. The primary group, which had assigned the most number of players, continued the morning with a game of "torito" followed by soccer tennis. Meanwhile, the smaller group, under the direction of Head Coach JosÃ© Luis SÃÂ¡nchez SolÃÂ¡, worked on finishing drills near the goal.
While the field players continued to work through the various drills and stations at practice, Goalkeeper Coach Daniel GonzÃÂ¡lez worked with the 'keepers individually by firing shots from various angles and distances in front of the goal.
After 45 minutes of game strategies for tomorrow's match, the coaching staff concluded training with a cool-down session that included stretching excersises.
Chivas USA's unique rivalry with RSL
The all-time rivalry between Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake is unique to any other the Red-and-White have established in Major League Soccer. Both Chivas USA and RSL entered the League in 2005 as expansion teams and have met 26 times, including two playoff matches in 2008. In regular-season competition, the sides have played each other nearly even, with a record of 10-10-4 and an equal amount of goals scored apiece at 30.
The Rojiblancos hold an edge in matches played at The Home Depot Center with a record of 7-5-1, and outscoring RSL 20-14, but the team from Utah has taken the last three meetings, including the season's first of three contests on April 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL took the 1-0 win on Javier Morales' second-half goal, in a match that featured a failed penalty kick conversion and 24 fouls. And it is up to Chivas to try and establish their style of play to come away with the needed result in the rematch at home on Sunday beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT).
"At this stage in the season, the rematches around the League begin to come into play," said Chivas USA Assistant Coach Isidro SÃÂ¡nchez. "With the better understanding we now have of the League we will try and use it in our favor and return to our style of play, which is to pressure, run and possess the ball.
The first meeting was decided by the minimal difference and played nearly even across the statistical board. Both sides took 14 shots at goal and nearly split ball possession throughout the match. Nevertheless, it was the home side that came away with the clean sheet. And as SÃÂ¡nchez says, the team will try to snap out of its scoring drought from the last five games, while maintaining order on the back line against RSL's scoring threats.
"The way to off-set [RSL's] attackers is to have our defenders stay close to them and be very aware of where they are. The problem appears when you give them a lot of space. Intelligent players will hurt you."
On the other hand, it is RSL that will have to make adjustments of their own against perhaps a semi-new look Chivas USA, as the Red-and-White welcomed two new additions to the squad in the last two weeks. Midfielders MartÃ-n AarÃ"n Ponce and Gabriel FarfÃÂ¡n are the newest players in the mix for Chivas USA and eligible for selection in Sunday's match. Ponce already made his debut in last week's game at Portland as a second-half sub, while FarfÃÂ¡n arrived to the Rojiblancos from Philadelphia Union on Thursday via trade.
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