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Chivas USA (7-18-8) arrived in Dallas Saturday and held a light evening practice in preparation for its season finale match against FC Dallas (9-13-11) on Sunday at 4 pm (PT). The match is the third meeting between the clubs in the season series, with both previous contests ending in draws. The Rojiblancos look to capture their first win against FCD in the Lone Star State since 2009 and will have to do so without All-Star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (out due to knee injury) and center back John Valencia (suspension.) The last time Chivas USA took a season series from FC Dallas was in 2009, with the Goats sweeping the two-game series, 2-0, in both matches. Sunday's rubber match will be the second meeting this season at FC Dallas Stadium.
Chivas USA returned to George Mason University for its second practice this morning ahead of tomorrow's match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium to conclude their week-long road trip. With a record of 7-14-7 and 28 points, the Red-and-White's opportunities to gain points are running out. After Sunday's match there are five games remaining in the season, including a Wednesday, Oct. 3, match at Vancouver, which Chivas USA trails by nine points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA arrived in D.C. Thursday afternoon and held a morning practice today on the campus of George Mason University in preparation to face D.C. United, Sunday, at RFK Stadium. The Goats trail D.C. in the all-time series at 4-7-3, but in the last six meetings have a 4-2-2 record against United. The last time the two clubs met in September of 2011, the Goats rallied from two goals down thanks to two second half goals by Juan Pablo Angel.
In 14 head-to-head matches, the clubs have combined to average a little over three goals per match. The series, however, has not been just offensive, as seven clean-sheets have been recorded - four by D.C. and three by Chivas USA. Current D.C. forward Maicon Santos played with Chivas USA in 2009 and part of 2010, appearing in 19 games for the Red-and-White. No current player on Chivas USA's roster has played for United.
Chivas USA arrived in Columbus Monday evening on schedule for its match on Wednesday night against the Crew. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm PT at Crew Stadium. The Goats held a light afternoon practice Tuesday at the Columbus Crew Training Center at Obetz, Ohio. The Goats lead the all-time series at 6-4-4 and are unbeaten in the last three matches against Columbus. The last two games between the Red-and-White and the Black-and-Gold resulted in ties, with the last meeting being played to an exciting 3-3 draw in Columbus. Current Goats Nick LaBrocca and Jorge Villafaña each had a goal in the contest.
Chivas USA held a fast-paced, physical practice this morning at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 – complete with an inter-squad workout. Left back Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda remained absent from practice as they return from completing their participation with their respective national teams. Starting center back, Danny Califf, was held out of practice for precautionary reasons and is listed as questionable because of a right hamstring.
QUESTIONABLE: Danny Califf (R HS); Tim Melia (Low Back)
PROBABLE: MF Ryan Smith (R HS); Peter Vagenas (R HS)
Chivas USA arrived Monday evening in Beantown and held a light practice Tuesday morning in preparation for its Wednesday 5 pm PT match against New England Revolution. The Rojiblancos’ got a taste of the Boston humidity at Soldiers Field Park on the campus of Harvard University.
The Goats look to continue their solid road performance, as they have lost just twice on the road (4-2-4) this season. For recently-acquired midfielder Shalrie Joseph, the match will be his first appearance against the Revs since being traded from New England on Aug. 1. Joseph played nine seasons with the Revs and was an integral part of their multiple appearances in MLS Cup.
“It feels good coming back,” said Joseph. “Definitely a little bit teary-eyed, but come tomorrow night, I just have to get out there and make sure I perform, make sure the team gets the win and just be ready for the moment.”
Going into the match, Chivas USA has defeated Joseph’s former team five straight times and holds an edge in the all-time head-to-head series (7-5-2).
Chivas USA arrived Friday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland for a light evening workout in preparation for its Saturday 8 pm PT match-up against the Timbers. The Western Conference battle is a pivotal match for both squads, especially the Goats, as they remain in striking distance of a playoff spot. The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in four out of their last five matches, including two wins and since May 13 are unbeaten in eight of ten.
With a win the Rojiblancos would sweep the season series against Portland, as they have taken the previous two matches this year – one at home and the other on the road. The two teams last faced each other in a July 18 match, which Chivas USA won in a 1-0 shutout at The Home Depot Center.
“It’s an important game for us,” said defender Danny Califf. “Portland is near us in the standings and they are Western Conference opponents, it’s going to be really important to give it a real solid effort and get three points.”