LAS VEGAS, NV- Chivas USA arrived and trained in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon ahead of Friday’s match against Colorado Rapids at Sam Boyd Stadium.
The team was in good spirits as they arrived at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for training where a group of fans came out to watch practice. Led by Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, also known as “El Chelis,” Chivas continued working on what coach has focused since start of preseason: finishing plays.
To finalize training, Coach Chelis split the group up into two squads for a scrimmage: MLS veterans against rookies. The scrimmage came with a twist; defender Bobby Burling was at goal for the veterans and midfielder Edgar Mejia for the rookies while goalkeeper Dan Kennedy played forward. At the end of the match, the veterans took the victory over the rookies; Kennedy scored two goals for the winning team.
The Red-and-White will face Colorado at 7:30 pm at Sam Boyd Stadium. Fans not attending the game can follow match updates on our Twitter feed: @cdchivasusa
Watch: Chivas USA arrives in Las Vegas
Don’t have plans for Saturday or Sunday? Head out to Cal South’s Soccer Nation Expo this weekend and come check out Chivas USA’s booth. The Red-and-White’s infamous mascot, the ChivaFighter, will be on site to take photos with fans from 12-2 pm on both days. Also, show off your video game skills and battle it out against ChivaFighter in our X-Box station.
If you’re interested in buying Chivas USA season tickets or joining the Academy, our friendly staff will be more than happy to guide you in the right direction.
Hope to see you there!
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
When: Saturday, Feb. 16 (9 am- 5pm) and Sunday, Feb. 17 (8am- 4pm)
Cost: Free! (Parking ranges from $12-$15)
Chivas USA Supporter Group Union Ultras are giving you the opportunity to win your 2013 season seats! After supporting the Red-and-White in Saturday’s scrimmage against Gangwon FC, the Ultras will head to The Home Depot Center’s Field 7 to host their first Copa ChivaBono.
The soccer tournament will consist of eight, six-player teams and two 15-minute halves. Players of the winning team will each earn one season seat pack. Aside from the tournament, the Ultras will have a raffle, giving away many Chivas USA goodies. Coach Chelis is scheduled to make an appearance in the tournament.
The cost to enter the tournament is of $20. If interested, contact Ultras Representative Julio Ramos at (818) 395-4918.
What: Copa ChivaBono
Where: The Home Depot Center Field 7
When: 2 pm PT
Just like in elementary and middle school, it’s a day that everyone prepares for: picture day. Chivas USA players, team staff and front office kicked off the morning with the annual photo session.
A majority of players began arriving early to prepare for the shoot. Directed by Creative Services Manager Richard “Rusty” Navarrette, players lined up to take their headshots and special marketing photos. Midfielder Edgar Mejia was one of the few players that showed his gameday face, screaming ‘Goal!’ for one of the photos.
Taking no direction in the shoot, head coach Chelis knew exactly what to do, posing perfectly in every photo.
(Stay tuned for video)
Click here to check out the behind-the-scenes Instagram image.
After the photo session, the team headed to the field to continue preseason training. The Red-and-White will host their fourth scrimmage of the year this Saturday, Feb. 9 against Korean squad Gangwon FC at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 at 11:30 am.
Fans are encouraged to come out and support the goats; parking and entry are free!
Have something you want to ask Chivas USA Team Captain Dan Kennedy? Well, here’s your chance! This Friday, February 8, we’ll be hosting our first ChivaChat of the year with the Red-and-White ‘keeper starting at
1 pm PT (UPDATE - start time has been moved to 12 p.m. PT). In order to participate, you must follow us on Twitter (@cdchivasusa), and send your question for Kennedy using the hashtag #ChivaChat. Fans can submit their questions starting as early as today!
Hope to hear from you!
Five weeks in, Chivas de Guadalajara has yet to earn their first victory in Mexico's Liga MX. Although everything pointed in favor of Mexico's Red-and-White, Chivas earned their fourth draw of the season hosting San Luis on Sunday afternoon in Estadio Omnilife in Guadalajara.
Juan Agudelo came onto the field in the 64th minute for the United States National Team’s international friendly match against Canada on Tuesday evening in Houston, Texas. The match was the first of the year for the Americans. After 90 minutes, the match ended in a scoreless draw, with the U.S. having the majority of shots on goal.
Up next, the U.S. will travel to San Pedro Sula for their first World Cup Qualifying match in the Semifinal Round against Honduras. Los catrachos come from participating in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, tournament held from Jan. 18- 27 in Costa Rica. The Hondurans were able to make it to the final match after defeating Belize in the semifinal match, but fell in the championship game to host country Costa Rica. Fans can tune into next Wednesday’s game on beIN Sport at 1 p.m. PT.
Over 40 aspiring young soccer players joined Chivas USA’s Youth Academy on Monday night for the first I.D. Camp of three scheduled through the first half of the year. The camp was designated to find player’s for the new Chivas USA U14 squad that will take part in U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2013-2013 season starting in September of this year.
Nerves and excitement emerged as both participants and their families saw First Team coach Jose Luis ‘Chelis’ Sanchez Solá arrive in the tryouts. Chivas de Guadalajara Youth Director Jose Luis Real joined Chelis for the tryouts, and expressed his amazement with Southern California talent. Aside from Sanchez Solá and Real, all Youth Academy coaches oversaw the tryouts, with Youth Director Sacha van der Most having the final word.
“The tryouts were great, all the kids were super excited, especially with Chelis there,” said U16 coach Mike Munoz. “We had five or six kids that really caught our eye, and we’re going to keep in touch with those players and see what talent we find in the other camps.”
Chivas USA will host two more I.D. camps in Pomona for the U14 team; click here to register for future camps and make sure to follow the Youth Academy on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
Chivas USA’s 2013 SuperDraft pick Carlos Alvarez gave his first television interview on Sunday, Jan. 20th to Spanish language channel Univision. In the interview, Alvarez spoke about his short, but overall, great experience with the club, his winning mentality and his desire to win with Chivas USA. Watch the interview below.
El seleccionado de Chivas USA en el SuperDraft de 2013 Carlos Álvarez dio su primera entrevista a la cadena de televisión Univisión el domingo, 20 de enero. En la entrevista, Álvarez hablo de su corto, pero especial experiencia con el equipo, su mentalidad ganadora y su deseo de ganar con Chivas USA. Vea la entrevista:
With a little over a month until the first MLS match of the season, Chivas USA hit The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 for Day 10 of preseason.
Coach Jose Luis ‘Chelis’ Sanchez Solá spoke with the team prior to starting practice and explained what the objective was for that training: improve fitness and passes. Since the start of preseason, Chivas USA President Jose David has enjoyed the team’s training, watching the team work together to improve on a daily basis. And so far, he likes what he sees.
“I’m very happy with the way the team has been coming together,” said David. “Chelis has brought this unique way of training and the players have embraced it very well. We can’t wait to get the 2013 season started.”
Chivas USA will return to training on Tuesday to continue preparing for their upcoming scrimmage, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. against the Santa Clarita Storm at The Home Depot Center Field 6. Fans are welcome to come out and support the Red-and-White; entry and parking are at no cost. To get the latest updates on Chivas USA’s training sessions and upcoming games, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa