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29 November 12:48 pm

It didn’t take much for Dan Kennedy to make a good impression in the 2012 season and earn the MLS Player of the Week in the sixth week, becoming the first goalkeeper to earn the award in the year.

Kennedy earned that honor after a stupendous match against Toronto FC where the Red-and-White earned their third consecutive victory on the road. The Goats were up by one goal by the 70th minute, when Toronto forward Danny Koevermans flicked a cross at goal; fortunately for Chivas, Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line. Minutes before the end of the match, Koevermans continued looking for a goal but Kennedy saved and kicked the ball out for a corner kick in favor of the Canadians.

Check out Kennedy’s top saves in that match:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

28 November 4:07 pm

They say three times the charm but when it comes to saves, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denies them all. Among the 109 saves Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy had in the 2012 season, three of those came from the first SuperClásico of the year, the first victory for Chivas USA since 2007.

The Goats and the Galaxy were scoreless in the 50th minute when a corner kick taken by LA’s Landon Donovan led to three consecutive saves for Kennedy, denying Pat Noonan, Sean Franklin and Kyle Nakazawa. Because of this, Kennedy earned a nomination for MLS Save of the Week.

In that match alone, Kennedy had four saves and earned his third shutout of the season. Check it out:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

27 November 4:33 pm

Who said saves were solely for goalkeepers? In our first top save of the year, defender James Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line and now, its John Valencia’s turn.

Chivas USA hosted Real Salt Lake in the final match of September, a long and challenging month for the Goats. In the 56th minute of the match, Valencia made a sliding save to keep RSL’s Javier Morales’ shot from passing the goal line and taking the ball out for a corner kick. After the save, Valencia received praise not only from the fans but Dan Kennedy himself.

His save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week. Check it out:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown.

26 November 12:07 pm

Although Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made 109 saves this season, he wasn’t the only one making saves. Defender James Riley made a great save as Chivas USA hosted Seattle Sounders in the second meet against the club this season in late August.

The Rojiblancos were down 1-nil to Seattle in the 20th minute when Brad Evans headed the ball towards goal. Kennedy attempted to punch the ball out of the box but missed; the ball continued its way but Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line. The match ended in a disappointing 6-2 home loss for the Goats, but Riley’s save prevented a larger goal differential.

Check out Riley’s save:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

20 November 2:27 pm

Chivas USA’s Marco Delgado and Academy player Ben Spencer joined the U.S. U18 Training Camp last Saturday, November 17 for a one-week camp held in The Home Depot Center. The red, white and blue will face the Canadian U18 squad on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 23 in the Carson stadium as part of the training camp.

The last training camp for the U.S. U18 was back in early September. Both Delgado and Spencer made the ten-day training camp trip to the Netherlands. The American squad earned a 3-1-0 record against the youth ranks of Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge. The most impressive win for the U18’s was a 4-2 victory over the home country’s youth national team on Sept. 11.

In four friendly games this year, the U18’s hold a 1-1-2 record, with Academy forward Spencer leading as team scorer with two goals.

Come out and enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day match and cheer on Chivas USA players at The Home Depot Center; both matches will start at 3 p.m. PT, are open and free to the public. CDChivasUSA.com will be tweeting from the match. Follow us: @cdchivasusa

19 November 10:41 am

The first step moving towards Chivas USA’s 2013 season begins Monday afternoon as Major League Soccer will hold a Waiver Draft via conference call at 12:30 p.m. PT, with all clubs participating except for MLS Cup finalists Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. Each club will announce the results of the Waiver Draft separately.

As of Monday morning, the Goats have not yet released a list of players eligible for the draft; a full list of league-wide eligible players will be listed on the club’s site before the draft. Players available to Monday’s draft are those whom (1) are not in a club’s plans for 2013, and (2) are NOT re-entry draft eligible (the latter to be held Thursday, December 6). Such players will be available to clubs in the Waiver Draft via the waiver draft order. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Nov. 19, 2012 MLS Waiver Draft Selection Order (2012 finishes in brackets):
1. Toronto (23 pts)
2. Chivas USA (30 pts)
3. Portland (34 pts)
4. New England  (35 pts)
5. Philadelphia (36 pts)
6. Colorado (37 pts)
7. FC Dallas (39 pts)
8. Montreal (42 pts)
9. Columbus (52 pts)
10. Vancouver (43 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
11. Chicago (57 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
12. Real Salt Lake (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
13. New York (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
14. Kansas City (63 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
15. San Jose (66 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
16. Seattle Sounders (56 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
17. DC United (58 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
18. Houston (53 pts – MLS Cup finalist)
19. LA Galaxy (54 pts – MLS Cup finalist)

15 November 12:08 pm

Chivas USA’s Ante Jazic and Dan Kennedy have been named finalists to MLS’ Year End Awards in their own respective categories. Defender Jazic is nominated for the Xbox Individual Fair Play Award while Dan Kennedy is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Individual Fair Play award is issued using the criteria of fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as an evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.  In 2012, Jazic played a total of 27 games (all starts) received no yellow or red cards and committed eight fouls. Jazic is nominated for the award along with Chicago Fire’s Logan Pause and former Goat Heath Pearce of the New York Red Bulls. The winner of the award will be announced Monday, November 19.

In a challenging season for the Goats, Kennedy managed to make 109 saves in 32 games played, ending the year second to Columbus Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum with 125 saves. Kennedy had been nominated in ten occasions to MLS Save of the Week, being named Player of the Week in the sixth week. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is nominated for the league award along with Michael Gspurning of Seattle Sounders and Jimmy Nielsen of Sporting Kansas City. The winner of Goalkeeper of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.

If Kennedy takes the award, it will be the second time a Chivas USA ‘keeper earns the honor; former goalkeeper Zach Thornton took the award in the 2009 season after ending the year with 83 saves and 0.87 goals against average.

Take a look at one of Kennedy’s 109 saves of the 2012 season: 

14 November 10:10 am

Juan Agudelo and the U.S. National Team earned a 2-2 draw Wednesday night to Russia in Kuban Stadium. Michael Bradley scored the lone goal for the Americans, breaking Russia's 449 minutes without conceding a goal.

Agudelo came onto the match in the 63rd minute of the match to replace Josh Gatt. Minutes into the game, Agudelo provided a header to Bradley, who took the shot and notched the equalizer for the Americans. Shortly after, Referee Nicola Rizzoli called a foul inside the box, giving Russia a penalty kick and the lead in the 84th minute. But the match had not yet been finalized as Mix Diskereud scored a goal of his own in the 90th minute for the final 2-2 score. Former Goat Sacha Kljestan also appeared in the match, coming onto the field in the 64th minute.
 
This match was the final game of the year for the U.S.; upon the new year, the squad will need to continue their preparations ahead of their first World Cup qualifying match of the year against Honduras scheduled for February 6. 
 
Check out the equalizing goal and Agudelo's assist:
 

13 November 8:22 pm

Juan Agudelo arrived in Russia to join the U.S. National Team ahead of Wednesday's match against the host country in Kuban Stadium. Watch this match live starting at 7 a.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes.

Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. has obtained a record of 11-6-3 (W-L-T) since he took charge of the national team in July 2011. The U.S. has a three-game winning streak; in their last match, the Americans took a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The match against Russia will be the final game of the year for the Americans before continuing to look for a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Agudelo has not appeared with the U.S. National Team since October 2011, when the squad faced Ecuador in an international friendly. The Red-and-White forward is one of three MLS players listed in Klinsmann 20-man roster.

Russia currently sits in ninth place in FIFA standings finishing first in their World Cup qualifying group that includes Portugal and Northern Ireland. After four games, the Russians the finished the stage undefeated with 12 points, eight goals in favor and no goals against. 

12 November 12:39 pm

The first time Juan Agudelo was called-up to the U.S. National Team, he was 17 years old and in his first year in the league with New York Red Bulls. Since then, the Colombian-born forward has made 15 appearances and scored two goals. Agudelo received today his first call-up to the Men's National Team of the year, and is one of three MLS players that will face Russia on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 am PT (WATCH- ESPN2, ESPN3 & Univision Deportes).

In his debut match with the National Team, Agudelo scored his first goal with the squad, becoming the youngest player ever to score for U.S. and giving the American squad the 1-nil victory over the host team South Africa. Check out his goal: