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06 November 5:01 pm

MLS Cup Playoffs are in full swing! In the Western Conference, San Jose took a 1-nil lead over LA Galaxy in the first leg; the two will meet once again Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT (ESPN2). Real Salt Lake and Seattle were scoreless in the first match; watch the match live on MLS Live this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United and New York will look to advance to the Conference Final Wednesday night after the two came to a 1-1 in leg 1 (5 p.m. PT/ NBC Sports Network). Houston Dynamo took a 2-0 win over Sporting KC last Sunday; leg 2 will be disputed Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT (MLS Live).

Below are some of the picks made by the front office and locker room:

Juan Agudelo - Forward

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                               Sporting KC – Houston: Sporting win in PK’s

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake 2-1                               D.C. United – New York: NY win in PK’s

Simon Elliott - Technical Director

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                                Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Seattle win                                    D.C. United – New York: NY win

Hector Perez - Assistant Equipment Manager

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                                Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake win                                D.C. United – New York: NY win

CDChivasUSA.com

San Jose - LA: San Jose win 3-2                                         Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake win                                D.C. United – New York: NY win

 

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05 November 1:08 pm

The 2012 season was one of Dan Kennedy’s stellar years, standing out in every match played. The Red-and-White ‘keeper closed the season second in league standings with 109 saves. Kennedy started in 32 games this year before a knee injury cut his season short.

Kennedy’s save nominated for MLS Save of the Year is for one against Marvin Chavez. In the 68th minute of the match, Honduran Marvin Chavez took a left-footed shot from the right side of the box; Kennedy, with his cat-like reflexes, was able to push the ball out for a corner kick. This save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week .

Re-live Kennedy’s save and make sure to cast your vote for MLS Save of the Year by clicking here. Poll closes Saturday, Nov. 17:

03 November 12:54 pm

One week into joining Chivas USA, Colombian-born Juan Agudelo notched his first goal with the club in the 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders on May 26 at The Home Depot Center.

In the 57th minute of the match, former Sounder James Riley took a shot into the box, finding Agudelo who defeated the Seattle goalkeeper and defender to score the first goal of the night. The 19-year-old striker would go on to play 20 matches (16 starts), notching three goals and three assists. 

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.

02 November 2:29 pm

In nine years with New England Revolution, midfielder Shalrie Joseph scored a total of 37 goals in 261 games (254 starts) with the club. Then Joseph was traded on August 1 to Chivas USA, but it didn’t take long for him to begin scoring for the Goats, notching two goals in one game, a special one for the Grenada-born player.

Chivas USA travelled to Boston on August 29 for a mid-week match against the Revolution, Joseph’s first return since being traded earlier that month. Just when all seemed lost for the Goats after going down 3-nil by the 20th minute, Joseph scored.  As if one goal against his former club wasn't enough, Joseph notched his second of the night for the Red-and-White to make  the match 3-2.

In the last minute of the first half, Juan Agudelo made a pass to Joseph who with a left-footed shot from outside the box, put the ball into the back of the net to put the Goats back in the game. It was a real comeback game for the Goats who avoided leaving Gillette Stadium without any points; the match ended in a 3-3 draw after Miller Bolaños scored the third goal in the 47th minute.

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.

01 November 4:06 pm

Paolo Cardozo joined Chivas USA after the club traded David Junior Lopes to the LA Galaxy in early April. And in his first match against his old club, the Uruguayan-born midfielder let the Galaxy know what they let go, notching his first professional goal in MLS.

Cardozo came into the match in the 45th minute of the second SuperClásico of the season. Seven minutes into the match, Cardozo took a shot from the 18-yard line, striking it past Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders, giving the Goats hope for a comeback after going down 2-nil. Unfortunately, the match ended in a 3-1 win for the Galaxy.

Despite the loss, Cardozo’s goal earned him a nomination for MLS Goal of the Week. Check it out:

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.

01 November 3:45 pm

The season might be over for Chivas USA, but the team returned to The Home Depot Center this morning for training after two days off.

The Goats kicked off the morning with light warm-up exercises led by coach Jim Liston. The team then proceeded to what would cover the rest of the training: a 5v5 tournament with four groups. The team with black jerseys took first place with 23 points, just one point more than second place grey team. In the final game, the black team defeated the grey squad 2-1. In the end of the tournament, goalkeeper coach Daniel Gonzalez was named MVP of the tournament, with the least amount of goals against.

Chivas will return to training tomorrow morning and will have the weekend off before returning to training once again Monday morning.

Click here to view a training gallery from today’s training.

31 October 2:39 pm

In his first return to Red Bull Arena since leaving New York Red Bulls in 2011, Colombian forward Juan Pablo Angel notched an amazing goal against former club to give Chivas USA a 1-0 lead.

In the 47th minute of the match, a corner kick taken by then-Chivas midfielder Blair Gavin found Rauwshan McKenzie, whose header found Juan Pablo Angel, leading to the game-opening goal. Ten minutes later, New York would score the equalizer, ending the match in a 1-1 draw. Angel’s 70th MLS career goal earned him a nomination for Goal of the Week.

Angel was the team’s top goal scorer in 2012, notching four goals in the season. Since joining the club mid-season in 2011, Angel has scored a total of 11 goals, playing in 28 games (18 starts). Angel, who played for  the Red Bulls from 2007-10, is the top goal scorer in the club’s history, scoring 58 goals.

Re-live Angel’s goal and classy celebration, and make sure to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Year:

 

30 October 4:09 pm

Two matches into 2012, Chivas USA was unable to reach victory or score the first goal of the season. Then the road match at Real Salt Lake came and 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick Casey Townsend made the difference in the game, giving the Goats their first three points and notching the first goal of the season.

In the 72nd minute of the match, defender Ante Jazic made a cross that RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando attempted to grab the ball but let go, allowing Townsend to score his first professional goal.

 

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.

 

29 October 4:14 pm

Chivas USA U16 players Hugo Arellano, Joshua Perez and Coach Mike Munoz joined the U.S. U15 Team training camp last Saturday in Carson. And this Thursday, the two players and coach will go head-to-head against the Red-and-White U15 squad at 5 p.m. in The Home Depot Center’s Field 2.

Just last Sunday, Chivas USA’s U16 squad was able to earn their third consecutive win, this time against Real So Cal. Mark Hernandez, Edgar Murillo and Alejandro Vergara each scored one goal to give the young Red-and-White team the 3-nil victory. With the win, the Goats remain firm in second place with a 3-1-2 record.

Meanwhile, the U.S. squad initiated camp last Saturday. Chivas, along with 11 other teams, give the squad two players currently listed in U.S. Soccer Development Academy rosters.

Make sure to come and cheer on Chivas USA’s U15 squad; entry is free.

26 October 12:26 pm

Chivas USA’s U16 forward Joshua Perez has been named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Peak Performer for Week 7 after a great performance in last Sunday’s match. Perez, 14, helped lead his team to a 4-0 victory over Pateadores, assisting in the first three goals of the match, and notching his own goal in the 61st minute of the match.

“Josh still is the youngest player on our team,” said Chivas USA U15 Head Coach Mike Munoz. “We’ve asked him this year to step up and be one of the leaders in the team and to start putting up bigger numbers in terms of scoring goals and assists and he’s really taken to it; obviously with one goal and three assists [last weekend] is a job well done.”

With the win, the Red-and-White U16 squad was able to move to second place in the Southwest Division, with a 2-1-2 (W-L-T) record and one less match played than first place Real Salt Lake. Perez has played in four matches (three starts)

Perez will join now Chivas USA U15/16 Coach Mike Munoz and fellow teammate Hugo Arellano for a one-week U.S. U15 National Team Camp to be held at The Home Depot Center from Oct 27 to Nov 3.