After a day off, Chivas USA’s First Team returned to training this morning ahead of the team’s away match this Saturday, August 18 against Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. As usual, the team kicked off training with a warm-up session lead by Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Liston. Also included in training today, midfielder Ryan Smith is slowly coming back as he recovers from his hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past few weeks. Once the team reunited for a scrimmage, Smith and midfielder Peter Vagenas continued training separately.
Surprise, surprise. Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is nominated for MLS Save of the Week for one of his many heroics in last Sunday’s game vs LA Galaxy. Although the final score doesn’t reflect the amazing job Kennedy did in the game, his save in the 37th minute to a Landon Donovan header was picked as a nominee. So far in the season, Kennedy has made 75 saves, and currently maintains 1.19 goals against average, keeping him among the top three goalkeepers in the league. Aside from his nod, Kennedy was also named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 23.
Last time we checked, that should be good for a call-up to the United States National Team (*cough* Jürgen Klinsmann *cough*)
Make sure to cast your vote for Dan Kennedy now and invite all your friends to vote for him; poll closes this Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to vote now
Black Army 1850’s support does not stop in The Home Depot Center with Chivas USA. Just last Sunday, the supporter group kicked off a canned food drive that will continue until the end of the season and hopefully, MLS Cup playoffs. All of the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Food Bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.
If you would like to donate canned goods, make sure to stop by the Black Army’s tailgate located in the Northeast corner of The Home Depot Center before every home game and don’t forget to tell all your friends on Twitter using hashtag #GoatsFeedLosAngeles
Will be Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Colby O’Donis! That’s right. The creator of the song “What you Got” featuring Akon will be singing the American national anthem this Sunday, August 12 for the SuperClásico. Colby has also participated in hit songs like Lady GaGa’s Grammy-nominated hit “Just Dance.”
Check out Colby's hit single:
Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Juan Pablo Angel were joined by LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez in a press conference held today in The Home Depot Center ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico. As the four players walked into the TV Studio the tension and awkwardness was felt instantly in the room full of media members [see photo above].
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was the first to open the conference to talk about the team’s defensive line saying, “We’re among the best because there’s a great relationship within the team. Galaxy has a great attack, as we saw in the last game… But I’m confident in our group.”
When asked about the importance of the SuperClásico and whether he wants to score against his former club, forward Juan Pablo Angel stated, “Clásicos are meant to be won, not played… I don’t care if I score; I just want to win.”
Yet another exciting edition of the BarraClásico was disputed last night ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico match. For those that don’t know, the BarraClásico is a trio of games between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Front Office staff and Supporter Groups.
Chivas USA’s Front Office took yet ANOTHER win last night, this time with a 4-3 final score. It was the Marketing Department’s time to shine as Promotions Coordinator and Front Office top goal scorer Kevin Ramirez scored his two goals (adding to the two he scored in previous editions); Street Team member Jesus also scored a pair for the Front Office adding to his two goals he counted with.
Meanwhile, Black Army 1850 was looking for their first victory of the year against the LA Riot Squad. The match was looking like a 1-1 draw (BA goal scored by Angel Mendoza), but the Galactic supporters took the 2-1 victory in the last minutes.
Last match of the day was between Union Ultras and the Angel City Brigade. The Ultras had lost their first match 1-0, but took a 3-1 victory in the second. The third match ended in a 1-1 draw, but due to goal aggregate that BOTH teams agreed on, the Ultras took the Supporters Trophy.
Joining the Supporters, Chivas USA Forward and Captain Alejandro Moreno as well as Cesar Romero were in attendance last night. On behalf of Chivas USA, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to support our club. Now it’s on to getting the win the win this Sunday! Arriba las Chivas!
[Rusty Navarrette and Jose Arce discuss match strategy for tonight’s match]
Chivas USA’s staff is busy all day working for our fans, which also includes preparing for tonight’s final match. As we get closer to kick-off for the last Front Office match between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy, one must wonder, who’s gonna play?
Here’s the Red-and-White Front Office line-up:
Roy; Alex P, Alex Gallegos, Jesus; Rusty, Paris, Frank, Kevin; Arce, Ben
On bench: Asis (C), Gary, Veronica, Joseph
Let’s go guys! Get that sweep!
Just one more day ‘til show time and who’s the team #1? None other than our All-Star Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Season Seat Holders will be able to meet and greet Kennedy for the first time at The Home Depot Center since he left to become the hero in this year’s MLS All-Star Game vs English powerhouse Chelsea. If you’re among the lucky Season Seat Holders that will be in attendance for tomorrow’s event, make sure to stop by the field and say hello to Kennedy, the man that has helped the team be among the top best defensive lines in the league with 67 saves so far in the season.
We’re just two days away and if you’ve been a season seat holder with the club for the past two years, then you’ll know that this will be the second photo that you, as a lucky season seat holder, will take on the field and this year, it'll be with the team! Can it get better than that? Come to the event and you’ll find out all the other surprises we have in store for you!
If you haven’t RSVP’d to the event, make sure to get your name on the list by calling Gary Gomez at (310) 630-4581.
Looking back to our 2011 calendar, this year hasn’t been as bad for Coach Robin Fraser. Don’t you want to come back and join him on his third season with the Red-and-White? Coach Fraser has helped lead the team to becoming the best defense in the Western Conference. Wouldn’t you want Chivas USA to be the top in the league? Then Coach Fraser is the answer. Come meet the former U.S. international defender this Saturday for the Season Seat Holder Meet the Team Event. He’ll be waiting to meet you!