One win, three points, and two spots up in MLS Power Rankings. After kicking off in the last spot, Chivas USA have moved up to the 17th spot in the Rankings.
The Goats were able to move up after a comeback 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday, the most goals scored by the Red-and-White since last season’s 3-3 draw at New England Revolution on August 29. The win also permitted Chivas to move up to third place in the Western Conference, just below Vancouver Whitecaps FC and LA Galaxy. Chivas will look to continue moving up as they prepare to face the Galaxy on Sunday in the first SuperClásico of the season.
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Whether it’s isolating themselves from the rest of the group or listening to their favorite song, Chivas USA players have different rituals leading up to gameday. Aside from listening to salsa, merengue, reggaeton and electronic music on the way to a game and in the locker room, midfielder Miller Bolaños has carried out a ritual throughout his career that helps him do his best on the field.
“I usually put the cleats that I’m going to use on the day of the game in my closet the day before and I put an image of the Virgin Mary in them. Once I’m in the locker room, I’ll kiss both shoes and then put them on before going out to the field.”
Unlike some professionals, Bolaños enjoys the company of his teammates before a game, helping him concentrate on the game.
Make sure to come out and see Miller Bolaños and the rest of Chivas USA take on FC Dallas this Sunday at 2pm PT at The Home Depot Center. Click here to purchase your tickets; for all your day-of-game needs, follow Chivas USA’s official gameday Twitter feed: @ChivasGameday
For the past week, Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara nutritionist Margarita Posada and her team have been undergoing a set of exams to evaluate the players eating habits and setting season-long health goals. After Thursday’s practice, Posada met with the team coaching staff to present the player results and plans.
Despite the team’s short time in action this year, all players are in great shape for the new 2013 season. Throughout the week, the team has been meeting with the nutritionist to evaluate diet plans and improve their health on a day-to-day basis.
Basic rules set by Posada:
· Team must have a healthy meal following practice and after each game within 30 minutes of ending
· Players shouldn’t eat meat or fish before a game (Might make athletes feel heavier; possible effects of seafood)
Despite the good results of all players, Posada and her team will be returning to Los Angeles to follow-up with the suggested eating plans in the near future. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@cdchivasusa) for any updates.
After Saturday’s loss to Columbus in the season’s opening match, Chivas USA’s coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, “El Chelis,” admitted that the team lacked attack. Wednesday morning the Red-and-White focused on perfecting the attack in order to earn their first victory this Sunday against FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center.
“Since I’ve been here, the team has worked on scoring goals and we weren’t able to do that in the first game,” Coach Chelis said after practice.
With goalkeepers working separately, the team kicked off training with five separate 4v1 games. All players worked on speed strength training exercises, including midfielder Jorge Villafaña, who has been recovering from an ankle sprain. Led by Coach Chelis, the team moved on to an inter-squad scrimmage, focusing on attacking and finishing plays.
Thirty minutes into the inter-squad scrimmage, Coach Chelis called it a day yelling, “Good job! We’ll continue this tomorrow.” Chivas USA’s training on Thursday will be held at The Home Depot Center’s main stadium starting at 10 a.m. Due to location, fans will not be able to attend Thursday’s practice, but are encouraged to come out Friday morning for training at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6.
Chivas USA’s Youth Academy held its second of three I.D. Camps on Monday evening at Veterans Park in Pomona in search of talent within the 1999 & 2000 categories. The U14 team formed will be participating in U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the 2013/2014 season that starts in September.
In the second camp, about 60 potential players participated, an increase from the first tryout camp held in January. With coaches from all age categories present, the staff was very pleased with the outcome and the talent level. About five to six new players that impressed the staff will be contacted and invited to come out and train with the current U14 team, led by Coach Hugo Perez, Jr.
“We are looking for smart soccer players, players who make good soccer decisions on and off the ball, good attitude, good work rate and of course has to be very technically sound with the ball,” said U16 coach Mike Munoz.
Chivas USA will host one more I.D. Camp for the U13/14 Team on Monday, April 22. If you or someone you know, would like to join the Red-and-White Academy, click here to register now. Make sure to follow all Youth Academy updates on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
This Friday, March 1, Chivas USA will officially introduce the 2013 coaching staff, players, club officials and the new away jersey in a private event. Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara’s Sporting President Dennis te Klose will be conducting the presentation where Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, ‘El Chelis,’ will be presented as head coach.
Chivas USA will kick off its ninth season when it hosts the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center as part of MLS’ March to Soccer on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT). Ticket packs and individual tickets are now available. To purchase tickets to the opening match, call 1-877-244-8271 or click here for more information.
Fans can follow the presentation on Chivas USA’s official Twitter account: @cdchivasusa
Not all teams give their fans the opportunity to meet, hang out and have a drink with the club head coach. On Saturday evening, Chivas USA and supporter group Union Ultras did just that, hosting the first ‘Chelas with Chelis’ in Pacoima.
Just a few hours after Chivas USA earned a 5-1 victory over the LA Blues, the Red-and-White coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá joined the Ultras and the ChivaFighter for the ultimate fan experience. Fans had the opportunity to meet, take pictures and have tacos with Chelis. Many took the opportunity the talk to Chelis about team performance and what they could expect in the new season.
In order to participate, interested fans needed to put a $40 down payment for a 2013 season seat. At the end of the event, the Union Ultras were able to recruit six new members that will be supporting the team in Section 101.
If you’d like to join a Chivas USA Supporter Group and take part of future events like this one, click here for more information. Make sure to stay tuned for the next ‘Chelas with Chelis!’
Chivas USA Youth Academy forward Caleb Calvert was named U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy’s Player of the Week after a superb performance with the U18 squad last weekend.
Calvert, 16, recently joined the U18 team after playing the first half of the 2012-2013 season with the U16’s. On Saturday, the young Goats earned their first win of the year thanks to two goals from Calvert, helping lead the team to the final 2-1 victory over Crossfire Premiere. The following day, the Phelan, Calif. native repeated himself and notched another two goals, this time against Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U17/18 Team. The Red-and-White took a 3-2 victory over the Canadian team and now hold a 7-5-5 (W-L-T) record and sit in fifth place of the Southwest Division.
Before joining the U18 squad, Calvert had scored 13 goals with the U16s, becoming the top goal scorer for the young team.
Nicknamed “Rooney,” Calvert has a bright future ahead. Make sure to follow Calvert’s progress in the Academy by following Chivas USA’s Youth Academy on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
With just eight days until the start of the 2013 MLS season, Chivas USA hit the field to continue working towards the March 2nd match against Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center.
Led by assistant coach Isidro Sanchez, half the squad worked on finishing plays, while the other half enjoyed playing a game of soccer tennis. Halfway through training, groups switched activities. Training separately, midfielders Oswaldo Minda and Jorge Villafaña continue recovering from their injuries.
Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, also known as ‘El Chelis,’ was not in training this week, but returns to Los Angeles on Friday and will be in the Red-and-White’s scrimmage on Saturday.
The Red-and-White will host LA Blues on Saturday at The Home Depot Center’s Field 4 starting at 11 a.m. PT. Chivas USA sits undefeated in preseason, most recently playing South Korea’s Gangwon FC to a scoreless draw at Titan Stadium. For team updates, make sure to follow Chivas USA on Twitter: @cdchivasusa
Get to know quick fun facts about new Chivas USA midfielder Edgar Mejia:
-Born July 17, 1988 (24 years old)
- Nickname is ‘Chore’ because of his ears.
-Made professional debut on November 11, 2006. Less than a month later, the team earned their 11th star
-part of the squad that won the first World Cup title with U17 team on October 2, 2005
-scored the lone goal in Chivas Guadalajara’s 3-1 loss to Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid
-You can follow him on Twitter: @Chore_Mejia