Jorge Villafaña, aka “Sueño” is the longest serving Chivas USA player in the current squad after winning the 2007 Sueño MLS contest. Since then, Villafaña has had stellar performance for the Red-and-White, leading the club to many victories. Just this year, 22 year-old Villafaña has disputed seven games (three starts) helping the club with one assist but taking many dangerous shots on goal. In his MLS career, Villafaña has disputed 59 games (42 starts), notching five goals and adding two assists.
And did we add that Villafaña is a new dad? Last June 3rd, Jorge became a father for the first time to a beautiful baby girl named Arely.
A vote for him would make his little princess a very happy girl so make sure to cast your vote for him for 24 under 24 by clicking here.
Just one week from being acquired from the New York Red Bulls, Colombian-born Juan Agudelo gave us a preview of what’s yet to come as he scored his first goal with the club in a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders on May 26 at The Home Depot Center.
In 12 games with the club, 19 year-old Agudelo has disputed eight MLS regular season matches (seven starts) and adds one assist before missing a few games due to a swollen knee. Now that he has recovered, Agudelo has continued making a positive impact in the team, starting in all three games and creating scoring opportunities.
Check out his first goal with the club:
It wasn’t that long ago that Bobby Burling was playing wearing the Red-and-White colors for the first time. If you don’t recall Bobby from the 2007-2009 era, here’s something to remind you of those years:
Who wants to see another one of these?
Bobby Burling! After acquiring his rights on July 6th, defender Bobby Burling officially became a Chivas USA player for the second time. Burling was initially part of the Red-and-White from 2007 to 2009 when he was traded to San Jose Earthquakes. After two seasons with the Earthquakes, Burling was selected by expansion team Montreal Impact but was never signed. He joined the Goats in early June and since then has played with the Reserves Team.
This morning, Burling travelled with the First Team ahead of tomorrow’s match at Colorado Rapids in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Make sure to watch Bobby Burling’s possible debut tomorrow at 6pm on KDOC or KWHY-22.
After playing 90 minutes in last Sunday’s SuperClásico, defender Ante Jazic headed to Florida where the Canadian National took their fourth consecutive win, this time, in a friendly match with Trinidad and Tobago that ended with a final 2-0 victory for the Canadians.
The first goal of the match came in the 58th minute when Tosaint Ricketts’ right footed shot from inside the box hit the back of the net. The second and final goal of the match came via penalty kick taken by Real Salt Lake player Will Johnson.
Jazic will reunite with the Goats in Colorado this Friday ahead of the team's match vs Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park at 6pm PT.
Up next for ‘the Reds’ will be back-to-back games in the 2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers where they will face Panama on September 7 and 11th; the first match will be disputed in BMO Field in Toronto, Canada and the second in Panama City.
Check out all the highlights from this match:
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.”