Chivas USA defeated Ventura County Fusion last night as forward Cesar Romero scored in the 13th minute of the match off a pass by Juan Agudelo to give the Red-and-White a 1-0 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Head Coach Robin Fraser and Romero spoke post-game about the match and the next round of the tournament where they will face the North Carolina Railhawks scheduled for June 5.
After facing the top three MLS teams in the past 14 days and getting five points out of it, Chivas USA has landed in the 12th spot of MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings. Chivas USA kicked off a busy two weeks earning a 1-1 draw with then-first place San Jose Earthquakes; earned the first victory in the SuperClásico since 2007 against then-ahead in standings LA Galaxy with a single goal from Jose Correa (his second in two games); travelled across the country to face second place New York Red Bulls midweek and earned a 1-1 draw with an amazing goal from Juan Pablo Angel; returned to The Home Depot Center to face Western Conference third place Seattle Sounders and earned a 1-1 draw where recently acquired Juan Agudelo scored his first goal with Chivas USA. The Goats are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference (12th overall) with a record of 4-6-3 (W-L-T) with 15 points.
After starting in all games this season with Chivas USA, James Riley's hard work is paying off. Just last Saturday, Riley was up against his old Seattle Sounders teammates, squad of which he shared locker rooms for three years, made it to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs, and where he helped the team earn three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. Although Riley stated during the week that he didn't hold any grudges against the Sounders, the Colorado native went into the game and assisted in Juan Agudelo's first goal with Chivas USA. For that, MLSsoccer.com named James Riley to the Team of the Week for Week 12 of the regular season. What other Goat do you think should have been named to the MLS Team of the Week? Share your thoughts.
After scoring 58 goals with the New York Red Bulls from 2007-2010, Juan Pablo Angel returned to Red Bull Arena, to score yet another goal in the Harrison, New Jersey stadium, this time with Chivas USA. Angel opened up the scoring in the 47th minute of the match as defender Raushan McKenzie headed the ball to the Colombian striker to give the Red-and-White an early lead. A few minutes later, New York would score the equalizer for the final 1-1 score in the Goats second match in five days. Now, Angel’s 70th career goal is up for MLS Goal of the Week. But before you rush to vote for him, re-live his goal:
Levi Arreola, winner of the 2012 Crossbar Challenge and native of Bellflower, Calif., joined Chivas USA today as the First Team held their first training back from New York, ahead of tomorrow’s match vs Seattle Sounders at The Home Depot Center. Accompanied by his dad and little brother, Levi was able to meet some of the Chivas USA players, including his favorite Goat, Juan Pablo Angel, Coach Fraser and Juan Agudelo. While speaking with Coach Fraser, Levi’s dad reminisced about the only goal that the former professional defender scored on Tampa Bay Mutiny on June 16, 1996 while playing with the Galaxy. With a smile on his face, Coach Fraser thanked Levi’s dad for following his career and Chivas USA. By winning the contest that was held on May 4, 16 year-old Levi took home a $5,000 college scholarship that, as of today, he is unsure of what school or major he is interested in pursuing after high school. Read the journey that Levi had in order to win the 2012 Crossbar Challenge by clicking here.
Chivas USA Academy products Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer played 90 minutes yesterday with the US U18 squad in a scoreless draw with Slovakia in the teams’ participation in the Lisbon Tournament held in Portugal.
This match was the second of the tournament for the Americans and they will now prepare for their final group match against Portugal this Saturday, May 26. The host country has won its first two games against fellow group teams Slovakia and Poland; a win for the U.S. would qualify them to the next round.
USA: 1-Zackary Steffen, 3-Jordan Allen , 5-Trevor Haberkorn, 4-Michael Amick Defender, 6-Mobi Fehr; 16-Marco Delgado, 7-Kellyn Acosta, 10-Alejandro Guido (8-Matthew Dunn, 46), 11-Esteban Rodriguez (14-Jack McBean, 46), 9-Ben Spencer, 20- Dillon Serna
Subs not used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 2-Jalen Markey, 12-Stefanos Stamoulacatos, 13-Malcom Harris, 15-Russell Canouse, 17- Andrew Oliver, 19-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Javier Perez
Assistant Coach: Christopher Brewer
Goalkeeper Coach: Guillermo Valencia
SVK: 12- Vozar, 3- Ciernek, 4- Molnar, 5-Ninaj, 7- Mihalik (11-Smehyl, 46), 8-Lobotka (9-Brigant, 46), 10-Rusnak (6- Ziska, 89), 13- Steinhubel (18- Huk, 24), 14- Danko (2-Mazan, 65), 15-Fasko (17- Mego, 46), 19-Pinter
Subs not used: 1- Breda Goalkeeper, 22-Holec Goalkeeper, 16- Marcin Substitute
Head Coach: Peter Gergely
Assistant Coach: Jozef Majoros
This Saturday, Chivas USA will hold its first Job Fair and Executive Lecture that will include companies such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Kings, AEG, Wasserman Media Group and Corona looking for prospective employees. Among recruiters from each respective company, Chivas USA’s President and co-owner Antonio Cué will be in assistance, along with the Chief Marketing Officer of Grupo Modelo, Carlos Uranga, to talk to job seekers.
The executive lecture this year will be lead by Grupo Modelo’s Carlos Uranga, who has lead Grupo Modelo’s Marketing Department since 2004. Grupo Modelo is the largest brewing company in Mexico, with brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial and Victoria. Uranga oversees all commercial activities within the brand. With over 32 years of experience, Uranga has also worked with large companies such as Mexico’s largest bread company Grupo Bimbo, Unilever and Grupo Gamesa. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Instituto Tecnologico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Uranga started his professional career working as an Market Executive and Analyst for Nielsen Company, company dedicated to market research including sales and television ratings.
To learn more about Uranga and how you can be on your way to becoming an executive in a major company, click here for more information, or contact Cesar Serrano at (310) 630-4590.
Chivas USA’s own Youth Academy forward Ben Spencer scored with the United States U18 Team yesterday in a 1-1 draw with Poland in the team’s participation of the Lisbon International Tournament in Portugal. Also participating in the tournament along with Spencer is recent Chivas USA First Team acquisition, midfielder Marky Delgado.
Poland scored the first of the match off a header from a free kick in the first half. But it was Spencer who volleyed the ball into the back of the net off a pass from teammate Jack McBean. Up next for the U.S. U18’s in this tournament will be a match against Slovakia, today, before culminating the group phase against host team Portugal on Saturday, May 26.
Chivas USA Academy defender Malcolm Jones has been called up to the United States U15 team by Head Coach Tony Lepore for the International Marveld Tournament to be held from June 1-3 in Groenlo, Holland.
The Americans were drawn into a pool with elite youth clubs from FC Twente, Feyernoord, Ajax, Real Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen. Other youth clubs participating include teams from SV Grol, PSV, Manchester United, Liverpool, FFFA Ghana and Olympique Marseille.
U.S. U-15 BNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Alamo, Calif), Abraham Romero (LA Galaxy; Altadena, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): David Chavez (Juventus Sport Club; Redwood City, Calif.), Chris Gomez (PDA; Jamison, Pa.), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Pablo Pelaez (Albion SC; San Diego, Calif.), Thomas Redding (FC America Premier; Oviedo, Fla.), Max Stiegwardt (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Maple Grove, Minn.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Amir Bashti (San Jose Earthquakes Academy; Cupertino, Calif.), Coy Craft (FC Dallas Academy; Frisco, Texas), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United Fire Academy; Carmel, Ind.), Maduabuchi Obinwa (FC America Premier; Gotha, Fla.), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC; Omaha, Neb.), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew Academy; Grove City, Ohio), Alejandro Vergara (LA Galaxy Academy; Long Beach, Calif.), DJ Villegas (Davis Legacy; Sacramento, Calif.), Sean Wilson (PDA; Bethlehem, Pa.)
FORWARDS (3): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Minneapolis, Minn.), Malcolm Dixon (NY Red Bulls Academy; Montclair, N.J.), Rigoberto Rojas (Chicago Blast; Chicago, Ill.)
Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin surprised many, including the fourth official, as he went into the SuperClásico last Saturday rocking his new mustache. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was also spotted with a mustache/beard. Who wore it best? You decide! (P.S- You can follow Blair’s moustache on Twitter: @GavinsMustache)
— Gavin's Mustache (@GavinsMustache) May 22, 2012
— Ben Zemanski (@zmnsk21) May 21, 2012