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
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on match: “I was really pleased with the way we started the game, I thought we came out very aggressively. We were able to make ourselves pretty dangerous, pretty early and for most of the time, we were on the verge of being quite dangerous. When things didn’t go our way, we didn’t fold, we didn’t crumble, we didn’t back down, we just re-grouped and came again. It was a very satisfying win for the team in a number of ways. It was a very strong, very committed and determined performance. I think our group was extremely solid, extremely committed to getting out of this thing with a shutout.”
Importance of winning the SuperClasico: “It’s big. I think I underestimated the level of rivalry between these two teams when I first got here. I was surprised by the nature of comments after our first game last year and it was very evident that there was very little respect for this club. The only way to get respect is to go out and earn it, and I thought that they did a good job of that tonight.”
On Califf’s performance: “I’ve known Danny for a long time. I’ve seen him play in some big arenas and his decision making has gotten to be very good with the experience that he’s had. It was great to see him step in and look extremely comfortable as you’d like to see an experience center back come in.”
On Agudelo’s Debut: “I think Juan had a good debut. He’s a player who wants to be on the ball. He’s a very attack-minded player, he’s got very solid feet. You could see there were times when he wanted the ball, he wants to make things happen. I thought his impact was immediate and we’re extremely excited to have him.”
Thought’s on team’s defensive performance: “I thought it was very resolute. I thought they did a very good job of adapting as the night went on. I thought as a group, not just the defenders, but the entire team did a good job of reading things that were dangerous. I’m really proud of their defensive performance.”
On Correa’s performance: “For a kid who’s 19 years old, he’s not afraid of contact, he’s not afraid to go up against big, strong center backs and put his body in harm’s way. He’s energetic, he’s enthusiastic and just three weeks into his MLS career, he’s certainly showing well.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD – JOSE CORREA
Thoughts on second game and second goal: “I feel great and very happy about starting in this league just how I wanted. As a forward to score goals is the most important thing and I hope to continue playing like this for the team and the organization.”
On the play before the penalty when you receive the ball: “I kicked the ball and struck it well. The Galaxy defender was standing right on the goal line and he stopped it with his hand. The important thing I said is to score and to add points to the standings.”
CHIVAS FORWARD – JUAN AGUDELO
On first match with Chivas USA: “It was great especially to get a win against a team like the Galaxy. I just loved being a part of it. I just try to focus on the things that are on the field and what I do in the game. I was very grateful that I got the playing time that I got and got some chemistry with the players.”
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH - BRUCE ARENA
On what was the difference in the game: “I think the difference in the game is we did poorly with the chances we created. And in a game like that someone has to take advantage of it. Goal scoring opportunities, we had a couple of real good ones, certainly in the second half, and did poorly with them. The referee did an outstanding job, and I’m not sure I can ever say that in an MLS game but that was an appropriate penalty and send off.”
On the play of Sarvas and Juninho in central midfield: “I thought they did a good job tonight. They both had good games. It was a good game. It was a pretty even game for sure.”
On the attacking duo of Noonan and Donovan: “Pat did alright. Pat hasn’t played a whole lot for us but we thought he’d be a good combination with Landon. I don’t think that Landon was comfortable playing up top tonight, I don’t think he did well in terms of holding the ball in situations where needed it held. I thought he did better in the midfield in the second half. I thought Pat was solid. I thought Magee did alright. He got some pretty good chances, what more can you say. We have to stick one of those.”
On if this game was indicative of the season: “Yeah, I would say that. I think on the season our record is probably not real precise in terms of how we’ve played. I think we’ve played a little bit better than our record indicates. But tonight the difference in the game was taking a chance. We didn’t do it and give them credit. I think the referee did well on the call. I think perhaps he might have called a foul against our keeper on the play. When Perk went up their striker put his back into him a little bit, but fair enough.”
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER - LANDON DONOVAN
Overall thought on the loss: “It’s kind of been the same old story. First half was not great for either side. They had the one chance off the post, but not a lot of chances. I thought we played really well in the beginning of the second half, and had some chances to score and didn’t. And then one kind of weird play and that determined the game and that’s kind of how’s it’s been all year.”
On the fairness of the red card and penalty kick call: “From what I hear it was a hand ball. So if you put a hand ball off the line he has to give him a red card. It’s kind of harsh because it’s hard for David to react, it just kind of hits him, but that’s the way it goes and it’s unfortunate.”
On the play of Chivas USA: “They are kind of what we expected. Juan obviously gives them a different element and Danny, we know Danny well, he’s a good leader and does a good job back there. But, we had chances to score and unfortunately we keep giving up the first goal and it’s making it real tough. Can’t fault the effort, the effort was great just for whatever reason it’s not going our way and we have to keep going.”
LA GALAXY DEFENDER DAVID - JUNIOR LOPES
On what happened on the play that led to the penalty kick and red card: “What happened? Everyone saw it. There was a loose ball following a block, their forward shoots it and I was in front of the goal line and didn’t have time to react to get my hand out of the way. The ball went straight to my hand, it came at me very fast. That’s what happened. The fault was mine. It was my hand. I was the one who got a red card. I very sad about what happened.”
On if the infraction was fair: “It’s complicated. I don’t want to say yes or no, but it was a very fast ball and straight to my hand. I wasn’t trying to put my hand on the ball, it just went straight to my hand. It’s complicated. I would say yes, it’s fair, if I were going out of my way to stop the ball, but probably no when it just hits you in the hand, which is what happened, so it’s very complicated.”
LA GALAXY GOALKEEPER - BRIAN PERK
On the loss: “It’s tough. It hurts. Thought we played well, created a lot of chances, didn’t give up to many chances and one blunder by me cost us the game pretty much.”
On the penalty kick: “I went down the middle because I thought he saw me move the one before so I figured I would leave early and go down the middle. He took it well. He didn’t put it next to me.”
On what Chivas did well to get the win: “They kept the ball well and created a few chances and it’s just real unfortunate. I thought we deserved at least a point, probably three, so that’s hard right now.”
On the quick turnaround and playing San Jose on Wednesday: “That’s probably the beauty of it. We have another game on Wednesday and another chance to get three points so we can look forward to that and put this one behind us.”