Defender James Riley joined Chivas USA during the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft after three successful years with Seattle Sounders FC and now receives his first MLS All-Star Team nomination. Since his integration to the club, Riley has helped lead the team to be among the top four best back lines in the Western Conference (seventh overall). He has played in 13 games (all starts), and so far, has two assists, that includes Juan Agudelo’s first goal with the club in the team’s last match vs Seattle Sounders on May 26, match that earned him a spot in MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 12.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy receives his first MLS All-Star nomination this year as the 29 year-old Goat has had a stellar year with the Red-and-White. So far in the 2012 season, Kennedy sits among the top four goalkeepers in the league with 47 saves in the 13 games he has played (all starts) and currently holds a 1.08 goals against average (same as league goalkeeping leader Andy Gruenebaum of Columbus Crew.) Because of Kennedy’s heroics, he has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week four times this season and was named MLS Player of the Week on April 16 after the team’s 1-0 victory against Toronto at BMO Field.
#9- That’s the number of games Venezuelan forward Alejandro Moreno has played with Chivas USA in this 2012 MLS regular season! Alejandro is just one match away from tying with Coach Robin Fraser as the top 38 players with most games played and is 25 games from being among the top 25 (among Goats Jimmy Conrad and Jesse Marsch.) Earlier this season, Moreno scored his 51st MLS career goal, matching fellow compatriot Giovanni Savarese as top Venezuelan goal scorer in the league. Check out Alejandro's first goal of this season:
#10- Lucky number ten is the amount of wins Chivas USA has over Real Salt Lake for an overall record of 10-7-4 (W-L-T). Our #10 Goat Nick LaBrocca also takes part of today’s countdown, as the New Jersey native has already scored one goal in the season. Just last season, LaBrocca led the Red-and-White with eight goals, splitting the number one spot with forward Justin Braun.
#11- That’s Juan Agudelo’s jersey number! The talented, young striker joined the club on Thursday, May 17, and has already made an impact in the Red-and-White attack. So far, Agudelo has disputed two games with Chivas USA (all starts), and has scored his first goal with the club just nine days after his acquisition in the 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders at The Home Depot Center. On gameday, make sure to watch out for our Gameday Program which will feature Agudelo! You can also get to know Agudelo by following him on Twitter: @JAgudelo11
Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda and Canadian defender Ante Jazic are out for international duty as both teams prepare for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Minda was on the bench for the Ecuadoran National Team as the team fell 4-0 to Argentina in the fourth CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying match. With the loss, Ecuador fell two spots in the standings and is currently in sixth place with six points, having to be among the top four in order to automatically qualify to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Up next for ‘La Tri’ is their fifth match against fifth place Colombia.
Meanwhile Jazic started and played 88 minutes in Canada’s scoreless draw with the U.S. National Team in last Sunday’s friendly match at BMO Field. The ‘Reds’ will now prepare for their first match as part of CONCACAF’S World Cup Qualifying round this Friday, June 8 against Cuba in Havana. Also taking part of Canada’s Group C is Honduras and Panama.
#12 - Today, as we are 12 days away from our next home game, we honor the twelfth person on the field… YOU! Chivas USA Supporter Groups the Union Ultras and the Black Army 1850 have gone up and beyond to support the Red-and-White, including trips to away games. Just last March, the Black Army caravanned to Sandy, Utah for the team’s first away match and win of the season. The Union Ultras have also attended games at Rio Tinto Stadium in the last few years, and are currently planning their next road trip to Portland. For supporting the club, we salute you!
#13- That's Canadian defender Ante Jazic’s number! Upon his return from international duty, the match against Real Salt Lake could potentially be his 13th match of the season, summing over 1,000 minutes on the pitch this season. Make sure to catch Jazic with the Canadian National Team today as 'The Reds' face team USA at 4pm PT in BMO Field; match will be broadcast live on NBC Sports or Univision Deportes.
#14- That’s 2012 MLS SuperDraft pick Casey Townsend’s number! Casey was the last Chivas USA player to score against Real Salt Lake. Remember that game? It was a cold Saturday, March 24 in Sandy, Utah, as the 22 year-old forward started his second consecutive game, only to score his first professional goal in the 72nd minute of the match. It was the match that gave the Goats the first three points of the season, and that began the infamous ‘road warriors’ nickname. Check out the goal:
Chivas USA will be out of MLS activity this weekend but you can still catch Red-and-White defender Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda in action as the two players are currently in camp with their respective national teams. Make sure to catch starter Oswaldo Minda as he and the Ecuadorian National Team square off against Lionel Messi’s Argentina this Saturday as the teams fight for a spot in the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Ecuadorians are currently in fourth place in CONMEBOL’s standings with a record of 3-0-1; the first four teams in the standings will automatically qualify to the World Cup.
Three-year Red-and-White defender Ante Jazic heads up to Toronto with the Canadian National Team as ‘The Reds’ face the United States in a friendly match this Sunday at BMO Field. Jazic has played in 29 games with the Canadian National Team, scoring his only international goal in 2008 in a 2-2 draw with Panama. Make sure to watch as Jazic takes on Donovan this Sunday starting at 4pm PT live on NBC Sports Network or Univision Deportes.