Chivas USA announced today the acquisition of midfielder Eric Avila in exchange for Nick LaBrocca. Avila joined the Goats for the start of training camp last Friday and has since been training with the club.
Although young, Avila brings vast experience to Chivas USA, spending four seasons with FC Dallas (2008-2011) and two with Toronto FC (2011-2012), playing a total of 96 games (33 starts), notching five goals and adding 11 assists to his career. With Ryan Smith no longer with the club, Avila will be fighting for a spot in the midfield against Frenchman Laurent Courtois.
Avila is not a stranger to The Home Depot Center; he joined Chivas USA’s U19 squad back in 2005 before he enrolled in UC Santa Barbara. In his first year with the Gauchos, Avila helped UCSB win their first national after scoring the game-winning goal in the Division I National Championship match.
With Chivas USA, fans can expect Avila to score at least one goal; the San Diego native has scored one goal every year since 2009. How many goals will he score with the Red-and-White in 2013?
First up in the MLS Supplemental Draft, Chivas USA selected Jose Diaz as the second overall pick of Tuesday’s draft. The University of California at Riverside defender played a total of 62 games (58 starts) in his collegiate career with the Highlanders. In 2012, he scored three goals, a personal best for Diaz.
Check out a few highlights from Diaz at UCR:
-From Corona, Calif.
-Major: Mechanical Engineering
-Lists favorite Kobe Bryant, Manny Ramirez, and Mikah Richards as his favorite athletes
-Enjoys eating Mexican food
-Hobbies include playing video games
-Most memorable sporting achievement was connecting on a game-winning goal at the last minute
Chivas USA selected defender Joe Franco from California State University, Northridge in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday morning.
Check out a few match highlights from Franco in his time with CSUN:
Here are few facts about Franco:
-Played in all 21 games (all starts) in the 21 matches of 2012
-Was named Big West Defender of the Year
-Franco is from Monrovia, Calif.
-Favorite European team is Manchester United
-Lists “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite television show
-Follow him on Twitter: @Jo3Franco
After last week’s MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Chivas USA now turns to the Supplemental Draft scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21st starting at 11 a.m. PT. The Red-and-White currently have the second, 19th, 21st, 40th and 59th overall selection in the Draft.
Chivas USA’s most notable Supplemental Draft pick was back in 2005, when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was selected by the Red-and-White in the fourth round. Just last year, the Red-and-White ‘keeper had over 109 saves in 32 games and has had two consecutive seasons of over 100 saves.
Who will Chivas USA select this year? Click here to follow the Supplemental Draft Tracker LIVE and make sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: @cdchivasusa
FutbolMLS.com’s Diego Pinzon spoke with Chivas USA’s head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá about the team’s philosophy that the Red-and-White will have in this new era and about Juan Agudelo’s possible European transfer. Watch the first part of the interview below (English subtitles included):
Diego Pinzón de FutbolMLS.com habló con el director técnico de Chivas USA Jose Luis Sánchez Solá sobre la filosofía que tendrán los rojiblancos en esta nueva era y la posible salida del delantero Juan Agudelo. Vea la primera parte de la entrevista:
Last season was challenging for Chivas USA, but above all, there were three moments of 2012 that are up for the L.A. Sports Awards. Below are the nominated moments:
-Chivas USA earned their first win of the season on away turf. On March 24, the Red-and-White travelled to Utah to face Real Salt Lake in the third match of the season. In the 72nd minute of the match, defender Ante Jazic made a cross that RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando attempted to grab but let go, allowing Townsend to score his first professional and winning goal of the match.
-A goal from Jose Correa in the first SuperClasico of 2012 gave the Red-and-White their first victory against the LA Galaxy since 2007. The goal came in the second half of the match after former Chivas USA defender David Junior Lopes stopped a ball with his arm, resulting in a penalty, and the win for the Goats.
-The Red-and-White ended the 2012 season on a high note. What seemed to be a 2-nil win for FC Dallas on Oct. 28, 2012, Chivas USA made a dramatic turnaround, earning a draw in the dying minutes of the match. Laurent Courtois notched the first goal for the Goats in the 90th minute of the match, ten minutes after coming in to the game as a sub. In the 93rd minute, Juan Agudelo was able to get the second goal for the Goats, and the final 2-2 draw.
Click here to cast your vote for your favorite Chivas USA moment of the year and stay tuned to see if your selection took the most votes.
Jason Saghini of MLSsoccer.com spoke with Chivas USA's newest player, Carlos Alvarez, shortly after he was selected at the SuperDraft today. Here's what he had to say:
As a midfielder, Alvarez, an East LA native, played a total of 61 games (60 starts) in his three years with the University of Connecticut, scoring 13 goals and adding 33 assists. In the Combine, Alvarez notched one goal and one assist playing as a forward
Check out Alvarez' 2012 highlights:
-Majored in Spanish Literature and Culture
-Alvarez is a local; he was born in East Los Angeles and attended Salesian High School
-Has ties with Chivas USA’s Youth Academy: Director Teddy Chronoupolos coached Alvarez when he played in LAFC Development Academy and helped lead the team to the finals in his first year.
-Has been called to training camp with U.S. U20 National Team as well as the Mexican U20 National Team
In the combine, Alvarez was able to notch one goal and added one assist. Check out his goal:
The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here! Chivas USA’s preseason kicks off Friday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium ahead of the Red-and-White’s 2013 First Kick on Saturday, March 2 against Columbus Crew in The Home Depot Center.
Players are scheduled to come in on Thursday, Jan. 17 for required physicals hours after the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis. Head coach Chelis will not be in the team’s first training session due to his return flight from the draft, but will join the squad on Saturday.
Training will be open to the public and all fans are encouraged to join us in welcoming the squad back. Will you be there? Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@cdchivasusa) for all the latest updates and photos of your favorite players!