Chivas USA headed to training this morning in preparation for this Sunday’s final match of the season at FC Dallas. After a few stretching exercises, the team was divided into two squads for a scrimmage consisting of two 30-minute halves.
Before the end of the first half, forward Juan Agudelo scored the first goal for the yellow team as Jorge Villafaña crossed a ball that the young forward pushed into the back of the net past goalkeeper Tim Melia. A few moments after the start of the second half, Jose Correa equalized the match for the red team.
Academy players Ben Spencer and Amaya Adonis came into the scrimmage for the second half. Spencer was able to put the yellow team back in the lead, but short moments later, Correa scored the second goal for the reds. Once the match seemed like it would end in a draw, Casey Townsend slid to give the red team a 3-2 win over the yellow team.
Team will have Thursday off but will return to training this Friday ahead of their trip to Dallas on Saturday.
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After a day off, Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center for training this morning ahead of Saturday’s final home match against the Colorado Rapids.
Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda returned to Los Angeles to continue training with the club after being out for international duty. The Canadian defender did not appear in Les Rouges’ brutal 8-1 loss to Honduras that lead to their elimination from World Cup contention on Tuesday due to sinus and ear infections. This morning, both Jazic and Minda held a regenerative session with trainers.
“Today, I’m feeling much better than I did yesterday; physically, I’m okay, mentally, still disturbed about the result on Tuesday,” Jazic said.
The Ecuadorian midfielder arrived in Los Angeles early this morning and reported straight to Chivas USA training. Minda played 20 minutes in Ecuador’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela; the draw helped La Tri move up to second place in CONMEBOL standings and closer to World Cup contention.
Although the two have made long trips in the past week, they will be eligible for this Saturday’s match against Colorado.
“In the end of the day, Coach [Fraser] will have the final word,” said Minda. “If he needs me for a couple of minutes, I’ll be there, and if he needs me for the entire game, I’ll be ready.”
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After a weekend off, Chivas USA’s first team returned fully replenished this morning to The Home Depot Center to continue training for this Saturday’s final home game of the season. The Goats started off their morning with two-touch passing exercises and then proceeded to several round-robin scrimmages.
While two teams held a scrimmage in reduced spaces, a third team headed to an exclusive session with strength and conditioning coach Jim Liston: The Chivas Olympics. The first exercise consisted of a combination of strength and endurance as each player tossed a sandbag to one end of the finish line and jogged back to the start. The second exercise was based on power to see what pair of players can throw the furthest, and the third exercise consisted of accuracy, which involved the pair of players throwing the sandbag exactly to the finish line.
The only team that was able to “gold” in all three exercises was Peter Vagenas and John Valencia, whose language barrier did not stand in the way of their teamwork. James Riley and Tristan Bowen finished with two “golds” after winning the power and accuracy exercises.
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It’s never too early to start preparing for a match as Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 today for another day of training. The team is off this weekend due to the FIFA date this Friday, but has already started preparing for the next match against Colorado Rapids set for Saturday, Oct. 20. The Goats had Monday off, but had an offsite session at a local beach on Tuesday.
It was a cloudy and windy morning as the Goats started training off with warm-ups and a light run before splitting into groups of five for passing drills. After this exercise, the squad split into two groups for a short scrimmage; all players except for goalkeepers, participated in this exercise. The team was then split into four squads to have two separate scrimmages in reduced spaces, with goalkeepers present at goal.
Midfielder Miller Bolaños was out of today’s training as he continues receiving treatment. Meanwhile, defender Danny Califf returned to training after missing last Wednesday’s game at Vancouver due to illness. After training, CDChivasUSA.com caught up with Califf who said he’s happy to be back to work.
Defender Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda weren’t at training, as they are currently with their respective national teams. Jazic and the Canadians will face Cuba this Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT; Minda and Ecuador will match up against Chile on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT.
El ecuatoriano Miller Bolaños está nominado por segunda vez esta temporada al Latino de la Jornada 31 de la MLS después de su gran desempeño en el partido del domingo pasado ante FC Dallas. Y no por nada el mediocampista rojiblanco está nominado; Bolaños dio un pase que después Jorge Villafaña convirtió en el primer gol anotada a favor de los rojiblancos en 600 minutos. Poco después de eso, Bolaños tuvo que salir del partido dado a un esguince en el tobillo.
Omite tu voto a favor de Miller haciendo clic aquí.
The event many have been waiting for is just around the corner! The 6th Annual Chivas USA Foundation Golf Tournament is exactly two weeks from today (Oct. 22). But, what can you expect? Aside from enjoying a day of stress free golfing, guests have the opportunity to team up with their favorite Chivas USA players, and meet the ChivaGirls and the LakerGirls!
If you’re interested in joining the fun, contact our Community Relations Team at (310) 630-4550 Ext. 3629. Here’s a special invitation from our ChivaGirl Brandy:
Don’t miss out on this exciting event!
Ecuadorian midfielder Miller Bolaños made his ninth consecutive start in tonight’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas. Throughout the first and beginning of second half, Bolaños created great scoring opportunities (two shots on goal) for the Goats, but was unable to get one into the back of the net. Then in the 79th minute, Bolaños stopped running and left the field. Why? According to Assistant Athletic Trainer Derek Lawrance, it was the cause of a minor ankle sprain. A minute later, Head Coach Robin Fraser replaced the injured midfielder with Frenchman Laurent Courtois.
The Goats have this weekend off and due to yellow card accumulation, Bolaños will miss Chivas USA’s next match against Colorado Rapids, allowing the midfielder to have full recuperation ahead of the final match of the season at Dallas.