Chivas USA

26 December 12:34 pm

Jorge Villafana’s dream continued in 2012 in his sixth season with Chivas USA. This year, Villafaña saw himself play as a defender rather than his usual midfield position and participated in a total of 14 games (nine starts), notching one goal and adding one assist. His lone goal this season came in early October, as the Red-and-White hosted FC Dallas in The Home Depot Center. Villafana’s goal not only gave the Goats their first point in seven games, but it also snapped Chivas’ goalless streak of 600 minutes.

Villafaña was also part of the United States U23 squad that fought for a berth in the Olympics in London alongside fellow Chivas USA teammate Juan Agudelo. Unfortunately, the Americans were unable to qualify to the tournament for the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Greece.

Aside from a good season on the field, Villafaña and his wife welcomed baby girl Arely in early June making 2012 an unforgettable year.

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20 December 7:31 pm

Since joining Chivas USA in 2009, defender Ante Jazic has become a solid and consistent member in the Red-and-White back line. This season, Jazic played in 27 matches (all starts), missing just seven games due to international duty and/or injuries.

Most recently, Jazic was nominated for the end-of-year Xbox Individual Fair Play award after going the entire season without receiving a neither yellow nor red card, a personal low for the Halifax, Nova Scotia native.

Aside from league action, Jazic was a key player for the Canadian National Team’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualification run. Les Rouges were eliminated from World Cup contention in the hexagonal, not before taking three wins, two losses and a draw, finishing in third place of Group C.

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17 December 11:52 am

Since his first call-up to the United States National Team, forward Juan Agudelo has been considered the future of U.S. Soccer. And after Chivas USA acquired his services in mid-May from the New York Red Bulls, Agudelo has also become the future of the Red-and-White.

In his first match with the club, Agudelo began showing the spark that the Goats needed on the field, becoming a dangerous player on the pitch. His first goal with the club came just one week after his debut in the first match against Seattle Sounders off a cross by former Sounder James Riley.

And who could forget the final goal of the season in the dying minutes of the match at FC Dallas on October 28. The Goats were down 2-0 in the 90th minute of the match, but after a goal from Laurent Courtois in the 91+ minute and another by Agudelo in the 93+, the Goats were able to earn a final 2-2 draw.

After a stellar performance in the final game of the year, Agudelo received his first call-up of the year to the National Team for a friendly match in Russia. Agudelo provided an assist in a goal by Michael Bradley for the final 2-1 victory for the Americans.

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30 November 6:18 pm

It doesn’t surprise many to hear that Dan Kennedy’s saves kept Chivas USA alive in many games, and the second match against Colorado Rapids was no different.

The Red-and-White were down one goal in the 60th minute when Omar Cummings headed a cross by Hunter Freeman to the left side of the goal. Luckily for Chivas, Kennedy’s cat-like reflexes avoided that shot from hitting the back of the net. Fortunately for the Goats, Juan Pablo Angel notched the equalizing goal for a final 1-1 draw with the home team.

Check out the save that even left Omar Cummings at awe:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

30 November 11:33 am

If you don’t have a Twitter account, check out the top tweets from this week that might make you want to join the social media platform and keep the conversation going. Just remember, you can follow Chivas USA (@cdchivasusa) for the most up-to-date news:

On Wednesday, November 28 was the final day to re-new or pick up player contracts. Our most active tweeters posted their excitement on coming back to the Goats:

 

Yup, so are we. Anyone else?

 

Translation: “People in LA wear sunglasses even when it rains.” True LA story, Laurent. And you know you live in California when you see girls wearing boots in 85 degree weather. We’d have to use the hashtag: #firstworldproblems

 

Dan Kennedy might’ve not won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and we think we just found out the most legit reason:

 

Chivas USA’s U16 and U18 teams headed to Florida this week for Saturday’s U.S. Soccer Federation Winter Showcase. From LA, we wish the squads the best of luck!

29 November 12:48 pm

It didn’t take much for Dan Kennedy to make a good impression in the 2012 season and earn the MLS Player of the Week in the sixth week, becoming the first goalkeeper to earn the award in the year.

Kennedy earned that honor after a stupendous match against Toronto FC where the Red-and-White earned their third consecutive victory on the road. The Goats were up by one goal by the 70th minute, when Toronto forward Danny Koevermans flicked a cross at goal; fortunately for Chivas, Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line. Minutes before the end of the match, Koevermans continued looking for a goal but Kennedy saved and kicked the ball out for a corner kick in favor of the Canadians.

Check out Kennedy’s top saves in that match:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

28 November 4:07 pm

They say three times the charm but when it comes to saves, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denies them all. Among the 109 saves Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy had in the 2012 season, three of those came from the first SuperClásico of the year, the first victory for Chivas USA since 2007.

The Goats and the Galaxy were scoreless in the 50th minute when a corner kick taken by LA’s Landon Donovan led to three consecutive saves for Kennedy, denying Pat Noonan, Sean Franklin and Kyle Nakazawa. Because of this, Kennedy earned a nomination for MLS Save of the Week.

In that match alone, Kennedy had four saves and earned his third shutout of the season. Check it out:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

27 November 4:33 pm

Who said saves were solely for goalkeepers? In our first top save of the year, defender James Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line and now, its John Valencia’s turn.

Chivas USA hosted Real Salt Lake in the final match of September, a long and challenging month for the Goats. In the 56th minute of the match, Valencia made a sliding save to keep RSL’s Javier Morales’ shot from passing the goal line and taking the ball out for a corner kick. After the save, Valencia received praise not only from the fans but Dan Kennedy himself.

His save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week. Check it out:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown.

26 November 12:07 pm

Although Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made 109 saves this season, he wasn’t the only one making saves. Defender James Riley made a great save as Chivas USA hosted Seattle Sounders in the second meet against the club this season in late August.

The Rojiblancos were down 1-nil to Seattle in the 20th minute when Brad Evans headed the ball towards goal. Kennedy attempted to punch the ball out of the box but missed; the ball continued its way but Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line. The match ended in a disappointing 6-2 home loss for the Goats, but Riley’s save prevented a larger goal differential.

Check out Riley’s save:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

19 November 10:41 am

The first step moving towards Chivas USA’s 2013 season begins Monday afternoon as Major League Soccer will hold a Waiver Draft via conference call at 12:30 p.m. PT, with all clubs participating except for MLS Cup finalists Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. Each club will announce the results of the Waiver Draft separately.

As of Monday morning, the Goats have not yet released a list of players eligible for the draft; a full list of league-wide eligible players will be listed on the club’s site before the draft. Players available to Monday’s draft are those whom (1) are not in a club’s plans for 2013, and (2) are NOT re-entry draft eligible (the latter to be held Thursday, December 6). Such players will be available to clubs in the Waiver Draft via the waiver draft order. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Nov. 19, 2012 MLS Waiver Draft Selection Order (2012 finishes in brackets):
1. Toronto (23 pts)
2. Chivas USA (30 pts)
3. Portland (34 pts)
4. New England  (35 pts)
5. Philadelphia (36 pts)
6. Colorado (37 pts)
7. FC Dallas (39 pts)
8. Montreal (42 pts)
9. Columbus (52 pts)
10. Vancouver (43 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
11. Chicago (57 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
12. Real Salt Lake (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
13. New York (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
14. Kansas City (63 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
15. San Jose (66 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
16. Seattle Sounders (56 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
17. DC United (58 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
18. Houston (53 pts – MLS Cup finalist)
19. LA Galaxy (54 pts – MLS Cup finalist)