Let’s be honest, waking up early in the morning is NOT that easy. But that’s just what Chivas USA’s Front Office Staff did for the traveling squad that took off this morning to Seattle for the U.S. Open Cup semi-final tomorrow at Starfire Soccer Complex. Staff started arriving at The Home Depot Center as early as 7:30 a.m. to help set-up for the pep-rally. As the team opened up the doors to walk towards the bus, players and coaches were all surprised with the warm send off that the Front Office had organized. Staff held up poster boards cheering the team on, but the big surprise were the player heads that staff were holding up. (see photo gallery)
From all of us in the Front Office, we wish the team the best of luck in Seattle tomorrow. Hope they return with a win. Arriba las Chivas!
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on the game: “I thought we were probably a little too passive in the beginning of the game, not urgent enough. Certainly, when we’re playing against a team who has traveled a bit and played a couple of games, we want to be able to push the tempo and push the pace. First half I thought things were a little bit too slow, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, we didn’t make it difficult for them at all. I felt in the second half our urgency was much better. Certainly the second half of the second half I thought it was very good. Obviously pleased with creating a number of chances. Ultimately, obviously we need to finish one of those. More than anything we just come out of it as a group realizing that we have to [be urgent]. The urgency that we saw in the second half is what we need to see more of.”
On Chivas USA’s defense: “Certainly we’ve seen this group grow defensively. I think Danny Califf has been very instrumental in solidifying how we defend. Having said that, as you look at the second half, I think the entire team defending was very good and as a result we are certainly happy to have shutouts but we need to win games.”
CHIVAS USA DEFENDER – JAMES RILEY:
Thoughts on the game: “I thought the energy in the second half was great, first half obviously came off a little slow after the by week. I think the second half we obviously pushed the game and tried to get the goal and we were bright at times. We are missing that final touch at times still, but it’s always good to play an entertaining match even though it was zero, zero. Defensively, we kept it zero. Some guys put in good shifts and we got some guys back off injury, it was good.”
On the team’s performance: “I think the defense plays well as a unit. I thought the midfield and the forwards put in a great shift today. The formation shift at half time really worked and as we continue to fine line it or fine tune it, the goals will start coming. The good thing is we’re getting chances. I think we’re a deep team, we have guys that can contribute off the bench and if they have to start and things of that sort, we’ll do well.”
CHIVAS USA MIDFIELDER – RYAN SMITH:
Thoughts on the game: “Started off a bit slow, we didn’t create too many chances. At least we didn’t lose and we didn’t give up any goals. It’s a point at the end of the day, so we’ve got to be happy with that.”
On how the team’s is preparing for the four upcoming matches this month: “We just do what we normally do, just train hard and work on our game plans from game to game. Whoever we are playing against, we’ll prepare for them.”
Like many, successful people like to give back to their community. Jesse Torres is one of them. Born and raised in the streets of East Los Angeles, Jesse grew up to become a successful banker. Since he started playing soccer at the young age of five, he later became a soccer couch and founded the Hermosa Beach Soccer Club, and has chaired the L.A. Watts Summer Games soccer tournaments since 2006, organization that promotes competition among high schools in the area of athleticism. Jesse is also gives back to East Los Angeles as he serves as current President of the Rotary Club of East Los Angeles.
Now, Jesse is working to earn $10,000 for the local Boys Scouts chapter in his nomination to MLS W.O.R.K.S Community MVP. Not only will Jesse earn the money for the organization, but a trip to Philadelphia to represent Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS All-Star game.
You can vote for Jesse Torres by clicking here. Polls close Friday, July 13, so hurry and vote now! And now, a word from the man himself, Jesse Torres:
The date for Chivas USA’s US Open Cup semifinal match against Seattle Sounders has been moved to Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm at StarFire Sports Complex. Chivas USA will face Seattle in semifinals for the second time in the club’s tournament participation history; the first time Chivas USA advanced to semifinals was in 2010, when the Red-and-White were defeated by the Sounders at Starfire. The Goats advanced to the 2012 semifinals after defeating USL’s Charlotte Eagles last Tuesday, June 26 with two goals from Colombian forward Jose Correa.
If you plan on attending this match, we encourage you to purchase your tickets starting at 10am tomorrow as tickets will sell out fast; tickets start at just $16. Click here to purchase your tickets.
Chivas USA’s own U17/18 Team have advanced to finals week after drawing 1-1 with New York Red Bulls this afternoon as part of U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Playoffs being held in Dallas, Texas. Forward Ben Spencer was in charge of scoring the only goal for the youth club, allowing the club to continue as leader of Group 6 with seven points and advance in the tournament.
The USSDA playoffs consist of 32 teams in eight groups (four each group); Chivas USA sits in Group 6 along with New York Red Bulls, New England Revolution and Charlotte Soccer Academy. The top teams of each group advance to the next stage. The young Goats will now await opponents that include three MLS Youth clubs. Finals Week will be held from July 16-23 in Houston, Texas; teams will be separated into groups of four where each will play each other until the ultimate winner is decided.
Después de una ausencia de las canchas, el delantero colombiano Jose Correa regreso con Chivas USA en el partido de anoche ante Charlotte Eagles y anotó los dos goles que le dio la victoria de 2-1 en los cuartos de final de la Copa Abierta de los Estados Unidos en Titan Stadium. Los rojiblancos ahora avanzaran a la siguiente ronda para enfrentar a Seattle Sounders en la semifinal el 10 de julio en Seattle.
Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser spoke after last night’s 2-1 win over USL’s Charlotte Eagles in Titan Stadium. The Team will now move on to the semifinals of the elite tournament to face Seattle Sounders at StarFire Complex. Read the full match recap and check out what Coach Fraser had to say about the match:
And he’s at it again! Dan Kennedy has been nominated for this week’s MLS Save of the Week. Although his heroics saved Chivas USA on multiple occasions in the past three games, Dan’s save vs FC Dallas has earned him a nod. Check out his save:
Vote for Dan Kennedy for Save of the week by clicking here. And don’t forget to vote for Dan for the 2012 MLS All-Star online and via SMS by sending a text to 22442 with the LAST name of the player you’re voting for, in this case KENNEDY.
After three games in one week, Chivas USA has landed in 15th position in MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings, coming down one position from the previous week. In the one week, the Goats we’re able to earn four points; three valuable points at home against Montreal Impact on Wednesday and a scoreless draw in a scorching hot Dallas.
Although the Goats might place among in the 15th spot of the Power Rankings, the club ranks 13th in general league standings with 19 points. Up next for the Goats in MLS, is the July 7th match vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC at The Home Depot Center.
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on the game: “I thought we had a decent start. We were able to create a couple of chances early on and certainly looked like we were capable of creating a few more. We came out in the second half and I was very happy with the result of the group, certainly there were moments in the game where it became difficult and we had to do a bit of emergency defending, but I was very pleased with the way we were able to finish the game. I thought we finished the game stronger than we have several times this year.”
On the impact of the substitutes: “You really can’t say enough about the three subs who came in. Jorge and Juan [Pablo Ángel] combined for the goal and then Pete had some very intelligent minutes down the stretch. So overall it’s a performance that we feel certainly good about. We always feel like things could be better but certainly it was a performance and a result that we are happy with.”
On the upcoming game at Dallas: “For us it doesn’t matter who the next opponent is, we have to continue to improve. There were some things tonight that certainly we thought we could get better and sharper at. Regardless of who we play, there’s going to be that challenge. Dallas in particular is a very talented team. They’ve certainly not gotten the results that they’re capable of. The weather is another factor there, it will be warm and hot. It will be our third game in a week, but that’s how this league is. Dallas, for me, is a good team. They have a lot of good players and for us, it’s another real exercise in concentration and being able to tighten up on a few things.”
FORWARD – ALEJANDRO MORENO
Thoughts on the game: “It was tough, we did some good things in the first half, lost the rhythm of the game a little bit towards the end of the first half. They capitalized on it and they got a tying goal. The second half was a pretty open game, they had a couple chances, we had our chances and in the end Juan [Pablo Ángel] scored a great goal and we got out of here with a win that we really needed.”
On the win: “It’s three points that we really needed. We’ve done a lot of good things the last month of the season and it’s important for us to continue to get three points. There have been times this year where we deserve a little better from the games and we didn’t get the points that we needed, it’s about that time for us to get some consistency with our results.”
MIDFIELDER – JORGE VILLAFAÑA
On the match: “It was a pretty good match, we were on top and then they tied and at the end of the last minute we got the goal and a good result at home. Let’s keep building on this and let’s prepare for Saturday against Dallas.”
On his assist: “It feels great, it feels good to come off of the bench and help the team win. That’s what you have to do when you come on to the field, you have to give everything you have and this time it made a goal and we won.”