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.”
Just minutes after coming into the match, Jorge Villafana crossed a ball that found Juan Pablo Angel inside the box, allowing the Colombian forward to head the ball home for Chivas USA's 2-1 win over Montreal Impact. But don't take our word for it, take a look:
It has been a real battle for the MLS All-Star goalkeeper spot between Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Sporting Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen since the voting opened earlier this month, but luckily, Kennedy is currently leading the poll! So far in the season, Kennedy has had 49 saves in the season, ranking among the top four in the league in comparison to Nielsen’s 29 saves. Since his integration to Major League Soccer in 2008, Kennedy has made 194 saves, landing him in the 38th all-time goalkeeping spot, and is just one save away from tying with legendary Mexican goalkeeper (and forward) Jorge Campos. The 29 year-old Kennedy is also 94 saves from matching former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who currently sits in 29th place with 288 saves. On average, Kennedy makes 3.5 saves per match.
Even though Kennedy is leading in the votes, it’s up to you to keep him up there and get him to that MLS All-Star Team! You can continue voting for him online (click here), but since you already have your phone in your hand, send a text with the player’s last name to 22442. You may also vote via Twitter from June 21-22 by sending your candidates full name and using the hashtag #MLSAllStar and you MUST be following @MLS. There are plenty of ways you can vote for Kennedy and all the other Chivas USA players. You just gotta do it… NOW!
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
Thoughts on the match: “I thought it started as a pretty even affair. I thought there was a lot of work in the midfield by both teams. As the game wore on, it became a bit of a game of mistakes and we paid the price for our mistakes for sure. At times it was very good, but it’s a 90 minute game and it’s not good enough for it to be ‘just good’ at times. In the end, as I said, we became a victim of our own mistakes.”
Not creating chances out of possession: “Well, certainly we have players that we think are good players and we have to be able to execute. Tonight I felt like we didn’t execute the attacking end. We took stretches of possession and didn’t turn them into dangerous chances.”
Getting back to action Wednesday: “I think we have something to prove to ourselves. We’ve had a decent run. At times tonight it was good, but the execution wasn’t good enough and certainly that is something that we, as a group, need to get back to sooner rather than later.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match: “Disappointing, just disappointed. We actually were very much in the game. We really gave away the first goal and then from there you push up the field and you’re trying to fight for that goal back and when we gave up another goal, that’s kind of where it went wrong.”
#1- Who's Chivas USA's #1? That'll be Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy! So far in the season, Kennedy has made 47 saves for Chivas in just 13 games, being just four saves shy of leading GK from Columbus Crew and is six positions ahead of Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando. And did we mention Dan is nominated for the 2012 MLS All-Star Team? Vote for him!
#2- Just two days away and Chivas USA has two top goal scorers in the team this season. Colombian forwards Juan Pablo Angel and Jose Correa have each scored two goals with the club, Juan Pablo Angel with the latest one in the 1-1 draw with former club New York Red Bulls. Meanwhile, Correa joined the club early in May, only two score two goals in his first two games with the club. Will either of them score once again with the Red-and-White this Saturday? Come down to The Home Depot Center this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and find out!
Para el defensa John Valencia, el dia de los padres tiene un significado más especial para el. Creciendo en Medellín, Colombia, John siempre tuvo a ambos padres presente en su vida, siempre apoyándolo en los inicios de su carrera como futbolista. Pero en la adolescencia, su papá se mudo del hogar, causando una ausencia física, pero no emocional.
"Eso fue un poco impactante porque no estuvieron el papá y la mamá juntos”, John dijo. “Pero mi papá siempre estuvo ahí apoyándome, dándome consejos, y viéndome crecer, no en la casa, pero siempre estuvo cerca”.
Ahora como padre, John quiere estar presente en las vidas de sus dos hijos.
“Trato de ser un mejor padre de lo que fue mi papá conmigo. Quiero siempre estar con mis hijos y tener una familia agradable para que ellos tomen ese ejemplo”, finalizó John.
#3- Only three more days until Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center to face Real Salt Lake. Did you know three players in the current squad have scored against Real Salt Lake in the past? That’s right! Back in 2005, Alejandro Moreno scored his first goal against Real Salt Lake, then once again in 2006 with Houston Dynamo, helping lead the team to its first MLS Cup title. In his first year with in Major League Soccer, Juan Pablo Angel scored against Real Salt Lake, one of his 19 goals in just one season. Nick LaBrocca is also a current Goat that has scored against Real Salt Lake; back in 2008 when the New Jersey midfielder was with the Colorado Rapids.
Just last Sunday, June 3rd, Chivas USA midfielder Jorge Villafaña welcomed his first child into the world, a beautiful baby girl named Arely. Since then, Jorge has fallen in love again.
“I’m getting used to not sleeping and changing diapers,” Jorge jokes. “It’s nice to just be there with her. It’s a great feeling that you can’t complain about it. I’m very happy.”
This Sunday, the Anaheim native will be celebrating Fathers Day for the first time, and two weeks that little Arely has been in their lives.
“Becoming a dad has changed my life dramatically,” Jorge said. “I now see the world differently. Now, with a baby girl, we have a much bigger responsibility because we have to direct her in the right direction and give her a good example so that she can be someone in life.”