HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “I thought the first half went very well for us, we started off positive. We did a good job of managing the tempo of the game. At times we possessed well and when we found moments to be dangerous, if not dangerous, we were pretty close to being dangerous. It was good to see us play with that sort of rhythm. In the second half we definitely weren’t as good with the ball and weren’t as forward thinking as we were in the first half and as a result we ended up defending a lot more.
Credit to the group, obviously to go down a man for the number of minutes we did, to deal with the daytime game, the group really hung in there. I’m very proud and happy for the win and the shutout.”
On Ryan Smith’s performance: “Ryan was certainly effective and dangerous a number of times. He hasn’t played a lot of minutes recently since the concussion in the reserve game, so getting him back to match fitness is certainly a work in progress. We knew that going in with himself and with Miller [Bolaños], guys who haven’t played a lot of minutes lately. But we felt like they were guys that were going to be dangerous for us and fortunately it worked out.”
Thoughts on the SuperClasico: “[Galaxy] has very good attacking players, no two ways about it. The goal is to deal with them and deal with them collectively as we have attempted to deal with everyone. If we work together and smart, hopefully we will limit their chances and we will do some things on the attacking end of the field in that game.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on game: “We needed to win this game – it was a big game for us. I actually thought it could’ve been two or three nothing, we’re happy.”
MIDFIELDER – RYAN SMITH:
Thoughts on game: “We won at home, it was nice. It was a great team spirit today, I know we only scored one goal but the one goal was enough. Everyone is happy and it’s three points at the end of the day, we can’t complain with anything.”
On his assist: “For me it was brilliant because sometimes we play such great stuff at home and we don’t get rewarded for it and today, in the first half in particular, we played very well, we attacked very well. With the assist, it’s something that I do, we’ve struggled to score goals this year but I managed to pull off a good move and Miller got to the ball at the end of the save and scored, it was great.”
On the fourth consecutive unbeaten match: “It shows what we’ve been. We’ve been quite solid, aside from the Open Cup game, but we’re on the right path. We won today which is going to give us confidence for the next game.”
Miller Bolaños talllies his first MLS goal, assisted by Ryan Smith, giving Chivas USA a 1-0 over Portland in the first half.
After being named to the 2012 MLS All-Star Team, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy’s schedule has turned quite the busy one. The Yorba Linda, California native must now prepare for a busy schedule ahead: tomorrow’s match vs Portland Timbers, Saturday’s second SuperClásico of the Year, his birthday the following day (he wants to celebrate it with a win on Saturday), then flying out to Philadelphia to prepare for Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game vs FA Cup Champion Chelsea FC. Before going into all the chaos, Dan spoke to FS West about his All-Star selection at yesterday’s Dodger game at Dodgers Stadium. Check out what the MLS All-Star had to say:
Chivas USA midfielder Marky Delgado scored in the U18’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in the first match of Group 2 of U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.
FC Dallas opened up the scoreboard early into the match as Nicholas Rochowski notched the first goal of the game in the 15th minute off a corner kick. But little into the second half, Marky Delgado scored the equalizer in the 55th minute to put Chivas USA back in the game. After a stellar performance, Red-and-White midfielder Jose Dheming was named USSoccer.com’s man of the match.
Up next for the young Goats is Solar Chelsea SC on Wednesday, July 18 at 6pm PT; the latter team won its first match 2-0 against Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC.
-U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report-
FCD: 22-Eduardo Cortes; 6-Nicholas Rochowski (28-Marco Ortiz, 83), 2-Mark Ashby, 5-Aaron Guillen, 3-Michael Ambrose; 21-Marco Carrizales, 17-David Robledo (8-Flavio Guzman, 61), 14-Kellyn Acosta; 11-Daniel Garcia, 9-Jonathan Top (39-Bobby Edet, 80); 27-Jose de la Tejera
Substitutions Not Used: 44-Estevan Vasquez, 45-Fernando Laverde, 4-Alex Frankenfeld, 13-Alonso Gallegos
Head Coach: Chris Hayden
CHV: 1-Jake McGuire; 54-Eric Gonzalez, 35-Alex Heilmann, 94-Stephen Copley, 44-Brian Kennedy; 37-Eduardo Quezada (70-Adam Arana, 81), 3-Jose Dheming, 95-Daniel Moreno (50-Rene Santos, 85), 39-Marco Delgado, 41-Julio Chavez (79-Romario Lomeli, 67); 38-Ben Spencer
Substitutions Not Used: 31-Mark Verso, 65-Josue Garcia, 83-Adonis Amaya
Head Coach: Dan Calichman
ROBIN FRASER – HEAD COACH
On the game plan for tonight's match... "We wanted to win the game. Obviously with the smaller field, we knew we were going to have our battles, but I thought the first half went how we expected. It was a battle for territory the whole game. I thought that we played well in the first half, but it got away from us in the second. We made a mistake and gave up a goal late in the first half, which is hard to recover from, and then we gave up a killer goal in the first minute of the second half. I certainly thought the first half went as expected with the exception of the goal."
What were the holes in team's play tonight... "The biggest thing was giving up the second goal and putting ourselves in a hole. Then we were fighting an uphill battle the whole game. If you do that then you are going to open yourselves up and that's it. Once you start chasing the game, you create space for them and give them opportunities."
JAMES RILEY - DEFENDER
On the feeling if returning to Seattle for the first time... "It's obviously great. A little bitter sweet because it was not the result we were hoping for. We wanted to keep it a little more competitive than we did, but they are a fantastic team and we knew it was going to be a big challenge to beat them at Starfire. They proved their quality so kudos to them. All we can do is lick our wounds and train for Portland next Wednesday."
What were the holes in team's play tonight... "I think the first half was very even. We were very unfortunate to give up that goal to Eddie [Johnson]. Eddie on a breakaway is exactly what we were trying to prevent, but our lines were a little off and he finishes so well that he was able to put it in. To go down one nil at the half is very unfortunate, because we really wanted to go in tied. Then when they got a goal one minute into the second half, it was obviously a dagger. It was difficult to come back against a quality team like that, especially at Starfire. We had an uphill battle. We got it to two to one, and obviously at two to one we thought we had a chance to equalize because it is the hardest lead to defend in soccer. We thought we could have had it, but they won the critical moments on offense and defense tonight."
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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: