Chivas USA defeated Ventura County Fusion last night as forward Cesar Romero scored in the 13th minute of the match off a pass by Juan Agudelo to give the Red-and-White a 1-0 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Head Coach Robin Fraser and Romero spoke post-game about the match and the next round of the tournament where they will face the North Carolina Railhawks scheduled for June 5.
After facing the top three MLS teams in the past 14 days and getting five points out of it, Chivas USA has landed in the 12th spot of MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings. Chivas USA kicked off a busy two weeks earning a 1-1 draw with then-first place San Jose Earthquakes; earned the first victory in the SuperClásico since 2007 against then-ahead in standings LA Galaxy with a single goal from Jose Correa (his second in two games); travelled across the country to face second place New York Red Bulls midweek and earned a 1-1 draw with an amazing goal from Juan Pablo Angel; returned to The Home Depot Center to face Western Conference third place Seattle Sounders and earned a 1-1 draw where recently acquired Juan Agudelo scored his first goal with Chivas USA. The Goats are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference (12th overall) with a record of 4-6-3 (W-L-T) with 15 points.
After starting in all games this season with Chivas USA, James Riley's hard work is paying off. Just last Saturday, Riley was up against his old Seattle Sounders teammates, squad of which he shared locker rooms for three years, made it to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs, and where he helped the team earn three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. Although Riley stated during the week that he didn't hold any grudges against the Sounders, the Colorado native went into the game and assisted in Juan Agudelo's first goal with Chivas USA. For that, MLSsoccer.com named James Riley to the Team of the Week for Week 12 of the regular season. What other Goat do you think should have been named to the MLS Team of the Week? Share your thoughts.
After scoring 58 goals with the New York Red Bulls from 2007-2010, Juan Pablo Angel returned to Red Bull Arena, to score yet another goal in the Harrison, New Jersey stadium, this time with Chivas USA. Angel opened up the scoring in the 47th minute of the match as defender Raushan McKenzie headed the ball to the Colombian striker to give the Red-and-White an early lead. A few minutes later, New York would score the equalizer for the final 1-1 score in the Goats second match in five days. Now, Angel’s 70th career goal is up for MLS Goal of the Week. But before you rush to vote for him, re-live his goal:
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
Overall team performance… “I felt like we came out and we did pretty well throughout the first half. We were able to create some opportunities. We talked about some things to get some of our wide players in 1v1 situations in the second half. I felt like in moments leading up to the goal, and on the goal, we did really well in terms of moving the ball quickly and isolating our wide players. And we were able to get a service and score a goal. I felt like after we scored the goal, we got away a little bit from that and obviously gave up a goal that seemed to be a bit of a soft goal. At the end of the day, a draw is probably a fair result.”
On Agudelo’s goal… “I thought he worked hard and he presented himself in some dangerous situations tonight and he was close to being dangerous often. It was a good play that freed up James on the right side, and he put a great ball in. Juan made a great run and certainly a very good finish. In terms of what it does for his confidence, I think any time goal scorers score goals, their confidence goes up.”
On the back line’s performance… “I think the group is continuing to grow and gel together. Danny has only been here a couple of games but I think he has fit right in. There’s good understanding between all of the defenders. As a result, I think we are able to read each other well, and therefore cover each other well. At the end of the day, that’s what you need to do as a back four.”
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER- DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match… “It’s always good to take a point, but I thought we deserved the win. We just let one mistake in the back and it cost us a win. Danny made three big plays which those are plays I don’t have to make. James had a great game, Ante solid.”
On Seattle’s goal… “Unfortunately the bounce didn’t go our way on that goal. It’s just one of those things where the ball came up a little awkward on him, and he wasn’t able to make a play.”
On Chivas USA’s four-game unbeaten streak… “I feel like these games are there for the taking, we don’t have a problem playing the underdog. The biggest thing in this league, I feel, is momentum and when you get it and you get hot you need to take advantage of it. That’s why I feel like maybe we left two points on the table tonight. We really excel on the road, because I feel like we seem to compete a little better when our backs are up against the wall. This is a group that thrives under tough circumstances. What we need to do is not only thrive in those tough times, but in the good moments when we’re home too, that’s our next step.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD- JUAN AGUDELO:
Thoughts on the match… “It was a hard fought match, we were able to go ahead on the goal and unfortunately they had a really good goal, a good cross, and I think one of our defenders slipped. I thought we’ve been playing really well, maintaining the ball and it was good.”
On his first goal with Chivas USA… “It felt great, most importantly to help out the team, to put them ahead. It’s not a personal stand point, but just trying to help out the team.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH - SIGI SCHMID
Thoughts on the game... “For us to be able to come back from being one nothing is a good thing. I felt we had some chances at the end of the game, and they were pretty good chances. There was Rose on his header, Rose shot off from distance and it’s cleared down the line; Eddie Johnson gets in there one time on the end line. I was pleased with our ability to come back in tonight’s game.”
On the Sounders’ seven-game unbeaten streak on the road... “We feel very confident on the road, we feel we’re going to do well. Chivas has done well on the road this year also. It’s something we always try, we don’t change how we play all that much. Today we changed a little more than normal, I think we played a little more defensive than we normally play on the road just because it was the only option really for us, we needed to keep the ball in front of us. But we always feel very confident on the road.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS MIDFIELDER - ALEX CASKEY
Thoughts on the final score... “It’s kind of tough to go down and then we actually created a few chances after we equalized, so I thought we easily could have taken one after the 65th minute. At least we got the tie; it was tough game on the road.”
Thoughts on Chivas USA’s unbeaten streak... “It’s definitely positive for them, it shows their perseverance and attitude that they can keep finding and start getting good results.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FORWARD - DAVID ESTRADA
Thoughts on the game... “I think it was a heartfelt match, there a new team now with Califf and Agudelo, it’s not the same Chivas as before especially at home. I think they are a very motivating team and I think it’s good we got a point, we could of maybe gotten three points at the end but when were playing away, I think one point is good.”
On Seattle's equalizer... “It’s always good to equalize it sooner than later. Alex Caskey came in and he made a difference, played a good ball. I think it was a bad clearance from the defender, but I’m just trying to get myself in a good spot, luckily we went in.”
Levi Arreola, winner of the 2012 Crossbar Challenge and native of Bellflower, Calif., joined Chivas USA today as the First Team held their first training back from New York, ahead of tomorrow’s match vs Seattle Sounders at The Home Depot Center. Accompanied by his dad and little brother, Levi was able to meet some of the Chivas USA players, including his favorite Goat, Juan Pablo Angel, Coach Fraser and Juan Agudelo. While speaking with Coach Fraser, Levi’s dad reminisced about the only goal that the former professional defender scored on Tampa Bay Mutiny on June 16, 1996 while playing with the Galaxy. With a smile on his face, Coach Fraser thanked Levi’s dad for following his career and Chivas USA. By winning the contest that was held on May 4, 16 year-old Levi took home a $5,000 college scholarship that, as of today, he is unsure of what school or major he is interested in pursuing after high school. Read the journey that Levi had in order to win the 2012 Crossbar Challenge by clicking here.
Chivas USA Academy products Marco Delgado and Ben Spencer played 90 minutes yesterday with the US U18 squad in a scoreless draw with Slovakia in the teams’ participation in the Lisbon Tournament held in Portugal.
This match was the second of the tournament for the Americans and they will now prepare for their final group match against Portugal this Saturday, May 26. The host country has won its first two games against fellow group teams Slovakia and Poland; a win for the U.S. would qualify them to the next round.
USA: 1-Zackary Steffen, 3-Jordan Allen , 5-Trevor Haberkorn, 4-Michael Amick Defender, 6-Mobi Fehr; 16-Marco Delgado, 7-Kellyn Acosta, 10-Alejandro Guido (8-Matthew Dunn, 46), 11-Esteban Rodriguez (14-Jack McBean, 46), 9-Ben Spencer, 20- Dillon Serna
Subs not used: 18-Ethan Horvath, 2-Jalen Markey, 12-Stefanos Stamoulacatos, 13-Malcom Harris, 15-Russell Canouse, 17- Andrew Oliver, 19-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Javier Perez
Assistant Coach: Christopher Brewer
Goalkeeper Coach: Guillermo Valencia
SVK: 12- Vozar, 3- Ciernek, 4- Molnar, 5-Ninaj, 7- Mihalik (11-Smehyl, 46), 8-Lobotka (9-Brigant, 46), 10-Rusnak (6- Ziska, 89), 13- Steinhubel (18- Huk, 24), 14- Danko (2-Mazan, 65), 15-Fasko (17- Mego, 46), 19-Pinter
Subs not used: 1- Breda Goalkeeper, 22-Holec Goalkeeper, 16- Marcin Substitute
Head Coach: Peter Gergely
Assistant Coach: Jozef Majoros
This Saturday, Chivas USA will hold its first Job Fair and Executive Lecture that will include companies such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Kings, AEG, Wasserman Media Group and Corona looking for prospective employees. Among recruiters from each respective company, Chivas USA’s President and co-owner Antonio Cué will be in assistance, along with the Chief Marketing Officer of Grupo Modelo, Carlos Uranga, to talk to job seekers.
The executive lecture this year will be lead by Grupo Modelo’s Carlos Uranga, who has lead Grupo Modelo’s Marketing Department since 2004. Grupo Modelo is the largest brewing company in Mexico, with brands such as Corona, Modelo Especial and Victoria. Uranga oversees all commercial activities within the brand. With over 32 years of experience, Uranga has also worked with large companies such as Mexico’s largest bread company Grupo Bimbo, Unilever and Grupo Gamesa. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Instituto Tecnologico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Uranga started his professional career working as an Market Executive and Analyst for Nielsen Company, company dedicated to market research including sales and television ratings.
To learn more about Uranga and how you can be on your way to becoming an executive in a major company, click here for more information, or contact Cesar Serrano at (310) 630-4590.