Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Juan Pablo Angel were joined by LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez in a press conference held today in The Home Depot Center ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico. As the four players walked into the TV Studio the tension and awkwardness was felt instantly in the room full of media members [see photo above].
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was the first to open the conference to talk about the team’s defensive line saying, “We’re among the best because there’s a great relationship within the team. Galaxy has a great attack, as we saw in the last game… But I’m confident in our group.”
When asked about the importance of the SuperClásico and whether he wants to score against his former club, forward Juan Pablo Angel stated, “Clásicos are meant to be won, not played… I don’t care if I score; I just want to win.”
Even though last Saturday’s loss in the second SuperClásico of the season was tough, there is somewhat of a bright side: midfielder Paolo Cardozo’s goal against his old club, and first ever MLS goal is now nominated for MLS’ Goal of the Week.
Cardozo’s goal came just in the 52nd minute when the Red-and-White were down 2-0. Midfielder Ryan Smith went past three Galaxy defenders to give the pass to the Uruguayan who was just at the 18-yard line, and struck a shot that goalkeeper Josh Saunders could not stop.
Re-live Cardozo's goal then vote for Cardozo’s goal by clicking here, or text the code ‘G5’ to 22442.
Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin surprised many, including the fourth official, as he went into the SuperClásico last Saturday rocking his new mustache. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was also spotted with a mustache/beard. Who wore it best? You decide! (P.S- You can follow Blair’s moustache on Twitter: @GavinsMustache)
— Gavin's Mustache (@GavinsMustache) May 22, 2012
— Ben Zemanski (@zmnsk21) May 21, 2012
Highlights from Chivas USA's 1-0 SuperClásico win
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denies Pat Noonan & Kyle Nakazawa in the 50th minute to keep the score 0-0.
In the six year history of the grand LA rivalry, both teams have notched a total of 52 goals, making it an average of 2.36 goals per match. The top goalscorers for Chivas USA against the Galaxy are Ante Razov with five goals, followed by Maykel Galindo (3), and Francisco ‘Panchito’ Mendoza (2).
We're hours away from the first SuperClásico of 2012 and MLSsoccer.com has picked their top ten moments, presented by the teams' supporter groups:
Chivas USA foward Alan Gordon scored the 50th goal of the SuperClásico on October 3, 2010. The Red-and-White fell 2-1 in this match.
After maintaining the team among the top five teams in the Western Conference, Chivas USA earned a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs after defeating then Kansas City Wizards 2-0 on October 10, 2009. Opponent for the Red-and-White? None other than archrivals LA Galaxy. The first leg of the Conference semifinal was hosted by Chivas USA where more than 25,000 fans saw a dramatic match that included goals from Maicon Santos and Maykel Galindo for the final 2-2 score (see Top SuperClásico Moment #4).
The Chivas USA Front Office took on the LA Galaxy Front Office last night at The Home Depot Center as part of the lead up to Saturday's SuperClásico match. Chivas USA scored two first half goals by Kevin and Jesús, both members of the Marketing department, to give the Red-and-White a 2-1 victory. Team head coach and captain, Asis Chale, spoke to cdchivasusa.com about the match and made his prediction for the SuperClásico. Here's what he had to say...