MLS Regular Season
After 15 years in Mexico’s First Division, Chivas USA’s first squad included legendary Mexican midfielder Ramon Ramirez. In his first year with the squad, Ramirez played in 31 games for the Red-and-White, starting all of them. He also scored two goals and added six assists during the 2005 season. Ramirez cooperated with one assist in the first goal ever scored against the Galaxy by Isaac Romo (see moment #9) and scored one goal against the Galaxy during a match in the U.S. Open Cup tournament held on August 3, 2005.
The first ever SuperClásico was held on April 23, 2005 in front of a sold-out crowd at The Home Depot Center. Then Chivas USA forward Isaac Romo scored the first ever goal against the Galaxy in the 49th minute of the match off a freekick taken by legendary midfielder Ramon Ramirez. Unfortunately, the goal was not enough for the Red-and-White, as the Goats fell 3-1 in the first SuperClásico.
The first DoubleClásico that featured Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy and sister club Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America was held on August 20, 2005 in the Los Angeles Coliseum. An audience of 88,816 saw both Chivas USA and Guadalajara fall to their archrivals. The Angelino Red-and-White fell 1-0 to the Galaxy after Landon Donovan found the back of the net in the 83rd minute. Both Chivas and Guadalajara’s line-up included legendary players such as Ramon Ramirez, Francisco ‘Paco’ Palencia, Alberto ‘Venado’ Medina and Omar Bravo, while America and Galaxy counted with Cuauhtemoc Blanco and Cobi Jones respectively.
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH ROBIN FRASER
On the match: I thought we had a very bright start. We scored early in the game and that makes a big difference. Throughout the game, we didn't manage it well enough in terms of our possession, but at the end of the day, we showed great fight. To come away from this stadium, against a very good team, with a draw is a good result. Credit to the players, they worked very hard.
On team's defensive effort: It was a very resolute effort. San Jose is a team that is dangerous in a number of ways. It really was a very stern challenge for us. I thought defensively, we really battled.
On forward Jose Erik Correa's first MLS start: He's a hard worker. He's the type of forward who looks to run in behind defenders. We thought that was going to be important and one of the things that were going to be key for us. His running, certainly early on, proved to be the difference for us.
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDY
On team's effort: I think if you were to tell us that we were going to come in here and get a point, we would have been happy with that. The team really put in a shift in the second half. Obviously, we were under pressurel; they had a lot of service. For me, I think this is something we can build on.
On road success: It shows our potential. I think we've been a bit unfortunate at home. For me, we come on the road and we know what we're up against, so we fight really hard. We need to have that same fight when we're at home.
On defense neutralizing the Quakes' forwards: We asked a lot of Heath [Pearce] and John [Valencia] in the center of the park, and our outside backs to get pressure out to their servers. In the end, we came here and we got a result. We can move forward with that.
CHIVAS USA FORWARD JOSE ERIK CORREA
On his first start in MLS: Coach Fraser gave me the opportunity to be a starter for this particular match. I had an opportunity to play in the last match, but he decided to put me in as a starter. I think I did what he needed me to do. I have to work a lot to get better. Every day that comes by, we have to work harder.
On team's performance: I felt there was a lot of unity on the pitch. Everybody was just playing hard, running after balls, dribbling hard. We were looking after each other as a team today. It's very important when there's a family atmosphere on the pitch because that makes us a team.
Jose Correa scores his first MLS goal, giving Chivas USA a 1-0 lead against the San Jose Earthquakes.