MLS Regular Season
After a day off, Chivas USA’s First Team returned to training this morning ahead of the team’s away match this Saturday, August 18 against Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. As usual, the team kicked off training with a warm-up session lead by Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Liston. Also included in training today, midfielder Ryan Smith is slowly coming back as he recovers from his hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the past few weeks. Once the team reunited for a scrimmage, Smith and midfielder Peter Vagenas continued training separately.
Surprise, surprise. Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is nominated for MLS Save of the Week for one of his many heroics in last Sunday’s game vs LA Galaxy. Although the final score doesn’t reflect the amazing job Kennedy did in the game, his save in the 37th minute to a Landon Donovan header was picked as a nominee. So far in the season, Kennedy has made 75 saves, and currently maintains 1.19 goals against average, keeping him among the top three goalkeepers in the league. Aside from his nod, Kennedy was also named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 23.
Last time we checked, that should be good for a call-up to the United States National Team (*cough* Jürgen Klinsmann *cough*)
Make sure to cast your vote for Dan Kennedy now and invite all your friends to vote for him; poll closes this Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to vote now
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “First off obviously that’s embarrassing for the magnitude of this game to have the result fall the way that it did. It’s certainly not good enough. I think we started the game too tentatively and it just put us on the back foot from the very beginning.”
Moving forward: “It’s not like you can run and hide from these results, they are what they are, we have to move forward and, you have to really take accountability and be accountable for some of the things that went wrong. Through the four goals they were all turnovers, with little to no pressure and that’s not good enough for sure. In terms of our decisions with the ball they were not good enough; I think that there is plenty of blame to go around everywhere.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match tonight: “We were outclassed, we were lucky we got out of the game with a 4-0 score. I am at a bit of a loss for words. They just have a lot of class on their team. If you give them as many opportunities as we gave them tonight then they are going to put away some goals, and that is exactly what happened. The result was not much different from the last time we played them and that is what disappoints me the most. We learn from this and move on.”
Missing element to be able to knock in goal: “I think it’s become a little bit mental now, it’s on our minds and one of the problems that we are having. It is very frustrating. I know there was a point in the match where it was only 1-0 and we had a couple scoring opportunities that we did not capitalize on. Those are the opportunities that we need to finish to stay in a game like this. When you do not get those you continue to open yourself up and push for a goal, and that is when they scored the second, third and fourth.”
DEFENDER – DANNY CALIFF:
Thoughts on match: “It looked like essentially the same game as last time. It felt like a track meet and we made the same mistakes as we did before. We had a couple really good opportunities in the second half and a good fifteen minutes but we just didn’t convert. We were not able to move the score up 2-1, and they just took control of the game again.”
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.”
Just one more day ‘til show time and who’s the team #1? None other than our All-Star Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Season Seat Holders will be able to meet and greet Kennedy for the first time at The Home Depot Center since he left to become the hero in this year’s MLS All-Star Game vs English powerhouse Chelsea. If you’re among the lucky Season Seat Holders that will be in attendance for tomorrow’s event, make sure to stop by the field and say hello to Kennedy, the man that has helped the team be among the top best defensive lines in the league with 67 saves so far in the season.
We’re just two days away and if you’ve been a season seat holder with the club for the past two years, then you’ll know that this will be the second photo that you, as a lucky season seat holder, will take on the field and this year, it'll be with the team! Can it get better than that? Come to the event and you’ll find out all the other surprises we have in store for you!
If you haven’t RSVP’d to the event, make sure to get your name on the list by calling Gary Gomez at (310) 630-4581.
Looking back to our 2011 calendar, this year hasn’t been as bad for Coach Robin Fraser. Don’t you want to come back and join him on his third season with the Red-and-White? Coach Fraser has helped lead the team to becoming the best defense in the Western Conference. Wouldn’t you want Chivas USA to be the top in the league? Then Coach Fraser is the answer. Come meet the former U.S. international defender this Saturday for the Season Seat Holder Meet the Team Event. He’ll be waiting to meet you!
After two days off, Chivas USA’s First Team returned to practice ahead of the final SuperClásico of the season against the LA Galaxy next Sunday, August 12 at The Home Depot Center. The highlight of today’s session was that there were no injured players on the bench, other than midfielder Oswaldo Minda. The squad initiated their training with a light warm-up session and continued onto practice one-touch passes. The team was then split into two groups to have mini-scrimmages. But who are we to tell you how it went? Take a sneak peek:
It’s the break of dawn; the sun is just coming up when you check your phone or computer and BAM! Chivas USA trades midfielder Blair Gavin to New England Revolution in exchange for attacking midfielder Shalrie Joseph. You rub your eyes to make sure you read it right. Did General Manager Jose Domene sleep last night? Yeah, we don’t think so either.
But the reality is there. Former Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph is our new Goat. The 34 year-old Grenada born midfielder has been with Major League Soccer since 2003, disputing 261 games (254 starts), notching 37 goals and 34 assists. Aside from his club experience, Joseph has also been key part of his country’s national team, disputing 30 games and scoring three goals.
We welcome Shalrie Joseph to the Red-and-White and bid farewell and good luck to the man with our favorite mustache, Blair Gavin.
By the way, if you have a Twitter account, you can now follow him at @ShalrieJoseph21.
Does Dan Kennedy ever stop? Let’s hope he doesn’t. Once again, the Chivas USA Goalkeeper is nominated for MLS Save of the Week! In the Red-and-White’s last match vs Portland Timbers, Kennedy earned his seventh shutout of the season, helping the team climb in the standings and get closer to playoff contention.
In last Saturday’s match against the Timbers, Kennedy made six amazing saves, but the save that earned him a nomination for Save of the Week came in the 80th minute as Kris Boyd took a long-distance shot that Kennedy was able to take out for a corner kick.
But don’t take our word for it; check out the nominees and show Dan Kennedy some love! Vote for him now for MLS Save of the Week by clicking here!