Juan Agudelo came onto the field in the 64th minute for the United States National Team’s international friendly match against Canada on Tuesday evening in Houston, Texas. The match was the first of the year for the Americans. After 90 minutes, the match ended in a scoreless draw, with the U.S. having the majority of shots on goal.
Up next, the U.S. will travel to San Pedro Sula for their first World Cup Qualifying match in the Semifinal Round against Honduras. Los catrachos come from participating in the 2013 Copa Centroamericana, tournament held from Jan. 18- 27 in Costa Rica. The Hondurans were able to make it to the final match after defeating Belize in the semifinal match, but fell in the championship game to host country Costa Rica. Fans can tune into next Wednesday’s game on beIN Sport at 1 p.m. PT.
Chivas USA’s 2013 SuperDraft pick Carlos Alvarez gave his first television interview on Sunday, Jan. 20th to Spanish language channel Univision. In the interview, Alvarez spoke about his short, but overall, great experience with the club, his winning mentality and his desire to win with Chivas USA. Watch the interview below.
El seleccionado de Chivas USA en el SuperDraft de 2013 Carlos Álvarez dio su primera entrevista a la cadena de televisión Univisión el domingo, 20 de enero. En la entrevista, Álvarez hablo de su corto, pero especial experiencia con el equipo, su mentalidad ganadora y su deseo de ganar con Chivas USA. Vea la entrevista:
Chivas USA announced today the acquisition of midfielder Eric Avila in exchange for Nick LaBrocca. Avila joined the Goats for the start of training camp last Friday and has since been training with the club.
Although young, Avila brings vast experience to Chivas USA, spending four seasons with FC Dallas (2008-2011) and two with Toronto FC (2011-2012), playing a total of 96 games (33 starts), notching five goals and adding 11 assists to his career. With Ryan Smith no longer with the club, Avila will be fighting for a spot in the midfield against Frenchman Laurent Courtois.
Avila is not a stranger to The Home Depot Center; he joined Chivas USA’s U19 squad back in 2005 before he enrolled in UC Santa Barbara. In his first year with the Gauchos, Avila helped UCSB win their first national after scoring the game-winning goal in the Division I National Championship match.
With Chivas USA, fans can expect Avila to score at least one goal; the San Diego native has scored one goal every year since 2009. How many goals will he score with the Red-and-White in 2013?
Jason Saghini of MLSsoccer.com spoke with Chivas USA's newest player, Carlos Alvarez, shortly after he was selected at the SuperDraft today. Here's what he had to say:
Jorge Villafana’s dream continued in 2012 in his sixth season with Chivas USA. This year, Villafaña saw himself play as a defender rather than his usual midfield position and participated in a total of 14 games (nine starts), notching one goal and adding one assist. His lone goal this season came in early October, as the Red-and-White hosted FC Dallas in The Home Depot Center. Villafana’s goal not only gave the Goats their first point in seven games, but it also snapped Chivas’ goalless streak of 600 minutes.
Villafaña was also part of the United States U23 squad that fought for a berth in the Olympics in London alongside fellow Chivas USA teammate Juan Agudelo. Unfortunately, the Americans were unable to qualify to the tournament for the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
Aside from a good season on the field, Villafaña and his wife welcomed baby girl Arely in early June making 2012 an unforgettable year.
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Since joining Chivas USA in 2009, defender Ante Jazic has become a solid and consistent member in the Red-and-White back line. This season, Jazic played in 27 matches (all starts), missing just seven games due to international duty and/or injuries.
Most recently, Jazic was nominated for the end-of-year Xbox Individual Fair Play award after going the entire season without receiving a neither yellow nor red card, a personal low for the Halifax, Nova Scotia native.
Aside from league action, Jazic was a key player for the Canadian National Team’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualification run. Les Rouges were eliminated from World Cup contention in the hexagonal, not before taking three wins, two losses and a draw, finishing in third place of Group C.
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You might not have seen much of him in the 2012 season, but goalkeeper Tim Melia made a case for himself becoming the starting goalkeeper for Chivas USA for the U.S. Open Cup and the final MLS games of the year.
Chivas USA once again reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open Cup thanks to the heroics of one man: Tim Melia. In the club’s tournament run, the New York-native only allowed three goals. By the last two games of Chivas USA’s MLS regular season, a knee injury sidelined Dan Kennedy and allowed Melia to make his league debut.
Melia’s debut match in the league against Colorado Rapids ended in a 2-0 loss for the Goats on October 27. The team would then travel to Dallas for the final game of the year. In total, Melia made nine saves in two games, one of the top records for goalkeepers with just two games played.
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Since his first call-up to the United States National Team, forward Juan Agudelo has been considered the future of U.S. Soccer. And after Chivas USA acquired his services in mid-May from the New York Red Bulls, Agudelo has also become the future of the Red-and-White.
In his first match with the club, Agudelo began showing the spark that the Goats needed on the field, becoming a dangerous player on the pitch. His first goal with the club came just one week after his debut in the first match against Seattle Sounders off a cross by former Sounder James Riley.
And who could forget the final goal of the season in the dying minutes of the match at FC Dallas on October 28. The Goats were down 2-0 in the 90th minute of the match, but after a goal from Laurent Courtois in the 91+ minute and another by Agudelo in the 93+, the Goats were able to earn a final 2-2 draw.
After a stellar performance in the final game of the year, Agudelo received his first call-up of the year to the National Team for a friendly match in Russia. Agudelo provided an assist in a goal by Michael Bradley for the final 2-1 victory for the Americans.
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It doesn’t surprise many to hear that Dan Kennedy’s saves kept Chivas USA alive in many games, and the second match against Colorado Rapids was no different.
The Red-and-White were down one goal in the 60th minute when Omar Cummings headed a cross by Hunter Freeman to the left side of the goal. Luckily for Chivas, Kennedy’s cat-like reflexes avoided that shot from hitting the back of the net. Fortunately for the Goats, Juan Pablo Angel notched the equalizing goal for a final 1-1 draw with the home team.
Check out the save that even left Omar Cummings at awe:
Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!
If you don’t have a Twitter account, check out the top tweets from this week that might make you want to join the social media platform and keep the conversation going. Just remember, you can follow Chivas USA (@cdchivasusa) for the most up-to-date news:
On Wednesday, November 28 was the final day to re-new or pick up player contracts. Our most active tweeters posted their excitement on coming back to the Goats:
Option picked up for another year.Can't wait to start next season!
— Ante Jazic (@AnteJazic) November 28, 2012
Option picked up for next year! #ManOnaMission
— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) November 29, 2012
— Heather O'Neill (@originalhoneill) November 28, 2012
Yup, so are we. Anyone else?
Still eating leftovers..
— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) November 27, 2012
Translation: “People in LA wear sunglasses even when it rains.” True LA story, Laurent. And you know you live in California when you see girls wearing boots in 85 degree weather. We’d have to use the hashtag: #firstworldproblems
Les gens a LA portent des lunettes de soleil meme quand il pleut.
— laurent courtois (@laurentcourtois) November 29, 2012
Dan Kennedy might’ve not won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and we think we just found out the most legit reason:
Clearly MLS voting committee or Simon Cowell or whomever is in charge of voting GK of the year was distracted by Dan Kennedy's chiseled jaw.
— DreamboatDan (@DreamboatDan1) November 28, 2012
Chivas USA’s U16 and U18 teams headed to Florida this week for Saturday’s U.S. Soccer Federation Winter Showcase. From LA, we wish the squads the best of luck!
getting after it on our sports session planner...cranking sessions out left and right...
— MikeE Munoz (@MikeEMunoz) November 27, 2012
— Eric Gonzalez (@ericgo28) November 30, 2012