Last Friday, head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá spoke with W Radio 690 AM on Chivas USA. Here’s a translation of the key points mentioned in the interview:
On Chivas USA’s bye week:
In this club, if it rains lemons, we make lemonade and we get the most out of it. We take advantage and work on getting the players in shape, recover the players that are injured; we’ve gotten the most out of it, it’s been a good week.
On team performance so far this season:
I’m very thankful with the team because they’re all at my disposition, they all want to play, they want to standout, they all want more so everyone is very attentive and since I’ve been here, I haven’t had a single conflict with the players. That’s huge because I expect the most out of the players everyday and they’ve supported me, they’ve understood my methods and followed my orders every day.
His coaching method:
All the soccer players in the world want to win. Then there are dumb coaches that don’t tell them how, so I coordinate with all the efforts that they make and the huge list of efforts they need to win. I speak honestly with the player and in that way, they know where they stand, what they have to do and it simplifies their activity and at that point, they already know they want to win.
The player always wants to win, but we stupid coaches don’t give them the tools to win. If they miss goals, it’s because we don’t give them the tools; if they don’t give their all, it’s because we haven’t trained for that. I have to protect the players, give them the tools and with those tools, they decide.
On Chivas USA’s next game vs. Colorado Rapids:
We’ve gained a three-game unbeaten streak, two wins, and hopefully this group can get used to that. We have a lot of fun when we win, we’ve been improving, this week we’ve improved a lot in what we’ve been working on, and we have to take advantage of that good streak we’ve been having.
Click here to listen to the full interview in Spanish
Five games played, four of them as a starter. With a solid game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling has made it to MLSsoccer.com’s Team of the Week! Burling has stood out in the Red-and-White’s three-man backline, helping the team to second place in the Western Conference with a 3-1-1 record.
Burling has made it to Coach Chelis’ starting line-up with hard work during the team's training sessions, heading the ball into the back of the net during inter-squad scrimmages on multiple occasions. With the ideal height, Burling is bound to score his first goal for Chivas USA soon. Check out one of his attempts from Saturday’s game against the ‘Caps:
Click here to see who else made the team of the week.
Chivas USA continue rising in MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings. After a 4-1 win at Chicago last week, the Red-and-White were positioned at number eight. This week, the Goats moved up two spots to number six after a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday.
Only two Western Conference teams sit above Chivas USA; one spot ahead, FC Dallas, who has lost one game (on 3/10 against the Goats), sit in 5th place while the LA Galaxy remain in the second spot after a 2-2 draw at Toronto.
Click here to view all rankings. What’s your take on the Power Rankings? Share your thoughts below
Chivas USA takes the lead in the 12th minute of the match after Carlos Alvarez' shot gets deflected in by Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Jun Marques Davidson:
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It’s a big day in CONCACAF soccer! The Mexican National Team hosts the United States National team today at the infamous Estadio Azteca at 7 pm PT for FIFA World Cup Qualifying match. You can watch the game live on Univision or ESPN starting at 6pm.
We asked a few of our players and soccer staff to give us predictions on today’s game. The majority of them chose Mexico, predicted that Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez will be the one scoring the goals and that Mexico's home field advantage is just too strong. Check out their predictions below and share your prediction in the comment box:
|Mario De Luna||0||2|
|Edgar Mejia||Mexico wins|
|Jorge Villafaña||May the best team win|
|Jose Manuel Rivera||1||2|
MLSsoccer.com published its weekly Power Rankings and, for the first time in over two years, Chivas USA is ranked among the top 10 teams in the league.
After crushing the Chicago Fire 4-1 at Toyota Park on Sunday, the Red-and-White moved from the 16th spot up to the eighth in the rankings. Last season, the team finished off in the 18th spot, reaching the 13th spot as the season best.
Click here to check out the complete Power Rankings.
What’s your take on the rankings? Agree or disagree?
Chivas USA’s BU15’s reached the Arsenal FC Spring Classic showcase final over the weekend. The young Goats kicked off action on Saturday, defeating Rebels White 5-1 in Diamond Valley Sports Park. Later that day, Chivas USA played Roadrunner United FC to a 2-2 draw. After the first day, Chivas finished first in the Flight B group and moved on to the next phase.
On Sunday, the Red-and-White returned to the field and defeated HG Eagles 5-0 in the semi-final match and advanced to the final championship game, but fell 2-0 to an undefeated Golden State U15 Platinum.
Ivan Gutierrez lead the young Goats as the top goal scorer for the team in the showcase with four goals and two assists; Orlando Perez and Bryan Galindo each scored two goals, while Dylan Juarez, Arturo Garica, Jason Ballejo and Frank Lara each notched one for Chivas USA.
Chivas BU15 are off this weekend, but will return to action in the Southern California Development Soccer League on Saturday, April 7 when they host CZ Elite at 10 am at Whittier Soccer Complex. You can follow all the latest Youth Academy updates and news on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth.