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19 November 10:41 am

The first step moving towards Chivas USA’s 2013 season begins Monday afternoon as Major League Soccer will hold a Waiver Draft via conference call at 12:30 p.m. PT, with all clubs participating except for MLS Cup finalists Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. Each club will announce the results of the Waiver Draft separately.

As of Monday morning, the Goats have not yet released a list of players eligible for the draft; a full list of league-wide eligible players will be listed on the club’s site before the draft. Players available to Monday’s draft are those whom (1) are not in a club’s plans for 2013, and (2) are NOT re-entry draft eligible (the latter to be held Thursday, December 6). Such players will be available to clubs in the Waiver Draft via the waiver draft order. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Nov. 19, 2012 MLS Waiver Draft Selection Order (2012 finishes in brackets):
1. Toronto (23 pts)
2. Chivas USA (30 pts)
3. Portland (34 pts)
4. New England  (35 pts)
5. Philadelphia (36 pts)
6. Colorado (37 pts)
7. FC Dallas (39 pts)
8. Montreal (42 pts)
9. Columbus (52 pts)
10. Vancouver (43 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
11. Chicago (57 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
12. Real Salt Lake (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
13. New York (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
14. Kansas City (63 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
15. San Jose (66 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
16. Seattle Sounders (56 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
17. DC United (58 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
18. Houston (53 pts – MLS Cup finalist)
19. LA Galaxy (54 pts – MLS Cup finalist)

15 November 12:08 pm

Chivas USA’s Ante Jazic and Dan Kennedy have been named finalists to MLS’ Year End Awards in their own respective categories. Defender Jazic is nominated for the Xbox Individual Fair Play Award while Dan Kennedy is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Individual Fair Play award is issued using the criteria of fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as an evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.  In 2012, Jazic played a total of 27 games (all starts) received no yellow or red cards and committed eight fouls. Jazic is nominated for the award along with Chicago Fire’s Logan Pause and former Goat Heath Pearce of the New York Red Bulls. The winner of the award will be announced Monday, November 19.

In a challenging season for the Goats, Kennedy managed to make 109 saves in 32 games played, ending the year second to Columbus Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum with 125 saves. Kennedy had been nominated in ten occasions to MLS Save of the Week, being named Player of the Week in the sixth week. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is nominated for the league award along with Michael Gspurning of Seattle Sounders and Jimmy Nielsen of Sporting Kansas City. The winner of Goalkeeper of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.

If Kennedy takes the award, it will be the second time a Chivas USA ‘keeper earns the honor; former goalkeeper Zach Thornton took the award in the 2009 season after ending the year with 83 saves and 0.87 goals against average.

Take a look at one of Kennedy’s 109 saves of the 2012 season: 

14 November 10:10 am

Juan Agudelo and the U.S. National Team earned a 2-2 draw Wednesday night to Russia in Kuban Stadium. Michael Bradley scored the lone goal for the Americans, breaking Russia's 449 minutes without conceding a goal.

Agudelo came onto the match in the 63rd minute of the match to replace Josh Gatt. Minutes into the game, Agudelo provided a header to Bradley, who took the shot and notched the equalizer for the Americans. Shortly after, Referee Nicola Rizzoli called a foul inside the box, giving Russia a penalty kick and the lead in the 84th minute. But the match had not yet been finalized as Mix Diskereud scored a goal of his own in the 90th minute for the final 2-2 score. Former Goat Sacha Kljestan also appeared in the match, coming onto the field in the 64th minute.
 
This match was the final game of the year for the U.S.; upon the new year, the squad will need to continue their preparations ahead of their first World Cup qualifying match of the year against Honduras scheduled for February 6. 
 
Check out the equalizing goal and Agudelo's assist:
 

13 November 8:22 pm

Juan Agudelo arrived in Russia to join the U.S. National Team ahead of Wednesday's match against the host country in Kuban Stadium. Watch this match live starting at 7 a.m. PT on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Univision Deportes.

Under Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. has obtained a record of 11-6-3 (W-L-T) since he took charge of the national team in July 2011. The U.S. has a three-game winning streak; in their last match, the Americans took a 3-1 win over Guatemala in the third round of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. The match against Russia will be the final game of the year for the Americans before continuing to look for a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Agudelo has not appeared with the U.S. National Team since October 2011, when the squad faced Ecuador in an international friendly. The Red-and-White forward is one of three MLS players listed in Klinsmann 20-man roster.

Russia currently sits in ninth place in FIFA standings finishing first in their World Cup qualifying group that includes Portugal and Northern Ireland. After four games, the Russians the finished the stage undefeated with 12 points, eight goals in favor and no goals against. 

12 November 12:39 pm

The first time Juan Agudelo was called-up to the U.S. National Team, he was 17 years old and in his first year in the league with New York Red Bulls. Since then, the Colombian-born forward has made 15 appearances and scored two goals. Agudelo received today his first call-up to the Men's National Team of the year, and is one of three MLS players that will face Russia on Wednesday, November 14 at 7 am PT (WATCH- ESPN2, ESPN3 & Univision Deportes).

In his debut match with the National Team, Agudelo scored his first goal with the squad, becoming the youngest player ever to score for U.S. and giving the American squad the 1-nil victory over the host team South Africa. Check out his goal:

08 November 12:02 pm

After last night’s MLS Playoffs matches, Juan Agudelo, Simon Elliott and CDChivasUSA.com have been eliminated of bracket contention.

While both Agudelo and CDChivasUSA.com had San Jose as winners against the LA Galaxy, the Chivas forward also thought Sporting Kansas City would make a comeback and beat Houston in the aggregate score (Final: 2-1) and make the MLS Cup Final. Chivas USA’s Technical Director Simon Elliott had predicted San Jose winner of MLS Cup, though he still has a chance of winning the Eastern Conference with New York if they advance to the final tonight. Also participating in the bracket, assistant equipment manager Hugo Perez has New York with the MLS Cup win, with the Red Bulls facing Houston in the conference final.

Playoffs continue tonight as Real Salt Lake battle against Seattle Sounders in the Western Conference semi-final (6:30p PT on MLSLive) and New York hosts D.C. United tonight at 4:30p PT (NBC Sports Network).

Bracket predictions for tonight:

Forward Juan Agudelo

Real Salt Lake – Seattle: Salt Lake win

New York – D.C. United: New York win in PK’s

 

Assistant Equipment Manager Hector Perez

Real Salt Lake – Seattle: Salt Lake win

New York – D.C. United: New York win

 

Technical Director Simon Elliott

Real Salt Lake – Seattle: Seattle win

New York – D.C. United: NY win

 

CDChivasUSA.com

Real Salt Lake – Seattle: Salt Lake win

New York – D.C. United: New York win 

06 November 5:01 pm

MLS Cup Playoffs are in full swing! In the Western Conference, San Jose took a 1-nil lead over LA Galaxy in the first leg; the two will meet once again Wednesday at 8 p.m. PT (ESPN2). Real Salt Lake and Seattle were scoreless in the first match; watch the match live on MLS Live this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, D.C. United and New York will look to advance to the Conference Final Wednesday night after the two came to a 1-1 in leg 1 (5 p.m. PT/ NBC Sports Network). Houston Dynamo took a 2-0 win over Sporting KC last Sunday; leg 2 will be disputed Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT (MLS Live).

Below are some of the picks made by the front office and locker room:

Juan Agudelo - Forward

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                               Sporting KC – Houston: Sporting win in PK’s

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake 2-1                               D.C. United – New York: NY win in PK’s

Simon Elliott - Technical Director

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                                Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Seattle win                                    D.C. United – New York: NY win

Hector Perez - Assistant Equipment Manager

San Jose - LA: San Jose win                                                Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake win                                D.C. United – New York: NY win

CDChivasUSA.com

San Jose - LA: San Jose win 3-2                                         Sporting KC – Houston: Houston win

Real Salt Lake - Seattle: Salt Lake win                                D.C. United – New York: NY win

 

Who ya got?

05 November 1:08 pm

The 2012 season was one of Dan Kennedy’s stellar years, standing out in every match played. The Red-and-White ‘keeper closed the season second in league standings with 109 saves. Kennedy started in 32 games this year before a knee injury cut his season short.

Kennedy’s save nominated for MLS Save of the Year is for one against Marvin Chavez. In the 68th minute of the match, Honduran Marvin Chavez took a left-footed shot from the right side of the box; Kennedy, with his cat-like reflexes, was able to push the ball out for a corner kick. This save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week .

Re-live Kennedy’s save and make sure to cast your vote for MLS Save of the Year by clicking here. Poll closes Saturday, Nov. 17:

05 November 10:57 am

Did you follow last week's Top Five Goal Countdown? In case you missed it, click on each nominee below to check out their goal

Casey Townsend vs. RSL (3/24)

Juan Pablo Angel vs. NY (5/23)

Paolo Cardozo vs. LA (7/21)

Shalrie Joseph vs. NE (8/29)

Juan Agudelo vs. SEA (5/26)

Now, it's time to cast your vote! Poll closes this Friday, Nov. 9 at 12pm:

 

03 November 12:54 pm

One week into joining Chivas USA, Colombian-born Juan Agudelo notched his first goal with the club in the 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders on May 26 at The Home Depot Center.

In the 57th minute of the match, former Sounder James Riley took a shot into the box, finding Agudelo who defeated the Seattle goalkeeper and defender to score the first goal of the night. The 19-year-old striker would go on to play 20 matches (16 starts), notching three goals and three assists. 

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.