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18 December 4:10 pm

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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17 December 10:52 am

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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12 December 9:46 am

The day Chivas USA fans had been waiting for finally arrived. Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, also known as ‘El Chelis,’ was named the Red-and-White’s head coach Wednesday morning. Aside from the information you can find about Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola in the press release, here are a few facts about the new man in charge:

-He’s not a stranger to MLS action; back in 2010 while coaching Mexico’s Liga MX Puebla FC, Sanchez lead the team in the 2010 edition of SuperLiga where the team reached the semi-finals against New England Revolution. Does that ring a bell? Midfielder Shalrie Joseph was part of the squad that beat Sanchez’ former club but the match allowed the Mexican coach to see first-hand Joseph’s on-field abilities.

-Despite his very fashionable attire, just like Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara, Sanchez does not wear socks.

-Sanchez is a very disciplined man and coach. He attended military school from primary to high school.

-'El Chelis' lived in Canada for over six months, playing semi-professional soccer with First Portuguese.

-Aside from his love for soccer, Sanchez is also a fan of other sports. He lists the New England Patriots as his NFL team and follows the New York Yankees in MLB.

-He has three children; two women and one man (Isidro Sanchez, former midfielder for Puebla FC and of the Canadian National Team.)

-When he was studying to earn his coaching license, Sanchez would make the three-hour daily roundtrip to Mexico City from Puebla, never missing a class and graduating with honors. Dedication.

-He’s an avid tweeter. Sanchez is known for responding to both positive and negative feedback. Make sure to give him a follow: @ElChelis

30 November 5:18 pm

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!

30 November 10:33 am

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:

 

Yup, so are we. Anyone else?

 

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

 

Dan Kennedy might’ve not won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and we think we just found out the most legit reason:

 

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!

29 November 11:48 am

It didn’t take much for Dan Kennedy to make a good impression in the 2012 season and earn the MLS Player of the Week in the sixth week, becoming the first goalkeeper to earn the award in the year.

Kennedy earned that honor after a stupendous match against Toronto FC where the Red-and-White earned their third consecutive victory on the road. The Goats were up by one goal by the 70th minute, when Toronto forward Danny Koevermans flicked a cross at goal; fortunately for Chivas, Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line. Minutes before the end of the match, Koevermans continued looking for a goal but Kennedy saved and kicked the ball out for a corner kick in favor of the Canadians.

Check out Kennedy’s top saves in that match:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

28 November 3:07 pm

They say three times the charm but when it comes to saves, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denies them all. Among the 109 saves Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy had in the 2012 season, three of those came from the first SuperClásico of the year, the first victory for Chivas USA since 2007.

The Goats and the Galaxy were scoreless in the 50th minute when a corner kick taken by LA’s Landon Donovan led to three consecutive saves for Kennedy, denying Pat Noonan, Sean Franklin and Kyle Nakazawa. Because of this, Kennedy earned a nomination for MLS Save of the Week.

In that match alone, Kennedy had four saves and earned his third shutout of the season. Check it out:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

27 November 3:33 pm

Who said saves were solely for goalkeepers? In our first top save of the year, defender James Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line and now, its John Valencia’s turn.

Chivas USA hosted Real Salt Lake in the final match of September, a long and challenging month for the Goats. In the 56th minute of the match, Valencia made a sliding save to keep RSL’s Javier Morales’ shot from passing the goal line and taking the ball out for a corner kick. After the save, Valencia received praise not only from the fans but Dan Kennedy himself.

His save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week. Check it out:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown.

26 November 11:07 am

Although Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made 109 saves this season, he wasn’t the only one making saves. Defender James Riley made a great save as Chivas USA hosted Seattle Sounders in the second meet against the club this season in late August.

The Rojiblancos were down 1-nil to Seattle in the 20th minute when Brad Evans headed the ball towards goal. Kennedy attempted to punch the ball out of the box but missed; the ball continued its way but Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line. The match ended in a disappointing 6-2 home loss for the Goats, but Riley’s save prevented a larger goal differential.

Check out Riley’s save:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

20 November 1:27 pm

Chivas USA’s Marco Delgado and Academy player Ben Spencer joined the U.S. U18 Training Camp last Saturday, November 17 for a one-week camp held in The Home Depot Center. The red, white and blue will face the Canadian U18 squad on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 23 in the Carson stadium as part of the training camp.

The last training camp for the U.S. U18 was back in early September. Both Delgado and Spencer made the ten-day training camp trip to the Netherlands. The American squad earned a 3-1-0 record against the youth ranks of Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge. The most impressive win for the U18’s was a 4-2 victory over the home country’s youth national team on Sept. 11.

In four friendly games this year, the U18’s hold a 1-1-2 record, with Academy forward Spencer leading as team scorer with two goals.

Come out and enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving day match and cheer on Chivas USA players at The Home Depot Center; both matches will start at 3 p.m. PT, are open and free to the public. CDChivasUSA.com will be tweeting from the match. Follow us: @cdchivasusa