Chivas USA (7-18-8) arrived in Dallas Saturday and held a light evening practice in preparation for its season finale match against FC Dallas (9-13-11) on Sunday at 4 pm (PT). The match is the third meeting between the clubs in the season series, with both previous contests ending in draws. The Rojiblancos look to capture their first win against FCD in the Lone Star State since 2009 and will have to do so without All-Star goalkeeper Dan Kennedy (out due to knee injury) and center back John Valencia (suspension.) The last time Chivas USA took a season series from FC Dallas was in 2009, with the Goats sweeping the two-game series, 2-0, in both matches. Sunday's rubber match will be the second meeting this season at FC Dallas Stadium.
Chivas USA's new president Jose David watched the U11 Youth Academy team take over 1st place in the Southern California Developmental Soccer League by defeating FC Golden State 2-1 in a hard fought game today in home turf in Pomona, California. David cheered on the young Goats and was impressed with the talent level on the field. After the game, he addressed the players and coaches, and spoke with parents and family members congratulating and thanking them for their dedication, commitment and support. David also expressed his desire to one day seeing one of young players on the Chivas USA First Team.
Chivas USA’s U16 forward Joshua Perez has been named U.S. Soccer Development Academy’s Peak Performer for Week 7 after a great performance in last Sunday’s match. Perez, 14, helped lead his team to a 4-0 victory over Pateadores, assisting in the first three goals of the match, and notching his own goal in the 61st minute of the match.
“Josh still is the youngest player on our team,” said Chivas USA U15 Head Coach Mike Munoz. “We’ve asked him this year to step up and be one of the leaders in the team and to start putting up bigger numbers in terms of scoring goals and assists and he’s really taken to it; obviously with one goal and three assists [last weekend] is a job well done.”
With the win, the Red-and-White U16 squad was able to move to second place in the Southwest Division, with a 2-1-2 (W-L-T) record and one less match played than first place Real Salt Lake. Perez has played in four matches (three starts)
Perez will join now Chivas USA U15/16 Coach Mike Munoz and fellow teammate Hugo Arellano for a one-week U.S. U15 National Team Camp to be held at The Home Depot Center from Oct 27 to Nov 3.
Chivas USA headed to training this morning in preparation for this Sunday’s final match of the season at FC Dallas. After a few stretching exercises, the team was divided into two squads for a scrimmage consisting of two 30-minute halves.
Before the end of the first half, forward Juan Agudelo scored the first goal for the yellow team as Jorge Villafaña crossed a ball that the young forward pushed into the back of the net past goalkeeper Tim Melia. A few moments after the start of the second half, Jose Correa equalized the match for the red team.
Academy players Ben Spencer and Amaya Adonis came into the scrimmage for the second half. Spencer was able to put the yellow team back in the lead, but short moments later, Correa scored the second goal for the reds. Once the match seemed like it would end in a draw, Casey Townsend slid to give the red team a 3-2 win over the yellow team.
Team will have Thursday off but will return to training this Friday ahead of their trip to Dallas on Saturday.
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After a day off, Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center for training this morning ahead of Saturday’s final home match against the Colorado Rapids.
Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda returned to Los Angeles to continue training with the club after being out for international duty. The Canadian defender did not appear in Les Rouges’ brutal 8-1 loss to Honduras that lead to their elimination from World Cup contention on Tuesday due to sinus and ear infections. This morning, both Jazic and Minda held a regenerative session with trainers.
“Today, I’m feeling much better than I did yesterday; physically, I’m okay, mentally, still disturbed about the result on Tuesday,” Jazic said.
The Ecuadorian midfielder arrived in Los Angeles early this morning and reported straight to Chivas USA training. Minda played 20 minutes in Ecuador’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela; the draw helped La Tri move up to second place in CONMEBOL standings and closer to World Cup contention.
Although the two have made long trips in the past week, they will be eligible for this Saturday’s match against Colorado.
“In the end of the day, Coach [Fraser] will have the final word,” said Minda. “If he needs me for a couple of minutes, I’ll be there, and if he needs me for the entire game, I’ll be ready.”
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Chivas USA’s Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda culminated this year’s international duty after Tuesday night’s final FIFA date.
Red-and-White defender Jazic was unavailable for Tuesday’s match against Honduras due to illness, but the Canadians took a brutal 8-1 loss to the home team. After the loss, the Canadians dropped to third place and out of contention for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In the World Cup qualifiers, Jazic helped Les Rouges to a 6-2-3 (W-L-T) record.
Ecuadorian midfielder Minda came into the match for La Tri in the 70th minute, helping the squad to a 1-1 draw with Venezuela. With the draw, Ecuador moved up to second place of CONMEBOL standings with 17 points, just three points away from first place Argentina. Ecuador will continue looking for a spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup on March 26, 2013 when CONMEBOL qualifiers resume.
Both players will return to Los Angeles and prepare for Chivas USA’s final two games of the 2012 season against Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas.
After a weekend off, Chivas USA’s first team returned fully replenished this morning to The Home Depot Center to continue training for this Saturday’s final home game of the season. The Goats started off their morning with two-touch passing exercises and then proceeded to several round-robin scrimmages.
While two teams held a scrimmage in reduced spaces, a third team headed to an exclusive session with strength and conditioning coach Jim Liston: The Chivas Olympics. The first exercise consisted of a combination of strength and endurance as each player tossed a sandbag to one end of the finish line and jogged back to the start. The second exercise was based on power to see what pair of players can throw the furthest, and the third exercise consisted of accuracy, which involved the pair of players throwing the sandbag exactly to the finish line.
The only team that was able to “gold” in all three exercises was Peter Vagenas and John Valencia, whose language barrier did not stand in the way of their teamwork. James Riley and Tristan Bowen finished with two “golds” after winning the power and accuracy exercises.
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