HEAD COACH JASON KREIS:
Overall thoughts: “I’m really, really pleased. I thought the guys played probably the best match we’ve played this year. From start to finish for me, I thought it was the most complete match. I thought they just did an excellent job on both sides of the ball. I’m really pleased that the guys showed they’re happy to be back together and chomping at the bit for another difficult segment of our season.”
MIDFIELDER KYLE BECKERMAN:
On the first game back after the break: “We were real excited to get back together; we all missed each other for the month or so. We got a good day of practice yesterday, and the guys have been working real hard these past couple weeks. [Tonight] we wanted to get rewarded for the hard work.”
On the first goal: “It was a pretty even game [at that point], we were going back and forth. Jonny Steele got the ball, held it up and played me a ball. I just took a touch and whipped it into a dangerous spot and Fabian [Espindola] put a great header on it. It was a great start and something we really wanted to go into halftime with.”
#1- Who's Chivas USA's #1? That'll be Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy! So far in the season, Kennedy has made 47 saves for Chivas in just 13 games, being just four saves shy of leading GK from Columbus Crew and is six positions ahead of Real Salt Lake's Nick Rimando. And did we mention Dan is nominated for the 2012 MLS All-Star Team? Vote for him!
#2- Just two days away and Chivas USA has two top goal scorers in the team this season. Colombian forwards Juan Pablo Angel and Jose Correa have each scored two goals with the club, Juan Pablo Angel with the latest one in the 1-1 draw with former club New York Red Bulls. Meanwhile, Correa joined the club early in May, only two score two goals in his first two games with the club. Will either of them score once again with the Red-and-White this Saturday? Come down to The Home Depot Center this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and find out!
Para el defensa John Valencia, el dia de los padres tiene un significado más especial para el. Creciendo en Medellín, Colombia, John siempre tuvo a ambos padres presente en su vida, siempre apoyándolo en los inicios de su carrera como futbolista. Pero en la adolescencia, su papá se mudo del hogar, causando una ausencia física, pero no emocional.
"Eso fue un poco impactante porque no estuvieron el papá y la mamá juntos”, John dijo. “Pero mi papá siempre estuvo ahí apoyándome, dándome consejos, y viéndome crecer, no en la casa, pero siempre estuvo cerca”.
Ahora como padre, John quiere estar presente en las vidas de sus dos hijos.
“Trato de ser un mejor padre de lo que fue mi papá conmigo. Quiero siempre estar con mis hijos y tener una familia agradable para que ellos tomen ese ejemplo”, finalizó John.
#3- Only three more days until Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center to face Real Salt Lake. Did you know three players in the current squad have scored against Real Salt Lake in the past? That’s right! Back in 2005, Alejandro Moreno scored his first goal against Real Salt Lake, then once again in 2006 with Houston Dynamo, helping lead the team to its first MLS Cup title. In his first year with in Major League Soccer, Juan Pablo Angel scored against Real Salt Lake, one of his 19 goals in just one season. Nick LaBrocca is also a current Goat that has scored against Real Salt Lake; back in 2008 when the New Jersey midfielder was with the Colorado Rapids.
Just last Sunday, June 3rd, Chivas USA midfielder Jorge Villafaña welcomed his first child into the world, a beautiful baby girl named Arely. Since then, Jorge has fallen in love again.
“I’m getting used to not sleeping and changing diapers,” Jorge jokes. “It’s nice to just be there with her. It’s a great feeling that you can’t complain about it. I’m very happy.”
This Sunday, the Anaheim native will be celebrating Fathers Day for the first time, and two weeks that little Arely has been in their lives.
“Becoming a dad has changed my life dramatically,” Jorge said. “I now see the world differently. Now, with a baby girl, we have a much bigger responsibility because we have to direct her in the right direction and give her a good example so that she can be someone in life.”
#4- Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser spent four years as Real Salt Lake’s Assistant Coach before joining the club. Coach Fraser worked alongside Jason Kreis to help lead the team to its first ever MLS Cup championship title back in 2009. Since then, the former international defender has helped the Red-and-White be among the top 10 back lines in the league, and currently holds an eight game unbeaten streak in all club competitions.
#5- That’s the number of goals Chivas USA has scored on Real Salt Lake in one game.Both clubs kicked off in Major League Soccer back in 2005, and it was Chivas USA who gave Real Salt Lake their first, and ever, 5-1 loss back on July 9, 2005 at The Home Depot Center. An own goal in the fourth minute of the match opened up the scoring for Chivas USA, allowing Hector Cuadros to score in the 16th minute, followed by Antonio Martinez, Matt Taylor and Isaac Romo. The only goal for Real Salt Lake was in the 23rd minute by Clint Mathis off a freekick. The Goats would then repeat the dose by scoring 4-0 back in April 21, 2007, also at The Home Depot Center.
#6-Weren't the six Krispy Kreme doughnuts you got FOR FREE after the Galaxy game so... delicious? Well, if Chivas USA gets a home win against Real Salt Lake in six days, you might want to ease up on that popcorn. For every Chivas USA home win, you get a half dozen free doughnuts at participating Krispy Kreme's! But remember to save your ticket stub, that'll be the only way to get your doughnuts!