Alejandro Moreno deflects Juan Agudelo's shot from in front of the goal, giving Chivas USA a 1-0 lead over Montreal in the 14th minute.
It has been a real battle for the MLS All-Star goalkeeper spot between Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Sporting Kansas City's Jimmy Nielsen since the voting opened earlier this month, but luckily, Kennedy is currently leading the poll! So far in the season, Kennedy has had 49 saves in the season, ranking among the top four in the league in comparison to Nielsen’s 29 saves. Since his integration to Major League Soccer in 2008, Kennedy has made 194 saves, landing him in the 38th all-time goalkeeping spot, and is just one save away from tying with legendary Mexican goalkeeper (and forward) Jorge Campos. The 29 year-old Kennedy is also 94 saves from matching former Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who currently sits in 29th place with 288 saves. On average, Kennedy makes 3.5 saves per match.
Even though Kennedy is leading in the votes, it’s up to you to keep him up there and get him to that MLS All-Star Team! You can continue voting for him online (click here), but since you already have your phone in your hand, send a text with the player’s last name to 22442. You may also vote via Twitter from June 21-22 by sending your candidates full name and using the hashtag #MLSAllStar and you MUST be following @MLS. There are plenty of ways you can vote for Kennedy and all the other Chivas USA players. You just gotta do it… NOW!
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
Thoughts on the match: “I thought it started as a pretty even affair. I thought there was a lot of work in the midfield by both teams. As the game wore on, it became a bit of a game of mistakes and we paid the price for our mistakes for sure. At times it was very good, but it’s a 90 minute game and it’s not good enough for it to be ‘just good’ at times. In the end, as I said, we became a victim of our own mistakes.”
Not creating chances out of possession: “Well, certainly we have players that we think are good players and we have to be able to execute. Tonight I felt like we didn’t execute the attacking end. We took stretches of possession and didn’t turn them into dangerous chances.”
Getting back to action Wednesday: “I think we have something to prove to ourselves. We’ve had a decent run. At times tonight it was good, but the execution wasn’t good enough and certainly that is something that we, as a group, need to get back to sooner rather than later.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match: “Disappointing, just disappointed. We actually were very much in the game. We really gave away the first goal and then from there you push up the field and you’re trying to fight for that goal back and when we gave up another goal, that’s kind of where it went wrong.”
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.”