SuperClásico week offers not only the biggest soccer match in Los Angeles every year between Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy – but also a spinoff series of matches between specific groups that support each side. On Thursday May 17th Chivas USA and LA Galaxy supporter groups will face off in their annual BarraClasico series. Played the week of each SuperClásico, the BarraClásico is a chance for supporter groups to highlight the rivalry that exists on the pitch but also in the stands. In addition to the BarraClásico matches, the Front Office Clásico will also be played between the front office staff on both teams. All games are open to the public and officiated with licensed referees. Take part in the excitement of SuperClásico and come down and support your colors.
Thursday May 17th
Front Office Clásico
Chivas USA Staff vs LA Galaxy Staff
Black Army 1850 vs LA Riot Squad
Union Ultras vs Angel City Brigade
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH ROBIN FRASER
On the match: I thought we had a very bright start. We scored early in the game and that makes a big difference. Throughout the game, we didn't manage it well enough in terms of our possession, but at the end of the day, we showed great fight. To come away from this stadium, against a very good team, with a draw is a good result. Credit to the players, they worked very hard.
On team's defensive effort: It was a very resolute effort. San Jose is a team that is dangerous in a number of ways. It really was a very stern challenge for us. I thought defensively, we really battled.
On forward Jose Erik Correa's first MLS start: He's a hard worker. He's the type of forward who looks to run in behind defenders. We thought that was going to be important and one of the things that were going to be key for us. His running, certainly early on, proved to be the difference for us.
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER DAN KENNEDY
On team's effort: I think if you were to tell us that we were going to come in here and get a point, we would have been happy with that. The team really put in a shift in the second half. Obviously, we were under pressurel; they had a lot of service. For me, I think this is something we can build on.
On road success: It shows our potential. I think we've been a bit unfortunate at home. For me, we come on the road and we know what we're up against, so we fight really hard. We need to have that same fight when we're at home.
On defense neutralizing the Quakes' forwards: We asked a lot of Heath [Pearce] and John [Valencia] in the center of the park, and our outside backs to get pressure out to their servers. In the end, we came here and we got a result. We can move forward with that.
CHIVAS USA FORWARD JOSE ERIK CORREA
On his first start in MLS: Coach Fraser gave me the opportunity to be a starter for this particular match. I had an opportunity to play in the last match, but he decided to put me in as a starter. I think I did what he needed me to do. I have to work a lot to get better. Every day that comes by, we have to work harder.
On team's performance: I felt there was a lot of unity on the pitch. Everybody was just playing hard, running after balls, dribbling hard. We were looking after each other as a team today. It's very important when there's a family atmosphere on the pitch because that makes us a team.
Jose Correa scores his first MLS goal, giving Chivas USA a 1-0 lead against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Sueño MLS has once again found talent in Los Angeles. This year’s winners: Jimmy Camacho, winner of Allstate Goalkeeper Award and Armando Flores, 2012 Sueño MLS winner, both from Santa Ana, Calif. Both players will now take part of the Chivas USA Youth Academy, and will be looking for a spot in the Red-and-White’s First Team just like the first Sueño MLS winner and current First Team member Jorge Villafana.
For Armando Flores, being named Sueño MLS winner has become a dream come true, as well as for his family. As Republica Deportiva’s co-host Felix Fernandez named Armando the winner of the unique contest, tears ran down his family’s face, expressing the hard work and dedication that they all have put in order for the 17 year-old to make his dream come true.
“My parents and I are both proud of where my brother has gotten,” said Armando’s older brother Diego. “We’ve sacrificed going to work and sometimes school so he [Armando] can do what he liked to do, which was to play soccer.”
When Armando was just 13, Armando took the first step into completing his dream of becoming a professional soccer player when he joined Mexico’s prestigious Club Atlas Reserves Team, squad that has developed star players such as Andres Guardado and Rafael Marquez.
“This is just step one,” said Armando. “There is still a lot I have to go through. Now I’m going to train with the Academy and hopefully one day I’ll be with the first team.”
This year’s Sueno MLS Goalkeeper Jimmy Camacho has also been working very hard ever since he was a kid to get to where he is today. Growing up in Santa Ana, Calif., Jimmy watched as his father Sergio Camacho played as a goalkeeper. Since then, he’s been inspired to be just like his dad and become a professional goalkeeper. Before trying out for Sueño MLS, a friend and teammate of Jimmy’s passed away due to lung cancer, something that has also been inspiring him to fight for his dream.
“I felt that throughout the tryouts, my friend has been pushing me to do my best,” Jimmy said. “Now that I did it, I feel very happy.”
“This is something that both him and our family have been working for; every mile, every game, every minute is paying off,” said Mr. Camacho. “I’m the happiest dad in the world.”
After 10 games, 33 saves and 1.22 goals against average this season, should Chivas USA Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy be called-up to the United States Men's National Team? MLSSoccer.com thinks so. Check it out: