Chivas USA will be out of MLS activity this weekend but you can still catch Red-and-White defender Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda in action as the two players are currently in camp with their respective national teams. Make sure to catch starter Oswaldo Minda as he and the Ecuadorian National Team square off against Lionel Messi’s Argentina this Saturday as the teams fight for a spot in the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Ecuadorians are currently in fourth place in CONMEBOL’s standings with a record of 3-0-1; the first four teams in the standings will automatically qualify to the World Cup.
Three-year Red-and-White defender Ante Jazic heads up to Toronto with the Canadian National Team as ‘The Reds’ face the United States in a friendly match this Sunday at BMO Field. Jazic has played in 29 games with the Canadian National Team, scoring his only international goal in 2008 in a 2-2 draw with Panama. Make sure to watch as Jazic takes on Donovan this Sunday starting at 4pm PT live on NBC Sports Network or Univision Deportes.
#15- The number of minutes Chivas USA has had their best game against Real Salt Lake. From minute 45-60, the Goats have scored seven goals against Real Salt Lake. Top goal scorer during these 15 minutes? Paulo Nagamura with two goals; the first being scored in the 58th minute on October 6, 2007 and the second on May 9, 2009 in the 54th minute, both wins for Chivas USA in The Home Depot Center.
Just one week after being acquired, Juan Agudelo scored his first goal with Chivas USA in last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders. The young striker opened up the scoreboard in the 47th minute of the match off a cross from former Sounder James Riley. But there's a lot more to the play than you think. Check out MLSsoccer.com's breakdown of Agudelo's goal in this week's 'Anatomy of a Goal.'
Chivas USA defeated Ventura County Fusion last night as forward Cesar Romero scored in the 13th minute of the match off a pass by Juan Agudelo to give the Red-and-White a 1-0 victory in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup. Head Coach Robin Fraser and Romero spoke post-game about the match and the next round of the tournament where they will face the North Carolina Railhawks scheduled for June 5.
After facing the top three MLS teams in the past 14 days and getting five points out of it, Chivas USA has landed in the 12th spot of MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings. Chivas USA kicked off a busy two weeks earning a 1-1 draw with then-first place San Jose Earthquakes; earned the first victory in the SuperClásico since 2007 against then-ahead in standings LA Galaxy with a single goal from Jose Correa (his second in two games); travelled across the country to face second place New York Red Bulls midweek and earned a 1-1 draw with an amazing goal from Juan Pablo Angel; returned to The Home Depot Center to face Western Conference third place Seattle Sounders and earned a 1-1 draw where recently acquired Juan Agudelo scored his first goal with Chivas USA. The Goats are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference (12th overall) with a record of 4-6-3 (W-L-T) with 15 points.
After starting in all games this season with Chivas USA, James Riley's hard work is paying off. Just last Saturday, Riley was up against his old Seattle Sounders teammates, squad of which he shared locker rooms for three years, made it to three consecutive MLS Cup Playoffs, and where he helped the team earn three consecutive U.S. Open Cup titles. Although Riley stated during the week that he didn't hold any grudges against the Sounders, the Colorado native went into the game and assisted in Juan Agudelo's first goal with Chivas USA. For that, MLSsoccer.com named James Riley to the Team of the Week for Week 12 of the regular season. What other Goat do you think should have been named to the MLS Team of the Week? Share your thoughts.
After scoring 58 goals with the New York Red Bulls from 2007-2010, Juan Pablo Angel returned to Red Bull Arena, to score yet another goal in the Harrison, New Jersey stadium, this time with Chivas USA. Angel opened up the scoring in the 47th minute of the match as defender Raushan McKenzie headed the ball to the Colombian striker to give the Red-and-White an early lead. A few minutes later, New York would score the equalizer for the final 1-1 score in the Goats second match in five days. Now, Angel’s 70th career goal is up for MLS Goal of the Week. But before you rush to vote for him, re-live his goal:
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
Overall team performance… “I felt like we came out and we did pretty well throughout the first half. We were able to create some opportunities. We talked about some things to get some of our wide players in 1v1 situations in the second half. I felt like in moments leading up to the goal, and on the goal, we did really well in terms of moving the ball quickly and isolating our wide players. And we were able to get a service and score a goal. I felt like after we scored the goal, we got away a little bit from that and obviously gave up a goal that seemed to be a bit of a soft goal. At the end of the day, a draw is probably a fair result.”
On Agudelo’s goal… “I thought he worked hard and he presented himself in some dangerous situations tonight and he was close to being dangerous often. It was a good play that freed up James on the right side, and he put a great ball in. Juan made a great run and certainly a very good finish. In terms of what it does for his confidence, I think any time goal scorers score goals, their confidence goes up.”
On the back line’s performance… “I think the group is continuing to grow and gel together. Danny has only been here a couple of games but I think he has fit right in. There’s good understanding between all of the defenders. As a result, I think we are able to read each other well, and therefore cover each other well. At the end of the day, that’s what you need to do as a back four.”
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER- DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match… “It’s always good to take a point, but I thought we deserved the win. We just let one mistake in the back and it cost us a win. Danny made three big plays which those are plays I don’t have to make. James had a great game, Ante solid.”
On Seattle’s goal… “Unfortunately the bounce didn’t go our way on that goal. It’s just one of those things where the ball came up a little awkward on him, and he wasn’t able to make a play.”
On Chivas USA’s four-game unbeaten streak… “I feel like these games are there for the taking, we don’t have a problem playing the underdog. The biggest thing in this league, I feel, is momentum and when you get it and you get hot you need to take advantage of it. That’s why I feel like maybe we left two points on the table tonight. We really excel on the road, because I feel like we seem to compete a little better when our backs are up against the wall. This is a group that thrives under tough circumstances. What we need to do is not only thrive in those tough times, but in the good moments when we’re home too, that’s our next step.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD- JUAN AGUDELO:
Thoughts on the match… “It was a hard fought match, we were able to go ahead on the goal and unfortunately they had a really good goal, a good cross, and I think one of our defenders slipped. I thought we’ve been playing really well, maintaining the ball and it was good.”
On his first goal with Chivas USA… “It felt great, most importantly to help out the team, to put them ahead. It’s not a personal stand point, but just trying to help out the team.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH - SIGI SCHMID
Thoughts on the game... “For us to be able to come back from being one nothing is a good thing. I felt we had some chances at the end of the game, and they were pretty good chances. There was Rose on his header, Rose shot off from distance and it’s cleared down the line; Eddie Johnson gets in there one time on the end line. I was pleased with our ability to come back in tonight’s game.”
On the Sounders’ seven-game unbeaten streak on the road... “We feel very confident on the road, we feel we’re going to do well. Chivas has done well on the road this year also. It’s something we always try, we don’t change how we play all that much. Today we changed a little more than normal, I think we played a little more defensive than we normally play on the road just because it was the only option really for us, we needed to keep the ball in front of us. But we always feel very confident on the road.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS MIDFIELDER - ALEX CASKEY
Thoughts on the final score... “It’s kind of tough to go down and then we actually created a few chances after we equalized, so I thought we easily could have taken one after the 65th minute. At least we got the tie; it was tough game on the road.”
Thoughts on Chivas USA’s unbeaten streak... “It’s definitely positive for them, it shows their perseverance and attitude that they can keep finding and start getting good results.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FORWARD - DAVID ESTRADA
Thoughts on the game... “I think it was a heartfelt match, there a new team now with Califf and Agudelo, it’s not the same Chivas as before especially at home. I think they are a very motivating team and I think it’s good we got a point, we could of maybe gotten three points at the end but when were playing away, I think one point is good.”
On Seattle's equalizer... “It’s always good to equalize it sooner than later. Alex Caskey came in and he made a difference, played a good ball. I think it was a bad clearance from the defender, but I’m just trying to get myself in a good spot, luckily we went in.”