It was a hard-fought match as Chivas USA’s sister club, Chivas de Guadalajara came to a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul on Sunday evening in Estadio Omnilife in their third match of the 2013 Clausura tournament in Liga MX. The visiting team finished the match with nine players on the pitch, after two Cruz Azul players received a second yellow card, leading to their ejections. With the draw, Chivas sits in the 13th spot in the general standings and has yet to win their first match of the season.
Guadalajara opened up the match maintaining most of the possession and having the better chances at goal, but it was Cruz Azul’s Javier Orozco who notched the first goal of the match in the 31st minute. Just before halftime, Chivas forward Rafael Marquez Lugo dropped a ball with his chest with his back to goal and did a half turn to notch the equalizing goal in the 40th minute. The draw marked yet another unsuccessful year for Cruz Azul in Guadalajara, since the team has not defeated Chivas in Guadalajara since 2009.
The Mexican Goats will now prepare for their next match visiting Monarcas Morelia, who took a 2-1 victory in their last match. Morelia currently sits in ninth place in the standings with a 1-1-1 record.
Check out Marquez Lugo’s equalizing goal:
Last season was challenging for Chivas USA, but above all, there were three moments of 2012 that are up for the L.A. Sports Awards. Below are the nominated moments:
-Chivas USA earned their first win of the season on away turf. On March 24, the Red-and-White travelled to Utah to face Real Salt Lake in the third match of the season. In the 72nd minute of the match, defender Ante Jazic made a cross that RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando attempted to grab but let go, allowing Townsend to score his first professional and winning goal of the match.
-A goal from Jose Correa in the first SuperClasico of 2012 gave the Red-and-White their first victory against the LA Galaxy since 2007. The goal came in the second half of the match after former Chivas USA defender David Junior Lopes stopped a ball with his arm, resulting in a penalty, and the win for the Goats.
-The Red-and-White ended the 2012 season on a high note. What seemed to be a 2-nil win for FC Dallas on Oct. 28, 2012, Chivas USA made a dramatic turnaround, earning a draw in the dying minutes of the match. Laurent Courtois notched the first goal for the Goats in the 90th minute of the match, ten minutes after coming in to the game as a sub. In the 93rd minute, Juan Agudelo was able to get the second goal for the Goats, and the final 2-2 draw.
Click here to cast your vote for your favorite Chivas USA moment of the year and stay tuned to see if your selection took the most votes.
Jason Saghini of MLSsoccer.com spoke with Chivas USA's newest player, Carlos Alvarez, shortly after he was selected at the SuperDraft today. Here's what he had to say:
As a midfielder, Alvarez, an East LA native, played a total of 61 games (60 starts) in his three years with the University of Connecticut, scoring 13 goals and adding 33 assists. In the Combine, Alvarez notched one goal and one assist playing as a forward
Check out Alvarez' 2012 highlights:
-Majored in Spanish Literature and Culture
-Alvarez is a local; he was born in East Los Angeles and attended Salesian High School
-Has ties with Chivas USA’s Youth Academy: Director Teddy Chronoupolos coached Alvarez when he played in LAFC Development Academy and helped lead the team to the finals in his first year.
-Has been called to training camp with U.S. U20 National Team as well as the Mexican U20 National Team
In the combine, Alvarez was able to notch one goal and added one assist. Check out his goal:
The day everyone has been waiting for is finally here! Chivas USA’s preseason kicks off Friday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium ahead of the Red-and-White’s 2013 First Kick on Saturday, March 2 against Columbus Crew in The Home Depot Center.
Players are scheduled to come in on Thursday, Jan. 17 for required physicals hours after the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis. Head coach Chelis will not be in the team’s first training session due to his return flight from the draft, but will join the squad on Saturday.
Training will be open to the public and all fans are encouraged to join us in welcoming the squad back. Will you be there? Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@cdchivasusa) for all the latest updates and photos of your favorite players!
MLS SuperDraft is just around the corner, and with the second overall pick, Chivas USA has yet another selection to make on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Indianapolis. Throughout the nine years the club has been a part of MLS, the Red-and-White have made over 20 selections. Which one is your favorite? Vote now!
And don’t forget, MLS will have a live stream on Thursday, only on MLSsoccer.com starting at 9 a.m. PT.
It’s been a busy week for Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá. The Mexican coach arrived in Los Angeles Monday evening and went straight to The Home Depot Center to begin preparations for preseason that begins next week. Chelis, as he is known sports world, gave his first interview to a Southern California outlet to Univision Los Angeles, a Spanish news channel. In the interview, Chelis said that he knows little English and is making an effort in learning the language, and he revealed the names of the players coming from Guadalajara.
SPA: Ha sido una semana atareada para el director técnico de Chivas USA Jose Luis Sánchez Solá. El técnico mexicano arribo a Los Ángeles el Lunes por la tarde y se dirigió directo al El Home Depot Center para iniciar las preparaciones para la pre temporada que inicia la semana que viene. El Chelis, como es mejor conocido, dio su primera entrevista a Univisión Los Ángeles. En la entrevista, Chelis menciono que sabe poco de ingles y reveló los nombres de los jugadores que vendrán de Guadalajara.
The 2013 MLS SuperDraft is less than a week away and Chivas USA head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá is in the Combine to see all the players on the field first hand and get to know the player that will be selected on Thursday, Jan. 17. The Red-and-White will have the second overall pick after finishing the 2012 season in 18th place (reverse order used).
Upon his arrival to Los Angeles Monday evening, Coach Chelis headed straight to The Home Depot Center to begin planning for the 2013 season and the Combine and SuperDraft were among the first topics addressed.
MLS Combine games began on Friday in Fort Lauderdale and will resume on Sunday, Jan. 13, with Tuesday, Jan. 15 as the last day of games. On Saturday and Monday, coaches will have the opportunity to have one-on-one interviews with the players before the big day.
MLSsoccer.com senior editor Simon Borg evaluated the current Chivas USA roster and made his predictions on the selections the club might make. Click here to read the full article.
Based on Simon Borg’s picks, who do you think Chivas USA should select? Carlos Alvarez, Mikey Lopez, Jose Diaz, or another player? You tell us!
It was a day full of smiles as Chivas USA’s supporter group the Union Ultras held their first ‘Dia de los Reyes’ (Three Kings Day) Toy Giveaway on Sunday afternoon in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley.
Before the event, CDChivasUSA.com spoke with Ultras representatives, who estimated that they had around toys for about 100+ kids. But on Friday and Saturday night, the Ultras began gathering more toys and gifts for the event, including donations from Chivas USA. On the big day, over 400 children were given a gift to celebrate the holiday.
“It was nice to see so many children smiling and happy,” said Ultras representative Julio Ramos. Also in attendance, the infamous ChivaFighter helped the Ultras put those smiles on children’s’ faces as he interacted with the kids and their families. Click here to view a gallery of the event.
If you’re interested in joining Chivas USA supporter group Union Ultras or Black Army 1850, click here to find out more.