We’re less than one month away until Chivas USA face the Colorado Rapids in the first preseason match against an MLS team. The match is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas and will kick-off the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge.
The last time Chivas USA faced Colorado was at The Home Depot Center when the Rapids defeated the Red-and-White 2-0 on October 20. In the first of three encounters in 2012, the Rapids took a 4-0 win in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Juan Pablo Angel scored in the second encounter for the final 1-1 draw with the Rapids.
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Chivas USA selected Paul Islas from Fresno Pacific University in the MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday morning as the only forward selected in the draft.
“I was watching the live feed and the draft tracker on the website and it was having trouble loading up,” said Islas to FPUathletics.com. “I started getting all these texts saying congratulations and I had no idea what they were talking about until someone finally said I got drafted by Chivas USA.”
In 2012, Islas played in 19 games (18 starts), scoring 22 goals and adding 12 assists, a collegiate personal best. In his four years at Fresno Pacific, the Fresno native disputed a total of 69 games (64 starts), scored a total of 55 goals, and sums 33 assists.
In the match below, Islas scored two goals for Fresno, helping the team earn a spot in the NCCAA West Finals:
Chivas USA announced today the acquisition of midfielder Eric Avila in exchange for Nick LaBrocca. Avila joined the Goats for the start of training camp last Friday and has since been training with the club.
Although young, Avila brings vast experience to Chivas USA, spending four seasons with FC Dallas (2008-2011) and two with Toronto FC (2011-2012), playing a total of 96 games (33 starts), notching five goals and adding 11 assists to his career. With Ryan Smith no longer with the club, Avila will be fighting for a spot in the midfield against Frenchman Laurent Courtois.
Avila is not a stranger to The Home Depot Center; he joined Chivas USA’s U19 squad back in 2005 before he enrolled in UC Santa Barbara. In his first year with the Gauchos, Avila helped UCSB win their first national after scoring the game-winning goal in the Division I National Championship match.
With Chivas USA, fans can expect Avila to score at least one goal; the San Diego native has scored one goal every year since 2009. How many goals will he score with the Red-and-White in 2013?
First up in the MLS Supplemental Draft, Chivas USA selected Jose Diaz as the second overall pick of Tuesday’s draft. The University of California at Riverside defender played a total of 62 games (58 starts) in his collegiate career with the Highlanders. In 2012, he scored three goals, a personal best for Diaz.
Check out a few highlights from Diaz at UCR:
-From Corona, Calif.
-Major: Mechanical Engineering
-Lists favorite Kobe Bryant, Manny Ramirez, and Mikah Richards as his favorite athletes
-Enjoys eating Mexican food
-Hobbies include playing video games
-Most memorable sporting achievement was connecting on a game-winning goal at the last minute
Chivas USA selected defender Joe Franco from California State University, Northridge in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday morning.
Check out a few match highlights from Franco in his time with CSUN:
Here are few facts about Franco:
-Played in all 21 games (all starts) in the 21 matches of 2012
-Was named Big West Defender of the Year
-Franco is from Monrovia, Calif.
-Favorite European team is Manchester United
-Lists “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite television show
-Follow him on Twitter: @Jo3Franco
After last week’s MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Chivas USA now turns to the Supplemental Draft scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21st starting at 11 a.m. PT. The Red-and-White currently have the second, 19th, 21st, 40th and 59th overall selection in the Draft.
Chivas USA’s most notable Supplemental Draft pick was back in 2005, when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was selected by the Red-and-White in the fourth round. Just last year, the Red-and-White ‘keeper had over 109 saves in 32 games and has had two consecutive seasons of over 100 saves.
Who will Chivas USA select this year? Click here to follow the Supplemental Draft Tracker LIVE and make sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: @cdchivasusa
FutbolMLS.com’s Diego Pinzon spoke with Chivas USA’s head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá about the team’s philosophy that the Red-and-White will have in this new era and about Juan Agudelo’s possible European transfer. Watch the first part of the interview below (English subtitles included):
Diego Pinzón de FutbolMLS.com habló con el director técnico de Chivas USA Jose Luis Sánchez Solá sobre la filosofía que tendrán los rojiblancos en esta nueva era y la posible salida del delantero Juan Agudelo. Vea la primera parte de la entrevista:
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: