Chivas USA

29 November 12:48 de la tarde

It didn’t take much for Dan Kennedy to make a good impression in the 2012 season and earn the MLS Player of the Week in the sixth week, becoming the first goalkeeper to earn the award in the year.

Kennedy earned that honor after a stupendous match against Toronto FC where the Red-and-White earned their third consecutive victory on the road. The Goats were up by one goal by the 70th minute, when Toronto forward Danny Koevermans flicked a cross at goal; fortunately for Chivas, Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line. Minutes before the end of the match, Koevermans continued looking for a goal but Kennedy saved and kicked the ball out for a corner kick in favor of the Canadians.

Check out Kennedy’s top saves in that match:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

28 November 4:07 de la tarde

They say three times the charm but when it comes to saves, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denies them all. Among the 109 saves Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy had in the 2012 season, three of those came from the first SuperClásico of the year, the first victory for Chivas USA since 2007.

The Goats and the Galaxy were scoreless in the 50th minute when a corner kick taken by LA’s Landon Donovan led to three consecutive saves for Kennedy, denying Pat Noonan, Sean Franklin and Kyle Nakazawa. Because of this, Kennedy earned a nomination for MLS Save of the Week.

In that match alone, Kennedy had four saves and earned his third shutout of the season. Check it out:

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

27 November 4:33 de la tarde

Who said saves were solely for goalkeepers? In our first top save of the year, defender James Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line and now, its John Valencia’s turn.

Chivas USA hosted Real Salt Lake in the final match of September, a long and challenging month for the Goats. In the 56th minute of the match, Valencia made a sliding save to keep RSL’s Javier Morales’ shot from passing the goal line and taking the ball out for a corner kick. After the save, Valencia received praise not only from the fans but Dan Kennedy himself.

His save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week. Check it out:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown.

26 November 12:07 de la tarde

Although Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made 109 saves this season, he wasn’t the only one making saves. Defender James Riley made a great save as Chivas USA hosted Seattle Sounders in the second meet against the club this season in late August.

The Rojiblancos were down 1-nil to Seattle in the 20th minute when Brad Evans headed the ball towards goal. Kennedy attempted to punch the ball out of the box but missed; the ball continued its way but Riley cleared the ball before it passed the goal line. The match ended in a disappointing 6-2 home loss for the Goats, but Riley’s save prevented a larger goal differential.

Check out Riley’s save:

 

Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!

19 November 10:41 de la mañana

The first step moving towards Chivas USA’s 2013 season begins Monday afternoon as Major League Soccer will hold a Waiver Draft via conference call at 12:30 p.m. PT, with all clubs participating except for MLS Cup finalists Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy. Each club will announce the results of the Waiver Draft separately.

As of Monday morning, the Goats have not yet released a list of players eligible for the draft; a full list of league-wide eligible players will be listed on the club’s site before the draft. Players available to Monday’s draft are those whom (1) are not in a club’s plans for 2013, and (2) are NOT re-entry draft eligible (the latter to be held Thursday, December 6). Such players will be available to clubs in the Waiver Draft via the waiver draft order. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Nov. 19, 2012 MLS Waiver Draft Selection Order (2012 finishes in brackets):
1. Toronto (23 pts)
2. Chivas USA (30 pts)
3. Portland (34 pts)
4. New England  (35 pts)
5. Philadelphia (36 pts)
6. Colorado (37 pts)
7. FC Dallas (39 pts)
8. Montreal (42 pts)
9. Columbus (52 pts)
10. Vancouver (43 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
11. Chicago (57 pts – Knockout Rd elimination)
12. Real Salt Lake (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
13. New York (57 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
14. Kansas City (63 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
15. San Jose (66 pts – Conference Semi elimination)
16. Seattle Sounders (56 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
17. DC United (58 pts – Conference Championship elimination)
18. Houston (53 pts – MLS Cup finalist)
19. LA Galaxy (54 pts – MLS Cup finalist)

15 November 12:08 de la tarde

Chivas USA’s Ante Jazic and Dan Kennedy have been named finalists to MLS’ Year End Awards in their own respective categories. Defender Jazic is nominated for the Xbox Individual Fair Play Award while Dan Kennedy is nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year.

The Individual Fair Play award is issued using the criteria of fouls committed, cards received, games & minutes played, as well as an evaluation of sportsmanlike behavior.  In 2012, Jazic played a total of 27 games (all starts) received no yellow or red cards and committed eight fouls. Jazic is nominated for the award along with Chicago Fire’s Logan Pause and former Goat Heath Pearce of the New York Red Bulls. The winner of the award will be announced Monday, November 19.

In a challenging season for the Goats, Kennedy managed to make 109 saves in 32 games played, ending the year second to Columbus Crew ‘keeper Andy Gruenebaum with 125 saves. Kennedy had been nominated in ten occasions to MLS Save of the Week, being named Player of the Week in the sixth week. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native is nominated for the league award along with Michael Gspurning of Seattle Sounders and Jimmy Nielsen of Sporting Kansas City. The winner of Goalkeeper of the Year will be announced on Wednesday, November 28.

If Kennedy takes the award, it will be the second time a Chivas USA ‘keeper earns the honor; former goalkeeper Zach Thornton took the award in the 2009 season after ending the year with 83 saves and 0.87 goals against average.

Take a look at one of Kennedy’s 109 saves of the 2012 season: 

05 November 1:08 de la tarde

The 2012 season was one of Dan Kennedy’s stellar years, standing out in every match played. The Red-and-White ‘keeper closed the season second in league standings with 109 saves. Kennedy started in 32 games this year before a knee injury cut his season short.

Kennedy’s save nominated for MLS Save of the Year is for one against Marvin Chavez. In the 68th minute of the match, Honduran Marvin Chavez took a left-footed shot from the right side of the box; Kennedy, with his cat-like reflexes, was able to push the ball out for a corner kick. This save also earned him a nomination to MLS Save of the Week .

Re-live Kennedy’s save and make sure to cast your vote for MLS Save of the Year by clicking here. Poll closes Saturday, Nov. 17:

05 November 10:57 de la mañana

Did you follow last week's Top Five Goal Countdown? In case you missed it, click on each nominee below to check out their goal

Casey Townsend vs. RSL (3/24)

Juan Pablo Angel vs. NY (5/23)

Paolo Cardozo vs. LA (7/21)

Shalrie Joseph vs. NE (8/29)

Juan Agudelo vs. SEA (5/26)

Now, it's time to cast your vote! Poll closes this Friday, Nov. 9 at 12pm:

 

03 November 12:54 de la tarde

One week into joining Chivas USA, Colombian-born Juan Agudelo notched his first goal with the club in the 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders on May 26 at The Home Depot Center.

In the 57th minute of the match, former Sounder James Riley took a shot into the box, finding Agudelo who defeated the Seattle goalkeeper and defender to score the first goal of the night. The 19-year-old striker would go on to play 20 matches (16 starts), notching three goals and three assists. 

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.

02 November 2:29 de la tarde

In nine years with New England Revolution, midfielder Shalrie Joseph scored a total of 37 goals in 261 games (254 starts) with the club. Then Joseph was traded on August 1 to Chivas USA, but it didn’t take long for him to begin scoring for the Goats, notching two goals in one game, a special one for the Grenada-born player.

Chivas USA travelled to Boston on August 29 for a mid-week match against the Revolution, Joseph’s first return since being traded earlier that month. Just when all seemed lost for the Goats after going down 3-nil by the 20th minute, Joseph scored.  As if one goal against his former club wasn't enough, Joseph notched his second of the night for the Red-and-White to make  the match 3-2.

In the last minute of the first half, Juan Agudelo made a pass to Joseph who with a left-footed shot from outside the box, put the ball into the back of the net to put the Goats back in the game. It was a real comeback game for the Goats who avoided leaving Gillette Stadium without any points; the match ended in a 3-3 draw after Miller Bolaños scored the third goal in the 47th minute.

 

Stay tuned for the rest of the countdown! At the end, make sure to look for the poll to cast your vote for your favorite goal.