Big week ahead for Chivas USA as Rivalry Week looms over MLS and the first SuperClásico of the season is four days away.
Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, “El Chelis,” travelled to Mexico after Sunday’s game; his third grandchild was born on Thursday. Chelis returned to training Wednesday morning to continue working towards Sunday’s game against the LA Galaxy.
After the end of Sunday’s game, the scoreboard and passing accuracy percentage were positive for Chivas, a turnaround from the first game of the season. The Goats continued perfecting this skill in Wednesday’s training, as well as working on strength and conditioning.
Two former Chivas USA Academy players joined the First Team for training this morning. Eric Gonzalez, a freshman at UC Riverside, and Brendan Hines-Ike, a freshman at Creighton University, played for the Red-and-White U18’s last season. The two players will be at training camp with the Goats for the rest of the week.
Chivas USA will train everyday this week at 10:30 am at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6. For all training updates, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa
One win, three points, and two spots up in MLS Power Rankings. After kicking off in the last spot, Chivas USA have moved up to the 17th spot in the Rankings.
The Goats were able to move up after a comeback 3-1 win over FC Dallas on Sunday, the most goals scored by the Red-and-White since last season’s 3-3 draw at New England Revolution on August 29. The win also permitted Chivas to move up to third place in the Western Conference, just below Vancouver Whitecaps FC and LA Galaxy. Chivas will look to continue moving up as they prepare to face the Galaxy on Sunday in the first SuperClásico of the season.
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It took Chivas USA 158 minutes to score the first goal of the 2013 season. And the man in charge of scoring the first goal was forward Juan Agudelo, who is now nominated for MLS Goal of the Week and MLSsoccer.com's Top Performers!
Just as the Red-and-White were down 1-0 to FC Dallas at the 68th minute, Walter Vilchez served a long ball over the top to Agudelo, who with two Dallas defenders, crossed the ball to his left and unleashed a strike for his first goal of the season, and the equalizer for Chivas USA. The Goats went on to earn their first win of the season after Oswaldo Minda and Giovani Casillas scored for the Red-and-White.
Click here to cast your vote for Juan Agudelo for Goal of the Week, and click here to vote for Agudelo as one of MLSsoccer.com's Top Performer. You can also submit your vote by texting G4 to 22442. But hurry; polls close Thursday, March 14 at 11:59pm PT.
Re-live Agudelo’s goal:
Agudelo ties the match 1-1
GOAL: Minda puts the Goats ahead 2-1
GOAL: Casillas seals if for Chivas - Final score 3-1
Whether it’s isolating themselves from the rest of the group or listening to their favorite song, Chivas USA players have different rituals leading up to gameday. Aside from listening to salsa, merengue, reggaeton and electronic music on the way to a game and in the locker room, midfielder Miller Bolaños has carried out a ritual throughout his career that helps him do his best on the field.
“I usually put the cleats that I’m going to use on the day of the game in my closet the day before and I put an image of the Virgin Mary in them. Once I’m in the locker room, I’ll kiss both shoes and then put them on before going out to the field.”
Unlike some professionals, Bolaños enjoys the company of his teammates before a game, helping him concentrate on the game.
Make sure to come out and see Miller Bolaños and the rest of Chivas USA take on FC Dallas this Sunday at 2pm PT at The Home Depot Center. Click here to purchase your tickets; for all your day-of-game needs, follow Chivas USA’s official gameday Twitter feed: @ChivasGameday
For the past week, Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara nutritionist Margarita Posada and her team have been undergoing a set of exams to evaluate the players eating habits and setting season-long health goals. After Thursday’s practice, Posada met with the team coaching staff to present the player results and plans.
Despite the team’s short time in action this year, all players are in great shape for the new 2013 season. Throughout the week, the team has been meeting with the nutritionist to evaluate diet plans and improve their health on a day-to-day basis.
Basic rules set by Posada:
· Team must have a healthy meal following practice and after each game within 30 minutes of ending
· Players shouldn’t eat meat or fish before a game (Might make athletes feel heavier; possible effects of seafood)
Despite the good results of all players, Posada and her team will be returning to Los Angeles to follow-up with the suggested eating plans in the near future. Make sure to follow us on Twitter (@cdchivasusa) for any updates.
After Saturday’s loss to Columbus in the season’s opening match, Chivas USA’s coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, “El Chelis,” admitted that the team lacked attack. Wednesday morning the Red-and-White focused on perfecting the attack in order to earn their first victory this Sunday against FC Dallas at The Home Depot Center.
“Since I’ve been here, the team has worked on scoring goals and we weren’t able to do that in the first game,” Coach Chelis said after practice.
With goalkeepers working separately, the team kicked off training with five separate 4v1 games. All players worked on speed strength training exercises, including midfielder Jorge Villafaña, who has been recovering from an ankle sprain. Led by Coach Chelis, the team moved on to an inter-squad scrimmage, focusing on attacking and finishing plays.
Thirty minutes into the inter-squad scrimmage, Coach Chelis called it a day yelling, “Good job! We’ll continue this tomorrow.” Chivas USA’s training on Thursday will be held at The Home Depot Center’s main stadium starting at 10 a.m. Due to location, fans will not be able to attend Thursday’s practice, but are encouraged to come out Friday morning for training at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6.
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Just three days from Opening Match, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber will present his March to Soccer address and will be available to media via live stream on the MLS YouTube channel and Google+ Hangout on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 pm PT.
The commissioner's March to Soccer address will include the presentation of new league initiatives for 2013 and a Q&A with media members, according to a release from the league.
Watch Commissioner Garber’s address below starting at 3pm PT:
Chivas USA’s Youth Academy held its second of three I.D. Camps on Monday evening at Veterans Park in Pomona in search of talent within the 1999 & 2000 categories. The U14 team formed will be participating in U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the 2013/2014 season that starts in September.
In the second camp, about 60 potential players participated, an increase from the first tryout camp held in January. With coaches from all age categories present, the staff was very pleased with the outcome and the talent level. About five to six new players that impressed the staff will be contacted and invited to come out and train with the current U14 team, led by Coach Hugo Perez, Jr.
“We are looking for smart soccer players, players who make good soccer decisions on and off the ball, good attitude, good work rate and of course has to be very technically sound with the ball,” said U16 coach Mike Munoz.
Chivas USA will host one more I.D. Camp for the U13/14 Team on Monday, April 22. If you or someone you know, would like to join the Red-and-White Academy, click here to register now. Make sure to follow all Youth Academy updates on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth