Chivas USA

16 September 9:30 de la mañana

ASSISTANT COACH – GREG VANNEY:

Thoughts on the game: “Up until the penalty call I thought we were pretty good controlling the game defensively, they weren’t very dangerous. We found a couple of opportunities, one in front of the goal with Miller’s [Bolaños] ball rolled in and Casey’s [Townsend] header that [Jon] Busch made a great save. I thought we were creating good chances and we were in control of them in our defensive final third, they weren’t finding great opportunities on our goal I don’t think Kennedy had made a save until that point.”

On the referee’s call: “The frustration there is obviously having seen the replay one of our players put us in a tough situation. The referees make a call of frustration and none of the officials actually involved in the game really saw it. It was the fourth official I think called it from midfield. I’m not really sure how that plays out or who has what responsibilities. I know the other two linesmen and center referee didn’t actually see the play. That’s frustration on both sides in terms of where the call came from and obviously our player putting us in that situation.”

 

MIDFIELDER – SHALRIE JOSEPH:

Thoughts on the game: “It’s frustrating, we didn’t do enough to come out tonight with points. Offensively we created a little bit of chances; we just weren’t able to score.  The referee changed the game with a call like that [penalty], and after that we were in a hole and we were just trying to push numbers trying to create more opportunities and get a goal, but it didn’t come for us tonight. We need to hold our heads up and try for next week.”

On the penalty: “I don’t know what to say to be honest, I’m going to have to look at it again and I’m sure Coach [Fraser] is going to do the same. You don’t change a game like that; you don’t just make a call like that. The game was going fine until he [the referee] made a change like that. It was frustrating to have a penalty called with the ball not even close to the goal line. It’s frustrating, but the guys kept battling, the guys kept fighting and we weren’t able to pull it off tonight but we will be better next week.”

On Coach Fraser’s absence in the second half: “Robin has been there on and off the field, and Greg Vanney has done a great job being Assistant Coach. He can replace Robin like that, they work off each other. I understand why Robin had to do what he did, that’s just part of being a coach, sticking up for your players.”

On playoffs: “The good thing about it is that the possibility is still there, we just have to pick our heads up and keep working hard. We have a quick turn around next week in Columbus; we just have to pick our heads up and try to win the next one.”

 

MIDFIELDER – NICK LABROCCA:

Thoughts on the game: “I thought we played really good. The penalty changed the game a little bit. It changed how we need to come out, it opens us up a little more and we have to get that tying goal.”

On Coach Fraser’s absence in the second half: “At the end of the day it’s the players out on the field trying to do a job and get wins and we didn’t do that today.”

12 September 7:37 de la tarde

Chivas USA held a fast-paced, physical practice this morning at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 – complete with an inter-squad workout. Left back Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda remained absent from practice as they return from completing their participation with their respective national teams. Starting center back, Danny Califf, was held out of practice for precautionary reasons and is listed as questionable because of a right hamstring. 

 
The Goats are gearing up for Saturday night’s third and final meeting with Western Conference rival, the San Jose Earthquakes, on Mexican Independence and African Heritage celebration night. The clubs played to a draw in the first meeting, with the Quakes taking the last meeting. Chivas USA holds the all-time series edge 6-4-5 and since 2008 have lost just twice in 11 matches against San Jose.  
 
INJURY REPORT AS OF SEPT. 11

QUESTIONABLE: Danny Califf (R HS); Tim Melia (Low Back)

PROBABLE: MF Ryan Smith (R HS); Peter Vagenas (R HS)

 
 
12 September 3:31 de la tarde

As the FIFA dates came to a close last night, Chivas USA players Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda closed their international duties for this month.

 
Defender Ante Jazic was once again in the starting line-up for the Canadian National Team in last night's tough 2-0 loss to Panama in Panama City. Previous to this match, the Reds maintained the lead of Group C in CONCACAF's, but after the loss, the team has fallen to third place with seven points, same as the Honduran National Team (goal differential). The Canadians will look to regain control of Group C when they face Cuba on Friday, October 12.
 
Meanwhile, midfielder Oswaldo Minda played all 90 minutes in Ecuador's 1-1 draw with Uruguay last night in Montevideo. With the draw, Ecuador maintained itself in third place in CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying standings. The first four teams qualify automatically to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Up next for Ecuador, is a match against sixth place Chile on October 12 in Quito, Ecuador.
 
Both Jazic and Minda are enroute to Los Angeles and will be eligible for MLS action for this Saturday's Chivas USA home match vs San Jose Earthquakes in The Home Depot Center.
12 September 1:19 de la tarde

Can you guess who this is? Write your answers below and you could be the winner of four (4) tickets to this Saturday’s Chivas USA match vs San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. in The Home Depot Center. Deadline is this Thursday, September 13 at 5pm! Write your answers in the comment box below and check back tomorrow to see if you’re a winner! Remember you can only submit ONE answer.

11 September 11:32 de la mañana

Just like last week, and the weeks before that, Chivas USA's Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is nominated for MLS Save of the Week!

In the 55th minute of last Saturday's match at Century Link Field against Seattle Sounders, Steve Zakuani had a run with the ball after receiving a pass from Fredy Montero. Zakuani then attempted to take a shot on goal but Dan was able to take the ball out for a Seattle throw-in.
 
Although Dan has been nominated in various occasions for Save of the Week, he has yet to earn his first MLS Save of the Week honor. If you'd like to see Dan win the honor this week, don't hesitate in clicking here and casting your vote for Dan.
 
Check out this week's nominees:
 
 

10 September 3:45 de la tarde

After opening the scoreboard in last Saturday's Chivas USA game at Seattle, midfielder Nick LaBrocca is nominated for MLS' Goal of the Week. The New Jersey native scored his second goal of the season in the eighth minute of that match off a pass by newcomer Shalrie Joseph (his first assist with the Goats). Aside from his nomination to the league-wide honor, LaBrocca was also selected CDChivasUSA.com's Man of the Match.

 
Check out the nominees for MLS Goal of the Week and make sure to cast your vote for Nick LaBrocca by clicking here:
 

09 September 1:00 de la tarde

HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER: 

On the game: “I thought we started off very well. We made it difficult for them to get attacking chances against us and we obviously created some pace for ourselves and scored an early goal – a good goal. It was a great start. And then slowly but surely, we got less and less confident on the ball, which led to more turnovers, which led to the rest of the game.”

On Chivas USA’s defense and on their missed offensive opportunities: “It was certainly an improvement over what we’ve seen the last few weeks. We certainly worked a lot at it over the last number of weeks and through this week. So to come out and be solid and not give up a ton of opportunities was definitely better and we felt better about that. But you have to be able to play on both sides, right? We defended fairly well. They’re really hard. I have to give them credit – they fought really hard. On the attacking side, we just weren’t good enough. When you keep giving good teams opportunities, they’re going to obviously create chances.”

 

DEFENDER - JAMES RILEY

On coming back and playing in Seattle: “Obviously kind of mixed emotions. It’s fantastic to come back and play in front of a crowd that I did for three years. I have a lot of good memories with this team and club and organization. But obviously, we were a bit hard done. I thought we could have gotten out of there with a point. Our backs are against the wall like a wounded animal, so we’re scrapping for anything right now. We’re scrapping for playing time, for wins, for jobs next year. I thought we came out and competed. Obviously good teams sometimes find a way to win consistently and they did that today with two great goals.”

08 September 3:47 de la tarde

Our Man of the Match honor in the game against Seattle goes to none other than Nick LaBrocca. In the eighth minute of the match, LaBrocca was able to open up the scoreboard as he received a pass from teammate Shalrie Joseph. LaBrocca was then able to turn around and strike the ball past Seattle Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, giving Chivas USA the early lead.

 
LaBrocca pushed the team throughout the entire game, making passes, crosses and pushing the team forward. Despite crashing into teammate Ben Zemanski in the second half of the match and suffering a bruise on the left side of his face, LaBrocca got back up and continued playing (after being aided by medical staff, of course).
 

08 September 1:31 de la tarde

Midfielder Nick LaBrocca gave Chivas USA the early lead as he scored the first goal of the match. Re-live the goal:

06 September 1:23 de la tarde

Just like we told you yesterday, Shalrie Joseph appeared in training with a brace on his right elbow. Today, he just had his elbow wrapped during practice and trained throughout the entire session. So, what was the cause of the brace? We spoke to Shalrie and he said it was caused by an awkward fall in last Sunday’s match at San Jose. Luckily, the Red-and-White midfielder says he is feeling a lot better and should be good to play this Saturday at Seattle.