Chivas USA arrived Friday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland for a light evening workout in preparation for its Saturday 8 pm PT match-up against the Timbers. The Western Conference battle is a pivotal match for both squads, especially the Goats, as they remain in striking distance of a playoff spot. The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in four out of their last five matches, including two wins and since May 13 are unbeaten in eight of ten.
With a win the Rojiblancos would sweep the season series against Portland, as they have taken the previous two matches this year – one at home and the other on the road. The two teams last faced each other in a July 18 match, which Chivas USA won in a 1-0 shutout at The Home Depot Center.
“It’s an important game for us,” said defender Danny Califf. “Portland is near us in the standings and they are Western Conference opponents, it’s going to be really important to give it a real solid effort and get three points.”
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy played 45 minutes in the 2012 MLS All-Star Team's 3-2 victory over English Premier League's Chelsea FC today in PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Chivas USA’s own goalkeeper Dan Kennedy will participate in tonight’s 2012 MLS All-Star game against English Premier League’s and FA Cup Champion Chelsea FC at 5:30 p.m. PT in PPL Park in Philadelphia. Dan received his first call-up to the All-Star Team on Sunday, July 15, when Head Coach Ben Olsen selected the Yorba Linda native. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telefutura.
So far in the season, Dan has made 61 saves for the Red-and-White and has 1.11 goals against average, maintaining himself among the top five goalkeepers in the league.
On behalf of everyone at Chivas USA, good luck Dan!
Even though last Saturday’s loss in the second SuperClásico of the season was tough, there is somewhat of a bright side: midfielder Paolo Cardozo’s goal against his old club, and first ever MLS goal is now nominated for MLS’ Goal of the Week.
Cardozo’s goal came just in the 52nd minute when the Red-and-White were down 2-0. Midfielder Ryan Smith went past three Galaxy defenders to give the pass to the Uruguayan who was just at the 18-yard line, and struck a shot that goalkeeper Josh Saunders could not stop.
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Chivas USA Youth Academy defenders Adonis Amaya, Malcolm Jones and forward Bradford Jamieson have joined the United States U17 week-long Training Camp that kicked-off yesterday July 22 and will conclude Sunday, July 29 at The Home Depot Center.
The young Goats join the 40-man roster which consists of players from 30 different teams; both Chivas USA and New York Red Bulls provide three players each. All three young Goats participated with the Red-and-White in the team’s fourth participation of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Finals Week.
U-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion), Marius Heislitz (Georgia United), James Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes); Abraham Romero (L.A. Galaxy)
DEFENDERS (12): Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA; Westminster, Calif.), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey), Jorge Miranda (Real So Cal), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal), Gonzolo Rolon (Cal Odyssey), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder), Rece Buckmaster (Indiana Fire Academy), Omar Castro (Plant City FC), Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes), Zach Jackson (Texas SC Houston), Guyllain Kabala (New England Revolution), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United), Aaron Meyer (FC Dallas), Rolando Munoz (L.A. Galaxy), Jake Rozhansky (Olney Boys & Girls Club), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (11): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf), Mario Da Silva (Parkland Predators), Malcolm Dixon (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Elney (Boca United), Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Pacheco (Pateadores), Dalton Pando (CDA), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC)
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “In the first half I thought we were a little too passive. In the second half pressure was much better and we were able to force their defenders to make difficult decisions and we were able to win some turnovers. In the first half I thought that we turned the ball over too many times and in bad spots. I felt like in the second half through our pressure we were able to win more balls further up the field and that always makes a difference.”
On Chivas USA’s performance after Galaxy’s first goal: “For the rest of the half we had moments where we just turned the ball over in bad spots and kept ourselves under pressure. In the second half we certainly had a very bright spell, where we were aggressive and obviously scored the goal. We created some chances, we had been pushing for a while there. We definitely had good moments but at the end of the day, again, self-inflicted wounds, I feel like is the story for us.”
On the team’s chemistry: “We know what we have to do in terms of building up with the ball and we just have to execute. When we executed it was good, and for us in the second half, we executed quite well and we put ourselves in pretty good spots, but when we don’t execute we put ourselves in trouble.”
DEFENDER – ANTE JAZIC:
Thoughts on game: “We didn’t play well today, the Galaxy applied pressure they dictated the game. We showed them too much respect, we let them have too much time on the ball and they dictated the tempo where we had to do a lot of defending. The game got stretched out, which favors them, and overall not a great night for us. We weren’t very compact; we didn’t make it very hard on them.”
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “I thought the first half went very well for us, we started off positive. We did a good job of managing the tempo of the game. At times we possessed well and when we found moments to be dangerous, if not dangerous, we were pretty close to being dangerous. It was good to see us play with that sort of rhythm. In the second half we definitely weren’t as good with the ball and weren’t as forward thinking as we were in the first half and as a result we ended up defending a lot more.
Credit to the group, obviously to go down a man for the number of minutes we did, to deal with the daytime game, the group really hung in there. I’m very proud and happy for the win and the shutout.”
On Ryan Smith’s performance: “Ryan was certainly effective and dangerous a number of times. He hasn’t played a lot of minutes recently since the concussion in the reserve game, so getting him back to match fitness is certainly a work in progress. We knew that going in with himself and with Miller [Bolaños], guys who haven’t played a lot of minutes lately. But we felt like they were guys that were going to be dangerous for us and fortunately it worked out.”
Thoughts on the SuperClasico: “[Galaxy] has very good attacking players, no two ways about it. The goal is to deal with them and deal with them collectively as we have attempted to deal with everyone. If we work together and smart, hopefully we will limit their chances and we will do some things on the attacking end of the field in that game.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on game: “We needed to win this game – it was a big game for us. I actually thought it could’ve been two or three nothing, we’re happy.”
MIDFIELDER – RYAN SMITH:
Thoughts on game: “We won at home, it was nice. It was a great team spirit today, I know we only scored one goal but the one goal was enough. Everyone is happy and it’s three points at the end of the day, we can’t complain with anything.”
On his assist: “For me it was brilliant because sometimes we play such great stuff at home and we don’t get rewarded for it and today, in the first half in particular, we played very well, we attacked very well. With the assist, it’s something that I do, we’ve struggled to score goals this year but I managed to pull off a good move and Miller got to the ball at the end of the save and scored, it was great.”
On the fourth consecutive unbeaten match: “It shows what we’ve been. We’ve been quite solid, aside from the Open Cup game, but we’re on the right path. We won today which is going to give us confidence for the next game.”
Miller Bolaños talllies his first MLS goal, assisted by Ryan Smith, giving Chivas USA a 1-0 over Portland in the first half.
After being named to the 2012 MLS All-Star Team, Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy’s schedule has turned quite the busy one. The Yorba Linda, California native must now prepare for a busy schedule ahead: tomorrow’s match vs Portland Timbers, Saturday’s second SuperClásico of the Year, his birthday the following day (he wants to celebrate it with a win on Saturday), then flying out to Philadelphia to prepare for Wednesday’s MLS All-Star game vs FA Cup Champion Chelsea FC. Before going into all the chaos, Dan spoke to FS West about his All-Star selection at yesterday’s Dodger game at Dodgers Stadium. Check out what the MLS All-Star had to say:
Chivas USA midfielder Marky Delgado scored in the U18’s 1-1 draw with FC Dallas in the first match of Group 2 of U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week.
FC Dallas opened up the scoreboard early into the match as Nicholas Rochowski notched the first goal of the game in the 15th minute off a corner kick. But little into the second half, Marky Delgado scored the equalizer in the 55th minute to put Chivas USA back in the game. After a stellar performance, Red-and-White midfielder Jose Dheming was named USSoccer.com’s man of the match.
Up next for the young Goats is Solar Chelsea SC on Wednesday, July 18 at 6pm PT; the latter team won its first match 2-0 against Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC.
-U.S. Soccer Development Academy Match Report-
FCD: 22-Eduardo Cortes; 6-Nicholas Rochowski (28-Marco Ortiz, 83), 2-Mark Ashby, 5-Aaron Guillen, 3-Michael Ambrose; 21-Marco Carrizales, 17-David Robledo (8-Flavio Guzman, 61), 14-Kellyn Acosta; 11-Daniel Garcia, 9-Jonathan Top (39-Bobby Edet, 80); 27-Jose de la Tejera
Substitutions Not Used: 44-Estevan Vasquez, 45-Fernando Laverde, 4-Alex Frankenfeld, 13-Alonso Gallegos
Head Coach: Chris Hayden
CHV: 1-Jake McGuire; 54-Eric Gonzalez, 35-Alex Heilmann, 94-Stephen Copley, 44-Brian Kennedy; 37-Eduardo Quezada (70-Adam Arana, 81), 3-Jose Dheming, 95-Daniel Moreno (50-Rene Santos, 85), 39-Marco Delgado, 41-Julio Chavez (79-Romario Lomeli, 67); 38-Ben Spencer
Substitutions Not Used: 31-Mark Verso, 65-Josue Garcia, 83-Adonis Amaya
Head Coach: Dan Calichman