After maintaining the team among the top five teams in the Western Conference, Chivas USA earned a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs after defeating then Kansas City Wizards 2-0 on October 10, 2009. Opponent for the Red-and-White? None other than archrivals LA Galaxy. The first leg of the Conference semifinal was hosted by Chivas USA where more than 25,000 fans saw a dramatic match that included goals from Maicon Santos and Maykel Galindo for the final 2-2 score (see Top SuperClásico Moment #4).
The Chivas USA Front Office took on the LA Galaxy Front Office last night at The Home Depot Center as part of the lead up to Saturday's SuperClásico match. Chivas USA scored two first half goals by Kevin and Jesús, both members of the Marketing department, to give the Red-and-White a 2-1 victory. Team head coach and captain, Asis Chale, spoke to cdchivasusa.com about the match and made his prediction for the SuperClásico. Here's what he had to say...
Chivas USA took a 1-0 lead in the 4th minute of the SuperClásico Playoff Edition after Brazilian forward Maicon Santos took a diagonal 19-yard shot inside the right post to score the first goal of the match. The Red-and-White will end the first half going down 2-1, but Maykel Galindo put the Goats back in the game as he scored the equalizer as he took advantage of a soft back pass by Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez, dribbling around goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and putting the ball into the empty net. The match ended in a 2-2 draw. Relive the match:
With goals from Ante Razov, Francisco Mendoza and Laurent Merlin, Chivas USA clinched its first ever SuperClásico title with a 3-0 victory over the LA Galaxy. Over 23,000 fans were in attendance, Razov scored the first goal for Chivas USA in the 23rd minute of the match off a pass from Lawson Vaughn. Razov’s goal marked his ninth of the season, 107th of his league career.
After much speculation, Chivas USA has announced today the acquisition of central defender Danny Califf in a trade with Philadelphia Union. The Modesto, Calif. native returns to his hometown after six years of playing out-of-state.
Pending Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser’s starting line-up decision, Califf might play against the team he started his professional career and won the 2002 MLS Cup this weekend in the SuperClásico. Califf will also be reuniting with former Galaxy teammate and current Chivas USA forward/captain Alejandro Moreno.
Califf started his youth career in Canyon Hills Soccer Association team Canyon Classics, before going off to play with the University of Maryland. In his first year in Maryland, Califf started all 24 games, and was named to Soccer America’s All-American Freshman Team. As a sophomore, Califf was selected by the LA Galaxy in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft as the sixth overall pick, and helped the team win the 2002 MLS Cup.
Califf struggled with injuries in 2004 which led him to be traded to San Jose in 2005, where he played 20 games and scored two goals with the Earthquakes, earning him his very first MLS Best XI.
Before joining Philadelphia Union, Califf went overseas to play for Aalborg BK of the Danish Superliga where he served as team captain, helping the team earn a bronze medal in the 2006-2007 and later earned the gold in 2007-2008 season before joining FC Midtjylland.
In his 12-year career, Califf has played a total of 188 games (180 starts), notching eight goals and adding five assists in Major League Soccer. Aside from his pro club experience, Califf has been called up 23 times to the United States National Team, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Watch this video where Califf talks ink:
Young and talented striker Juan Agudelo joins Chivas USA after two seasons with the New York Red Bulls. Colombian-born Agudelo has made 33 appearances (13 starts), notched six goals and sums two assists in his three years in Major League Soccer. The 19 year-old star will be available for the SuperClásico vs LA Galaxy this Saturday at The Home Depot Center.
Most recently, Agudelo represented the United States in March’s 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers along with the U23 squad that included current Chivas USA midfielder Jorge Villafaña. Agudelo earned his first appearance with the US First Team National squad on November 17, 2010 when the Americans faced South Africa in a friendly held in Cape Town where the young striker scored his first goal, and the only one of the match, to give the US a 1-0 victory.
Aside from his soccer, Juan enjoys watching basketball; his favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant. Anyone want to invite him to a Laker game?
Check out Juan Agudelo’s goals in Major League Soccer:
Maykel Galindo scored in the 58th and 69th minute and Francisco 'Panchito' Mendoza notched the third goal for Chivas USA in the 88th minute to give the Red-and-White a 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy on August 23, 2007 at The Home Depot Center. Then Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch welcomed newly acquired David Beckham to the SuperClasico when Marsch fouled the Galactic captain, initiating an intense braul. Relive the moment:
Ante Razov scored two goals for Chivas USA in the team’s first ever win against LA Galaxy on June 8, 2006, one day before the 2006 FIFA World Cup kick-off in Germany. Razov scored in the 15th and 21st minutes and although then Galactic forward Herculez Gomez pulled a goal back in the 27th min, the team pulled a 2-1 victory at The Home Depot Center. With the two goals, Razov scored his career goals 91 and 92, and three days later scored goal #93, leading him to earn MLS Player of Week honors. The forward dedicated his three goals to his grandfather who had passed away the Sunday before the match.
After 15 years in Mexico’s First Division, Chivas USA’s first squad included legendary Mexican midfielder Ramon Ramirez. In his first year with the squad, Ramirez played in 31 games for the Red-and-White, starting all of them. He also scored two goals and added six assists during the 2005 season. Ramirez cooperated with one assist in the first goal ever scored against the Galaxy by Isaac Romo (see moment #9) and scored one goal against the Galaxy during a match in the U.S. Open Cup tournament held on August 3, 2005.
The first ever SuperClásico was held on April 23, 2005 in front of a sold-out crowd at The Home Depot Center. Then Chivas USA forward Isaac Romo scored the first ever goal against the Galaxy in the 49th minute of the match off a freekick taken by legendary midfielder Ramon Ramirez. Unfortunately, the goal was not enough for the Red-and-White, as the Goats fell 3-1 in the first SuperClásico.