MLS Regular Season
We’re just two days away and if you’ve been a season seat holder with the club for the past two years, then you’ll know that this will be the second photo that you, as a lucky season seat holder, will take on the field and this year, it'll be with the team! Can it get better than that? Come to the event and you’ll find out all the other surprises we have in store for you!
If you haven’t RSVP’d to the event, make sure to get your name on the list by calling Gary Gomez at (310) 630-4581.
Looking back to our 2011 calendar, this year hasn’t been as bad for Coach Robin Fraser. Don’t you want to come back and join him on his third season with the Red-and-White? Coach Fraser has helped lead the team to becoming the best defense in the Western Conference. Wouldn’t you want Chivas USA to be the top in the league? Then Coach Fraser is the answer. Come meet the former U.S. international defender this Saturday for the Season Seat Holder Meet the Team Event. He’ll be waiting to meet you!
After two days off, Chivas USA’s First Team returned to practice ahead of the final SuperClásico of the season against the LA Galaxy next Sunday, August 12 at The Home Depot Center. The highlight of today’s session was that there were no injured players on the bench, other than midfielder Oswaldo Minda. The squad initiated their training with a light warm-up session and continued onto practice one-touch passes. The team was then split into two groups to have mini-scrimmages. But who are we to tell you how it went? Take a sneak peek:
It’s the break of dawn; the sun is just coming up when you check your phone or computer and BAM! Chivas USA trades midfielder Blair Gavin to New England Revolution in exchange for attacking midfielder Shalrie Joseph. You rub your eyes to make sure you read it right. Did General Manager Jose Domene sleep last night? Yeah, we don’t think so either.
But the reality is there. Former Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph is our new Goat. The 34 year-old Grenada born midfielder has been with Major League Soccer since 2003, disputing 261 games (254 starts), notching 37 goals and 34 assists. Aside from his club experience, Joseph has also been key part of his country’s national team, disputing 30 games and scoring three goals.
We welcome Shalrie Joseph to the Red-and-White and bid farewell and good luck to the man with our favorite mustache, Blair Gavin.
By the way, if you have a Twitter account, you can now follow him at @ShalrieJoseph21.
Does Dan Kennedy ever stop? Let’s hope he doesn’t. Once again, the Chivas USA Goalkeeper is nominated for MLS Save of the Week! In the Red-and-White’s last match vs Portland Timbers, Kennedy earned his seventh shutout of the season, helping the team climb in the standings and get closer to playoff contention.
In last Saturday’s match against the Timbers, Kennedy made six amazing saves, but the save that earned him a nomination for Save of the Week came in the 80th minute as Kris Boyd took a long-distance shot that Kennedy was able to take out for a corner kick.
But don’t take our word for it; check out the nominees and show Dan Kennedy some love! Vote for him now for MLS Save of the Week by clicking here!
After earning three points at Jeld-Wen Field last Saturday vs Portland Timbers, MLSsoccer.com has placed Chivas USA in the 13th spot of the MLS Power Rankings for Week 21, moving on up one spot from last week’s rankings.. The club also ranks 13th in the overall league standings with a record of 7-8-5 (W-L-T) and 26 points, just three spots from playoff contention. If the Goats earn nine points in the next three games (LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids, and Seattle Sounders respectfully), the team could be in contention for a berth in the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Aside from the Power Rankings, the Goats are currently the top defense in the Western Conference, and third league-wide with just 21 goals against in 20 games disputed.
Click here to see all MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings and let us know if you agree or disagree with the rankings!
It’s been a long two weeks for Chivas USA Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. After earning his sixth shutout of the season in the 1-0 win over Portland Timbers in a midweek match, Kennedy prepared for the second SuperClásico of the season before heading to Philadelphia for the MLS All-Star Game vs Chelsea. The 30-year old keeper then returned to the West Coast to prepare for the team’s final match vs Portland Timbers last Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field. After Danny Califf’s lone goal in the 68th minute of the match that gave the team the final 1-0 victory, Kennedy earned his seventh shutout of the season, making 67 saves this season and currently holds a 1.05 goals against average.
Take a look at one of his best saves from last Saturday’s game. Candidate for MLS Save of the Week? Let us know!
HEAD COACH ROBIN FRASER
Thoughts on the game: “I don’t think we played as well as we would liked to have, but every point counts and I’m really proud of the effort. I think we fought to the bitter end and as I said the soccer wasn’t great, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter, it’s three points. A well earned three points by a hard working group.”
On the game plan: “I think you always have to or want to play a certain style and play in a certain manner. We had moments where we did OK, but for the most part we didn’t connect as well as we needed to, we didn’t keep the ball in certain areas of the field where we needed to, and at the end it just became a bit of a street fight for us. To the player’s credit, they really hung in there and fought.”
On goalkeeper Dan Kennedy: “Dan’s been very good all year. Obviously he made the All-Star Team because of it. He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I’ve been saying this all year. As you’re building your team you need to make sure you stay in games, and as you’re building your style of play, you need to make sure you stay in games, and certainly Dan’s done a great job of allowing us to do that.”
DEFENDER DANNY CALIFF
On scoring the goal: “It’s fantastic. The couple times I’ve been here before have not turned out very well at all for me, so it was great to come out tonight and get on the score sheet. It’s been a while, the first game [I have scored in] since last year, so it feels great to come in, in a really difficult place to play and be able to get three points.”
On getting the win despite Portland’s statistical edge: “You see it in soccer sometimes where teams can throw everything and the kitchen sink and have lots of opportunities and lots of shots on the night and nothing will fall, and the other team can have one or two chances and put them away and walk away with the victory. That’s the cruel beast sometimes.”
On having played the Timbers twice in quick succession: “It helped to have played them recently. I think the personnel they put out tonight didn’t change much from when we played [on July 18], maybe just one or two changes. So that was good in knowing how to match up with them and things like that, but coming in here and playing them is completely different than at your home place. It’s an intimidating atmosphere, it’s a great place to play, there’s so much energy, so for us it’s an incredible result.”
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.”
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.
Re-live Cardozo's goal then vote for Cardozo’s goal by clicking here, or text the code ‘G5’ to 22442.