MLS Regular Season
Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin surprised many, including the fourth official, as he went into the SuperClásico last Saturday rocking his new mustache. Galaxy midfielder David Beckham was also spotted with a mustache/beard. Who wore it best? You decide! (P.S- You can follow Blair’s moustache on Twitter: @GavinsMustache)
— Gavin's Mustache (@GavinsMustache) May 22, 2012
— Ben Zemanski (@zmnsk21) May 21, 2012
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on match: “I was really pleased with the way we started the game, I thought we came out very aggressively. We were able to make ourselves pretty dangerous, pretty early and for most of the time, we were on the verge of being quite dangerous. When things didn’t go our way, we didn’t fold, we didn’t crumble, we didn’t back down, we just re-grouped and came again. It was a very satisfying win for the team in a number of ways. It was a very strong, very committed and determined performance. I think our group was extremely solid, extremely committed to getting out of this thing with a shutout.”
Importance of winning the SuperClasico: “It’s big. I think I underestimated the level of rivalry between these two teams when I first got here. I was surprised by the nature of comments after our first game last year and it was very evident that there was very little respect for this club. The only way to get respect is to go out and earn it, and I thought that they did a good job of that tonight.”
On Califf’s performance: “I’ve known Danny for a long time. I’ve seen him play in some big arenas and his decision making has gotten to be very good with the experience that he’s had. It was great to see him step in and look extremely comfortable as you’d like to see an experience center back come in.”
On Agudelo’s Debut: “I think Juan had a good debut. He’s a player who wants to be on the ball. He’s a very attack-minded player, he’s got very solid feet. You could see there were times when he wanted the ball, he wants to make things happen. I thought his impact was immediate and we’re extremely excited to have him.”
Thought’s on team’s defensive performance: “I thought it was very resolute. I thought they did a very good job of adapting as the night went on. I thought as a group, not just the defenders, but the entire team did a good job of reading things that were dangerous. I’m really proud of their defensive performance.”
On Correa’s performance: “For a kid who’s 19 years old, he’s not afraid of contact, he’s not afraid to go up against big, strong center backs and put his body in harm’s way. He’s energetic, he’s enthusiastic and just three weeks into his MLS career, he’s certainly showing well.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD – JOSE CORREA
Thoughts on second game and second goal: “I feel great and very happy about starting in this league just how I wanted. As a forward to score goals is the most important thing and I hope to continue playing like this for the team and the organization.”
On the play before the penalty when you receive the ball: “I kicked the ball and struck it well. The Galaxy defender was standing right on the goal line and he stopped it with his hand. The important thing I said is to score and to add points to the standings.”
CHIVAS FORWARD – JUAN AGUDELO
On first match with Chivas USA: “It was great especially to get a win against a team like the Galaxy. I just loved being a part of it. I just try to focus on the things that are on the field and what I do in the game. I was very grateful that I got the playing time that I got and got some chemistry with the players.”
LA GALAXY HEAD COACH - BRUCE ARENA
On what was the difference in the game: “I think the difference in the game is we did poorly with the chances we created. And in a game like that someone has to take advantage of it. Goal scoring opportunities, we had a couple of real good ones, certainly in the second half, and did poorly with them. The referee did an outstanding job, and I’m not sure I can ever say that in an MLS game but that was an appropriate penalty and send off.”
On the play of Sarvas and Juninho in central midfield: “I thought they did a good job tonight. They both had good games. It was a good game. It was a pretty even game for sure.”
On the attacking duo of Noonan and Donovan: “Pat did alright. Pat hasn’t played a whole lot for us but we thought he’d be a good combination with Landon. I don’t think that Landon was comfortable playing up top tonight, I don’t think he did well in terms of holding the ball in situations where needed it held. I thought he did better in the midfield in the second half. I thought Pat was solid. I thought Magee did alright. He got some pretty good chances, what more can you say. We have to stick one of those.”
On if this game was indicative of the season: “Yeah, I would say that. I think on the season our record is probably not real precise in terms of how we’ve played. I think we’ve played a little bit better than our record indicates. But tonight the difference in the game was taking a chance. We didn’t do it and give them credit. I think the referee did well on the call. I think perhaps he might have called a foul against our keeper on the play. When Perk went up their striker put his back into him a little bit, but fair enough.”
LA GALAXY MIDFIELDER - LANDON DONOVAN
Overall thought on the loss: “It’s kind of been the same old story. First half was not great for either side. They had the one chance off the post, but not a lot of chances. I thought we played really well in the beginning of the second half, and had some chances to score and didn’t. And then one kind of weird play and that determined the game and that’s kind of how’s it’s been all year.”
On the fairness of the red card and penalty kick call: “From what I hear it was a hand ball. So if you put a hand ball off the line he has to give him a red card. It’s kind of harsh because it’s hard for David to react, it just kind of hits him, but that’s the way it goes and it’s unfortunate.”
On the play of Chivas USA: “They are kind of what we expected. Juan obviously gives them a different element and Danny, we know Danny well, he’s a good leader and does a good job back there. But, we had chances to score and unfortunately we keep giving up the first goal and it’s making it real tough. Can’t fault the effort, the effort was great just for whatever reason it’s not going our way and we have to keep going.”
LA GALAXY DEFENDER DAVID - JUNIOR LOPES
On what happened on the play that led to the penalty kick and red card: “What happened? Everyone saw it. There was a loose ball following a block, their forward shoots it and I was in front of the goal line and didn’t have time to react to get my hand out of the way. The ball went straight to my hand, it came at me very fast. That’s what happened. The fault was mine. It was my hand. I was the one who got a red card. I very sad about what happened.”
On if the infraction was fair: “It’s complicated. I don’t want to say yes or no, but it was a very fast ball and straight to my hand. I wasn’t trying to put my hand on the ball, it just went straight to my hand. It’s complicated. I would say yes, it’s fair, if I were going out of my way to stop the ball, but probably no when it just hits you in the hand, which is what happened, so it’s very complicated.”
LA GALAXY GOALKEEPER - BRIAN PERK
On the loss: “It’s tough. It hurts. Thought we played well, created a lot of chances, didn’t give up to many chances and one blunder by me cost us the game pretty much.”
On the penalty kick: “I went down the middle because I thought he saw me move the one before so I figured I would leave early and go down the middle. He took it well. He didn’t put it next to me.”
On what Chivas did well to get the win: “They kept the ball well and created a few chances and it’s just real unfortunate. I thought we deserved at least a point, probably three, so that’s hard right now.”
On the quick turnaround and playing San Jose on Wednesday: “That’s probably the beauty of it. We have another game on Wednesday and another chance to get three points so we can look forward to that and put this one behind us.”
Highlights from Chivas USA's 1-0 SuperClásico win
In the six year history of the grand LA rivalry, both teams have notched a total of 52 goals, making it an average of 2.36 goals per match. The top goalscorers for Chivas USA against the Galaxy are Ante Razov with five goals, followed by Maykel Galindo (3), and Francisco ‘Panchito’ Mendoza (2).
Chivas USA foward Alan Gordon scored the 50th goal of the SuperClásico on October 3, 2010. The Red-and-White fell 2-1 in this match.
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).
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: