It’s never too early to start preparing for a match as Chivas USA returned to The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 today for another day of training. The team is off this weekend due to the FIFA date this Friday, but has already started preparing for the next match against Colorado Rapids set for Saturday, Oct. 20. The Goats had Monday off, but had an offsite session at a local beach on Tuesday.
It was a cloudy and windy morning as the Goats started training off with warm-ups and a light run before splitting into groups of five for passing drills. After this exercise, the squad split into two groups for a short scrimmage; all players except for goalkeepers, participated in this exercise. The team was then split into four squads to have two separate scrimmages in reduced spaces, with goalkeepers present at goal.
Midfielder Miller Bolaños was out of today’s training as he continues receiving treatment. Meanwhile, defender Danny Califf returned to training after missing last Wednesday’s game at Vancouver due to illness. After training, CDChivasUSA.com caught up with Califf who said he’s happy to be back to work.
Defender Ante Jazic and midfielder Oswaldo Minda weren’t at training, as they are currently with their respective national teams. Jazic and the Canadians will face Cuba this Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT; Minda and Ecuador will match up against Chile on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT.
Upon their return from Vancouver Thursday afternoon, Chivas USA returned to practice this morning ahead of this Sunday’s match against FC Dallas in The Home Depot Center.
The starting eleven in last Wednesday’s match at Vancouver reported directly to the facility’s gym at 10 a.m. sharp. Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim Liston led a set of exercises that included stretching and weight training.
Meanwhile, the rest of the team reported to Field 6 for training with Head Coach Robin Fraser and Assistant Coach Greg Vanney. Three players that did not join practice were Tim Melia, Casey Townsend and Ryan Smith, who are all listed as injured. Melia is currently recovering from low back pain. As reported, rookie Townsend suffered a calf strain on Tuesday and was not able to make the trip to up to Vancouver. Last but not least, Smith is recovering from a concussion he suffered in the team’s last home game against Real Salt Lake.
Team returns to training tomorrow morning to make the final adjustments for this Sunday’s match. Click here to check out a few shots from both trainings this morning.
Chivas USA arrived early this morning at The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 for a final training session before flying to Vancouver. With training at 7:40 a.m., the team began warming up and then proceeded to one-touch passing.
Forward Casey Townsend picked up an injury during a scrimmage but continued training with team staff in separate exercises. Goalkeeper Patrick McLain continues filling in for an injured Tim Melia.
The team will arrive in Vancouver this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s match against Whitecaps FC at BC Place in the third and final match of the season between the two clubs. The first two games were played at The Home Depot Center; the first encounter was a 1-0 victory for the Whitecaps on March 17. Vancouver returned to Carson on July 7 and played to a scoreless draw with Chivas. The Goats have an overall record of 0-1-3 (W-L-T) against the Whitecaps.
After having Sunday off, Chivas USA returned to training this morning ahead of tomorrow’s flight to Vancouver. Upon their arrival in Vancouver, the Goats will not be able to train; therefore, all final preparations for Wednesday’s 7 pm match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC had to be set today. All players reported to today’s training with the exception of Ryan Smith who was attending Chivas USA’s first career panel of the year.
Training continued as usual, starting off with light warm-ups followed by short scrimmages. Players that went the full 90 minutes in last Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake had light training and were sidelined thereafter while the remaining group resumed training.
Goalkeeper Tim Melia was seen in full uniform, but did not train with the team. Melia has been out of training since mid-September for low back pain. Cdchivasusa.com asked Melia how his recovery was going and he responded, “I’ve been feeling good. There are days when I’m fine but then the next day, it’s not. I’m just taking it day-by-day.”
On another note, haircuts seem to be the trend in the Red-and-White locker room. Last week, it was defender Rauwshan McKenzie and Miller Bolaños, and now this week, Jorge Villafaña. Check out the photo:
It’s an annual ritual for every team to take a team photo, and on Wednesday it was Chivas USA’s turn. After practice, everyone headed to the locker room to prepare. Despite being the first one dressed and ready to go, Jorge Villafaña was the last one to step out onto the field for the photo. And to hush all of the rumors out there, General Manager Jose Domene was indeed a part of the team picture (and yes, he was wearing one of his many crazy pairs of socks- check out the photo below).
Expect the final photo to be available soon, but until then, here’s a behind-the-scenes photo gallery of what went down today:
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.
QUESTIONABLE: Danny Califf (R HS); Tim Melia (Low Back)
PROBABLE: MF Ryan Smith (R HS); Peter Vagenas (R HS)
Yet another exciting edition of the BarraClásico was disputed last night ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico match. For those that don’t know, the BarraClásico is a trio of games between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Front Office staff and Supporter Groups.
Chivas USA’s Front Office took yet ANOTHER win last night, this time with a 4-3 final score. It was the Marketing Department’s time to shine as Promotions Coordinator and Front Office top goal scorer Kevin Ramirez scored his two goals (adding to the two he scored in previous editions); Street Team member Jesus also scored a pair for the Front Office adding to his two goals he counted with.
Meanwhile, Black Army 1850 was looking for their first victory of the year against the LA Riot Squad. The match was looking like a 1-1 draw (BA goal scored by Angel Mendoza), but the Galactic supporters took the 2-1 victory in the last minutes.
Last match of the day was between Union Ultras and the Angel City Brigade. The Ultras had lost their first match 1-0, but took a 3-1 victory in the second. The third match ended in a 1-1 draw, but due to goal aggregate that BOTH teams agreed on, the Ultras took the Supporters Trophy.
Joining the Supporters, Chivas USA Forward and Captain Alejandro Moreno as well as Cesar Romero were in attendance last night. On behalf of Chivas USA, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to support our club. Now it’s on to getting the win the win this Sunday! Arriba las Chivas!
There are four days left to the Meet the Team event… so do you know when the event is? It’s this upcoming Saturday, August 4th! If you haven’t prepared for the big day, head over to the Team LA store in The Home Depot Center to buy your 2012 season jersey, scarf or whatever you want the team to autograph! They will all be here waiting to meet YOU!
Remember this event is for Season Seat Holders ONLY. If you haven’t sent your RSVP, feel free to contact Gary Gomez at (310) 630-4581
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.
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