A little over a year ago, Chivas USA lost U-18 defender and team captain Julio Chavez in a tragic car accident in Modesto, Calif. But on Sunday night, Chivas USA had the honor to welcome Chavez’s surviving family, parents Francisco and Isabel Chavez, as well as his four siblings Francisco, Claudia, Rafael and Cecilia.
The family was presented a special captain’s armband, specially designed in honor of Chavez by local artist Uriel Bautista, before the start of the match, armband that goalkeeper Dan Kennedy will wear in Sunday night’s match. Additionally, all Red-and-White Youth Development team captains will wear the armband for the upcoming 2014/15 USSDA season that kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 6 in Bell Gardens.
Chávez, who had been a part of Chivas USA’s Youth Academy for over three years, worked hard to become what he always dreamed of, a professional soccer player. In the 2012/2013 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, the Modesto, Calif. native played 13 games (eight starts) since an ACL tear cut his season in half.
Despite his injury, Chavez, who lived with a family in Southern California, continued attending his team’s training sessions in the City of Bell Gardens and was even able to recover ahead of planned. Outside of the field, Chavez was a great student, graduating from Birmingham High School in 2012. His performance in the classrooms and on the field led him to earn a full scholarship to attend the California State University in Los Angeles.
The Chivas USA organization welcomes the Chavez family and remembers the forever captain.
Hace poco más de un año, Chivas USA perdió al defensa y capitán de la Sub-18 Julio Chávez en un trágico accidente automovilístico en Modesto, Calif. Pero la tarde del domingo, Chivas USA tuvo el honor de darle la bienvenida a sus padres, Francisco e Isabel Chávez, al igual que a sus cuatro hermanos, Francisco, Claudia, Rafael y Cecilia.
La familia fue presentada con una banda de capitán especialmente diseñada por el artista local Uriel Bautista antes del arranque del partido, banda que el arquero Dan Kennedy portará en el partido del domingo. Además, todos los capitanes de la Academia de Desarrollo Rojiblanca portarán la banda durante la temporada 2014/15 que arrancará el 6 de septiembre en Bell Gardens.
Chávez, había sido parte de la Academia de Chivas USA por más de tres años, trabajando arduamente para convertirse en lo que más soñaba, ser futbolista profesional. En la temporada 2012/2013 de la Academia de Desarrollo de la Federación de Futbol, Chávez, originario de Modesto, había disputado 13 partidos (ocho de ellos como titular) ya que una ruptura de ligamento cruzado anterior cortó su temporada a la mitad.
A pesar de su lesión, Chávez, quien vivía con una familia en el Sur de California, continuaba asistiendo los entrenamientos de su equipo en la Ciudad de Bell Gardens y pudo recuperarse de su lesión más pronto de lo planeado. Fuera de las canchas, Chávez era un gran estudiante, graduándose de la Preparatoria Birmingham el año pasado. El desempeño en las aulas y en las canchas no se fueron apercibidas, y estaba listo para asistir a la Universidad Estatal de California en Los Ángeles con una beca completa.
La familia de Chivas USA le da la bienvenida a la Familia Chávez y recuerda al eterno capitán.
Last April 19, Chivas USA’s U13 captured the 35th Edition of the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup for the first time in Red-and-White history. After six hard-fought games, the Red-and-White earned a 1-0 win over TSC Hurricane in the championship game, with the lone goal being scored by regular season lead scorer, Misael Becerra. Becerra’s finish not only captured the Red-and-White’s third Academy title, but it’s now being considered one of the best goals in the tournament.
Take a look at both goals nominated in the video below and vote for the best goal!
El pasado 19 de abril, la Sub-13 de Chivas USA se coronó campeón de la Trigésima Quinta Edición del Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup por primera vez en la historia del club. Después de seis partidos fuertemente disputados, los Rojiblancos obtuvieron un triunfo por el mínimo marcador sobre TSC Hurricane en la gran final, con el único gol anotado por el máximo goleador de la temporada regular, Misael Becerra. El gol de Becerra no solamente le dio a la Academia Rojiblanca su tercer título, pero ahora está siendo considerado como uno de los mejores goles del torneo.
¡Ve ambos goles nominados en el video de abajo y vota por el mejor gol!
El Primer Equipo de Chivas USA recibió una grata sorpresa después de la sesión de entrenamiento del viernes al ver a más de 50 niños esperándolos para conocerlos. Los jóvenes, junto a sus padres y entrenadores, llegaban proveniente de Chivas Pomona, club afiliado a Chivas USA que incluye los equipos Sub-9, Sub-10, Sub-11 y Sub-13.
Los futuros talentos del fútbol llegaron justo a tiempo para presenciar el inicio del entrenamiento de los Rojiblancos a las 9:30 de la mañana del viernes. Como invitados especiales, el grupo obtuvo la oportunidad de bajar a la cancha y ver de primera mano como entrenan los futbolistas profesionales. Los niños vieron con ansias el entrenamiento, señalando a sus jugadores favoritos y esperando que el balón llegase a ellos para poder regresarla.
Una vez el Director Técnico José Luis Real dio por finalizado el entrenamiento, el ansía y la felicidad de los jóvenes crecieron por momentos. Uno por uno, los jugadores de Chivas USA se fueron acercando para saludar al grupo y así tomarse fotos y firmar autógrafos con los chicos que algún día podrían ser como ellos.
Chivas USA sostendrá su último entrenamiento de la semana este sábado previo a su encuentro del domingo ante los New York Red Bulls. Para todas las noticias sobre Chivas USA, asegúrate de seguirnos en Twitter: @cdchivasusa.
Chivas USA’s First Team received a pleasant surprise after Friday’s training session upon seeing over 50 kids waiting to meet them. The youngsters, along with their parents and coaches, were visiting from Chivas Pomona, affiliate club of Chivas USA which includes U9, U10, U11, and U13 teams.
The future soccer stars arrived just in time when the Red-and-White’s training session kicked off at 9:30 in the morning on Friday. As special guests, the group obtained the opportunity to go down to the field and watch first-hand how professional soccer players train. The kids anxiously watched training, pointing out their favorite players in the squad and waiting for the ball to come near them so that they could kick it back.
Upon Head Coach Jose Luis Real calling the end of the session, the wish and happiness of the kids increased by the moment. One-by-one, the Chivas USA players approached the group and began taking pictures and signing autographs to the young players who dream of becoming professionals one day.
Chivas USA will host their last training session of the week on Saturday morning ahead of Sunday’s match against the New York Red Bulls. For all the latest updates on Chivas USA, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa.
Chivas USA’s BU15’s reached the Arsenal FC Spring Classic showcase final over the weekend. The young Goats kicked off action on Saturday, defeating Rebels White 5-1 in Diamond Valley Sports Park. Later that day, Chivas USA played Roadrunner United FC to a 2-2 draw. After the first day, Chivas finished first in the Flight B group and moved on to the next phase.
On Sunday, the Red-and-White returned to the field and defeated HG Eagles 5-0 in the semi-final match and advanced to the final championship game, but fell 2-0 to an undefeated Golden State U15 Platinum.
Ivan Gutierrez lead the young Goats as the top goal scorer for the team in the showcase with four goals and two assists; Orlando Perez and Bryan Galindo each scored two goals, while Dylan Juarez, Arturo Garica, Jason Ballejo and Frank Lara each notched one for Chivas USA.
Chivas BU15 are off this weekend, but will return to action in the Southern California Development Soccer League on Saturday, April 7 when they host CZ Elite at 10 am at Whittier Soccer Complex. You can follow all the latest Youth Academy updates and news on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth.
Chivas USA’s Youth Academy held its second of three I.D. Camps on Monday evening at Veterans Park in Pomona in search of talent within the 1999 & 2000 categories. The U14 team formed will be participating in U.S. Soccer Development Academy in the 2013/2014 season that starts in September.
In the second camp, about 60 potential players participated, an increase from the first tryout camp held in January. With coaches from all age categories present, the staff was very pleased with the outcome and the talent level. About five to six new players that impressed the staff will be contacted and invited to come out and train with the current U14 team, led by Coach Hugo Perez, Jr.
“We are looking for smart soccer players, players who make good soccer decisions on and off the ball, good attitude, good work rate and of course has to be very technically sound with the ball,” said U16 coach Mike Munoz.
Chivas USA will host one more I.D. Camp for the U13/14 Team on Monday, April 22. If you or someone you know, would like to join the Red-and-White Academy, click here to register now. Make sure to follow all Youth Academy updates on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
Chivas USA Youth Academy forward Caleb Calvert was named U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy’s Player of the Week after a superb performance with the U18 squad last weekend.
Calvert, 16, recently joined the U18 team after playing the first half of the 2012-2013 season with the U16’s. On Saturday, the young Goats earned their first win of the year thanks to two goals from Calvert, helping lead the team to the final 2-1 victory over Crossfire Premiere. The following day, the Phelan, Calif. native repeated himself and notched another two goals, this time against Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s U17/18 Team. The Red-and-White took a 3-2 victory over the Canadian team and now hold a 7-5-5 (W-L-T) record and sit in fifth place of the Southwest Division.
Before joining the U18 squad, Calvert had scored 13 goals with the U16s, becoming the top goal scorer for the young team.
Nicknamed “Rooney,” Calvert has a bright future ahead. Make sure to follow Calvert’s progress in the Academy by following Chivas USA’s Youth Academy on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
Over 40 aspiring young soccer players joined Chivas USA’s Youth Academy on Monday night for the first I.D. Camp of three scheduled through the first half of the year. The camp was designated to find player’s for the new Chivas USA U14 squad that will take part in U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2013-2013 season starting in September of this year.
Nerves and excitement emerged as both participants and their families saw First Team coach Jose Luis ‘Chelis’ Sanchez Solá arrive in the tryouts. Chivas de Guadalajara Youth Director Jose Luis Real joined Chelis for the tryouts, and expressed his amazement with Southern California talent. Aside from Sanchez Solá and Real, all Youth Academy coaches oversaw the tryouts, with Youth Director Sacha van der Most having the final word.
“The tryouts were great, all the kids were super excited, especially with Chelis there,” said U16 coach Mike Munoz. “We had five or six kids that really caught our eye, and we’re going to keep in touch with those players and see what talent we find in the other camps.”
Chivas USA will host two more I.D. camps in Pomona for the U14 team; click here to register for future camps and make sure to follow the Youth Academy on Twitter: @ChivasUSAYouth
If you don’t have a Twitter account, check out the top tweets from this week that might make you want to join the social media platform and keep the conversation going. Just remember, you can follow Chivas USA (@cdchivasusa) for the most up-to-date news:
On Wednesday, November 28 was the final day to re-new or pick up player contracts. Our most active tweeters posted their excitement on coming back to the Goats:
Option picked up for another year.Can't wait to start next season!
— Ante Jazic (@AnteJazic) November 28, 2012
Option picked up for next year! #ManOnaMission
— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) November 29, 2012
— Heather O'Neill (@originalhoneill) November 28, 2012
Yup, so are we. Anyone else?
Still eating leftovers..
— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) November 27, 2012
Translation: “People in LA wear sunglasses even when it rains.” True LA story, Laurent. And you know you live in California when you see girls wearing boots in 85 degree weather. We’d have to use the hashtag: #firstworldproblems
Les gens a LA portent des lunettes de soleil meme quand il pleut.
— laurent courtois (@laurentcourtois) November 29, 2012
Dan Kennedy might’ve not won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and we think we just found out the most legit reason:
Clearly MLS voting committee or Simon Cowell or whomever is in charge of voting GK of the year was distracted by Dan Kennedy's chiseled jaw.
— DreamboatDan (@DreamboatDan1) November 28, 2012
Chivas USA’s U16 and U18 teams headed to Florida this week for Saturday’s U.S. Soccer Federation Winter Showcase. From LA, we wish the squads the best of luck!
getting after it on our sports session planner...cranking sessions out left and right...
— MikeE Munoz (@MikeEMunoz) November 27, 2012
— Eric Gonzalez (@ericgo28) November 30, 2012