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:
We know, we know. Like every other week, Kennedy’s heroics haven’t gone unnoticed and are nominated for MLS Save of the Week. With two games played last week and seven saves, which one Kennedy’s heroics was nominated for MLS Save of the Week? The save that received the nomination was from last Sunday’s match at D.C. United in the 13th minute, when NickDeLeon struck a shot from outside the 18-yard box. Luckily for the Goats, Kennedy’s cat-like reflexes were able to reach for the ball and take it out for a corner kick, avoiding D.C. to take an early lead.
So now that you know the details, what are you waiting for? Cast your vote now by clicking here.
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The morning after facing D.C. United, Chivas USA Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy headed to Memphis, Tennessee to visit the young patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of MLS W.O.R.K.S.
Ambassador Kennedy’s day started off in the Target House of St. Jude Hospital, where more than 100 families are housed, free of charge, while their children recover in the neighboring hospital. Kennedy then headed to St. Jude where he was given a tour of the hospital before getting down to business. From 2-4pm, Dan met several patients (and soccer fans) that are being treated or recovering from various life-threatening diseases. Although he was there to visit all the patients he could, there was one little guy in focus, Archie. The eight-year old patient from Atlanta was the main visit that the Chivas goalkeeper had planned throughout the day. A soccer-related conversation later, Dan gave an excited Archie an autographed jersey, and for the memory, the photograph (above- photo courtesy of MLS W.O.R.K.S.)
In this Saturday’s match against Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center, Dan will welcome Drew (11) and Brooke, two former patients of St. Jude, before the game in what will be Children’s Cancer Awareness Night. Make sure to look out for Dan and his two guests Saturday night!
Who was your Ortho Defender of the Match against D.C. United? Cast your vote for Dan Kennedy, Jorge Villafaña, John Valencia, Ben Zemanski or Danny Califf here:
Chivas USA returned to George Mason University for its second practice this morning ahead of tomorrow's match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium to conclude their week-long road trip. With a record of 7-14-7 and 28 points, the Red-and-White's opportunities to gain points are running out. After Sunday's match there are five games remaining in the season, including a Wednesday, Oct. 3, match at Vancouver, which Chivas USA trails by nine points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA arrived in D.C. Thursday afternoon and held a morning practice today on the campus of George Mason University in preparation to face D.C. United, Sunday, at RFK Stadium. The Goats trail D.C. in the all-time series at 4-7-3, but in the last six meetings have a 4-2-2 record against United. The last time the two clubs met in September of 2011, the Goats rallied from two goals down thanks to two second half goals by Juan Pablo Angel.
In 14 head-to-head matches, the clubs have combined to average a little over three goals per match. The series, however, has not been just offensive, as seven clean-sheets have been recorded - four by D.C. and three by Chivas USA. Current D.C. forward Maicon Santos played with Chivas USA in 2009 and part of 2010, appearing in 19 games for the Red-and-White. No current player on Chivas USA's roster has played for United.
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
On conceding the late goal: Really, in the first half I thought we were very much in control of the game. We created some very good opportunities. In the second half, we didn’t control the game as well. We didn’t take care of the ball well enough in the second half like we did in the first half. Inevitably, that’s going to lead to you being under pressure more. Then obviously, the goal --the way it came and the time it came-- it was devastating.
On coaching from the stands: It was difficult. Even on the bench, you feel like you don’t have a ton of control anyway once the game starts. That’s the great thing about soccer; it’s a game of improvisation. Sitting up in the stands, it was difficult. I guess I really didn’t appreciate how difficult it was going to be. Certainly from that high, you get a very good view and you can see little things that we stopped doing that we did very well in the first half that we didn’t do as well in the second half. As a result, we put ourselves under a lot of pressure.
MIDFIELDER - NICK LABROCCA
On pushing for a win to move out of last place in the Western Conference: It’s all about momentum and building it. We could have gotten a win or a tie. That would’ve helped us get a little more confidence. Obviously, this isn’t going to help that, but it’s a better performance from us I think. We just need to get after on Sunday against D.C.
CHIVAS USA DEFENDER - DANNY CALIFF
On Chivas USA’s current direction: We’ve been going through a really rough stretch and I thought we played quite well throughout most of the game. I think we certainly dominated the first half and parts of the second half. This one hurt quite a bit.
As you might’ve already noticed, we really push our fans to vote for our very own Dan Kennedy for MLS Save of the Week. And the upcoming week (we hope) will be no different. So, we’re just giving you a head’s up. Tonight’s result was difficult; yet another last minute goal that sinked the team to yet another loss. But as always, it could’ve been worse if it weren’t for Kennedy’s heroics.
How about this save that Kennedy had in the 42nd minute of the match when the Crew’s Arrieta headed a cross by Gaven? Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to make that save.
So if Dan’s save would be nominated for MLS Save of the Week, would you vote for it? Or do you have another candidate?
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