It was a day full of smiles as Chivas USA’s supporter group the Union Ultras held their first ‘Dia de los Reyes’ (Three Kings Day) Toy Giveaway on Sunday afternoon in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sun Valley.
Before the event, CDChivasUSA.com spoke with Ultras representatives, who estimated that they had around toys for about 100+ kids. But on Friday and Saturday night, the Ultras began gathering more toys and gifts for the event, including donations from Chivas USA. On the big day, over 400 children were given a gift to celebrate the holiday.
“It was nice to see so many children smiling and happy,” said Ultras representative Julio Ramos. Also in attendance, the infamous ChivaFighter helped the Ultras put those smiles on children’s’ faces as he interacted with the kids and their families. Click here to view a gallery of the event.
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Chivas USA’s new Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, also known as ‘El Chelis,’ arrived in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon and reported straight to The Home Depot Center to get to work. The Mexican coach wanted to send a message to fans, but he has yet to learn English perfectly. Here’s a translation of what he said:
“Hello fans, I’m Chelis and I’m here in Los Angeles, in Carson and ready to begin this adventure. The only objective, the principal objective I have is that you have a great time in the stadium every weekend and that everyone has a team that they can identify with and that you have fun with the style of soccer we’re going to have. Thank you and I’m here to serve you.”
Come join Chivas USA Supporter Group Union Ultras in their first ‘Día de los Reyes’ Toy Giveaway this Sunday, January 6 in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Sun Valley. Members of the Union Ultras, members of the church, and the one and only, ChivaFighter will be in attendance! Don’t miss out on a great event!
What: Union Ultras Día de los Reyes Toy Giveaway
Where: Our lady of the Holy Rosary
7800 Vineland Avenue.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Time: 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the event or to make a donation, contact Union Ultras representative Julio Ramos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a long Holiday week, check out the top tweets of the week. From players to fans, we got you covered. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa. Click here to view a full list of Chivas USA players that are also on Twitter.
Merry Christmas to everyone!! Hope u spending this blessed day with family n love ones..
— Shalrie Joseph(@ShalrieJoseph21) December 25, 2012
Meanwhile, a few Chivas USA players took advantage of the Holiday break to travel:
— laurent courtois (@laurentcourtois) December 27, 2012
Next stop San Juan, Merry Christmas everyone!
— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) December 25, 2012
From the fans:
@cdchivasusa to all the CHIVAS USA Family Merry Christmas thanks for all the good memories Rebaño Gringo regardless of the bad season
— EL CHIVA MAYOR(@elchivamayor101) December 25, 2012
Want to wish all of my @cdchivasusa family a very merry Christmas !
— Abcdefg. (@SUPREMEPEREZ) December 25, 2012
Chivas USA fan John Sandate invited coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá over for a barbecue, and he accepted! Are we invited, too?
I'll admit it. I want to hug @elchelis & welcome him 2 my house for tamales. I would offer him pan dulce & egg nog.Mexican American style
— ELAC (@EastLAChiva) December 24, 2012
Chivas USA Youth Academy’s might be on Winter Break, but they are still making headlines. TopDrawerSoccer.com named U16 forward Alejandro Vergara among the top performers in Fall 2012. What other player will receive this honor? Find out in 2013!
— Chivas USA Academy (@ChivasUSAYouth) December 26, 2012
Jorge Villafana’s dream continued in 2012 in his sixth season with Chivas USA. This year, Villafaña saw himself play as a defender rather than his usual midfield position and participated in a total of 14 games (nine starts), notching one goal and adding one assist. His lone goal this season came in early October, as the Red-and-White hosted FC Dallas in The Home Depot Center. Villafana’s goal not only gave the Goats their first point in seven games, but it also snapped Chivas’ goalless streak of 600 minutes.
Villafaña was also part of the United States U23 squad that fought for a berth in the Olympics in London alongside fellow Chivas USA teammate Juan Agudelo. Unfortunately, the Americans were unable to qualify to the tournament for the first time since the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
Aside from a good season on the field, Villafaña and his wife welcomed baby girl Arely in early June making 2012 an unforgettable year.
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Since joining Chivas USA in 2009, defender Ante Jazic has become a solid and consistent member in the Red-and-White back line. This season, Jazic played in 27 matches (all starts), missing just seven games due to international duty and/or injuries.
Most recently, Jazic was nominated for the end-of-year Xbox Individual Fair Play award after going the entire season without receiving a neither yellow nor red card, a personal low for the Halifax, Nova Scotia native.
Aside from league action, Jazic was a key player for the Canadian National Team’s CONCACAF World Cup Qualification run. Les Rouges were eliminated from World Cup contention in the hexagonal, not before taking three wins, two losses and a draw, finishing in third place of Group C.
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You might not have seen much of him in the 2012 season, but goalkeeper Tim Melia made a case for himself becoming the starting goalkeeper for Chivas USA for the U.S. Open Cup and the final MLS games of the year.
Chivas USA once again reached the semi-finals of the U.S. Open Cup thanks to the heroics of one man: Tim Melia. In the club’s tournament run, the New York-native only allowed three goals. By the last two games of Chivas USA’s MLS regular season, a knee injury sidelined Dan Kennedy and allowed Melia to make his league debut.
Melia’s debut match in the league against Colorado Rapids ended in a 2-0 loss for the Goats on October 27. The team would then travel to Dallas for the final game of the year. In total, Melia made nine saves in two games, one of the top records for goalkeepers with just two games played.
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Since his first call-up to the United States National Team, forward Juan Agudelo has been considered the future of U.S. Soccer. And after Chivas USA acquired his services in mid-May from the New York Red Bulls, Agudelo has also become the future of the Red-and-White.
In his first match with the club, Agudelo began showing the spark that the Goats needed on the field, becoming a dangerous player on the pitch. His first goal with the club came just one week after his debut in the first match against Seattle Sounders off a cross by former Sounder James Riley.
And who could forget the final goal of the season in the dying minutes of the match at FC Dallas on October 28. The Goats were down 2-0 in the 90th minute of the match, but after a goal from Laurent Courtois in the 91+ minute and another by Agudelo in the 93+, the Goats were able to earn a final 2-2 draw.
After a stellar performance in the final game of the year, Agudelo received his first call-up of the year to the National Team for a friendly match in Russia. Agudelo provided an assist in a goal by Michael Bradley for the final 2-1 victory for the Americans.
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The day Chivas USA fans had been waiting for finally arrived. Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, also known as ‘El Chelis,’ was named the Red-and-White’s head coach Wednesday morning. Aside from the information you can find about Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola in the press release, here are a few facts about the new man in charge:
-He’s not a stranger to MLS action; back in 2010 while coaching Mexico’s Liga MX Puebla FC, Sanchez lead the team in the 2010 edition of SuperLiga where the team reached the semi-finals against New England Revolution. Does that ring a bell? Midfielder Shalrie Joseph was part of the squad that beat Sanchez’ former club but the match allowed the Mexican coach to see first-hand Joseph’s on-field abilities.
-Despite his very fashionable attire, just like Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara, Sanchez does not wear socks.
-Sanchez is a very disciplined man and coach. He attended military school from primary to high school.
-'El Chelis' lived in Canada for over six months, playing semi-professional soccer with First Portuguese.
-Aside from his love for soccer, Sanchez is also a fan of other sports. He lists the New England Patriots as his NFL team and follows the New York Yankees in MLB.
-He has three children; two women and one man (Isidro Sanchez, former midfielder for Puebla FC and of the Canadian National Team.)
-When he was studying to earn his coaching license, Sanchez would make the three-hour daily roundtrip to Mexico City from Puebla, never missing a class and graduating with honors. Dedication.
-He’s an avid tweeter. Sanchez is known for responding to both positive and negative feedback. Make sure to give him a follow: @ElChelis
It doesn’t surprise many to hear that Dan Kennedy’s saves kept Chivas USA alive in many games, and the second match against Colorado Rapids was no different.
The Red-and-White were down one goal in the 60th minute when Omar Cummings headed a cross by Hunter Freeman to the left side of the goal. Luckily for Chivas, Kennedy’s cat-like reflexes avoided that shot from hitting the back of the net. Fortunately for the Goats, Juan Pablo Angel notched the equalizing goal for a final 1-1 draw with the home team.
Check out the save that even left Omar Cummings at awe:
Which save in 2012 do you think should be nominated? Comment below and stay tuned for a poll at the end of our countdown!