With a little over a month until the first MLS match of the season, Chivas USA hit The Home Depot Center’s Field 6 for Day 10 of preseason.
Coach Jose Luis ‘Chelis’ Sanchez Solá spoke with the team prior to starting practice and explained what the objective was for that training: improve fitness and passes. Since the start of preseason, Chivas USA President Jose David has enjoyed the team’s training, watching the team work together to improve on a daily basis. And so far, he likes what he sees.
“I’m very happy with the way the team has been coming together,” said David. “Chelis has brought this unique way of training and the players have embraced it very well. We can’t wait to get the 2013 season started.”
Chivas USA will return to training on Tuesday to continue preparing for their upcoming scrimmage, scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. against the Santa Clarita Storm at The Home Depot Center Field 6. Fans are welcome to come out and support the Red-and-White; entry and parking are at no cost. To get the latest updates on Chivas USA’s training sessions and upcoming games, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa
In the second part of his interview, Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola spoke to FutbolMLS.com’s Diego Pinzon about Bruce Arena, the importance of the SuperClasico this season, fans and preseason. Watch the second of his interview below (English subtitles included).
Click here to watch part one of Chelis’ one-on-one.
En la segunda parte de su entrevista, el director técnico de Chivas USA Jose Luis Sanchez Solá hablo con Diego Pinzon de FutbolMLS.com sobre Bruce Arena, la importancia del SuperClasico en esta temporada, los aficionados y la pretemporada. Ve la segunda parte de la entrevista:
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We’re less than one month away until Chivas USA face the Colorado Rapids in the first preseason match against an MLS team. The match is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas and will kick-off the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge.
The last time Chivas USA faced Colorado was at The Home Depot Center when the Rapids defeated the Red-and-White 2-0 on October 20. In the first of three encounters in 2012, the Rapids took a 4-0 win in Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Juan Pablo Angel scored in the second encounter for the final 1-1 draw with the Rapids.
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Chivas USA selected Paul Islas from Fresno Pacific University in the MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday morning as the only forward selected in the draft.
“I was watching the live feed and the draft tracker on the website and it was having trouble loading up,” said Islas to FPUathletics.com. “I started getting all these texts saying congratulations and I had no idea what they were talking about until someone finally said I got drafted by Chivas USA.”
In 2012, Islas played in 19 games (18 starts), scoring 22 goals and adding 12 assists, a collegiate personal best. In his four years at Fresno Pacific, the Fresno native disputed a total of 69 games (64 starts), scored a total of 55 goals, and sums 33 assists.
In the match below, Islas scored two goals for Fresno, helping the team earn a spot in the NCCAA West Finals:
Chivas USA announced today the acquisition of midfielder Eric Avila in exchange for Nick LaBrocca. Avila joined the Goats for the start of training camp last Friday and has since been training with the club.
Although young, Avila brings vast experience to Chivas USA, spending four seasons with FC Dallas (2008-2011) and two with Toronto FC (2011-2012), playing a total of 96 games (33 starts), notching five goals and adding 11 assists to his career. With Ryan Smith no longer with the club, Avila will be fighting for a spot in the midfield against Frenchman Laurent Courtois.
Avila is not a stranger to The Home Depot Center; he joined Chivas USA’s U19 squad back in 2005 before he enrolled in UC Santa Barbara. In his first year with the Gauchos, Avila helped UCSB win their first national after scoring the game-winning goal in the Division I National Championship match.
With Chivas USA, fans can expect Avila to score at least one goal; the San Diego native has scored one goal every year since 2009. How many goals will he score with the Red-and-White in 2013?
First up in the MLS Supplemental Draft, Chivas USA selected Jose Diaz as the second overall pick of Tuesday’s draft. The University of California at Riverside defender played a total of 62 games (58 starts) in his collegiate career with the Highlanders. In 2012, he scored three goals, a personal best for Diaz.
Check out a few highlights from Diaz at UCR:
-From Corona, Calif.
-Major: Mechanical Engineering
-Lists favorite Kobe Bryant, Manny Ramirez, and Mikah Richards as his favorite athletes
-Enjoys eating Mexican food
-Hobbies include playing video games
-Most memorable sporting achievement was connecting on a game-winning goal at the last minute
Chivas USA selected defender Joe Franco from California State University, Northridge in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft on Tuesday morning.
Check out a few match highlights from Franco in his time with CSUN:
Here are few facts about Franco:
-Played in all 21 games (all starts) in the 21 matches of 2012
-Was named Big West Defender of the Year
-Franco is from Monrovia, Calif.
-Favorite European team is Manchester United
-Lists “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as his favorite television show
-Follow him on Twitter: @Jo3Franco
After last week’s MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, Chivas USA now turns to the Supplemental Draft scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 21st starting at 11 a.m. PT. The Red-and-White currently have the second, 19th, 21st, 40th and 59th overall selection in the Draft.
Chivas USA’s most notable Supplemental Draft pick was back in 2005, when goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was selected by the Red-and-White in the fourth round. Just last year, the Red-and-White ‘keeper had over 109 saves in 32 games and has had two consecutive seasons of over 100 saves.
Who will Chivas USA select this year? Click here to follow the Supplemental Draft Tracker LIVE and make sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: @cdchivasusa
FutbolMLS.com’s Diego Pinzon spoke with Chivas USA’s head coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá about the team’s philosophy that the Red-and-White will have in this new era and about Juan Agudelo’s possible European transfer. Watch the first part of the interview below (English subtitles included):
Diego Pinzón de FutbolMLS.com habló con el director técnico de Chivas USA Jose Luis Sánchez Solá sobre la filosofía que tendrán los rojiblancos en esta nueva era y la posible salida del delantero Juan Agudelo. Vea la primera parte de la entrevista:
It was a hard-fought match as Chivas USA’s sister club, Chivas de Guadalajara came to a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul on Sunday evening in Estadio Omnilife in their third match of the 2013 Clausura tournament in Liga MX. The visiting team finished the match with nine players on the pitch, after two Cruz Azul players received a second yellow card, leading to their ejections. With the draw, Chivas sits in the 13th spot in the general standings and has yet to win their first match of the season.
Guadalajara opened up the match maintaining most of the possession and having the better chances at goal, but it was Cruz Azul’s Javier Orozco who notched the first goal of the match in the 31st minute. Just before halftime, Chivas forward Rafael Marquez Lugo dropped a ball with his chest with his back to goal and did a half turn to notch the equalizing goal in the 40th minute. The draw marked yet another unsuccessful year for Cruz Azul in Guadalajara, since the team has not defeated Chivas in Guadalajara since 2009.
The Mexican Goats will now prepare for their next match visiting Monarcas Morelia, who took a 2-1 victory in their last match. Morelia currently sits in ninth place in the standings with a 1-1-1 record.
Check out Marquez Lugo’s equalizing goal: