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19 September 7:30 de la tarde

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?

If you haven’t seen it, take a look:

19 September 7:21 de la tarde

Another heart breaking last minute goal in today’s 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew that takes Chivas USA to their fourth consecutive loss. Many might think that there aren’t any positives to take from the match, but how about Miller Bolaños performance tonight? Although our usual candidate Dan Kennedy had a great game, tonight’s CDChivasUSA.com’s Man of the Match is Miller Bolaños. Since the start of the match, he was quite dangerous on the attack, taking shots on goal and making passes. In the second half, Bolaños headed back to collect balls and look for the winner.

Take a look at one of Miller’s shots on goal that you’ll probably spot later next week nominated for MLS Save of the Week:

18 September 5:27 de la tarde

This past weekend, Chivas USA culminated its 5th year of Chivas at the Park Soccer Clinics. As a result of the program, 23,000 boys and girls in the Los Angeles area received affordable soccer training and learned how to live healthier lifestyles. Chivas USA is looking forward to continuing to work with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Mayor’s Office next year. Thanks to everyone that participated and made these clinics so successful!

18 September 1:24 de la tarde

 

Chivas USA arrived in Columbus Monday evening on schedule for its match on Wednesday night against the Crew. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm PT at Crew Stadium. The Goats held a light afternoon practice Tuesday at the Columbus Crew Training Center at Obetz, Ohio. The Goats lead the all-time series at 6-4-4 and are unbeaten in the last three matches against Columbus. The last two games between the Red-and-White and the Black-and-Gold resulted in ties, with the last meeting being played to an exciting 3-3 draw in Columbus. Current Goats Nick LaBrocca and Jorge Villafaña each had a goal in the contest.

17 September 4:28 de la tarde

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16 September 9:30 de la mañana

ASSISTANT COACH – GREG VANNEY:

Thoughts on the game: “Up until the penalty call I thought we were pretty good controlling the game defensively, they weren’t very dangerous. We found a couple of opportunities, one in front of the goal with Miller’s [Bolaños] ball rolled in and Casey’s [Townsend] header that [Jon] Busch made a great save. I thought we were creating good chances and we were in control of them in our defensive final third, they weren’t finding great opportunities on our goal I don’t think Kennedy had made a save until that point.”

On the referee’s call: “The frustration there is obviously having seen the replay one of our players put us in a tough situation. The referees make a call of frustration and none of the officials actually involved in the game really saw it. It was the fourth official I think called it from midfield. I’m not really sure how that plays out or who has what responsibilities. I know the other two linesmen and center referee didn’t actually see the play. That’s frustration on both sides in terms of where the call came from and obviously our player putting us in that situation.”

 

MIDFIELDER – SHALRIE JOSEPH:

Thoughts on the game: “It’s frustrating, we didn’t do enough to come out tonight with points. Offensively we created a little bit of chances; we just weren’t able to score.  The referee changed the game with a call like that [penalty], and after that we were in a hole and we were just trying to push numbers trying to create more opportunities and get a goal, but it didn’t come for us tonight. We need to hold our heads up and try for next week.”

On the penalty: “I don’t know what to say to be honest, I’m going to have to look at it again and I’m sure Coach [Fraser] is going to do the same. You don’t change a game like that; you don’t just make a call like that. The game was going fine until he [the referee] made a change like that. It was frustrating to have a penalty called with the ball not even close to the goal line. It’s frustrating, but the guys kept battling, the guys kept fighting and we weren’t able to pull it off tonight but we will be better next week.”

On Coach Fraser’s absence in the second half: “Robin has been there on and off the field, and Greg Vanney has done a great job being Assistant Coach. He can replace Robin like that, they work off each other. I understand why Robin had to do what he did, that’s just part of being a coach, sticking up for your players.”

On playoffs: “The good thing about it is that the possibility is still there, we just have to pick our heads up and keep working hard. We have a quick turn around next week in Columbus; we just have to pick our heads up and try to win the next one.”

 

MIDFIELDER – NICK LABROCCA:

Thoughts on the game: “I thought we played really good. The penalty changed the game a little bit. It changed how we need to come out, it opens us up a little more and we have to get that tying goal.”

On Coach Fraser’s absence in the second half: “At the end of the day it’s the players out on the field trying to do a job and get wins and we didn’t do that today.”

12 September 7:37 de la tarde

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. 

 
The Goats are gearing up for Saturday night’s third and final meeting with Western Conference rival, the San Jose Earthquakes, on Mexican Independence and African Heritage celebration night. The clubs played to a draw in the first meeting, with the Quakes taking the last meeting. Chivas USA holds the all-time series edge 6-4-5 and since 2008 have lost just twice in 11 matches against San Jose.  
 
INJURY REPORT AS OF SEPT. 11

QUESTIONABLE: Danny Califf (R HS); Tim Melia (Low Back)

PROBABLE: MF Ryan Smith (R HS); Peter Vagenas (R HS)

 
 
12 September 3:31 de la tarde

As the FIFA dates came to a close last night, Chivas USA players Ante Jazic and Oswaldo Minda closed their international duties for this month.

 
Defender Ante Jazic was once again in the starting line-up for the Canadian National Team in last night's tough 2-0 loss to Panama in Panama City. Previous to this match, the Reds maintained the lead of Group C in CONCACAF's, but after the loss, the team has fallen to third place with seven points, same as the Honduran National Team (goal differential). The Canadians will look to regain control of Group C when they face Cuba on Friday, October 12.
 
Meanwhile, midfielder Oswaldo Minda played all 90 minutes in Ecuador's 1-1 draw with Uruguay last night in Montevideo. With the draw, Ecuador maintained itself in third place in CONMEBOL's World Cup Qualifying standings. The first four teams qualify automatically to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Up next for Ecuador, is a match against sixth place Chile on October 12 in Quito, Ecuador.
 
Both Jazic and Minda are enroute to Los Angeles and will be eligible for MLS action for this Saturday's Chivas USA home match vs San Jose Earthquakes in The Home Depot Center.
12 September 1:19 de la tarde

Can you guess who this is? Write your answers below and you could be the winner of four (4) tickets to this Saturday’s Chivas USA match vs San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. in The Home Depot Center. Deadline is this Thursday, September 13 at 5pm! Write your answers in the comment box below and check back tomorrow to see if you’re a winner! Remember you can only submit ONE answer.

11 September 11:32 de la mañana

Just like last week, and the weeks before that, Chivas USA's Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is nominated for MLS Save of the Week!

In the 55th minute of last Saturday's match at Century Link Field against Seattle Sounders, Steve Zakuani had a run with the ball after receiving a pass from Fredy Montero. Zakuani then attempted to take a shot on goal but Dan was able to take the ball out for a Seattle throw-in.
 
Although Dan has been nominated in various occasions for Save of the Week, he has yet to earn his first MLS Save of the Week honor. If you'd like to see Dan win the honor this week, don't hesitate in clicking here and casting your vote for Dan.
 
Check out this week's nominees: