Surprise, surprise. Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is nominated for MLS Save of the Week for one of his many heroics in last Sunday’s game vs LA Galaxy. Although the final score doesn’t reflect the amazing job Kennedy did in the game, his save in the 37th minute to a Landon Donovan header was picked as a nominee. So far in the season, Kennedy has made 75 saves, and currently maintains 1.19 goals against average, keeping him among the top three goalkeepers in the league. Aside from his nod, Kennedy was also named to MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week for Week 23.
Last time we checked, that should be good for a call-up to the United States National Team (*cough* Jürgen Klinsmann *cough*)
Make sure to cast your vote for Dan Kennedy now and invite all your friends to vote for him; poll closes this Thursday, August 16 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to vote now
Black Army 1850’s support does not stop in The Home Depot Center with Chivas USA. Just last Sunday, the supporter group kicked off a canned food drive that will continue until the end of the season and hopefully, MLS Cup playoffs. All of the proceeds will go to the Los Angeles Food Bank for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.
If you would like to donate canned goods, make sure to stop by the Black Army’s tailgate located in the Northeast corner of The Home Depot Center before every home game and don’t forget to tell all your friends on Twitter using hashtag #GoatsFeedLosAngeles
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “First off obviously that’s embarrassing for the magnitude of this game to have the result fall the way that it did. It’s certainly not good enough. I think we started the game too tentatively and it just put us on the back foot from the very beginning.”
Moving forward: “It’s not like you can run and hide from these results, they are what they are, we have to move forward and, you have to really take accountability and be accountable for some of the things that went wrong. Through the four goals they were all turnovers, with little to no pressure and that’s not good enough for sure. In terms of our decisions with the ball they were not good enough; I think that there is plenty of blame to go around everywhere.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match tonight: “We were outclassed, we were lucky we got out of the game with a 4-0 score. I am at a bit of a loss for words. They just have a lot of class on their team. If you give them as many opportunities as we gave them tonight then they are going to put away some goals, and that is exactly what happened. The result was not much different from the last time we played them and that is what disappoints me the most. We learn from this and move on.”
Missing element to be able to knock in goal: “I think it’s become a little bit mental now, it’s on our minds and one of the problems that we are having. It is very frustrating. I know there was a point in the match where it was only 1-0 and we had a couple scoring opportunities that we did not capitalize on. Those are the opportunities that we need to finish to stay in a game like this. When you do not get those you continue to open yourself up and push for a goal, and that is when they scored the second, third and fourth.”
DEFENDER – DANNY CALIFF:
Thoughts on match: “It looked like essentially the same game as last time. It felt like a track meet and we made the same mistakes as we did before. We had a couple really good opportunities in the second half and a good fifteen minutes but we just didn’t convert. We were not able to move the score up 2-1, and they just took control of the game again.”
Will be Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Colby O’Donis! That’s right. The creator of the song “What you Got” featuring Akon will be singing the American national anthem this Sunday, August 12 for the SuperClásico. Colby has also participated in hit songs like Lady GaGa’s Grammy-nominated hit “Just Dance.”
Check out Colby's hit single:
Chivas USA’s Dan Kennedy and Juan Pablo Angel were joined by LA Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez in a press conference held today in The Home Depot Center ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico. As the four players walked into the TV Studio the tension and awkwardness was felt instantly in the room full of media members [see photo above].
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was the first to open the conference to talk about the team’s defensive line saying, “We’re among the best because there’s a great relationship within the team. Galaxy has a great attack, as we saw in the last game… But I’m confident in our group.”
When asked about the importance of the SuperClásico and whether he wants to score against his former club, forward Juan Pablo Angel stated, “Clásicos are meant to be won, not played… I don’t care if I score; I just want to win.”
Yet another exciting edition of the BarraClásico was disputed last night ahead of this Sunday’s SuperClásico match. For those that don’t know, the BarraClásico is a trio of games between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy Front Office staff and Supporter Groups.
Chivas USA’s Front Office took yet ANOTHER win last night, this time with a 4-3 final score. It was the Marketing Department’s time to shine as Promotions Coordinator and Front Office top goal scorer Kevin Ramirez scored his two goals (adding to the two he scored in previous editions); Street Team member Jesus also scored a pair for the Front Office adding to his two goals he counted with.
Meanwhile, Black Army 1850 was looking for their first victory of the year against the LA Riot Squad. The match was looking like a 1-1 draw (BA goal scored by Angel Mendoza), but the Galactic supporters took the 2-1 victory in the last minutes.
Last match of the day was between Union Ultras and the Angel City Brigade. The Ultras had lost their first match 1-0, but took a 3-1 victory in the second. The third match ended in a 1-1 draw, but due to goal aggregate that BOTH teams agreed on, the Ultras took the Supporters Trophy.
Joining the Supporters, Chivas USA Forward and Captain Alejandro Moreno as well as Cesar Romero were in attendance last night. On behalf of Chivas USA, we’d like to thank everyone who came out to support our club. Now it’s on to getting the win the win this Sunday! Arriba las Chivas!
[Rusty Navarrette and Jose Arce discuss match strategy for tonight’s match]
Chivas USA’s staff is busy all day working for our fans, which also includes preparing for tonight’s final match. As we get closer to kick-off for the last Front Office match between Chivas USA and LA Galaxy, one must wonder, who’s gonna play?
Here’s the Red-and-White Front Office line-up:
Roy; Alex P, Alex Gallegos, Jesus; Rusty, Paris, Frank, Kevin; Arce, Ben
On bench: Asis (C), Gary, Veronica, Joseph
Let’s go guys! Get that sweep!
Just one more day ‘til show time and who’s the team #1? None other than our All-Star Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Season Seat Holders will be able to meet and greet Kennedy for the first time at The Home Depot Center since he left to become the hero in this year’s MLS All-Star Game vs English powerhouse Chelsea. If you’re among the lucky Season Seat Holders that will be in attendance for tomorrow’s event, make sure to stop by the field and say hello to Kennedy, the man that has helped the team be among the top best defensive lines in the league with 67 saves so far in the season.
We’re just two days away and if you’ve been a season seat holder with the club for the past two years, then you’ll know that this will be the second photo that you, as a lucky season seat holder, will take on the field and this year, it'll be with the team! Can it get better than that? Come to the event and you’ll find out all the other surprises we have in store for you!
If you haven’t RSVP’d to the event, make sure to get your name on the list by calling Gary Gomez at (310) 630-4581.
Looking back to our 2011 calendar, this year hasn’t been as bad for Coach Robin Fraser. Don’t you want to come back and join him on his third season with the Red-and-White? Coach Fraser has helped lead the team to becoming the best defense in the Western Conference. Wouldn’t you want Chivas USA to be the top in the league? Then Coach Fraser is the answer. Come meet the former U.S. international defender this Saturday for the Season Seat Holder Meet the Team Event. He’ll be waiting to meet you!