HEAD COACH ROBIN FRASER
Thoughts on the game: “I don’t think we played as well as we would liked to have, but every point counts and I’m really proud of the effort. I think we fought to the bitter end and as I said the soccer wasn’t great, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter, it’s three points. A well earned three points by a hard working group.”
On the game plan: “I think you always have to or want to play a certain style and play in a certain manner. We had moments where we did OK, but for the most part we didn’t connect as well as we needed to, we didn’t keep the ball in certain areas of the field where we needed to, and at the end it just became a bit of a street fight for us. To the player’s credit, they really hung in there and fought.”
On goalkeeper Dan Kennedy: “Dan’s been very good all year. Obviously he made the All-Star Team because of it. He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I’ve been saying this all year. As you’re building your team you need to make sure you stay in games, and as you’re building your style of play, you need to make sure you stay in games, and certainly Dan’s done a great job of allowing us to do that.”
DEFENDER DANNY CALIFF
On scoring the goal: “It’s fantastic. The couple times I’ve been here before have not turned out very well at all for me, so it was great to come out tonight and get on the score sheet. It’s been a while, the first game [I have scored in] since last year, so it feels great to come in, in a really difficult place to play and be able to get three points.”
On getting the win despite Portland’s statistical edge: “You see it in soccer sometimes where teams can throw everything and the kitchen sink and have lots of opportunities and lots of shots on the night and nothing will fall, and the other team can have one or two chances and put them away and walk away with the victory. That’s the cruel beast sometimes.”
On having played the Timbers twice in quick succession: “It helped to have played them recently. I think the personnel they put out tonight didn’t change much from when we played [on July 18], maybe just one or two changes. So that was good in knowing how to match up with them and things like that, but coming in here and playing them is completely different than at your home place. It’s an intimidating atmosphere, it’s a great place to play, there’s so much energy, so for us it’s an incredible result.”
Chivas USA arrived Friday at JELD-WEN Field in Portland for a light evening workout in preparation for its Saturday 8 pm PT match-up against the Timbers. The Western Conference battle is a pivotal match for both squads, especially the Goats, as they remain in striking distance of a playoff spot. The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in four out of their last five matches, including two wins and since May 13 are unbeaten in eight of ten.
With a win the Rojiblancos would sweep the season series against Portland, as they have taken the previous two matches this year – one at home and the other on the road. The two teams last faced each other in a July 18 match, which Chivas USA won in a 1-0 shutout at The Home Depot Center.
“It’s an important game for us,” said defender Danny Califf. “Portland is near us in the standings and they are Western Conference opponents, it’s going to be really important to give it a real solid effort and get three points.”
Defender Ante Jazic is proving he’s still got it. Just today, Jazic received his fourth call-up of the year for the Canadian National Team’s friendly with Trinidad and Tobago scheduled for Wednesday, August 15 at the Central Broward Regional Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
"It’s always a privilege to get called-in by your National Team,” said Jazic. “I’m looking forward to playing with the guys, we have a good group. We started the qualification process off well and we’re looking to build momentum with this friendly against Trinidad and Tobago.”
In his international career, Jazic has made 28 appearances with the ‘Reds,’ participating in the team’s first matches in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy played 45 minutes in the 2012 MLS All-Star Team's 3-2 victory over English Premier League's Chelsea FC today in PPL Park in Philadelphia.
Chivas USA’s own goalkeeper Dan Kennedy will participate in tonight’s 2012 MLS All-Star game against English Premier League’s and FA Cup Champion Chelsea FC at 5:30 p.m. PT in PPL Park in Philadelphia. Dan received his first call-up to the All-Star Team on Sunday, July 15, when Head Coach Ben Olsen selected the Yorba Linda native. The match will be televised live on ESPN2 and Telefutura.
So far in the season, Dan has made 61 saves for the Red-and-White and has 1.11 goals against average, maintaining himself among the top five goalkeepers in the league.
On behalf of everyone at Chivas USA, good luck Dan!
Even though last Saturday’s loss in the second SuperClásico of the season was tough, there is somewhat of a bright side: midfielder Paolo Cardozo’s goal against his old club, and first ever MLS goal is now nominated for MLS’ Goal of the Week.
Cardozo’s goal came just in the 52nd minute when the Red-and-White were down 2-0. Midfielder Ryan Smith went past three Galaxy defenders to give the pass to the Uruguayan who was just at the 18-yard line, and struck a shot that goalkeeper Josh Saunders could not stop.
Re-live Cardozo's goal then vote for Cardozo’s goal by clicking here, or text the code ‘G5’ to 22442.
Chivas USA Youth Academy defenders Adonis Amaya, Malcolm Jones and forward Bradford Jamieson have joined the United States U17 week-long Training Camp that kicked-off yesterday July 22 and will conclude Sunday, July 29 at The Home Depot Center.
The young Goats join the 40-man roster which consists of players from 30 different teams; both Chivas USA and New York Red Bulls provide three players each. All three young Goats participated with the Red-and-White in the team’s fourth participation of U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy Finals Week.
U-17 MNT Training Camp Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Jeff Caldwell (NC Fusion), Marius Heislitz (Georgia United), James Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes); Abraham Romero (L.A. Galaxy)
DEFENDERS (12): Adonis Amaya (Chivas USA; Westminster, Calif.), Jordan Cano (FC Dallas), Bryce Cregan (PA Classics), Malcolm Jones (Chivas USA; Chino Hills, Calif.), Elijah Martin (Cal Odyssey), Jorge Miranda (Real So Cal), Shaquell Moore (Cobb FC), Tommy Redding (FC America Premier), John Requejo Jr. (Real So Cal), Gonzolo Rolon (Cal Odyssey), Peter Schropp (Omaha FC), Tyler Turner (South Central Premier)
MIDFIELDERS (13): Mukwelle Akale (Minnesota Thunder), Rece Buckmaster (Indiana Fire Academy), Omar Castro (Plant City FC), Junior Flores (McLean Youth Soccer), Angel Heredia (San Jose Earthquakes), Zach Jackson (Texas SC Houston), Guyllain Kabala (New England Revolution), Christopher Lema (New York Red Bulls), Cameron Lindley (Indiana United), Aaron Meyer (FC Dallas), Rolando Munoz (L.A. Galaxy), Jake Rozhansky (Olney Boys & Girls Club), Ben Swanson (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (11): Corey Baird (San Diego Surf), Mario Da Silva (Parkland Predators), Malcolm Dixon (New York Red Bulls), Sebastian Elney (Boca United), Bradford Jamieson (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Brian Pacheco (Pateadores), Dalton Pando (CDA), Rubio Rubin (Westside Metros), Ahinga Selemani (CSA Wolves), Wesley Wade (New York Red Bulls), Alan Winn (Solar Chelsea FC)
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts on game: “In the first half I thought we were a little too passive. In the second half pressure was much better and we were able to force their defenders to make difficult decisions and we were able to win some turnovers. In the first half I thought that we turned the ball over too many times and in bad spots. I felt like in the second half through our pressure we were able to win more balls further up the field and that always makes a difference.”
On Chivas USA’s performance after Galaxy’s first goal: “For the rest of the half we had moments where we just turned the ball over in bad spots and kept ourselves under pressure. In the second half we certainly had a very bright spell, where we were aggressive and obviously scored the goal. We created some chances, we had been pushing for a while there. We definitely had good moments but at the end of the day, again, self-inflicted wounds, I feel like is the story for us.”
On the team’s chemistry: “We know what we have to do in terms of building up with the ball and we just have to execute. When we executed it was good, and for us in the second half, we executed quite well and we put ourselves in pretty good spots, but when we don’t execute we put ourselves in trouble.”
DEFENDER – ANTE JAZIC:
Thoughts on game: “We didn’t play well today, the Galaxy applied pressure they dictated the game. We showed them too much respect, we let them have too much time on the ball and they dictated the tempo where we had to do a lot of defending. The game got stretched out, which favors them, and overall not a great night for us. We weren’t very compact; we didn’t make it very hard on them.”