Weekly Update: July 26 - August 1
CHIVAS USA FACES COLUMBUS CREW ON SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE HOME DEPOT CENTER: After a visit to Salt Lake, Chivas USA returns home this Saturday, July 31 to take on the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. The Red-and-White are currently riding a three match unbeaten streak in league play, while the Crew have won two straight, both at home. A special Kids Pack is available for Saturday’s game, where fans can get one free kids ticket (16 and under) with the purchase of an adult ticket, all starting at just $15. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the game, visit cdchivasusa.com or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.
RED-AND-WHITE PLAY DECISIVE MATCH TONIGHT AT SUM UNDER-17 CUP IN HOUSTON: The Chivas USA Under-17 Team is currently playing at the SUM Under-17 Cup in Houston, and has started off the tournament with a pair of victories. The tournament includes teams from each of MLS’ 16 clubs split into four groups, with the winner of each group advancing to the semifinals and other teams squaring off in placement matches. In the Red-and-White’s first match on Friday, the team earned a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution, and on Saturday, the team beat Toronto FC 3-0. Chivas now will face the host, Houston Dynamo, later today, with the winner of the match advancing to the tournament semifinals. For more information, stay posted to cdchivasusa.com.
‘MARCH TO THE MATCH’ WITH BAND OF THE GAME AND FANS STARTS AT 6:30 ON SATURDAY, JULY 31: A new tradition has come to The Home Depot Center in 2010, with Chivas USA fans, the Union Ultras supporters group, and the Band of the Game (the Bell Senior High School band), all gathering for the ‘March to the Match.’ With everyone making noise and getting ready for the match, all fans are encouraged to join the group when it leaves from Lot 11 at 6:30 p.m. PT on Thursday, July15, continuing this new event which will occur prior to every home match the Red-and-White play. Join the hardcore fans and the Band of the Game for the March to the Match! For more information, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.
RED-AND-WHITE CAPTURE A DRAW AT REAL SALT LAKE THANKS TO PADILLA STRIKE: Entering one of the most difficult places to play in MLS, Chivas USA was able to come away from Rio Tinto Stadium with a 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night. The Red-and-White fell behind to RSL in the 66th, but a Jesús Padilla strike just four minutes later knotted the game. RSL has not lost at Rio Tinto Stadium in more than a year, and has a 12-0-7 record in its last 19 MLS games at home. Padilla’s goal was his fourth of the season, good for second on the team behind Justin Braun, who has six. Three Chivas USA players made their 2010 MLS debuts in the game, with Giancarlo Maldonado, Rodolfo Espinoza and Paulo Nagamura all entering the starting lineup for the Red-and-White. Recap | Notes | Reaction
CHIVAS USA ACQUIRES MIDFIELDER SAL ZIZZO IN WEIGHTED LOTTERY: Last Wednesday, Chivas USA acquired Sal Zizzo, a 23-year-old midfielder with experience in Europe and with the United States National Team, in a weighted lottery. Zizzo, most recently with Hanover 96 of the German Bundesliga, is expected to be eligible to play in Chivas USA’s July 31 match at home against the Columbus Crew. Zizzo is a Southern California product who earned All-CIF honors in Soccer while at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego and then played two seasons at UCLA, being named an All-American his freshman year.
CHIVAS USA FINISHES SUPERLIGA TOURNAMENT WITH A RECORD OF 1-1-1: Chivas USA has plenty of positives to take from SuperLiga 2010, finishing with a 1-1-1 record in its three matches in the annual tournament which features some of the top teams from MLS and the Mexican First Division playing for one of the biggest purses in the region. Taking advantage of the opportunity to rotate players and try new lineups, Chivas USA was also able to integrate recent signings Giancarlo Maldonado, Rodolfo Espinoza, and Paulo Nagamura, who all made an impact; Espinoza earned two assists in three games, while Maldonado scored the only goal in the Red-and-White’s 1-0 win over Pachuca on Wednesday, July 21. While the team earned four points from its three games, Chivas USA fell short of advancing to the semifinals, finishing third in its group behind Houston (7 points) and Puebla F.C. (6 points).
‘CHIVAS AT THE PARK L.A.’ CONTINUES SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 AT THE MAR VISTA RECREATION CENTER IN MAR VISTA: Chivas USA continues the popular ‘Chivas at the Park L.A.’ program, and next up into the series of soccer clinics taking place in various parks throughout Los Angeles will be a session on Saturday, August 7 at the Mar Vista Recreation Center in Mar Vista in Los Angeles. The clinics, which offer participating boys and girls ages 5-15 the opportunity to learn soccer techniques and practice drills that highlight teamwork in an environment that promotes the importance of fitness for the entire family, cost just $5 and include 90 minutes of soccer instruction, a Chivas at the Park t-shirt, and a certificate of completion. For more information, please visit the program’s website, or contact Nadia Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RED-AND-WHITE LOOK TO OPEN CUP SEMIFINAL ON SEPTEMBER 1: After earning a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium in Houston on June 6, Chivas USA has advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the first time in club history. Next up for the Red-and-White is a difficult road match at the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, September 1, which will be played at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The win over the Dynamo was the first time Chivas USA had ever won a match in Houston, and featured two goals from Justin Braun and a third from Michael Lahoud. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which is recognized as U.S. Soccer’s National Championship, is an annual competition open to all amateur and professional soccer teams affiliated with U.S. Soccer.
CHIVAS DE GUADALAJARA WITH BUSY SCHEDULE AS SEASON OPENS: Chivas de Guadalajara has started the 2010 Apertura season with a 0-0 draw at home against Puebla F.C., and now looks to a difficult Copa Libertadores battle against Universidad de Chile tomorrow at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. The match against U de Chile is in the semifinals of South America’s most prestigious club competition, and kicks off at 6:15 p.m. PT on Tuesday. Chivas also will face Manchester United this Friday in Guadalajara at Chivas’ brand-new stadium, with Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, who joined Man U from Chivas earlier this year, to play one half for each team. For more information on Guadalajara, please visit www.chivascampeon.com.
CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE: JULY 27-AUGUST 1*
Following is Chivas USA's latest schedule of travel, events, matches and practice sessions:
Tuesday, July 27: [Day off]
Wednesday, July 28: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Thursday, July 29: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Friday, July 30: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Saturday, July 31: Chivas USA vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m. PT, The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
(TV: LIVE on Prime Ticket and KWHY; Radio: W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 7:00 p.m. PT on W Radio)
- Columbus Crew currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference, while Chivas USA is unbeaten in last three MLS matches
- The match will include a special ‘Kids Pack’ offer, giving fans a ticket for a child 16 and younger free with the purchase of an adult ticket
Sunday, August 1: [Day off]
*Subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all times Pacific, all events scheduled for The Home Depot Center.