Kennedy injury shuffles Chivas USA goalkeepers

Thornton set to step back into starting role, Guppy to back up

CARSON, Calif. – Dan Kennedy just can’t catch a break.

After missing all of 2009 with a right knee injury that he picked up in preseason, the Chivas USA goalkeeper has once again sustained a season-ending injury. Kennedy suffered a tear of the long head tendon of his left biceps in the 62nd minute of the Goats’ match against Toronto FC last weekend and underwent surgery on Thursday.

Kennedy had made seven appearances for the Red-and-White this season, posting a goals-against average of 1.21 during that time.

“I was happy for him to be able to step in and help the team do really well after what happened with his knee last season,” said Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton of Kennedy. “It was really unfortunate that he went down with the bicep injury.”

Thornton had been sidelined for almost a month with an injury of his own, but will likely return to the pitch against Seattle this coming Saturday.

“It’s been about four weeks since my high-ankle sprain,” said Thornton after training on Thursday. “I’m ready to go. I feel good.”

With Kennedy out for what looks like the remainder of the season, Chivas USA will be relying on third ‘keeper Kevin Guppy to back Thornton up. But having been with the squad off and on all season, Guppy should have no problems filling the role.

“He was here a bit last year and he’s been here on and off this year,” said Thornton. “Guppy is very solid and he trains hard. We all work well together. If something were to happen to me, Guppy would be ready.”