Weekly Update: August 2-9
CHIVAS USA TOPS EASTERN CONFERENCE LEADING CREW AND TURNS TO TORONTO: On the heels of a huge 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, Chivas USA now turns its attention to a difficult road test at Toronto FC on Saturday. The Red-and-White will take a four match unbeaten run in MLS play (2-0-2) into BMO Field in Toronto for a game that kicks off at 1:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, August 7, and will be broadcast live on Prime Ticket, TeleFutura, and W Radio 690 AM. The match will mark the first time that Chivas USA has faced off against former head coach Preki, who has led Toronto to a 6-5-5 record in his first season at the club, good for third place in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Chivas USA is finding its footing under Head Coach Martín Vásquez, as the team just finished a busy month of July with a 4-1-3 (W-L-T) record in all competitions during the month.
YOUTH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN CHIVAS WIN OVER COLUMBUS: As Chivas USA took what Head Coach Martín Vásquez called the team’s “biggest win this year” over the Columbus Crew on Saturday, standout performances from several young players drove the club forward. Forward Justin Braun, 23, scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 37th minute, rising above a pair of Crew defenders to head home from 10 yards. Rookie midfielder Blair Gavin, 21, doubled the lead just before halftime as he took advantage of a defensive miscue to sneak the team’s second goal. The game was put beyond doubt in the 53rd minute when Carlos Borja, 22, who was filling in for the suspended Mariano Trujillo, scored his first professional goal. The Red-and-White also had rookie Ben Zemanski, 22, play a key role in shutting down Crew forward Guillermo Barros Schelotto.
RED-AND-WHITE TO RETURN HOME ON AUGUST 14 AGAINST SEATTLE SOUNDERS: After facing Toronto on the road this weekend, Chivas USA will return to The Home Depot Center on Saturday, August 14, for a 7:30 p.m. PT matchup against Seattle Sounders FC. The Red-and-White will look to maintain its advantage over Seattle in the crucial Western Conference matchup; in three all-time meetings between the clubs in MLS, Chivas has a 2-0-1 record (2-0-0 at home) and has yet to concede a goal to the Sounders. Special Family Packs are available to fans with tickets starting at just $14.50 per person; for more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.
‘MARCH TO THE MATCH’ WITH BAND OF THE GAME AND FANS STARTS AT 6:30 ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 14: 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 South El Monte 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 Saturday, August 14, 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.
‘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 PLAY TURN IN STRONG PERFORMANCE AT SUM UNDER-17 CUP IN HOUSTON: The Chivas USA Under-17 Team earned an excellent 3-1-0 (W-L-T) record at the SUM Under-17 Cup, held last week in Houston. The tournament included 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. The Red-and-White earned wins over the New England Revolution and Toronto FC before dropping a result to the host Houston Dynamo, and then Chivas closed the tournament with a victory over the New York Red Bulls. At the same time as the SUM Cup, another Chivas USA youth player was helping the United States Under-20 National Team, as Bryan de la Fuente played an important role for the U.S., which last week won the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
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 July 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 INAUGURATES NEW STADIUM AND CONTINUES COPA LIBERTADORES RUN: Chivas de Guadalajara inaugurated the new Omnilife Stadium with a 3-2 win over England’s Manchester United last Friday, July 30. The match included Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández playing for the Rojiblancos in the first half (when he scored a goal), and 10 minutes of the second half with the English club. Next for Guadalajara is the second-leg semifinal match of Copa Libertadores against U de Chile on Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. PT at the Estadio Nacional in Chile. Guadalajara came to a 1-1 draw with the Chilean team last Tuesday in the Azteca Stadium. Chivas de Guadalajara will continue action in the Mexican First Division on Saturday, August 7 against San Luis. For more information on Guadalajara, please visit www.chivascampeon.com.
CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE: AUGUST 3-9*
Following is Chivas USA's latest schedule of travel, events, matches and practice sessions:
Tuesday, August 3: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field TBD
Wednesday, August 4: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field TBD
Thursday, August 5: Travel to Toronto
Friday, August 6: Training in Toronto, Time and Location TBD
Saturday, August 7: Chivas USA @ Toronto FC, 4:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. PT), BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
(TV: LIVE on Prime Ticket and TeleFutura; Radio: W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 12:30 p.m. PT on W Radio)
- Red-and-White currently on four match unbeaten run in MLS play after earning 3-1 win over Crew
- Will be first match against former head coach Preki, now in charge at Toronto
Sunday, August 8: Travel to Los Angeles
Monday, August 9: [Day off]
*Subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all times Pacific, all events scheduled for The Home Depot Center.