Weekly Update: August 31, 2010
CHIVAS USA TO FACE SEATTLE SOUNDERS IN U.S. CUP SEMIFINAL: Fresh off a 1-0 victory over D.C. United in league play, Chivas USA will travel to face Seattle Sounders FC in a crucial U.S. Open Cup semifinal matchup this Wednesday, Sept. 1. The match will take place at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PT. With a victory, the Red-and-White would face the winner of the other semifinal, being played earlier on Wednesday between the Columbus Crew and D.C. United at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C.
RED-AND-WHITE WITH OPEN CUP HISTORY AGAINST SEATTLE: Chivas USA has not allowed a goal to Sounders FC since the team entered MLS at the beginning of the 2009 season, owning a 2-0-2 record (W-L-T) against Seattle. However, the two clubs met in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the 2007 and 2008 seasons, with the USL version of the Sounders coming away with victories both times. Seattle won 3-1 in 2007 and 2-0 in 2008, and both matches were played at Starfire Sports Complex, the site of this Wednesday’s matchup.
SOLD-OUT MATCH TO BE BROADCAST ONLINE: Seattle Sounders FC announced on Monday that Wednesday night’s semifinal against Chivas USA is sold out. The game will be broadcast via live videocast on the Sounders’ team website at SoundersFC.com, and Red-and-White fans can also follow along via Chivas USA’s official Twitter account, @cdchivasusa.
U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL HOSTS?: With a win on Wednesday at Seattle, Chivas USA would have a shot at hosting the championship match, depending on the result of the other semifinal between Columbus and D.C., which will be played three hours before. If the Red-and-White earn the victory and Columbus wins, Chivas would host the Crew in the final on Tuesday, October 12 at The Home Depot Center. But if D.C. and Chivas both win, the Red-and-White would travel to the nation’s capital on Wednesday, October 6.
CRITICAL WIN ON SUNDAY COMES FROM JUSTIN BRAUN’S EIGHTH GOAL: Justin Braun’s 13th minute header held up as Chivas USA captured a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Sunday night at The Home Depot Center. The striker scored his team-leading eighth goal of the MLS season, looping a header from the top of the box over D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins, while Zach Thornton earned his fifth shutout of the season at the other end of the field. With the win, Chivas USA continues to keep its playoff hopes alive, improving to 6-11-4 (W-L-T) on the season, good for 22 points, just one point behind the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference with a game in hand.
FROM SEATTLE TO DENVER FOR WESTERN CONFERENCE MATCHUP: After the U.S. Open Cup Semifinal match against the Seattle Sounders, Chivas USA will travel to Denver to face the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 6:00 p.m. PT in a game that will be broadcast on FS West (Delay, 7:30 p.m. PT), live on KWHY and W Radio 690 AM. Colorado (8-6-7) is currently in fifth place in the Western Conference with 31 points and is currently holding the last playoff spot in the conference.
BUSY HOME SCHEDULE INCLUDES PAIR OF LEAGUE GAMES: Chivas USA will return home for three matches in quick succession, starting with the New England Revolution on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Center, then facing Chivas de Guadalajara in an exhibition at PETCO Park in San Diego on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m., and finishing the busy stretch against the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or for tickets to any Chivas USA match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com/tickets.
CHIVACLÁSICO IN SAN DIEGO COMING ON SEPTEMBER 14: Chivas USA and Club Deportivo Guadalajara of the Mexican First Division will square off in the second ChivaClásico, to take place on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. PT at PETCO Park in San Diego. Guadalajara, recent finalists in the Copa Libertadores, will visit Chivas USA for the second time in as many years, having captured a 2-0 win at the Rose Bowl Stadium last year. The match is being presented in partnership with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, and tickets are available at both cdchivasusa.com/chivaclasico and padres.com.
ROMERO TO PLAY WITH EL SALVADOR IN LOS ANGELES: Chivas USA midfielder Osael Romero has been called up to play for the Salvadoran National Team in next week’s international friendly matches against Honduras on Sept. 4 at the Los Angeles Coliseum, and against Guatemala on Sept. 7 at RFK Stadium in Washington D.C. Romero will miss the MLS-league game against the Colorado Rapids on Sept. 4. Romero has been called up by El Salvador head coach José Luis Rugamas and will join El Salvador’s training camp on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in Los Angeles and will return with the Red-and-White on Wednesday, Sept. 8, ahead of the Sept. 10 match against the New England Revolution.
DE LA FUENTE MAKES THE JUMP TO THE FIRST TEAM: Last week, Chivas USA announced the signing of former Chivas USA U-18 Team member Bryan de la Fuente of Bell, Calif., as a Home Grown Player. De la Fuente, 18, has played in the Chivas USA Youth System for the past three years, and has experience with the United States Under-20 National Team and in the Chivas de Guadalajara youth teams. De la Fuente becomes the fourth former Chivas USA youth player on the club’s first team roster, joining local products Carlos Borja (Anaheim), Jorge Flores (Anaheim), and Cesar Zamora (Sylmar). Another former member of the Chivas USA youth system, Gerson Mayén (Los Angeles), is currently on loan at Miami FC.
YOUTH CALL UPS: Chivas USA midfielders and Home Grown Players Cesar Zamora and Bryan de la Fuente have been named by Head Coach Thomas Rongen to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team roster for an upcoming four-team tournament in Peru. The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will travel to Arequipa on Sept. 1 and face Paraguay on Sept. 6, Colombia on Sept. 8 and Peru on Sept. 10. More information on the team and the tournament can be found here.
CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE: AUG. 31-SEPT 10*
Following is Chivas USA's latest schedule of travel, events, matches and practice sessions:
Tuesday, August 31: Travel to Seattle, Wash.; Training, 6:00 p.m., Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Wash.
Wednesday, September 1: Chivas USA @ Seattle Sounders FC, 7:30 p.m. PT, Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash.
(LIVE on SoundersFC.com)
· Red-and-White looks for a spot in first-ever final in club history
Thursday, September 2: Training, 11:00 a.m., Starfire Complex, Tukwila, Wash.
Friday, September 3: Training, 9:15 a.m., Starfire Complex, Tukwila, Wash.; Travel to Denver, Colo.
Saturday, September 4: Chivas USA @ Colorado Rapids, 6:00 p.m. PT, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Denver, CO.
(TV: LIVE on KWHY and W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 5:30 p.m. PT on W Radio; Delayed on FSW, 7:30 p.m PT)
· Red-and-White to face the Colorado Rapids in crucial Western Conference matchup at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Sunday, September 5: Travel to Los Angeles
Monday, September 6-Thusday, September 9: TBD
Friday, September 10:: Chivas USA vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. PT, The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
(TV: LIVE on KDOC and KWHY, and W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 7:00 p.m. PT on W Radio)
· Red-and-White to looks to maintain Playoff hopes against Eastern Conference rival
*Subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all times Pacific, all events scheduled for The Home Depot Center, with media access provided after games and training sessions.