Practice Report: October 12

Chivas USA practiced with a split squad, some of the players scrimmaging the L.A. Blues

In preparation for the match against Seattle Sounders on Friday, Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez used a split squad during practice Tuesday.  While the starters and substitutes went through a short and focused training session, the reserves prepared for a scrimmage against local side L.A. Blues Soccer Club.

For the players not involved in the scrimmage, practice began with a brief warm-up as the sun broke through Carson’s morning fog.  Coach Vasquez then led his players through a small-sided match using big goals, giving the team the opportunity to focus on build-up and finishing.  Next, the coaches set up different stations and the players split up to work on position-specific skills like crossing, follow-through and possession.

The scrimmage against L.A. Blues, played under an increasingly hot sun, was split into three thirty-minute periods.  The Blues played well and had a few opportunities in the first period, but Chivas USA dominated the second and third periods with numerous chances.  The Goats took the lead on a Carlos Borja penalty kick early in the second period, and controlled the game the rest of the way to win 1-0. 

After practice Sal Zizzo talked about his increased minutes of late, and looked ahead to the match at Seattle.  Zizzo played against Seattle in the US Open Cup last month, although not at Qwest Field, a venue about which the young midfielder has heard great things. 

“From what I hear, it’s just amazing up there,” said Zizzo. “I’ve seen it on TV, it looks like a crazy atmosphere.”

Chivas USA will play San Jose on Tuesday following the match in Seattle, before returning home to host the Chicago Fire for the Goats’ last game of the 2010 season.  For more information on that match or to buy tickets, click here.