Weekly Update: October 12
CHIVAS USA TAKES ON SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC ON FRIDAY: Chivas USA will take on the Seattle Sounders this Friday at 8:00 p.m. PT at Qwest Field in Seattle. The Red-and-White are looking to build off the momentum of their 3-0 victory over Toronto FC and avenge a loss to the Sounders in the U.S. Open Cup on September 1. Seattle is on a four game winning streak in MLS play and is coming off a victory in the U.S. Open Cup final over Columbus, while Chivas USA snapped a three-game skid with a win against Toronto FC on Saturday, getting goals from Jorge Flores, Jesús Padilla, and Rodolfo Espinoza. Friday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, as well as W Radio 690 AM.
RED-AND-WHITE LOOK TO STAY UNBEATEN AGAINST SEATTLE IN MLS PLAY: Chivas USA will be looking to keep alive a streak on Saturday, having not allowed a goal to the Sounders since Seattle entered MLS at the beginning of the 2009 season. In four matches, the Red-and-White have a 2-0-2 record against Seattle, going 360 minutes without allowing a goal in MLS play. However, the two clubs met in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the 2007, 2008 and 2010 seasons, with the Sounders coming away with victories each time. Chivas USA won at the Home Depot Center last year 2-0 against the Sounders and the last two MLS matches between the clubs have ended in 0-0 ties, including the only previous MLS meeting between the clubs at Qwest Field.
CHIVAS USA TO FACE CHICAGO FIRE ON FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT ON OCTOBER 23: Chivas USA will play its final match of the season against rivals Chicago Fire on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. PT at the Home Depot Center. The game features two Mexican head coaches in Martín Vázquez for Chivas USA and Carlos de los Cobos for the Fire, as well as new Fire striker Nery Castillo. This will also be the last game for Brian McBride and Jonathan Bornstein as a member of their respective clubs, with Bornstein moving to the Mexican First Division with Tigres and McBride retiring from soccer. In addition, it will be Fan Appreciation Night at The Home Depot Center, and as a part of the festivities, thundersticks will be given out to the first 10,000 fans in attendance, courtesy of General Mills. There will also be prizes, raffles and giveaways throughout the game. For tickets to the match, click here or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.
SECOND HALF GOALS PROPEL CHIVAS USA TO VICTORY OVER TORONTO FC: Chivas USA snapped a three-game losing streak with a resounding 3-0 win over Toronto FC at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. Jorge Flores got the scoring started for the Red-and-White with his first goal of the season in the 51st minute. A pair of late goals, from Jesus Padilla in the 88th minute and Rodolfo Espinoza in the 90th minute, finished off Toronto. On the other side of the field, Zach Thornton recorded his seventh shutout of the season. Chivas USA is now 4-0 against Toronto FC at the Home Depot Center and with the win moved one point ahead of the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference.
OSAEL ROMERO REPRESENTS EL SALVADOR IN MATCH AGAINST PANAMA: Midfielder Osael Romero missed the Red-and-White’s win over Toronto FC on Saturday to play for the El Salvador National Team in a friendly against Panama. Panama won the match 1-0 and Romero played 87 minutes before being substituted off by head coach José Luis Rugamas. Romero will continue with El Salvador on Tuesday against Costa Rica before returning to Los Angeles on Wednesday.
CHIVAS USA SPENDS TIME WITH PATIENTS DURING SPINAL INJURY GAMES: Last Friday, Chivas USA participated in the Spinal Injury Games, an annual event organized by Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a non-profit hospital in Downey, CA. Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy played soccer with spinal injury patients while also visiting numerous other patients during the event. For a full story on Chivas USA’s participation in the event, and for more information on the games, please click here.
JONATHAN BORNSTEIN SET TO PLAY LAST THREE MATCHES FOR CHIVAS USA: Captain Jonathan Bornstein’s five year career with Chivas USA is coming to a close, and the defender has just three remaining matches with the club before joining Tigres UANL of the Mexican First Division starting in January. Since being drafted by Chivas USA in 2006, Bornstein holds the club record for games played (120), games started (115) and minutes played (10,437). In addition, he has scored nine goals and recorded nine assists during that time, while also earning 35 caps for the U.S. National Team. The UCLA alum and Los Alamitos native will play one final home game with Chivas USA, against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, October 23 at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or click here.
NAGAMURA INCHES CLOSER TO MLS RECORD FOR BRAZILIANS: Chivas USA midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who was reacquired by the team on June 25 after a six month stint in Mexico, has played a total of 143 regular season MLS games, the second-most all-time for a Brazilian player in the league. Nagamura, who has played 85 of his 143 games in a Chivas USA uniform, is just one match short of the leader, Welton, who played in MLS from 1996-2000. In 85 matches (81 starts) for Chivas USA, Nagamura has nine goals and seven assists, and scored his first goal since rejoining the team in the 2-0 win over the New England Revolution on September 10.
CHIVAS USA TO HOLD COACHING SEMINAR IN CARSON: Chivas USA will hold a coaching seminar on October 22-23 at The Home Depot Center providing coaches of all levels expert instruction from Chivas USA staff. The two-day event will feature on-field instruction, presentations from Head Coach Martín Vásquez, Assistant Coaches Carlos Juarez and Nick Theslof, and U-18 Head Coach Sacha van der Most, visits to a Chivas USA practice, and ends with the match against the Chicago Fire on Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. Seminar topics will include principals of play and player development, and the on-field session will work on technical training. The cost of the two-day seminar is just $75, and includes two tickets to Chivas USA’s match against the Chicago Fire. For more information on the program, or to register, please visit www.cdchivasusa.com/seminar.
CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE: OCTOBER 12 – 23*
Following is Chivas USA's latest schedule of travel, events, matches and practice sessions:
Tuesday, October 12: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Wednesday, October 13: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Thursday, October 14: Travel to Seattle
Friday, October 15: Chivas USA vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 8:00 p.m. PT, Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
(TV: LIVE on ESPN 2,ESPN Deportes, and W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 7:00 p.m. PT on W Radio)
- Red-and-White look to avenge 3-1 loss to Sounders FC in the Open Cup
Saturday, October 16: Travel to Los Angeles
Sunday, October 17: TBD
Monday, October 18: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Tuesday, October 19: Travel to San Jose
Wednesday, October 20: Chivas USA vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 7:00 p.m. PT, Buck Shaw Stadium, San Jose, CA
(TV: LIVE on KWHY, Prime Ticket, and W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 6:30 p.m. PT on W Radio)
- Red-and-White look to sweep the Earthquakes in MLS play
Thursday, October 21: Travel to Los Angeles
Friday, October 22: Training, 10:00 a.m., Field 6
Saturday, October 23: Chivas USA vs. Chicago Fire, 8:00 p.m. PT, The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA
(TV: LIVE on Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports en Español, and W Radio 690 AM; Pregame show starts @ 7:00 p.m. PT on W Radio)
- Red-and-White look to end the season on a high note against the Chicago Fire
- Tickets for the match start at just $15 and can be found at cdchivasusa.com or by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1
*Subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all times Pacific, all events scheduled for The Home Depot Center