2010 Season Recap: Part One
With the Chivas USA season coming to a close last month, cdchivasusa.com looks back at 2010 this week in a 2010 Season Recap from SuperDraft to coaching changes. This is Part One of a two-part series, check back tomorrow for Part Two.
Chivas USA came into the 2010 season with a new Head Coach and plenty of new players, after the retirement and departures of several veterans. The Red-and-White got to work restocking with the 10th pick in the MLS SuperDraft on January 14 in Philadelphia with which the team selected midfielder Blair Gavin (above), and followed the pick with another University of Akron midfielder, Ben Zemanski, in the third round with the 47th pick.
Chivas USA opened its preseason camp on January 26, 2010, for the first practice session under new Head Coach Martín Vásquez. After preseason friendly wins against the Ventura County Fusion (PDL), Loyola Marymount (NCAA) and UC Irvine (NCAA), the team traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, for training at the Verde Valle complex, home to sister club Chivas de Guadalajara.
On February 13, Chivas USA hosted auditions for new members to join the ChivaGirls, Chivas USA's popular dance crew. The full series of "Making The Cut: Inside The Auditions of the 2010 ChivaGirls Team" can be found in the cdchivasusa.com video player here. Several new girls made the cut during the auditions, including Ashley, pictured left.
The team played two friendlies in Mexico, beating Irapuato and falling to Universidad de Guadalajara, and then later traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for a week to face MLS opponents Kansas City and Columbus. After few other friendlies against opponents ranging from college squads to the LA Galaxy, the Red-and-White closed preseason with a match in Santa Barbara against the Houston Dynamo on March 20, less than a week from Opening Day.
To start off the Goats’ sixth season, Chivas USA hosted Colorado in the home opener on March 26, giving up one goal in a shutout loss to the Rapids. Just five days later Chivas played their first “away” game against the Galaxy, so the club did not play outside of The Home Depot Center until April 17. The Red-and-White got their first win on April 10 when the New York Red Bulls came to town, a 2-0 shutout.
Chivas USA co-captains Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan both received call-ups to the U.S. Men’s National Team May, flying to New Jersey to participate in training camp for the World Cup. Jonathan Bornstein was named to the final roster for South Africa, where the team survived until the round of. You can see updates from Jonathan Bornstein and more on the Chivas USA World Cup Center. Upon his return, Bornstein held a roundtable for the press, telling them that “It made me so happy to see that the United States is finally starting to see what is going on [in soccer].”
May and June were hard for the Red-and-White, with an eight week winless streak between victories in New England on May 5 (4-0) and Kansas City on July 10 (2-0). Chivas USA then had a 5-1-3 streak from the end of June through July 31 in all play as the Goats took the field eight times in July alone.
Chivas USA honored Bornstein’s accomplishments with the National Team during his first match back with the Goats in a 1-1 tie against Philadelphia July 3, framing his U.S. jersey (pictured right) and giving the fans Number 13 cards to hold up during the 13th minute. Kljestan was not present at that match, having left Chivas USA during the World Cup break to pursue his dream of playing soccer in Europe with Belgian side Anderlecht.
Justin Braun had a breakout season for Chivas USA, scoring seven goals by the end of July. The young striker was named to the MLS 24 Under 24 list, coming in at Number 10. Gavin received accolades for his rookie season performance, playing with Zemanski in the midfield again for a short time before a hamstring injury in the beginning of August kept him sidelined for the rest of 2010.
Chivas USA moved aggressively into the social media sphere, “tweeting” updates through all of the home and away games and regularly interacting with fans on Facebook and Twitter. During home matches the ChivaFighter, Chivas USA’s popular mascot, would initiate a contest for fans on Twitter, taking a tour of the stadium with a sign inviting fans to tweet their seat location to @cdchivasusa in order to enter to win a prize.
The Red-and-White hosted Austin Aztex at Cal State Fullerton in Round One of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, advancing on the only goal by Jesus Padilla. In the Quarterfinals Chivas USA traveled to Houston where Justin Braun and Michael Lahoud each scored in a 3-1 Red-and-White victory, sending the club to its first ever Open Cup Semifinals.
For the Semifinal match, Chivas USA went to Seattle where they played to an eventual 3-1 loss against host Sounders FC. Chivas USA Supporters Group Union Ultras also made the trip North to support the Goats. Check out the video of their trip here.
Check back tomorrow for the Part Two of the 2010 Season Recap!