2010 Season Recap: Part Two
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 Two of a two-part series, click here for Part One.
From game one of the 2010 regular season to game 30 the lineup of Chivas USA changed and changed again as new faces were introduced, but the months of June, July and August in particular saw a lot of movement. First was Romanian Alex Zotinca, who had played for Chivas USA from 2007 to 2008 and returned June 6 to don the red and white stripes once again. Another familiar face returned in Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who signed with the Goats June 25 after playing for Tigres UANL for one season.
Then in July, Chivas USA picked up Venezuelan striker Giancarlo Maldonado and Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Espinoza (pictured right). Maldonado was key in SuperLiga play for the Goats, scoring in a 1-0 match against Mexican side Pachuca to help Chivas USA. Near the end of the month Chivas USA took part in a player allocation lottery, landing the rights to San Diego native midfielder Sal Zizzo.
Zizzo joined the Goats in time for the team’s only international friendly of the regular season as the club held a ChivaClásico against sister-club Chivas de Guadalajara at PETCO Park in Zizzo’s home town. Chivas USA came out victorious in that match, winning 4-2 in penalty kicks for the win. See a photo gallery of that match here.
August saw the Red-and-White trade for Alan Gordon from stadium rival Galaxy in exchange for allocation money. The veteran striker moved into position with Justin Braun up front and used his size and skill to immediately become an invaluable part of the club. Also in August Chivas USA signed Home Grown Player Bryan de la Fuente, although the young midfielder would not see his first minutes until he went in for Jonathan Bornstein during the final match of 2010.
Backup goalkeeper Dan Kennedy suffered a torn bicep on August 7 when the team played in Toronto (image left), undergoing season-ending surgery on August 13. Fans expressed their hopes for a successful surgery on Facebook as well as Twitter, wishing Kennedy a speedy recovery.
As a thank you to the loyal Season Seat Holders who supported the Goats in 2010, Chivas USA invited those fans and their families to the California Science Center for a party on September 18. The entire team was present for the event, signing autographs and taking pictures. To see video of the party, click here.
On July 19, Chivas USA announced that Jonathan Bornstein would be leaving the club to join Tigres UANL in Mexico, and on October 23 fans saw him play his last match in red and white before leaving when the Goats hosted Chicago Fire. To see footage of Jonny’s last day with Chivas USA, click here.
As always, the team announced its Season Ending Award Winners prior to the regular season finale, with Michael Umaña earning the team’s Defender of the Year award, while Michael Lahoud was named the team’s Humanitarian of the Year. Forward Justin Braun was named Chivas USA’s Most Valuable Player and looked set to also earn the team’s Budweiser Golden Boot. Finally, captain Jonathan Bornstein won the Claudio Suárez Award, given to the player who best represents the spirit of Chivas USA.
The Goats ended 2010 with an 8-18-8 record and missed the postseason for the first time since 2005. One week after the end of the season Chivas USA took the first step in preparing for a successful 2011, announcing that first year Head Coach Vásquez was leaving the club, and that the search for a new coach was beginning immediately.
That concludes the 2010 season for Chivas USA. In the coming weeks cdchivasusa.com will be counting down the top plays of 2010, so check out the Video Player here and tell us your choices below!