Preview: Chivas USA- AIK
Chivas USA traveled to Portland this past weekend ahead of the club’s participation in a four-team pre-season tournament from February 27 through March 4, hosted by the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field in Oregon. The Red-and-White will kick-off their participation on Monday in a match against Sweden’s Allsvenskan First Division team AIK. Chivas will hen face hosts Portland Timbers on Thursday, and will conclude their participation on Sunday when they face fellow California team, San Jose Earthquakes. The latter will conclude the Red-and-White’s preseason schedule.
How do the Red-and-White come in to their first match in the tournament against AIK?
Last Friday, a mixture of players from both Chivas USA’s First Team as well as reserves matched up against Loyola Marymount University, where the goats took a 4-0 victory. Casey Townsend scored twice, while newly signed Cesar Romero and trialist Alan Souza scored once. Townsend, selected in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, is the top goal scorer for the Red-and-White this preseason with four goals, while Romero [CHECK LAHOUD] and Michael Lahoud each have 3.
Who is AIK?
Allmänna Idrottsklubben, also known as AIK, has over a century of history and is considered one of the most successful soccer clubs in Sweden, being winner of 11 league championships and a consistent member of Sweden’s First Division, Allsvenskan. Most recently, AIK has won the Allsvenskan title, as well as the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) in 2009. In 2010, the club won its first Supercupen, a one-match competition contested annucally among the country’s top clubs, and will look to win their second cup in the upcoming 2012 Svenka Supercupen on March 24 against Helsingborgs IF. AIK has competed in Europe’s top club tournaments, including the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, on several occasions. In 2011, AIK finished as the runner-up in the Allsvenskan and qualified for the 2012-13 Europa League. AIK, who is also in preseason, took a 1-0 victory over Sweden’s Eskilstuna City FK last Tuesday, and will kick-off their 2012 season on April 1.