Chivas USA goes back to work

Rauwshan McKenzie Portland

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Juan Paz

Less than 12 hours after facing the Portland Timbers, Chivas USA arrived at Tualatin Hills Recreation Center to continue training. The objective is to be in shape and be in the best physical condition for the team’s first match of the 2012 season on March 11 at The Home Depot Center.

From last night’s draw with the Timbers, head coach Fraser said, "We are just concentrating on becoming a more solid group. We are still putting a lot of guys together but I thought the effort was great and our organization was good, and at the end of the day, we created some chances and we gave up one chance and that's how it goes but overall a positive night for us."

On his part, Cesar Romero, who scored his fourth goal in the preseason with the Red-and-White, talked about his participation and the support that veteran forward Juan Pablo Angel has given him, “I’m very excited to do my part on the field, to actually be on the field, and grateful that the coaching staff has given me the opportunity to sum more minutes, to play in a stadium full of fans and to wear the Chivas USA jersey that has so much history. It’s definitely a big responsibility and I’m very excited about it.”

And added, “Juan Pablo is a great player, a different player and an excellent human being of whom I learn something of everyday. In the field he’s always supporting me and giving me instructions as where I should move and do, and that’s helping me become a better player.”

The Red-and-White will continue their training sessions tomorrow ahead of their third and last match of the four-team tournament held in Portland. The team will face the San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday at JELD-WEN at 2:30 p.m. PT.