A stepping stone

Romero and Townsend make professional debut with the Red-and-White

Romero vs. Houston

Photo Credit: 
Robert Husky

Just last year, neither University of Maryland’s Casey Townsend nor San Diego native Cesar Romero thought they would play in an official Major League Soccer match, let alone, against the defending Eastern Conference Champion Houston Dynamo. Yesterday, that became a reality.

In the preseason, both Romero and Townsend were the team’s top goal scorers, each notching four goals for the Red-and-White. And yesterday, both made their professional debut in Chivas USA’s 2012 season home opener against the Houston Dynamo, a dramatic, last minute 1-0 loss for the Red-and-White.

To Romero, who joined the team from Mexican indoor soccer team Revolución Tijuana, the number 58 is more than just something printed underneath his last name on his jersey. It represents his son’s birth date (May 8th), and as of last Sunday, the minute he went into his first professional match with Chivas USA.

“It was exciting to be home, with a home crowd,” said Romero. “Unfortunately, we lost, so I’m disappointed with that. Now I have to keep working to get more minutes, a starting position and keep working to help the team out as much as I can and win.”

Traverse City, Michigan native Casey Townsend’s life changed last January when he was Chivas USA’s fourth overall (and only) selection in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, initiating his professional career as a soccer player.

“I was really excited going into the game, it felt good to finally get out there and play a couple of minutes,” said Townsend. “I just wanted to go out there and play well and work hard. I wasn’t really too nervous when I got on the field. Going into it, I just wanted to contribute and give my best and that’s what I did.”