Training Report: Three days away
Anxious, willing and happy.
That’s the way Chivas USA coach Jose Luis Sanchez Solá, aka “El Chelis,” saw the group in Wednesday’s training ahead of this Saturday’s Opening Match against the Columbus Crew at The Home Depot Center at 7:30 pm PT.
With three days left for the big game, the team continued polishing their passing skills and scoring goals. In preseason, the Red-and-White went undefeated, facing local and international teams, including MLS sides the Chicago Fire and the Colorado Rapids. This Saturday, Chivas USA will open its ninth season in the league, but Coach Chelis will be leading the Goats in his first MLS match.
“With all due respect, our rival, with as little or a lot that I might know [about them], it is my understanding that Chivas’ rival on Saturday is Chivas,” Chelis said. “I say that in the way that we have to defeat ourselves and take out that courage and everything that we’ve done in preseason and show that; the moment we do, Chivas is going to reach victory. Then, our rival, that has all my respect, is a magnificent rival, but we have to focus on ourselves.”
One key element in Chivas USA’s success in preseason came from the stands. From the first preseason scrimmage to the last, Chivas USA Supporter Groups and fans came out to support the Red-and-White in every game. On March 2nd, the team hopes it won’t be any different.
“We had really good support in the games here and in Las Vegas, where there was a good response from the fans, supporting us, cheering us on, and that was just in a friendly scrimmage,” defender Mario de Luna said after practice. “Now that this is a league game, we’re hoping for the same, or more support.”