Wednesday, September 10

Under sunny skies in New England

Chivas USA trained early this afternoon in Foxboro ahead of tomorrow night’s ESPN Primetime Thursday matchup against the New England Revolution, enjoying sunny weather after yesterday’s rain. The team practiced at the Payson Park Field, about a mile from Gillette Stadium, where tomorrow’s match takes place. The duel against the Revolution starts at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT), and will be live on both ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, as well as W Radio 690 AM in Southern California.

Chivas USA players play keep away at the start of today's training session.

The Red-and-White are prepared for the Revolution, who have struggled recently but are still one of the top teams in MLS.

“They’ve lost their last two games 4-0, and they’re going to come out fighting hard,” said Chivas USA midfielder Daniel Paladini. “We’ve got to expect that, and play like we’ve been playing the last few games.”

Chivas USA will be without goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who left last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Toronto with an injury to his left hamstring. He has been ruled out for Thursday’s game and will undergo further examination upon the team’s return to Los Angeles on Friday.

The Red-and-White could get a boost from defenders Carey Talley and Claudio Suárez, both returning from injuries. The two players were on the bench for the Toronto match, but both practiced today and are listed as questionable for the match.

Paladini could make another appearance, after a strong performance against Toronto FC resulted in the young midfielder’s first MLS goal.

“That was an unbelievable feeling,” said Paladini about his goal. “I would love to continue that – anything I can do to help out the team.”

Asked about what he expected from the game, Paladini’s outlook was simple: “A victory.”

Paladini (middle) runs through drills early in today's practice with defender Jonathan Bornstein (right).