Wednesday, November 26

Chivas USA emerges unscathed from the Expansion Draft

The results are in, and it turns out that no Chivas USA players were selected in the Expansion Draft held this morning.

Seattle Sounders FC selected a total of ten players; here's the release on their picks.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 25

Union Ultras at MLS Cup... with the Crew?

This morning we were here in the Chivas USA Communications office reading through the news when we saw Greg Lalas' piece on about the fans at MLS Cup on Sunday, which he titled "An ode to passionate MLS fans."

In the article, he mentioned on of the Red-and-White's fan clubs, the Union Ultras:

"Here's to the Union Ultras, fans of Chivas USA, who threw their support behind Columbus. Why? I have no idea. But they cheered as vociferously as anyone."

We had also noticed that the Ultras were cheering for the Crew, but when we got to thinking, we realized we also had no idea why they were Columbus fans for the day. So we reached out to Union Ultras member John Sandate, who filled us in.

"It was in the spirit of good sportsmanship," Sandate told Dentro del Rebaño. Apparently a member of a Crew fan club, the Hudson Street Hooligans, e-mailed Sandate with the news that their normal drummers, La Turbina Amarilla, couldn't make it out for the Cup.

"She asked if we'd drum for them," says Sandate. "I asked my fellow members about it and all voted overwhlemingly in favor of helping them out."

"Officially, we did not cheer for Columbus as a whole group, but us drummers would play Columbus songs in the spirit of the game with our big drum. We also had fellow Union Ultras stand with us in unity. We really just wanted to make a positive statement in the name of Chivas USA. Call it supporting supporters."

The Crew fan clubs, located in the Northeast corner of The Home Depot Center, and plenty of other Columbus supporters throughout the stadium, responded positively.

"Many Columbus fans said they would cheer for Chivas USA in the Western Conference because of this. Everywhere we went throughout the stadium, Columbus fans would shake our hands and say thanks. "

When asked if he met any interesting Columbus fans, Sandate responded: "All the Columbus fans were interesting. They're from Ohio and we're from Southern California!"

Monday, November 24

Expansion Draft Information

Chivas USA, like every team in MLS, submitted today its list of 11 protected players for Wednesday's Expansion Draft, in which Seattle Sounders FC, which starts play next season, will take 10 players. Here's our press release on our protected roster list, and you can find the league list, with all the players that have been made available, by clicking here.

A few notes on the Expansion Draft:

- Each team was only able to protect 11 players, though Generation Adidas players are automatically protected. Chivas USA doesn't have any current Generation Adidas players (Sacha Kljestan is an alum of the program), but FC Dallas, for example, has five such players. Since the Red-and-White also signed Season Ending Injury replacements for Eric Ebert, Lawson Vaughn, and Raphael Wickly late this season, it means we have 20 players available to be selected in the Expansion Draft, more than any other team.

- Seattle has ten picks in the Draft, and can pick no more than one player per team. This means that four MLS teams will not lose anybody in the Expansion Draft.

- The Sounders have until Wednesday to make their decisions; the Expansion Draft will take place at 10:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday.

It is also interesting to see how much the format has changed since Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake were involved in the 2004 Expansion Draft. Back then, teams were able to protect 12 players, and players on the development rosters of teams were not included. After the struggles of both Chivas USA and Real Salt Lake in their first seasons, the Expansion Draft format was changed, and this year's draft is nearly identical to that of 2006 (for Toronto FC) and 2007 (for the San Jose Earthquakes).

Chivas USA has lost defenders in each of the previous two Expansion drafts. In 2006, Toronto selected Tim Regan, who now works as a scout for Toronto FC and played one match this season when Toronto was missing players due to international call-ups; that game was a 3-1 Chivas USA win in Toronto on Sept. 6. Prior to this past season, the San Jose Earthquakes picked Jason Hernandez from the Red-and-White, and Hernandez was protected by the Earthquakes this year.

Thursday, November 20

International updates

Yesterday was a busy day for some Chivas USA players in U.S. National Team jerseys. Sacha Kljestan and Jonathan Bornstein both played 90 minutes in the United States National Team's 2-0 win over Guatemala in Colorado, the final match of the semifinal round of World Cup Qualifying.

For the United States Under-20 National Team, Jorge Flores has played a pair of matches; on Wednesday, he scored in the U.S.' 5-3 loss to the Real Madrid Reserves, and on Thursday, he played 90 minutes again in a 0-0 draw with the Atletico Madrid Reserves. Flores and the U-20's have one more match on their trip to Spain, a friendly against the Rayo Vallecano Reserves on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 19

Flores scores vs. Real Madrid for U.S. U-20's

The United States Under-20 National Team is currently in Madrid for a training camp and three friendlies - the first of which was played against a Youth Team from Read Madrid. There will be a full write-up shortly on, but in the meantime we've found out the the U.S. fell by a score of 5-3, but that Jorge played 90 minutes and scored one of the United States' goals, coming in the 27th minute.

We'll update this with the write-up later on. Congratulations Jorge!

Thursday, November 13

RSL @ Chivas USA game reaction!

Preki, goalkeeper Zach Thornton, and midfielders Jesse Marsch and Sacha Kljestan react to the season-ending draw and series loss to Real Salt Lake..

Sacha Kljestan appears in MLS Cup promo video

Follow this link to check out Sacha Kljestan in a commercial promo spot for MLS Cup.

Wednesday, November 12

Sasha Victorine, de Chivas USA, sostiene exitosamente una cirugía de rodilla/ Victorine sidelined 6-8 months following surgery

Sasha Victorine, de Chivas USA, sostuvo exitosamente una cirugía en la rodilla izquierda, realizada esta tarde en el Surgery Center of the Pacific en la ciudad de Santa Mónica. El procedimiento, el cual incluyó una menicectomía lateral, estuvo bajo la supervisión de los doctores del equipo, Dr. Michael Gerhardt y Dr. Bert Mandelbaum. Victorine se perdería de 6-8 meses para recuperarse de su operación.

Victorine, un graduado de UCLA y originario del Sur de California, llegó a Chivas USA proveniente de los Hechiceros de Kansas City en el último día de transacciones de la liga el 15 de septiembre. En cinco encuentros con los Rojiblancos, (cuatro de ellas como titular), Victorine registró dos tantos y una asistencia, en 340 minutos jugados con El Rebaño. Originalmente, Victorine sufrió la lesión en su rodilla en el último juego ante Colorado el 19 de octubre pasado.

Chivas USA’s Sasha Victorine successfully underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee this afternoon at the Surgery Center of the Pacific in Santa Monica, Calif. The procedure, which also included a lateral meniscectomy, was performed by team physicians Dr. Michael Gerhardt and Dr. Bert Mandelbaum. Victorine is expected to miss 6-8 months while recovering from the operation.

Victorine, a UCLA graduate and Southern California native, joined Chivas USA from the Kansas City Wizards in a deadline-day trade on Sept. 15. In five games with the Red-and-White (four starts), Victorine recorded two goals and an assist, logging 340 minutes. He originally suffered the injury to his knee in the match against the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 19.

Tuesday, November 11

'Somos Chivas USA' por Azteca 54 este sábado

‘Somos Chivas USA’ será transmitido por KAZA Azteca 54 a partir de las 1:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico. Conducido por Mara Almada y Antonio Rosique, ‘Somos Chivas USA’ le da la afición la oportunidad de conocer a los jugadores de Chivas USA, ver análisis de los partidos y mucho más. No se pierda el programa hecho para los aficionados de Chivas USA este sábado, 15 de noviembre, por Azteca 54!.

Bornstein y Kljestan, de Chivas USA, son llamados al campamento de Estados Unidos

Los jugadores Jonathan Bornstein y Sacha Kljestan, ambos de Chivas USA, fueron llamados para integrar el campamento de la Selección Nacional de los Estados Unidos del 12 al 15 de noviembre próximo en el estadio Dick’s Sporting Goods Park de Commerce City, Colorado. El grupo de 19 jugadores, elegidos por el entrenador Bob Bradley, estará practicando con miras al partido de la Eliminatoria Mundialista el próximo 19 de noviembre ante Guatemala. La plantilla oficial de la Selección de Estados Unidos se dará a conocer el 16 de este mismo mes.

Bornstein y Kljestan fueron parte del conjunto nacional que cayó 2-1 en Trinidad y Tobado el pasado 15 de octubre. En ese encuentro, Kljestan participó en los 90 minutos, mientras que Bornstein se quedó en la banca, aunque fue la primera vez que fue convocado desde 2007. Bornstein, de Los Alamitos, ha sido convocado en 12 ocasiones con el equipo nacional, mientras que Kljestan, de Huntington Beach, ha sido llamado en 11 ocasiones durante su carrera.

Saturday, November 8

Chivas USA’s season comes to an end with 2-2 tie vs. Real Salt Lake in front of electric playoff crowd in Carson

Chivas USA entered the match trailing 1-0 on total goals after last Saturday’s match at Real Salt Lake, and tied the overall score after a half hour, when Ante Razov was taken down in the box. Sacha Kljestan took the resulting penalty kick, and struck high and to RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando’s left, just above his dive. The goal was Chivas USA’s first in the playoffs since October 22, 2006, snapping a scoreless streak of 412 minutes.
Real Salt Lake struck back nine minutes later when Javier Morales’ cross was headed in by Dema Kovalenko, giving RSL the overall back. The Utah side took a further lead deep into the second half when Morales dribbled through the Chivas USA box and hit a low shot into the corner of the net in the 77th minute, giving RSL a 2-1 lead on the night (3-1 overall).
Justin Braun pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute, receiving a Francisco Mendoza through ball and finishing with a hard shot to Rimando’s left. Though Chivas USA continued to push numbers forward in the closing minutes, the team fell short of getting a third goal and the series ended with RSL having the 3-2 advantage.
Real Salt Lake advances to the Western Conference Championship game, against the winner of the Houston Dynamo – New York Red Bulls series, Game 2 of which will be played Sunday in Houston. Chivas USA ends the season with a 12-11-7 record (W-L-T) in the regular season, and an 0-1-1 record in the playoffs.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “You can’t discredit [our team’s] commitment, effort. I thought we gave everything we had tonight, I was just a little bit disappointed with the way we came out in Salt Lake. If we had the same type of commitment in Salt Lake, we would not have lost this. Give them credit, they pushed the tempo a little bit more than us, they maybe wanted it a little more than us at home, and they got the result. And here, they got two goals.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit

Friday, November 7

Llega la hora de la verdad para Chivas USA

Chivas USA buscará mañana avanzar a la próxima ronda de la Liguilla de la Copa MLS 2008 ante Real Salt Lake, rival al que necesita derrotar por dos tantos para clasificar a la Final de la Conferencia Oeste ante el ganador de la serie entre Nueva York y los actuales campeones de la liga, el Dynamo de Houston.

Chivas USA cayó 1-0 en el partido de ida disputado en Utah y mañana en El Home Depot Center se descifrará todo a partir de las 7:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico.

“Creo que para poder avanzar, tenemos que ir con todo y trataremos de vencerlos en todas las líneas”, indicó el defensa Jonathan Bornstein.

“Son un equipo peligroso pero también creemos que somos un equipo peligroso”, manifestó Preki.

“Necesitamos de dos goles, aunque obviamente primero necesitamos meter el primer gol. Creo que mientras más pronto metamos el primer tanto va a ser mejor, pero creo que el gol caerá tarde o temprano”, agregó el defensa Carey Talley.

Chivas USA tenía la semana pasada el 0-0 en su visita al Río Tinto Stadium, sin embargo, el equipo montañoso se fue adelante en el marcador en el último minuto de juego con un gol de “taquito” de Yura Movsisyan.

“No volverá a pasar, vamos a estar listos. Ya hemos visto el video y ya vimos como estuvo todo en Salt Lake y va a ser mucho más difícil para ellos”, señaló Zach Thornton, guardameta de Chivas USA.

Celebridades de Los Angeles le desean buena suerte a Chivas USA en la Liguilla

Varias celebridades del Sur de California participaron en un video en el cual le desean buena suerte a Chivas USA de cara al partido crucial de Liguilla en contra de Real Salt Lake. El video podrá ser visto en la pantalla gigante de El Home Depot Center antes del partido de vuelta, el cual dará inicio a las 7:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico. Usted puede ver el video en nuestro Canal Oficial de Chivas USA en YouTube aquí:

Chivas USA hosts RSL in must-win MLS Playoffs match this Saturday

#2 Chivas USA vs. #3 Real Salt Lake
Western Conference Semifinal, Game 2 (of 2)
Saturday, November 8 – 7:30 p.m. PT
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.

Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center for a must-win matchup against Real Salt Lake in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal this Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. PT. RSL captured a 1-0 victory in Utah on Nov. 1 thanks to a 90th-minute goal from Armenian striker Yura Movsisyan, a product of Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College. After last weekend’s result, Chivas USA has to win by two goals in Game 2 to advance to the Western Conference Final (vs. the winner of the New York Red Bulls – Houston Dynamo series). A one-goal win by Chivas USA would send Saturday’s game to overtime and penalty kicks, as necessary. The first 10,000 fans in attendance for this exciting playoff game in Carson will receive a free, limited-edition Chivas USA 2008 playoffs t-shirt, and the match will be Bonus Game 'C' for media parking passes and Chivas USA Season Ticket Holders. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visiting

Los Angeles wishes Chivas USA good luck in the playoffs

Various celebrities from across the Southern California sports world have wished Chivas USA “good luck” in a special video message - check it out!

The video will air on The Home Depot Center’s Diamond Vision screen before Saturday's decisive Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal against Real Salt Lake (kickoff 7:30 p.m. PT).

Click here for tickets!

Thursday, November 6

Preki pide concentración

El Director Técnico de Chivas USA, Preki, le pidió a sus jugadores concentración en el partido de vuelta del próximo sábado ante Real Salt Lake en El Home Depot Center de Carson. Chivas USA tiene desventaja de un tanto en el partido de ida y necesita de dos para avanzar a la siguiente ronda de la Liguilla de la Copa MLS.

“Tenemos que ir sobre ellos. A la misma vez no podemos exponernos mucho atrás y eso también va a depender de tener una buena concentración”, manifestó Preki.

“El año pasado merecíamos algo más. Ojalá que podamos jugar bien ante Real Salt Lake y que las cosas salgan bien el sábado”, agregó.

Preki añadió que no le preocupa la elección de arquero para el próximo sábado, ya que tiene “dos buenos porteros que han hecho un buen trabajo” en Dan Kennedy and Zach Thornton.

El Director Técnico del Rebaño alentó a la afición a apoyar al conjunto rojiblanco el sábado pasado en El Home Depot Center.

“Vimos en Salt Lake que fue importante para ellos tener una buena entrada, así que ojalá que los aficionados de Chivas USA vengan y nos vengan a apoyar”, señaló.

ALERT: Chivas USA players answering phones, 6-7 p.m. Thursday night!

If you're reading this, give us a call at 1-877-CHIVAS-1! Right now, until 7:00 p.m. PT, Chivas USA players are manning the phones in the sales office. Call and speak to Jorge Flores, Dan Kennedy, or Jim Curtin here in the Chivas USA offices, and order your tickets now!

A special two-pack, starting at 36 dollars, will get you a two tickets to the match, as well as an autographed player card from any of the following players:

- Jonathan Bornstein
- Alecko Eskandarian
- Jorge Flores
- Atiba Harris
- Dan Kennedy
- Sacha Kljestan
- Jesse Marsch
- Francisco Mendoza
- Paulo Nagamura
- Ante Razov
- Claudio Suárez

Tuesday, November 4

'El 1-0 no nos preocupa': Nagamura

De acuerdo al mediocampista brasileño de Chivas USA, Paulo Nagamura, la desventaja de 1-0 que tiene el conjunto Rojiblanco ante Salt Lake no les quita el sueño y declaró que el equipo está listo para darle la vuelta al resultado el próximo sábado en el partido de vuelta de la Semifinal de la Conferencia Oeste de la Liguilla 2008.

“El 1-0 es un marcador mínimo, no es grande la diferencia. Sabemos que podemos vencer a Salt Lake”, dijo el ex jugador de las fuerzas básicas del Sao Paulo y Arsenal.

Chivas USA tiene que ganar por un tanto para forzar la serie a tiempos extras y dos para avanzar a la Final de la Conferencia Oeste.

“El 1-0 es un marcador que no nos preocupa. Tenemos condiciones de revertir el marcador. El grupo de Chivas es muy fuerte. Tenemos jugadores con mucha experiencia y cualidades”, agregó Nagamura.

“Sabemos que le hemos ganado [a Salt Lake] 3-1 en casa… creo que con el apoyo de la gente de acá podemos sacar un resultado positivo”, insistió el brasileño.

Chivas USA será anfitrión del partido de vuelta ante el Real Salt Lake el sábado, 8 de noviembre, a las 7:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico en El Home Depot Center. Los Rojiblancos buscan remontar una desventaja de 1-0 ante RSL para avanzar a la Final de la Conferencia Oeste. Para más información, llamar a 1-877-CHIVAS-1 o visite

Two tickets and an autograph...

We have a special deal for fans looking to come out to this Saturday's must-win playoff game at The Home Depot Center. Chivas USA is taking on Real Salt Lake in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinal, and for just $36, fans can get two tickets and an autographed player card of their favorite Chivas USA player.

More information can be found here, or by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1.

Don't miss your chance to see this exciting playoff match!

Monday, November 3

Alecko Eskandarian on Fox Football Fone-In tonight

Be sure to tune in to Fox Soccer Channel tonight at 5:00 p.m. PT (8:00 p.m. ET) for Fox Football Fone-in with Steven Cohen and Nick Webster. Chivas USA forward Alecko Eskandarian will be on the show, answering questions from the hosts, as well as fans, on the live program. Alecko's appearance will take place in the second hour of the program. Tune in!

Saturday, November 1

Postgame Reactions: Real Salt Lake 1-0 Chivas USA


On the result:
“For a moment it was going to be one of those days where we escape, not conceding a goal and putting ourselves in a good spot going home. But one play off of the throw in, we fall asleep for a second, and it’s one-nothing.”

On Chivas' must-win game Saturday in Carson:
“We’re in the same spot as we were last year [vs. Kansas City]. We’re going home and hopefully this time it will be a little different for us. Even if it was 0-0 here we’d have to go home and win, so we have to win no matter what.”

On GK Zach Thornton’s performance:
“I thought Zach was solid. He made some big saves for us and kept us in the game on a couple of occasions.”


On the match:
"We didn’t play great, by any means. [RSL] came after us pretty hard. Around the 65th minute it calmed down a little bit, and we had chances to play and created a little bit more, but we were two minutes away from accomplishing what you set out to do when you come on the road. It’s unfortunate and we’re disappointed and upset, but it’s halftime right now. We’re going home and you have to score a goal to advance anyway. So we’re going to take it to them at home like they took it to us here.”


On playing his first postseason game in front of friends and family in Salt Lake City:
“The emotions were going, but I was just trying to keep them under control. Just stay relaxed and play like it was any other game. It’s always exciting to come to the hometown and play and I wanted to play well, but I just tried to keep the emotions to the minimum.”


On the result:
“Things didn’t go our way. Hopefully next weekend we’ll get some guys back, get our regular line-up going, but there are no guarantees. The only thing we need to do is play our game, try to create as many chances as we can early on in the game against Salt Lake at home. That’s all we can ask for.”

Morning Coffee

A quick look at the daily newspapers ahead of this afternoon's match:

* The Press-Enterprise sits down with former Real Salt Lake captain Carey Talley, who says of his midseason move from RSL to Chivas USA:
"[Rio Tinto] was a stadium I was actually looking forward to being the captain in and opening that stadium. I had to leave because it was time for me to leave."
* The Salt Lake Tribune examines RSL's 3-8-3 (W-L-T) all-time record vs. Chivas USA in official competition. The paper also has a feature on RSL midfielder Andy Williams and his wife Marcia's battle with leukemia.

* La Opinión details the Red-and-White's continued injury woes.

* The Los Angeles Times analyzes the Chivas USA goalkeeping situation, with veteran Zach Thornton filing in for the suspended Dan Kennedy.

* The Los Angeles Newspaper Group examines Chivas USA's three-year playoff history.

* Mexico City daily Excélsior profiles the MLS playoffs through he eyes of midfielder Francisco Mendoza.

* The Deseret News discusses RSL's title hopes and the divergent - and reconvergent - paths of the two franchises.

Today's weather forecast (according to the experts at calls for party cloudy skies and an unseasonably warm temperature of 65° F, with a 10% chance of precipitation at kickoff, increasing to 20% by late evening.