Tuesday, September 30
El Director Técnico, Preki, habló con los jugadores y les enfatizó que los siguientes encuentros serán vitales para la clasificación a la Liguilla.
El equipo viajará a D.C. el próximo jueves en la mañana y se concentrará en esa ciudad hasta el día del encuentro. Con cuatro enfrentamientos restantes en la temporada regular, Chivas USA ahora tendrá una pequeña gira de dos partidos de visita al hilo, comenzando este sábado cuando enfrente al D.C. United. El encuentro se jugará a las 4:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico (7:30 p.m. Hora del Este y será televisado en vivo por Fox Soccer Channel y Fox Sports En Español).
El arquero Dan Kennedy expresó que "sentía mucha confianza por su reciente actividad con el equipo angelino" y que se había sentido muy bien en los últimos dos encuentros del chiverío.
En el interescuadras participó nuevamente Alecko Eskandarian, quien lleva una racha de dos partidos seguidos anotando gol, y que también se hizo notar con un golazo en la práctica. Los medios de comunicación lo solicitaron preguntándole sobre su próxima visita a la capital, lugar donde conquistó un campeonato de la MLS en 2004.
"Conozco muy bien a la organización y sé que también ellos están presionados por conseguir el resultado... viví por cuatro años ahí y es difícil de olvidar eso", expresó Eskandarian.
Los Rojiblancos están situados en el segundo puesto de la Conferencia Oeste con un récord de 10-10-6 (victorias-derrotas-empates), válido para 36 puntos. Los Rojiblancos necesitan continuar su racha positiva (cuatro victorias en los últimos seis partidos) para mantenerse alejados de sus escoltas, los Rapids de Colorado y el Real Salt Lake, ambos a sólo dos unidades abajo. Sin embargo, también el D.C. united necesita de una victoria, pues actualmente se úbica en el quinto lugar de la clasificación en la Conferencia Este y de terminar hoy la temporada regular, los capitalinos no clasificarían a la Liguilla.
Monday, September 29
In a first half that saw several chances from each side, it was the Galaxy that earned the 1-0 lead just before the break. A cross to the back post from midfielder Peter Vagenas found Israel Sesay, and the 18-year-old forward’s header beat Chivas USA goalkeeper Lance Parker to give the Galaxy the halftime advantage.
Chivas USA struck back just after halftime to tie the game at one. A flurry of chances resulted in a broken play where newly-acquired midfielder Dejair played a ball to Keith Savage, whose close-range low shot beat Josh Saunders in the Galaxy net.
The deadlock was broken nine minutes from time, when Maykel Galindo scored his first Reserve Division goal of the season. Midfielder Kraig Chiles played a ball to Galindo roughly 30 yards from goal, and the forward lashed a shot that hit the top corner of the net.
In the team’s next match, the Chivas USA Reserves are set to face the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves on Oct. 12 in San Jose, while the LA Galaxy Reserves next play at home to the Colorado Rapids, also on Oct. 12. For more information on Major League Soccer’s Reserve Division, please visit http://web.mlsnet.com/mls/reserve/.
Sunday, September 28
Saturday, September 27
Sasha Victorine hits gamewinner for the Red-and-White / Gol de Sasha Victorine da la victoria a los Rojiblancos
Chivas USA midfielder Sasha Victorine, making his first start for the Red-and-White, scored the game-winning goal against his former team in Chivas USA’s 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards. Victorine also assisted on the first goal of the match, by Alecko Eskandarian, as the Red-and-White regained the second position in the Western Conference.
A pair of Chivas USA’s Western Conference rivals also earned wins on Saturday, as Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids moved into a tie for third place with 34 points. The Red-and-White, with 36 points, currently hold the tie-breaker over both RSL and Colorado.
Alecko Eskandarian opened the scoring on the night in the 26th minute, finishing a low cross from Sasha Victorine. Forward Ante Razov, who later left the match in the 30th minute with an apparent calf injury, also assisted on the goal, which was Eskandarian’s fourth of the season, and second in two games.
Victorine’s goal came during stoppage time at the end of the first half, when he drove a curling 20-yard shot past Kevin Hartman in the Kansas City net. Atiba Harris and Sacha Kljestan assisted on the goal, and Kljestan and Razov remain tied for the team lead in assists with six apiece.
Kansas City Wizards forward Josh Wolff scored on a close-range bicycle kick in the 70th minute on a broken play, but goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and the rest of the Chivas USA defense held firm to earn the win.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “I give my guys an incredible amount of credit because they fought, and they’re still fighting. They deserve what they’re getting; they’re putting themselves in a good position, and hopefully we’ll take care of business in the rest of the season.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.)
The match saw the return to the lineup of defender Alex Zotinca, who went 65 minutes in his first action since tearing his ACL in March, during preseason. Forward Maykel Galindo, who last played on Aug. 14, also returned to the field, playing the final 13 minutes. Chivas USA now has four games left in the regular season. The next two are on the road (Oct. 4 at D.C. United, Oct. 11 at the San Jose Earthquakes), and then the team will close with two games at home (Oct. 19 vs. the Colorado Rapids, Oct. 25 vs. the Houston Dynamo). For more information on any matches, or to purchase tickets, fan can call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
PHOTO: JUAN MIRANDA/CHIVAS USA
Thursday, September 25
After three straight away games, in which the Red-and-White earned two wins and a loss, Chivas USA returns to host the Kansas City Wizards this Saturday night, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. PT. Kansas City currently sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point out of a spot in the playoffs, while the Red-and-White own the second spot in the Western Conference but are in the middle of a tight race in the division for the postseason.
Click here to listen to Preki talk about the match against Kansas City.
You can also watch our game preview on our Official YouTube Channel. Listen to goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and new acquisition Sasha Victorine discuss Saturday's match against Kansas City, Victorine's former team.
Families can also take advantage of Chivas USA’s Family Pack, which gets you 4 tickets, 4 hats and 4 hotdogs starting at just $58. Chivas USA will also be celebrating Manhattan Beach Night, where city leaders will be greeted by Manhattan Beach resident Jesse Marsch and a special ‘Parade of Champions’ will give soccer-loving kids from Manhattan Beach the opportunity to walk around the field prior to the game. For more information on these activities or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
Chivas USA entrenó hoy de cara al enfrentamiento ante los Wizards de Kansas City el próximo sábado a las 7:30 p.m. Hora del Pacífico (FSC, FSE). Los Rojiblancos poseen el segundo lugar de la Conferencia Oeste, aunque todavía están en una ardua pelea para alcanzar la postemporada.
Hoy el Director Técnico, Preki, hizo el trabajo táctico con el equipo, en la que participó brevemente Maykel Galindo, quien se recupera de una cirugía de hernia deportiva.
Escuche hablar aquí a Maykel Galindo sobre su situación y la probabilidad de ver acción durante el resto de la temporada.
Vea en nuestro Canal Oficial de YouTube los comentarios previos al encuentro del sábado.
El que también habló con la prensa al final del entrenamiento fue el refuerzo brasileño Dejair, quien todavía no ve acción en la MLS.
Baje aquí el audio de lo que Dejair tuvo que decir acerca de su llegada a Chivas USA y lo que piensa contribuir al equipo.
Las familias pueden tomar ventaja del Paquete Familiar de Chivas USA, el cual consiste de cuatro boletos, cuatro gorras y cuatro hotdogs desde $58. Chivas USA también estará celebrando la noche de Manhattan Beach, en donde líderes de esa ciudad estarán saludando al mediocampista Jesse Marsch. Además, habrá una noche especial de “Desfile de Campeones”, en la que los niños de Manhattan Beach tendrán la oportunidad desfilar antes del encuentro con los jugadores. Para más información sobre las actividades o para comprar boletos, pueden llamar a 1-877-CHIVAS-1 o visita http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
Wednesday, September 24
Tuesday, September 23
Saturday, September 20
Chivas USA beats RSL 1-0 and climbs to second place/Chivas USA vence a RSL y es segundo en la Conferencia
With just five games left in the MLS regular season, Chivas USA is in second place with 33 points, followed by Colorado and RSL, tied in third place with 30 points. The Red-and-White win also represents a valuable head-to-head tiebreaker over RSL in case both teams finish the regular season even on points. Currently, Chivas USA also holds the head-to-head tiebreaker against Colorado. Only the top three teams in the Conference have a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.
Chivas USA forward Alecko Eskandarian scored his third goal of the season at the 72nd minute of play (unassisted) when he took advantage of a miscommunication between Real Salt Lake’s goalkeeper Nick Rimando and defender Nat Borchers.
Chivas USA Defender Jonathan Bornstein suffered a head injury during a play in the first half and had to be replaced by Sasha Victorine, who made his debut with the Red-and-White at the start of the second half. Bornstein’s concussion injury forced Chivas USA Coach to modify his line up during the second half. Victorine started in the midfield and Francisco Mendoza moved to left back.
Midfielder Jesse Marsch made his first appearance with Chivas USA since he suffered a jaw fracture during the last game against the Galaxy on August 14th. Marsch entered the game at the 66th minute of play for forward Ante Razov.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “We got a fortunate goal. Sometimes, in this game, you have to be lucky and get one of those things. This year luck hasn’t been on our side too often, so tonight we’ll take it. It’s that time of year that we’ll take the points, it doesn’t matter how they come.”
“We always knew that we had a good team. It was just a matter of getting everybody healthy and getting everybody playing. I don’t think we played our best tonight. It was our first time we put this group together in a long time.”
Dejair compartió equipo en 1999 juntó con el ahora Entrenador de Porteros, Leo Percovich, en el Sampaio Corrêa-MA en la Segunda División de Brasil.
Escuche aquí lo que Dejair tuvo que decir a su llegada a Chivas USA en Salt Lake.
Friday, September 19
For players such as Alecko Eskandarian, Carey Talley and Atiba Harris it will represent the first time they return to Rice-Eccles Stadium since they last wore the Real Salt Lake uniform. It will probably be the last time they step on the Rice-Eccles turf field since the Real Salt Lake is moving to its new stadium after Saturday’s game.
“I definitely expect to get booed. There’s going to be an awesome atmosphere”, said Eskandarian, who was acquired by Chivas USA from Real Salt Lake during the offseason, as well as Harris. Defender Carey Talley joined Chivas USA in May in a trade with Real Salt Lake, where he’d played since 2006.
For Justin Braun, it’s the first time he visits his native Salt Lake City with the Red-and-White. The Chivas USA forward was playing last year with the Olympique Montreaux, a men’s league team in Utah. He was spotted by Chivas USA Head Coach Preki during a preseason tournament at The Home Depot Center and got invited to train with the team.
“I always imagined myself playing against the Real Salt Lake,” said Braun on Friday in downtown Salt Lake.
“ I was a Real Salt Lake fan when I was growing up, but now it’s all about Chivas,” added the rookie, who has three goals and 2 assists so far in the regular season.
Zotinca travels with the team
Chivas USA’s players are getting healthier little by little. Defender Alex Zotinca traveled with the team on Friday after getting right knee surgery at the beginning of the season.
“It feels kind of weird to be in the airport traveling with the team. It’s the first time traveling with the team since March. I have mixed feelings. I really wanted to do this for a long time now,” said the Romanian defender, who underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery.
Zotinca was injured during a preseason match against D.C. United on March 5 at Cibolo, Texas.
“This is by far the first injury that has kept me out the field the longest. I had some ankle sprains. Some torn muscles but nothing like this... At the beginning they told me that it was going to take longer than it is right now… I need to get stronger and ready to go out and play,” he added.
“The toughest thing about it was to just watch the games. We have had a tough season so far. It was hard for me because I thought that in some situations I could’ve helped.”
Zotinca has been training with the full team for the past two weeks and might even see some action Saturday or Sunday.
“I’ve never been in a team with so many injuries. It has been frustrating for the guys, for the coaches. We can never play with the same guys. Hopefully we are going to make it to the playoffs and we are going to get some new guys and maybe we can make it farther than last year.”
Thursday, September 18
Por su parte, el Entrenador de Porteros, Leo Percovich, trabajó con los guardametas en la cancha de pasto artificial aledaña, ya que el encuentro en el Rice-Eccles Stadium se celebrará en ese tipo de césped. El arquero Dan Kennedy buscará iniciar por segunda ocasión consecutiva fuera de El Home Depot Center.
Durante el trabajo táctico, los delanteros Ante Razov y Alecko Eskandarian también trabajaron en la cancha de pasto artificial y luego se le unieron otros elementos como Keith Savage, entre otros.
Tras su paso por la Conferencia Este, Chivas USA viajará mañana por tercera ocasión consecutiva para enfrentar al Real Salt Lake este sábado, 20 de septiembre, a las 6:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico (7:00 p.m. Hora de la Montaña) en Rice Eccles Stadium. Con solamente seis juegos por disputar en la temporada regular de la MLS, Chivas USA (8-10-6, 30 puntos) está apenas un punto por debajo de Real Salt Lake (8-9-7, 31 puntos) en la Conferencia Oeste. En la mencionada conferencia, solamente cinco puntos dividen al segundo lugar, RSL, del último puesto, el Galaxy (26 puntos). Será la primera ocasión que regresa a Salt Lake, tres ex jugadores del Real (los delanteros Atiba Harris y Alecko Eskandarian, así como el defensa Carey Talley). Además, el cotejo del sábado representará el último encuentro del RSL en estadio Rice-Eccles antes de mudarse al estadio Real Salt Lake el próximo 9 de octubre. El encuentro del sábado será televisado en vivo por KAZA Azteca 54 y en diferido por FSN a las 8:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico. W Radio 690 AM transmitirá el encuentro iniciando con una previa a las 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17
Tuesday, September 16
A primera hora, la Sub-16 de Chivas USA cayó 0-2 ante su similar de los Estados Unidos en la misma cancha.
El primer partido oficial de los Equipos Sub-16 y Sub-18 de Chivas USA en la Liga de la Academia de Desarrollo de los Estados Unidos será el próximo 27 de septiembre ante su similar del Surf de San Diego. El calendario completo de la temporada puede ser encontrado en la página de la Academia de Desarrollo.
Click here to listen to the audio as Marsch discusses his recovery from the injury.
Chivas USA faces Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. PT, in the Red-and-White’s third consecutive game on the road. The match at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be broadcast live on Azteca 54 and tape-delayed (8:00 p.m., with pregame show at 7:30 p.m.) on FSN West.
Chivas USA (8-10-6, 30 points) is currently tied in third place with the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference, with the Red-and-White ahead by virtue of their 2-1 at Colorado in May. A win over Real Salt Lake, in second place with 31 points, would give the Red-and-White the chance to climb to the second spot in the Western Conference.
Saturday’s match will mark the return of three former Real Salt Lake players. Defender Carey Talley joined Chivas USA in May in a trade with Real Salt Lake, where he played since 2006. Forward Alecko Eskandarian was acquired by Chivas USA from Real Salt Lake in January 2008, as well as forward Atiba Harris, who was also traded by Real Salt Lake to the Red-and-White in a December 2007 transaction. Both, Eskandarian and Talley have scored a goal against their former team early this season.
You can listen to Talley, Eskandarian, and Harris talk about the return to Salt Lake, the importance of Saturday’s game, and the return of Sacha Kljestan, who was absent for the last two games do the international duties and a yellow card suspension.
Click here to listen to Talley.
Click here to listen to Eskandarian.
Click here to listen to Harris.
Chivas USA’s new acquisition Sasha Victorine was present at practice and will be eligible for selection for Saturday’s match. Click here to listen as Victorine talks about joining Chivas USA and his return to Southern California.
The Red-and-White’s next home game is on Sept. 27 against the Kansas City Wizards; for more information or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
Marsch regresa a los entrenamientos
El mediocampista Jesse Marsch regresó a los entrenamientos después de sufrir una fractura de mandíbula ocurrida en el último Súper Clásico del 14 de agosto ante el Galaxy. Tras recibir un tratamiento especial en la mandíbula, Marsch podría regresar a la actividad el próximo sábado en el crucial encuentro ante el Real Salt Lake en Rice-Eccles Stadium. El encuentro será televisado en vivo a las 6:00 p.m. por Azteca 54.
El refuerzo de Chivas USA, Sasha Victorine, practicó por primera vez con el equipo y también podría ver acción en el encuentro ante el Salt Lake. El mediocampista un graduado de UCLA y originario del Sur de California, se une a Chivas USA proveniente de los Hechiceros de Kansas City. Con amplia experiencia en sus nueve años en la liga.
Los mexicanos celebran
Los mexicanos Claudio Suárez, Francisco Mendoza y Roberto Nurse están de fiesta ya que hoy, 16 de septiembre, celebran la Independencia de México. Escuche aquí cómo Nurse festejó el Grito de Dolores ayer.
El que tiene motivos para celebrar es el mediocampista Jorge Flores, quien además del Día de Independencia, celebró hoy sus 19 años de edad. Escuche aquí cómo Flores piensa celebrar el día de sus cumpleaños.
El próximo encuentro de los Rojiblancos en casa será ante los Hechiceros de Kansas City el 27 de septiembre en El Home Depot Center. Para más información, o para comprar boletos, puede llamar al 1-877-CHIVAS-1 o visitar www.cdchivasusa.com.
Monday, September 15
With midfielder Sacha Kljestan back from the U.S. National Team where he helped the team get two World Qualifying victories, and Jesse Marsch, recovering from a broken jaw, the team trained today for the first time this week.
Chivas USA (8-10-6, 30 points) is currently tied in third place with the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference, with the Red-and-White ahead by virtue of their 2-1 at Colorado in May. The San Jose Earthquakes, currently in fourth position, are just one point behind. A win over Real Salt Lake, in second place with 31 points, would give the Red-and-White the chance to climb to the second spot in the Western Conference.
You can listen to goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, forward Justin Braun, and defender Jonathan Bornstein talk about the remaining of the season and the importance of Saturday’s game.
The Red-and-White’s next home game is on Sept. 27 against the Kansas City Wizards; for more information or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
Tras los dos encuentros de visita ante Toronto y Nueva Inglaterra, Chivas USA ahora se enfoca en su crucial encuentro del próximo sábado ante el Real Salt Lake en Utah. El cotejo que se disputará en el estadio Rice-Eccles iniciará a las 6:00 p.m. Hora del Pacífico y será televisado en vivo por Azteca 54 y por diferido (8:00 p.m., previa inicia a las 7:30 p.m.) en FSN-W.
El equipo entrenó hoy por primera vez desde que llegaron de la gira de dos partidos ante equipos del Este. Sacha Kljestan y Jesse Marsch vieron acción. El primero viene de una serie de dos partidos con la selección nacional de los Estados Unidos y el segundo se recupera de una fractura en la mandíbula.
Chivas USA (8-10-6, 30 puntos) actualmente está ubicado en el tercer lugar de la Conferencia Oeste junto con el Rapids de Colorado. Los Terremotos, actualmente en la cuarta casilla, les sigue a solamente un punto detrás. Una victoria sobre Real Salt Lake, segundo con 31 unidades, le daría al Rebaño la oportunidad de subir al segundo puesto en la Conferencia.
Escuche las declaraciones del mediocampista Jorge Flores de cara a la recta final de la competencia.
El próximo encuentro de los Rojiblancos será ante los Hechiceros de Kansas City el 27 de septiembre en la visita de Claudio “El Piojo” López en El Home Depot Center. Para más información, o para comprar boletos, puede llamar al 1-877-CHIVAS-1 o visitar http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.
Friday, September 12
El primer partido oficial de los Equipos Sub-16 y Sub-18 de Chivas USA en la Liga de la Academia de Desarrollo de los Estados Unidos será el próximo 27 de septiembre ante su similar del Surf de San Diego.
For both Chivas USA teams, the first official game of the U.S. Development Academy season will take place two weeks later, on Saturday, Sept. 27 when they face their counterparts from San Diego Surf Soccer.
Thursday, September 11
After a scoreless first half, Chivas USA gave up a goal in the 53rd minute and three more in the final ten minutes of the match to fall 4-0 to the New England Revolution tonight at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro , Mass. Revolution midfielder Steve Ralston had a goal and two assists, while Chivas USA now looks toward its third straight road match next Saturday at Real Salt Lake.
The loss drops the Red-and-White to 8-10-6 (W-L-T) on the season, good for 30 points, and keeps the team in third place in the tight Western Conference. Only five points separate the second through seventh positions in the division, and the top three teams in the West will automatically earn a playoff spot.
After a scoreless first half in which Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made several good saves, Taylor Twellman opened the scoring for the Revolution in the 53rd minute after a give-and-go with Steve Ralston.
Chivas USA battled for the equalizer until Ralston earned his second assist of the night, laying a ball off for Jeff Larentowicz, whose 25-yard rocket beat Kennedy to make the game 2-0 in the 83rd minute. In second-half stoppage time, Khano Smith and Ralston both scored unassisted goals to put the final score at 4-0.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “We could have been better than what we showed in the second half, especially after we gave up the first goal. Then I felt too many guys put their heads down, lost a little confidence, and we lost our way.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit www.cdchivasusa.com.)
Chivas USA ’s next match will take place on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Real Salt Lake . The game will start at 7:00 p.m. MT (6:00 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast on KAZA Azteca 54 and FSN West, as well as W Radio 690 AM. It will be the third meeting between the teams this season; Chivas USA earned a 3-1 win on April 5 in the Red-and-White’s home opener, and RSL captured a 1-0 win on June 14, also in The Home Depot Center.
The Red-and-White’s next home game is on Saturday, Sept. 27, against the Kansas City Wizards at 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit www.cdchivasusa.com.
Gillette Stadium – Foxboro, Mass.
Thursday, Sept. 11 – 4:00 p.m. PT (7:00 p.m. ET)
Chivas USA will face tonight the New England Revolution at 4:00 p.m. PT (7:00 p.m. ET), in a game that will be broadcast live nationwide on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The Red-and-White captured their second road win of the season in Toronto on Saturday, improving the team’s record to 8-9-6 (W-L-T) good for third place in the Western Conference and the last automatic playoff berth in the West. Chivas USA has already faced New England twice in 2008, losing 2-1 at The Home Depot Center in May in league play, and earning a 1-1 tie in Fullerton in SuperLiga group action on July 20.
Wednesday, September 10
“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).
Tuesday, September 9
The rain started falling heavily as the players started warming up.
The drenched team retreated to the bus after training ended.
Chivas USA will play the New England Revolution this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Fans can also tune in to W Radio 690 AM starting at 3:30 p.m. PT for a pregame show, then listen to 'Pasion Chivas USA' immediately after the match, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. PT.
Monday, September 8
Chivas USA continúa su gira este jueves ante Nueva Inglaterra/ Chivas USA continues road swing against New England on Thursday
PHOTO: USSOCCER.ORG/isiphotos.com /
With a goal and two assists from forward Ante Razov, Chivas USA beat Toronto FC by a 3-1 score on Saturday afternoon at BMO Field in Toronto, Ont. The win was Chivas USA’s second consecutive league win, after last Saturday’s victory over Toronto at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It was also the Red-and-White’s first-ever come-from-behind victory on the road.
The win improves the team’s record to 8-9-6 (W-L-T) and is currently in third place in the Western Conference, one point behind Real Salt Lake. The top three teams in the Western Conference will automatically earn a playoff spot.
Toronto FC’s Tyler Rosenlund opened the scoring in the 30th minute, when Rohan Ricketts, receiving a long pass from Chad Barrett, played the ball back across the face of the goal, where Rosenlund finished into an empty net.
The Red-and-White struck back in the 41st minute, when Ante Razov earned the first of his two assists, playing a ball to rookie midfielder Daniel Paladini at the top of the box. Paladini drilled a hard shot to the right of Toronto goalkeeper Brian Edwards, who could not come up with a save. It was Paladini’s first MLS goal, and tied the game at one.
Immediately before halftime, an incident near the center of the field changed the complexion of the game. After a physical battle for a header, both Toronto’s Marco Velez and Chivas USA’s Alecko Eskandarian were red-carded for violent conduct, and each team played the remainder of the match with 10 men.
Chivas took the lead in the 58th minute, when Razov played a perfectly weighted through ball to Jonathan Bornstein, who was one-on-one with Edwards and tucked the ball to the far post. Bornstein had started the game at left back but moved up to assist in the attack in the second half, and after scoring his first goal since July 29, 2007, Bornstein moved back to defense.
Razov completed an impressive day with a stoppage time goal, receiving a pass from Francisco Mendoza after a turnover by the Toronto defense. It was the 114th regular-season goal of the forward’s career, second place on the all-time MLS scoring chart.
Goalkeeper Zach Thornton was forced to leave the game with a left thigh injury in the 73rd minute, and Dan Kennedy went the final 17 minutes in his place, making two saves and helping preserve the win.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on the match: “[The result] is incredibly important. I think right now we put ourselves in a really good spot to push in last seven games for a playoff spot.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit www.cdchivasusa.com.)
Chivas USA’s next match will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11, at the New England Revolution. The game will start at 7:00 p.m. ET (4:00 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. It will be the third meeting between the teams this season; the Revolution captured a 2-1 win on May 11 at The Home Depot Center in a league game, and the two teams met again on July 20 in SuperLiga, tying 1-1 in Fullerton, Calif.
Friday, September 5
Whatever the weather, the Chivas USA players will be looking to get a result in tomorrow’s match, which starts at 4:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast live nationally on TeleFutura and locally on FSN Prime Ticket, as well as on W Radio 690 AM.
“We just have to play our game,” said Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein. “We’ve got to start with the defense and be tight, be solid, and go from there.”
The Red-and-White will be missing several players due to injury; defender Lawson Vaughn did not make the trip to Toronto, and forward Justin Braun did not practice on Friday due to a groin injury. Defenders Claudio Suárez and Carey Talley, as well as midfielder Jesse Marsch, are all listed as questionable.
However, Toronto FC’s lineup is also depleted, as the Canadian side is missing nine players due to international call-ups.
“They’ll have a lot of different players from the last time we played them, and probably a lot of guys who haven’t played together, so we’ve have to take advantage of that,” said Bornstein. “We have to be patient and capitalize on our chances when we get opportunities. That’ll be the biggest thing for us, and as long as we’re confident and play the game that we should, we should be able to get a win.”
Saturday’s match will be the second time this season that the team has played on artificial grass. In the team’s other match on the surface this season, a June 5 game at New York, the Red-and-White fell 1-0.
“I’ve trained on [turf] fields,” said recent signing Roberto Nurse, a forward, “but I’ve never played a match on one. This will be a good chance for me to learn about the surface.”
“The field plays a little heavy when it’s dry,” said Bornstein. “The ball gets stuck in the turf a little bit. Also we got to see it when it was a little slick, because of the rain. It’s definitely an advantage to get a training session on it. We never get to train on that – we’re used to grass. Hopefully now guys will have a little better idea for what it will be like in the game.”
Both Saturday’s match at BMO Field and next Thursday’s game against New England in Foxboro will be played on the artificial grass surface.
Thursday, September 4
“It’s a great city,” said Assistant Coach Mike Matkovich when the team arrived at the Toronto airport. Matkovich spent the 2007 season as an assistant coach for Toronto FC, and is returning to the city for the first time as a Chivas USA coach.
“It’s a city where people live downtown, and you’re right on the lake, and there’s a lot to do, so it’s a real neat city,” Matkovich said.
Two of Matkovich’s early charges at Toronto FC were Paulo Nagamura and Alecko Eskandarian, who both started the 2007 season before being traded. Eskandarian played four games for Toronto at the start of the season before joining Real Salt Lake (and then moving to Chivas USA before the 2008 campaign), while Nagamura played seven matches before a trade brought him to the Red-and-White.
In fact, the first match in Toronto FC history was at The Home Depot Center, when the Canadian expansion side fell 2-0 to Chivas USA on April 7, 2007.
“I actually had a great chance to score [in that game],” said Eskandarian. “Brad [Guzan] made a great save and we ended up losing. We actually played really well.”
Both Eskandarian and Nagamura were stopped by ex-Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan, now of Aston Villa in the English Premier League; Nagamura hit a 20-yard blast in the 16th minute, while Eskandarian’s 12-yard shot minutes later was parried out for a corner kick.
Though both players spent only a short time playing for Toronto FC, both have fond memories of the city and the Toronto fans.
“I’ve got a lot of love for Toronto,” says the 26-year-old striker. “I had a lot of good times out here. It’s special to see the fans, because they treated me so great when I was out here.”
“I love the city,” Nagamura agrees. “I like to play against Toronto. We all know that [the fans] are very passionate about their team, and it adds incentive to play against them.”
Despite their fond feelings for the city of Toronto, both players are focused on the task at hand.
“Some of my old teammates are still on the team, and it’s always fun to play against them,” said Eskandarian. “But at the end of the day we’re here to get a job done.”
“I’m happy to be here, and to play against Toronto again,” said Nagamura. “It’s an important game for us.”