Chivas USA back on the road to face Philadelphia Union;
Partnership with PADRES Contra El Cancer announced; Bowen makes return;
Youth Teams’ Summer Showcase coming up
CHIVAS USA HEADS TO PHILADELPHIA FOR MATCHUP WITH THE UNION: After Saturday’s defeat to FC Dallas, Chivas USA return to the road looking to put an end to their two game skid. The match against the Philadelphia Union is at PPL Park on Saturday, June 25, at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Prime Time and W Radio 690 AM. Chivas USA have never won at PPL Park, losing 3-0 there last year in the expansion Union’s first year in MLS. The two sides drew 1-1 in last year’s matchup at The Home Depot Center. The match on Saturday will be the Union’s second game of the week, as they host Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
GOAT’S FALL TO FC DALLAS DESPITE LAHOUD’S LONG RANGE BLAST: Michael Lahoud scored his first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough for the Red-and-White as they fell 2-1 to FC Dallas on Saturday night before 11,253 fans at The Home Depot Center. With the result, Chivas USA’s record moves to 4-6-5 (17 pts) and the team now sits in seventh place in the Western Conference. For more information on the game, including highlights and reactions, please visit cdchivasusa.com.
BOWEN THE LATEST GOAT TO RETURN FROM INJURY: Tristan Bowen entered Saturday’s match in the 63rd minute as a substitute for Justin Braun, making his first appearance since March 26th against Colorado. The 20-year-old Bowen is healthy again after spraining his ankle in April. Bowen is the latest player to make his return from injury, with Blair Gavin, Seth Owusu, Tristan Bowen and Paulo Nagamura all recently enjoying returns to full health. Chivas USA is as healthy as they’ve been all season, with only one player featuring on this current injury report: defender Jimmy Conrad, who is still working hard to recover from concussion symptoms.
CHIVAS USA TO LAUNCH UNIQUE “HEART SOCCER CAMPS” FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN: Chivas USA held the first of five “HEART Soccer Camps,” last Saturday. The camps are a new and unique outreach initiative that will connect the game of soccer to children and youth with special needs. Saturday’s event was in collaboration with the non-profit organization World Access for the Blind and hosted a group of fifty visually impaired children, youth and their families. Each camp will be in support of youth facing a variety of illnesses and physical challenges including children with cancer and developmental disorders. To ensure that the needs of each special needs group is met, each camp will be coordinated with different activities and with the support of specialized staff from participating non-profit groups. Camps will take place at the Home Depot Center and feature appearances by the ChivaFighter, ChivaGirls, as well as special activities and prizes for both children and families.
CHIVAS USA YOUTH TEAMS TO COMPETE IN SUMMER SHOWCASE STARTING THURSDAY: The Chivas USA U-18 and U-16 teams are preparing to head to Frisco, Texas for the Development Academy Summer Showcase June 23rd-28thafter finishing up their league play. The U-18’s team has made the playoffs, and will be competing for the league title while in Frisco. More information, including league standings, statistics, and more can be found by following the links for U-18 Teamand the U-16 Team. A video with information on the entire Chivas USA youth system is available here.
SIX GOATS MAKE APPERANCE ON ALL-STAR BALLOT: The list of players nominated for the MLS All-Star team was released last week, and six Chivas USA players made the ballot. The Red-and-White players listed were: Justin Braun, Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Nick LaBrocca, Alejandro Moreno and Heath Pearce. Fans can vote for their favorite players at mlssoccer.com/all-star/ballot-2011. Voting ends on July 5th, the All-Star team takes on Manchester United on July 27th at Red Bull Arena.
RED-AND-WHITE TO HOST FIRE ON JULY 2nd: Chivas USA’s next home game is against the Chicago Fire, Saturday, July 2nd at 7:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. The match, which is the first meeting between the sides this season, will be broadcast on Prime Ticket and Galavision as well as W Radio 690 AM. For tickets or information on the game, please visit cdchivasusa.com or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.
MORENO ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY WITH VENEZUELA: Forward Alejandro Moreno returned to the Venezuela National Team camp early last week, and will likely be away on international duty for several weeks. The veteran will be with Venezuela for the team’s preparation and run through the CONMEBOL Copa América tournament. Moreno has featured several times for his national team this year, and most recently played against World Cup champion’s Spain on June 7th.
CHIVAS USA ANNOUNCES UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH PADRES CONTRA EL CANCER: Chivas USA announced on Tuesday an in-depth partnership with PADRES Contra El Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Latino families with children who suffer from cancer and blood disorders. The mission-driven relationship will support PADRES and include fundraising and awareness campaigns that will engage Chivas USA team members, the team’s own non-profit Fundacion Chivas de Corazon USA, as well as link elements from Chivas USA’s sister-team Club Deportivo Chivas de Guadalajara. Jimmy Conrad and Mariano Trujillo got things started by visiting a group of children undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Hostpital of Los Angeles. The players also taped public service announcements aimed at creating awareness about the need for more individuals to join the national bone marrow registry list. Over the course of this summer, Chivas USA will designate part of the proceeds from the ticket sales from a number of home matches to benefit PADRES, all of which will culminate with a unique night scheduled for September. To learn more about this partnership, visit:www.cdchivasusa.com/community/padres.
MENDOZA APPROACHING CHIVAS USA APPEARANCE RECORD: Francisco ‘Panchito’ Mendoza has now played in 120 games for Chivas USA, needing only four more appearances to surpass Jonathan Bornstein’s record of 123 appearances. Mendoza, the Mexican player with the most all-time Major League Soccer appearances, returned to Chivas USA this season after playing the past two years in Mexico. The fan favorite and Chivas USA original has appeared in 9 matches this season, and passed Sacha Kljestan’s 114 appearances earlier this year.
PEARCE PLAYS EVERY MINUTE: Defender Heath Pearce has played every minute so far this season, his first with Chivas USA. He has now started all fifteen games, playing a total of 1,350 minutes. Nick LaBrocca is the only other players to have started all fifteen games, but he has been substituted, leaving the 26-year old Pearce as the only Goat to play every possible minute thus far.
‘CHIVAS AT THE PARK’ CONTINUES SATURDAY JULY 9th IN TORRANCE: Chivas USA’s popular ‘Chivas at the Park’ program will continue with a session on Saturday, July 9 at Torrance’s Normandale Recreation Center, 22400 S. Halldale, Torrance 90501. The clinics offer participating boys and girls ages 5-15 the opportunity to learn soccer techniques and practice drills that highlight teamwork in an environment that promotes the importance of fitness for the entire family. For only $5 each participant receives 90 minutes of soccer instruction, a Chivas at the Park t-shirt, and a certificate of completion. For more information, please visit the program’s website, or contact Nadia Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHIVAS USA’S POPULAR COACHING SEMINAR COMING UP IN JULY: Join Chivas USA for a two day coaching seminar and receive insight on Chivas USA’s complete development system, from the youth system through the first team!
Seminar topics will include principals of play and player development, and an on-field session will work on technical training. Registration is just $125 per coach, and includes a ticket to Chivas USA’s match against the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.. The two-day event will be held on Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, and will feature on-field instruction, presentations from Head Coach Robin Fraser, Assistant Coach Greg Vanney, strength and conditioning coach Jim Liston as well as U-18 Head Coach Sacha van der Most. For more information and to sign up, visit: http://www.cdchivasusa.com/youthsoccer/coachingseminar
YOUTH TEAM TRYOUTS COMING UP IN SIMI VALLEY: Chivas USA will be holding ‘Sangre Nueva’ Youth Team tryouts coming up this summer in Simi Valley on July 23. Chivas USA coaching staff members will be in attendance at the event to assess and evaluate the entire player pool with the goal of finding players for the Chivas USA Youth Teams. For more information, please visit cdchivasusa.com/youthsoccer/tryouts or call Chivas USA at 310-630-4550.
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