Chivas USA Weekly Update: August 2nd, 2011
Goats On The Road: Part II The New England Revolution; Chivas USA’s Youth Teams Take Dallas By Storm; The Red and White Get Heat Struck In Dallas.
CHIVAS USA COUNTINUE GRUELING ROAD HAUL NEXT STOP NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION: With the Red-and-White’s fall last Sunday evening against western conference sub-leaders FC Dallas the Goats look to keep their playoff hopes alive as they move on to Boston. Chivas USA now travel to Massachusetts and will square off against the New England Revolution on Saturday, August 6th at Gillette Stadium. The match will kick off at 4:30 pm PT, and will be broadcast on W Radio 690 AM. For information on the game, please visit cdchivasusa.com.
CHIVAS USA’S YOUTH TEAMS MAKE GREAT IMPRESSION AT THE GENERATION CUP: The 2011 Generation Adidas Cup took place last week July 25 through July 31st at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. It consisted of two tournaments for youth teams of MLS clubs. The U17 tournament included teams from 16 MLS clubs, while the U15 tournament included teams from 8 MLS clubs. Throughout tournament play both Chivas USA’s youth teams in the U17 and U15 categories made a stellar run at the cup, and once again showcased their play and performance. From the beginning of tournament play and through the final the U15’s were determined to take the cup falling just short of that effort with a 2-3 loss in the championship match against the squad from the New York Red Bulls in Frisco, TX, this past weekend. After taking an early lead in the first half Edgar Gonzalez scored a dipping volley assisted by GK Bryan Gomez. In the second half Hugo Gutierrez scored the equalizer, unfortunately the Red Bulls would break their hearts by scoring the winning goal just two minutes before the final whistle. In the meantime the U17 overcame their devastating defeat in the semis vs. the LA Galaxy team by beating rival DC United 6-0 in the third place match. The Goats star of the tournament Kevin de la Torre once again showcased his prowess and added an additional 4 goals to bring his total to 9 goals in 5 games and earned him the coveted Golden Boot trophy for the 2011 Cup. Pedro Velasquez and Mario Ortiz added the other 2 goals as Christian Carrillo assisted on 4 of the 6 goals.
CHIVAS USA FALL SHORT AT PIZZA HUT PARK: In Frisco, Texas and under 103 degree weather, the Goats faced and lost 1-0 against the Western Conference sub leader FC Dallas as they started their five game road trip at Pizza Hut Park Sunday evening before 10,023 fans. FC Dallas took the lead in the match through Marvin Chavez, who scored his 4th goal of the season at the 26th minute, assisted by forward Ruben Luna. Chavez struck the ball and Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce, in an attempt to block the shot, deflected the direction of it and the ball ended up in the back of Kennedy’s net. Chivas USA had several opportunities to score but could not capitalize. Early on, Nick LaBrocca crossed from the left side of the box to forward Justin Braun but the effort from the Chivas USA goal leader was not enough to reach the ball and score. Later on, in less than 90 seconds, FC Dallas approached twice on the visiting team’s box and created two real goal opportunities but Red-and-White goalkeeper Dan Kennedy did a great job and saved his team once again.
PEARCE AND LABROCCA – ALL STAR GAME: For Nick LaBrocca it was a homecoming growing up just a few miles from the Red Bull Arena; for Heath Pierce, it was his second consecutive trip to the All Star festivities. Chivas USA’s All-Stars joined David Beckham and Thierry Henry among the 22 MLS All-Stars that competed against Manchester United in the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star Game this past Wednesday July 27th at Red Bull Arena. MLS All Star’s fell to Manchester United 4-0.
CHIVAS USA HOSTED ITS THIRD HEART SOCCER CAMP: This past Saturday July 30th, Chivas USA held its third camp of the HEART Soccer Camp series, a unique initiative that connects the game of soccer to children and youth with special needs and demonstrates that children and youth can overcome their physical limitations and enjoy soccer. This weekend’s clinic was in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps seriously ill children and their families cope with their pain, fear and isolation through entertainment, education and family activities. A team of specialized Chivas USA academy coaches lead Starlight children and their siblings through a series of uniquely designed soccer drills and techniques. Among the invited participants there were children diagnosed with a number of serious illnesses including sickle-cell related diseases, leukemia, and cerebral palsy. Chivas USA’s HEART Soccer Camp series will continue through the month of September and will support 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.
ALEJANDRO MORENO RETURNS TO CHIVAS USA: This past Tuesday July 26th marked the return of the Goats forward to his MLS club after a successful trip for his national team of Venezuela in CONMEBOL’s Copa America. “Overall it was big success for us; it was as good of an international tournament as we’ve had as a country,” said Moreno, who featured in three tournament matches for La Vinotinto. “We should be proud of that… And for me to be able to represent my country, represent Chivas USA and Major League Soccer I’m certainly very proud of it.”
FRANCISCO “PANCHITO” MENDOZA TIES CHIVAS USA APPEARANCE RECORD: Mendoza has now played in 123 games for Chivas USA, tying Jonathan Bornstein’s record and needing only one more game appearance to surpass and become the all time leader. “Panchito” 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 andChivas USA original has now appeared in 12 matches this season, and passed Sacha Kljestan’s 114 appearances earlier this year.
CHIVAS USA CREATES “A BETTER LIFE” SECTION FOR LOWER INCOME FAMILIES: Mexican actor Demian Bichir, honorary captain for Chivas USA, is inviting you to send us your story – “HOW HAVE YOU OBTAINED A BETTER LIFE BY COMING TO THE UNITED STATES?” By submitting you’ll have the opportunity to win a family four-pack for Chivas USA games and sit in the “A Better Life” special section at Home Depot Center. Demian Bichir, invites you to visit your favorite movie theater and watch “A Better Life” in which the actor plays the role of a gardener residing in East Los Angeles who travels across town to work in the homes of the wealthy. At the same time he is attempting to keep his son away from street gangs and immigration agents. Send us your story with a minimum of 200 words to the following email address: email@example.com
CHIVAS USA ANNOUNCES UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP WITH PADRES CONTRA EL CANCER: Chivas USA announced last month 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 Hospital 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.
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 twenty two games for the Red-and-White, playing a total of 1,980 minutes. Nick LaBrocca is the only other players to have started all twenty two 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’ TOOK PLACE THIS PAST SATURDAY IN NORTH HOLLYWOOD: Chivas USA’s popular ‘Chivas at the Park’ program had its latest session this past Saturday, July 30 at North Hollywood’s Whitsett Fields Park. These 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 received 90 minutes of soccer instruction, a Chivas at the Park t-shirt, and a certificate of completion. For more information on additional Chivas at the Park events coming up, please visit the program’s website, or contact Nadia Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM CDCHIVASUSA.COM :
CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE: AUGUST 2 – AUGUST 9*
Tuesday, August 2 Training, 10:00 am, Field 6
Wednesday, August 3 Training, 10:00 am, Field 6
Thursday, August 4 Travel to Boston, MA
Friday, August 5 Training, Time and Place TBD
Saturday, August 6 Chivas USA @ New England Revolution, 4:30 p.m. PT, Gillette Stadium (RADIO: W Radio 690 AM)
Sunday, August 7 Travel – Return To Los Angeles
Monday, August 8 Off.
Tuesday, August 9 Training, 10:00 am, Filed 6
*Subject to change. For latest information, or if you plan on attending a session, please contact Chivas USA’s Public Relations Department.