Archive for January, 2012

JPA is here to stay?

January 17th, 2012
 

We shared this article yesterday on our facebook, but thought it was important to share again. It not only talks about our new 19 year old Salvadorian Midfielder Marvin Iraheta, but also about Chivas Academy defender Mario Ledezma, center back Rauwshan McKenzie, midfielder Ciaran O’Brien, MLS pool goalkeeper Kevin Guppy, teenage Mexican midfielder Pablo Sandoval, AND a goalkeeper, we don’t know much about him other than his name is Tim Melia and he played with Real Salt Lake for the last 2 seasons.

Chivas USA players train hard on the first day of Preseason Practice

AND Chivas USA academy players training with the first team midfielder Esteban Rodriguez (Palmdale/Bell Gardens HS), midfielder Marco Delgado (Glendora/Glendora HS) and Eric Gonzalez (Corona/Santiago HS), goalkeeper Jake McGuire (Chino/Damien HS) and forward Ben Spencer. Lots of local talent there

 

On top of these players, Juan Pablo Angel was at training yesterday. Even though he has not signed a contract, he is confident that he will be playing this season and did not want to fall behind by missing training. Thats COMMITMENT.

 

Will JPA make all all the difference this season?

 

All players listed above were training hard yesterday at the HDC. The article also includes the list of people who were NOT there.

 

 

ALSO here’s the preseason schedule (subject to change):

 
 

Jan. 27 vs. Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College
Feb. 3 vs. FC Hasental at Home Depot Center
Feb. 7 vs. Colorado Rapids at site TBA
Feb. 11 vs. Chicago Fire at site TBA
Feb. 16 vs. Galaxy at Home Depot Center
Feb. 22 vs. Club Tijuana (Mexico) at University of San Diego
Feb. 27 vs. AIK (Sweden) at Portland, Ore.
Mar. 1 at Portland Timbers
Mar. 4 vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Portland, Ore.

 

 
Lets get some comments going. What do you guys think?

 

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Read articles mentioned here:

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/soccer/post/_/id/13968/chivas-usa-goats-start-with-local-signing

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/01/16/angel-smith-among-faces-chivas-training-camp

Big Changes for our Goats

January 6th, 2012

The number of players on our roster seems to keep getting smaller and smaller. Coach Robin Fraser confirmed that Costa Rican Defender Michael Umaña will no longer be playing for our Goats. Actually, he has already been signed to Comunicaciones, a team in Guatemala. Along with the loss Umaña; the Goats have also let go of Marcos Mondaini, Sergio Arias, and Victor Estupiñán.

 

Goats let go of Umaña, Mondaini, Arias, and Estupiñán

Goats let go of Umaña, Mondaini, Arias, and Estupiñán

 
Mondaini will be going to Emelec in Ecuador. Arias has gone back to Mexico but not to Guadalajara, he will be going to Irapuato in the Mexican Second Division. And Estupiñán has still not been picked up by anyone. However, it is rumored that he will be going to Ecuador. 

With these losses it seems that Fraser is stripping our team down to the bare bones. The team is in a state of rebuilding. However, this puts the Goats down to a few players still on the roster. That is of course including the other losses this offseason the total at this point is 13 players that have been let go since November:

 

Justin Braun (11/23: trade to Montreal)

M Gerson Mayen (11/23: trade to Montreal)

Zarek Valentin (11/23: expansion draft)

M Paulo Nagamura (11/29: trade to Sporting KC)

D Andrew Boyens (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy)

F Chukwudi Chujindu (12/12: option declined)

M Simon Elliott (12/12: out of contract)

G Zach Thornton (12/12: option declined)

D Mariano Trujillo (12/12: option declined)

D Michael Umaña (1/2: free/Comunicaciones)

F Marcos Mondaini (1/4: loan option declined)

G Sergio Arias (1/4: loan option declined)

F Víctor Estupiñán (1/4: option declined)

 

With these loses our Goats gained a few players who will be key to the 2012 Season:

M Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC)

D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal)

M Arturo Alvarez (12/5: Re-Entry Stage 1/RSL)

M Oswaldo Minda (12/21: SD Quito)

 

It is also known that Chivas USA signed a new player but has not released his name. Jose Domene(@domene) tweeted today,

 ”Just signed a new player. Waiting for Physicals and MLS approval. Tune in to @cdchivasusa for the announcement soon” 

I guess we just need to be on the lookout for news about our club since new news is not normally posted on their main website.

 

What do you guys thing of the changes that are being made?

Is this Robins way of cleaning house? Do our goats have something big planned before our Home Opener against the Eastern Conference Champions the Houston Dynamo?

 

Read the MLS article here

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/01/04/chivas-usa-part-ways-umana-three-others

http://www.mlssoccer.com/offseason-transactions/2011-12


 

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