March 26, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA
ROJIBLANCOS HOST WHITECAPS FC IN FIRST LEG OF SEASON SERIES
Chivas USA returned home Monday fresh off a successful first road trip after defeating the Chicago Fire 4-1, and now begin preparations to host Western Conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Saturday night match is set for a 7:30 p.m. (PT) kickoff at The Home Depot Center and can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690. The Rojiblancos begin their preparation week sitting in second place in the Western Conference with seven points and look to extend their unbeaten streak to four. The Red-and-White have gotten out to a solid start in conference play with a record of 1-0-1 and a strong overall record of 2-1-1 in the early season. The Goats came away with a draw at home last season in July against the Caps, but Vancouver took two wins in last season's season series.
AGUDELO NAMED MLS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo came away with more than just his second goal of the season and his first assist of the campaign. The 20-year-old was named MLS Player of the Week for his performance in Sunday's 4-1 road victory versus Chicago. In the 57th minute, Agudelo possessed the ball inside the box and laid off a short pass to Edgar "Chore" Mejia outside the box for a strike that opened up the scoring. In the 75th minute, Chivas USA used a quick outlet from goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to Jorge Villafaña to go up 3-1. Villafaña pushed the ball down the field and sent a ball over the top to Agudelo who brought the pass down near the arc with a defender on him. Agudelo created just enough space to get off a precise curling shot just inside the right post for the score.
'CHORE' MEJIA NOMINATED FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK
Chivas USA midfielder Edgar "Chore" Mejia recorded his first MLS goal in Sunday's road win. The Guadalajara native sent a powerful strike from outside the box to beat Chicago's goalkeeper to his left to give the Rojiblancos a 1-0 advantage in the 57th minute, and for that, Mejia is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Mejia also recorded his second assist of the season to give the Goats a 2-1 lead in the 73rd minute when he sent a free kick from the left seam into the box that defender Joaquin Velazquez headed-in. To cast your vote for "Chore" visit here or send code 'G5' via text to 22442. Voting closes this Thursday at 11:59 pm (PT).
AGUDELO AND 'CHORE' MEJIA NOMINATED FOR LATINO DE LA JORNADA
Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo and midfielder Edgar "Chore" Mejia are among the four candidates nominated for MLS' Latino de la Jornada for their Week 4 performances. The fellow Goats each recorded a goal and assist to lead the Rebaño Angelino to a 4-1 win at Chicago on Sunday . Voting results will be announced by MLS on Friday.
INJURY REPORT AS OF MARCH 26, 2013
OUT: Walter Vilchez (L knee MCL sprain)
PROBABLE: Oswaldo Minda (L hamstring), Daniel Antunez (L Groin)
HISTORY OF CHIVAS USA VS. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Chivas USA All-Time Record vs. Whitecaps FC
MLS Regular Season: 0-2-3
Home: 0-1-2 (1 GF, 2 GA)
Away: 0-1-1 (0 GF, 4 GA)
All-Time Scoring: Chivas USA - 1, Whitecaps FC - 6
Last Match vs. Whitecaps FC
Chivas USA 0, Whitecaps FC 4; Oct. 3, 2012 - BC Place Stadium
The sides met for the third and final match in the season series, and the host side took a 4-0 win to seal the series advantage with its second win. Vancouver was led by a pair of goals in both halves. One of the few bright spots for the Red-and-White that night was the professional debut of academy product Marco Delgado. The Southern California midfielder entered the match in the 73rd minute and got off a shot.
GOATS NOTES AND FACTS
Chivas USA's April 7 Match at Seattle Moved to Sept. 4
Chivas USA's away match against Western Conference opponent Seattle Sounders FC, originally scheduled for April 7, has been moved to Sept. 4 with a 7 p.m. (PT) kickoff time. As a result of the schedule change - which was made to accommodate CONCACAF Champions League semifinals that will run from April 2-10 - the Rojiblancos will now have a bye week from MLS competition in the first weekend of April.
Kickoff Time Changed for May 12 Match at Portland
The kickoff time for Chivas USA's regular-season match against the Portland Timbers, scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at JELD-WEN Field has moved to 2 p.m. (PT).The match, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., is the first meeting between the clubs in the three-game season series. Chivas USA will host Portland on Sept. 14 and Oct. 26.