When Chivas USA lost both of its captains in a matter of weeks, the players could have panicked.
Instead, after watching defender Jonathan Bornstein depart for the World Cup and midfielder Sacha Kljestan sign with Anderlecht in Belgium, other leaders stepped up.
"We were worried a little bit because they were our leaders, but we have experienced players," said defender Mariano Trujillo, who assumed the captain's role for Chivas' June 12 Sacramento Cup match against San Jose, which Chivas lost, 6-5, on penalty kicks.
Trujillo, 33, joined Chivas in 2009 but has played professionally since 1996. The team has several other veterans, including defender Ante Jazic, who made his international debut in 1998, and goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who has played in Major League Soccer since 1996.