December 3, 2009 |
Martin Vasquez imagined many times his aspiration to become coach of Chivas USA. He shared that dream two years ago with Shawn Hunter, the team's president and chief executive, and with Antonio Cue, the team's part-owner. He did it shortly after becoming an assistant coach with Bayern Munich. "The very last thing I said to him," Hunter said, "was it would be an honor for me to introduce you as the head coach at Chivas USA." That finally happened Wednesday when Vasquez, 45, was hired as the club's fifth head coach.
November 13, 2009 |
On Thursday, four days after being eliminated in the first round of the Major League Soccer playoffs for the fourth year in a row, Chivas USA parted company with Coach Preki "by mutual agreement." Preki, 46, former Major League Soccer and U.S. national team standout, said he was leaving to pursue other coaching opportunities. In his three seasons, Preki compiled a 40-29-21 record in the regular season and a 0-3-3 record in the playoffs. -- Grahame L. Jones -- Brigham Young defeated UC Santa Barbara, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA women's soccer tournament in Stanford, eliminating the Gauchos.
July 1, 2009 |
Chivas USA Coach Preki demanded explanations, but police intervened. So Chivas left South Carolina without much opportunity to discuss lingering matters with officials after its 3-1 U.S. Open Cup loss Tuesday to the Charleston Battery. It was "a frustrating night" for Preki, whose club lost its sixth consecutive U.S. Open Cup match dating to 2005.
June 28, 2009 |
After learning that his team's run in SuperLiga would come to an end when his game was over because Tigres defeated the Chicago Fire 2-1, Chivas USA Coach Preki met the news with a polite shrug and pushed forward. He used Saturday as an opportunity to rest key players and tinker with a lineup that has produced more losses than wins recently. The result was a 1-1 tie against San Luis on Saturday in front of an announced crowd of 11,083 at Home Depot Center.
May 29, 2009 |
The fans came to see Cuauhtemoc Blanco. They ended up having to settle for Terry Vaughn. In yet another Major League Soccer match in which the game officials succeeded in grabbing the limelight, Chivas USA on Thursday night suffered a devastating 3-2 loss to the unbeaten Chicago Fire. Chicago's tying and winning goals were scored in the 89th and 90th minutes, respectively, the latter on Blanco's second successful penalty kick of the night, this one six minutes into stoppage time.
May 2, 2009 |
AT SAN JOSE Time: 7:30 On the air: TV: FS West (tape-delayed 10 p.m.). Radio: 690. Where: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara. Records: Chivas USA, 5-1-1; Earthquakes, 1-3-2. Record vs. Earthquakes (2008): 2-0-1. Update: Chivas USA is off to the best start in its five-year history and is in first place overall in MLS. That has not stopped Coach Preki from keeping expectations in check. "We can't start flying around," he said. "It's a long season."