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August 29, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The prospect of spending a Sunday evening watching the two worst teams in Major League Soccer was not an enticing one. As luck would have it, though, the fans who showed up at the Home Depot Center — including U.S. national team Coach Bob Bradley and assistants Zak Abdel and Jesse Marsch — were in for a surprise. Playing in a much brighter and livelier manner than the Galaxy had in a 2-0 loss to Kansas City the night before, Chivas USA edged D.C. United, 1-0, on a first-half goal by forward Justin Braun.
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January 25, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
The crack of the whip echoes metaphorically over the training field, and yet Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser has not so much as raised his voice, let alone his hand. There is a new man in charge, and for the Chivas USA players there is an uncertainty about whether to be welcoming or to be nervous. They should be both. Changes aplenty are under way at Los Angeles' "other" Major League Soccer team, the one not called the Galaxy, and already, even in the first week of preseason training, there is an altered mood, a new optimism, about Chivas.
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October 3, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Chivas USA was put out of its misery Sunday evening when it was beaten, 2-1, by the Galaxy to officially end the club's hopes of reaching Major League Soccer's playoffs. Does that mean Coach Martin Vasquez will lose his job? "I think it's a fair question, but I think it's too soon," Vasquez said. "Right now I'm still the head coach and tomorrow, if there's no other thing, then I'm going to continue to be the head coach. " The loss dropped Chivas to 7-15-4 with four games remaining in the regular season, and Vasquez, in his first year at the helm, said they would all be taken seriously.
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October 9, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
If there is one thing that Chivas USA has learned in 2010, it is that the team needs to be better in 2011. Year-end awards, in other words, will be thin on the ground when the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a close in two weeks. Having failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years and having won only eight games, including Saturday night's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC in Carson, Chivas USA requires a substantial makeover. Part of that will come about naturally, with the departure, for instance, of U.S. national team defender Jonathan Bornstein, who is joining the UANL Tigres in Mexico, and the likely retirement of a player or two. The team features a trio of 30-somethings in all-star goalkeeper Zach Thornton, 36, and defenders Ante Jazic, 34, and Alex Zotinca, 33. Any or all of them might decide to call it a career.
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October 9, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
If there is one thing that Chivas USA has learned in 2010, it is that the team needs to be better in 2011. Year-end awards, in other words, will be thin on the ground when the Major League Soccer regular season comes to a close in two weeks. Having failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in five years and having won only eight games, including Saturday night's 3-0 victory over Toronto FC in Carson, Chivas USA requires a substantial makeover. Part of that will come about naturally, with the departure, for instance, of U.S. national team defender Jonathan Bornstein, who is joining the UANL Tigres in Mexico, and the likely retirement of a player or two. The team features a trio of 30-somethings in all-star goalkeeper Zach Thornton, 36, and defenders Ante Jazic, 34, and Alex Zotinca, 33. Any or all of them might decide to call it a career.
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September 14, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Chivas USA played Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly soccer match here Tuesday night — more on that in a moment — and, as always, there were two sides to the story. Pulling into the parking lot, the aroma of carne asada and chorizo drifted in the evening air. "So, does a hot dog come with that?" you ask the parking attendant taking your $15. "A hot dog? This is Mexican tonight," she replies, laughing. The thousands of red-and-white striped Chivas jerseys should have told you that.
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January 25, 2011 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
The crack of the whip echoes metaphorically over the training field, and yet Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser has not so much as raised his voice, let alone his hand. There is a new man in charge, and for the Chivas USA players there is an uncertainty about whether to be welcoming or to be nervous. They should be both. Changes aplenty are under way at Los Angeles' "other" Major League Soccer team, the one not called the Galaxy, and already, even in the first week of preseason training, there is an altered mood, a new optimism, about Chivas.
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July 15, 2010
Update: Chivas faces Puebla F.C. in its first of three games in the yearly SuperLiga tournament that brings together four Major League Soccer teams and four Mexican First Division soccer clubs. Chivas signed playmaking Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Espinoza, who is eligible to play tonight. Chivas striker Justin Braun, who scored twice in the team's 2-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday, was named MLS player of the week. CHIVAS USA TONIGHT VS. Puebla F.C. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Home Depot Center.
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August 14, 2010 | Sports Network
Seattle Sounders FC and Chivas USA battled to a scoreless draw in Major League Soccer action at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night. The draw snapped a four-game winning streak by the Sounders, but stretched its unbeaten run to six games. The game also marked the first in nine games that Sounders forward Fredy Montero didn't record a goal or an assist. Chivas USA, on the other hand, dropped important points at home as it struggles to get back in the playoff picture.
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December 4, 2004 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Two goals in a four-minute span early in the second half by midfielder Pete Vagenas powered the Galaxy to a convincing 3-1 victory over Necaxa of Mexico on Friday night in an international soccer friendly at the Home Depot Center. "Friendly" was a relative term, however, as Necaxa proved by having midfielder Marco Capetillo and goalkeeper Ivan Vasquez ejected in the second half, leaving it to play two men down for the final 16 minutes.
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October 3, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Chivas USA was put out of its misery Sunday evening when it was beaten, 2-1, by the Galaxy to officially end the club's hopes of reaching Major League Soccer's playoffs. Does that mean Coach Martin Vasquez will lose his job? "I think it's a fair question, but I think it's too soon," Vasquez said. "Right now I'm still the head coach and tomorrow, if there's no other thing, then I'm going to continue to be the head coach. " The loss dropped Chivas to 7-15-4 with four games remaining in the regular season, and Vasquez, in his first year at the helm, said they would all be taken seriously.
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September 14, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Chivas USA played Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly soccer match here Tuesday night — more on that in a moment — and, as always, there were two sides to the story. Pulling into the parking lot, the aroma of carne asada and chorizo drifted in the evening air. "So, does a hot dog come with that?" you ask the parking attendant taking your $15. "A hot dog? This is Mexican tonight," she replies, laughing. The thousands of red-and-white striped Chivas jerseys should have told you that.
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August 29, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
The prospect of spending a Sunday evening watching the two worst teams in Major League Soccer was not an enticing one. As luck would have it, though, the fans who showed up at the Home Depot Center — including U.S. national team Coach Bob Bradley and assistants Zak Abdel and Jesse Marsch — were in for a surprise. Playing in a much brighter and livelier manner than the Galaxy had in a 2-0 loss to Kansas City the night before, Chivas USA edged D.C. United, 1-0, on a first-half goal by forward Justin Braun.
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August 1, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Despite his team being stuck in last place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, Martin Vasquez continues to exude confidence. Chivas USA's first-year coach thinks that with just under half the MLS season still to go, and with a trio of new players in the mix, he and his squad can turn things around and still make a run at the playoffs. "We were in a hole, we hit rock bottom, but little by little we've been trying to get out of that hole," Vasquez said Saturday evening before Chivas' game against the Columbus Crew at Home Depot Center.
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