Chivas USA look to take season series over Vancouver

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August 31, 2013 (ISN) – Chivas USA kick off a crucial two-game road trip against a pair of Western Conference rivals in the Pacific Northwest that begins this Sunday with their rubber match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

The sides come into the third and final regular-season meeting looking to take the season series, as the clubs have split the first two meetings.

The Rojiblancos took the first match back in March at the then-called Home Depot Center, 2-1. After going up a goal early in the match on an own goal by the ‘Caps, the Goats took a two-goal advantage on Eric Avila’s superbly struck volley in the second half. Vancouver would cut the lead in half but Chivas would hold on to secure the three points at home. 

WATCH: Preview- Chivas USA vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Vancouver would even up the series in their rematch on June 19, which marked the first match led by Head Coach Jose Luis Real. The ‘Caps were led by forward Camilo Sanvezzo’s two-goal performance in the 3-1 come-from-behind win by the Canadian side at BC Place.

Real now returns to the site where he made his Major League Soccer debut, however this time with a new-look and bolstered Red-and-White squad. Since their June meeting, Chivas have added the dynamic duo of center back Carlos Bocanegra to anchor the back line and Guadalajara striker Erick Torres up top, which has gradually begun to pay dividends. 

READ: Farfan and Bowen rejoin new-look Rojiblancos

Bocanegra, together with goalkeeper and captain Dan Kennedy have led a much solid Red-and-White defense, while the 20-year-old Torres has tallied four goals in that same six-week span, including his two-goal performance in last week’s win over the New York Red Bulls.

The Red-and-White will be further bolstered with the return of forward Tristan Bowen and midfielder Gabriel Farfan, who are both fresh from serving two-game suspensions stemming from red cards.

In their absence, the Goats added former Academy product Bryan de la Fuente into the mix, and the midfielder filled in with solid back-to-back performances, recording his first career goal and generating the buildup for another score.

In addition, Chivas announced this week the signings of midfielder Carlo Chueca and forward Matthew Fondy, which will only add to the squad’s depth in the starting 11 and off Real’s bench. All these additions will be key to former Guadalajara manager, as Real will count on different options for Sunday.

The Rojiblancos will look to record their first win ever at Vancouver, as they have managed to come away with a draw in three all-time meetings at Vancouver since the series began in 2011. Kickoff is programmed for 4 p.m. (PT) and will be televised in English on KDOC and in Spanish on MundoFOX22. The match will also be broadcasted in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM.

With a mentality to earn a positive result

With confidence and determination at their peak, Chivas USA will look to earn three valuable points this Sunday when they face Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place as part of Major League Soccer’s Week 27 action. The Chivas USA Coaching Staff, that includes Assistant Coach Marco Fabian, has worked with the team five days this week to implement the tactical plan that will have to take place going up against the Whitecaps, a team seeking revenge after falling in their last MLS game.

“Without a doubt, it’s a complicated field because it’s turf field, but I think that the team has been working very well. We’re going in well prepared and with the mentality to earn a positive result,” Fabian commented to

Undoubtedly, the confidence that Chivas USA got from their last game, a 3-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls, will help them in their match-up against Vancouver this Sunday. Just like they did in last week’s game, the Red-and-White will give their all on the pitch to earn their second consecutive win.

“We’re thinking we’re going to put out a good game, play well, and consequently, earn a result just like we did against New York. I think it’s a great opportunity to reaffirm that the team is looking better every time,” Fabian added.

Sunday’s game will be Fabian’s first meeting against the ‘Caps. However, the coach knows the opponent well as Head Coach Jose Luis Real made his MLS debut against Vancouver. If in the first occasion, the Red-and-White did not have the right plan and answers to defeat the Canadian squad, Coach Fabian says he has gotten to know the League more, and most importantly, Vancouver’s style of play.

“We already had the experience of going over there; we know how our rival plays, we have them well-studied and we’re going to try to counterattack. They’re not a bad team, but without a doubt, with our work, the tactical plan, I think, looks better day-by-day,” Fabian concluded.

Make sure to watch Chivas USA’s match-up against Vancouver Whitecaps FC this Sunday, September 1st on KDOC-56 or Mundo Fox-22 starting at 4 pm PT. For all the latest news and updates on the Red-and-White, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa

Farfan and Bowen rejoin new-look Rojiblancos

It’s been over two weeks since Chivas USA forward Tristan Bowen and midfielder Gabriel Farfan suited up for a Major League Soccer Regular Season match for the Goats. The Red-and-White duo were suspended for their actions in the Aug. 11 match at home versus Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids.

Farfan and Bowen were each sent off with straight red cards in the 33rd and 63rd minutes, respectively, in the eventual 1-1 tie. Upon review, Major League Soccer’s Disciplinary Committee deemed that their actions were excessive and handed them an additional game suspension.

After sitting out Chivas’ last two matches, the pair of attackers return to eligibility and are at the disposal of Head Coach Jose Luis Real should he select them to travel.

The Rojiblancos begin a crucial two-game road trip to take on conference foes Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Seattle Sounders FC in the Pacific Northwest beginning this Sunday at 4 p.m. (PT)

“I’m definitely excited,” said Farfan. “Obviously it’s no fun watching the team from the sidelines. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. Luckily I got a couple Reserve League games in so I’m feeling good going into this game.”

Farfan along with Bowen will possibly rejoin a Red-and-White 18-man travel roster with added depth. Midfielder Bryan de la Fuente stepped in after being acquired and started the last two matches while recording a goal and helping to generate another score.

In addition, the Goats announced the signings of midfielder Carlo Chueca and forward Matthew Fondy this week, which gives Real multiple options to choose from to round out his starting 11 and offensive threats off the bench.

The pair says they welcome the new-comers and the added depth they can provide, as the added competition for spots around the field will only make Chivas USA more dangerous.

“It’s good that we made an effort to pick up some players,” Bowen said. “Everyone that has come into the team has done well. I think the competition only pushes us to get better so it’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Bowen leads all forwards on the club in games played with 18 and has tallied two goals, while Farfan has started in 10 out of his 12 matches since being acquired via trade in May. And both recognize they need to prove they are the best at their respective positions to reclaim their starting roles for Sunday’s match at BC Place.

“I need to go out there and do what I do best,” Bowen added. “I bring something different, just as everyone else brings something different to the game. I’m just going to do what I need to do and make the decision a lot harder on the coaches.”

Fans will be able to see what lineup Real puts on the pitch this Sunday on KDOC’s first English game telecast of the season or in Spanish on MundoFox 22. As always, radio-listeners can tune in to W Radio 690 AM to listen to the match in Spanish.

Torres and Bowen going for the win against Vancouver

For the third and last time this season, Chivas USA will face Vancouver Whitecaps FC as part of Major League Soccer’s Week 27. In the three-game series, each team has earned a victory; the Red-and-White earned a 2-1 win in the first match, while the ‘Caps took the second match by a 3-1 result.

Unlike the Whitecaps, the Goats enter the match with an important victory after defeating the New York Red Bulls at home thanks to two goals by Erick “Cubo” Torres and another from rookie Julio Morales.

Torres spoke with  about his first encounter against the Canadian squad set for this Sunday.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” “Cubo” said. “We’re coming off an important victory. The Team is motivated, very well standing, so it’s going to be a game where we have to consolidate all the good work that we’ve been having.”

The integration of Torres has been a blessing for Chivas USA; in his six MLS games, “Cubo” has scored a total of four goals, positioning himself as the top goal scorer in the squad. In this Sunday’s game, Torres will look to extend his scoring streak and help the Red-and-White earn three points.

“We have to be conscious that this is revenge. We have to go and win, score one, two, three goals. Make the match our own from the start, if we have the opportunity to win. It’s going to be a complicated match, but we have the winning mentality,” the Mexican concluded.

Meanwhile, Head Coach Jose Luis Real will count with the services of forward Tristan Bowen, who returns to the squad after serving a two-game suspension. In the last match against Vancouver, Bowen was able to score his second goal of the season.

“I think both games against Vancouver were very different in their own ways,” Bowen said. “Going back up there, we know what the environment is going to be like, we know how they play and we just have to work as a team and get a result,” he finalized.

Fans can catch this Sunday’s match-up against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on KDOC-56 and Mundo Fox 22 starting at 4 pm PT live from BC Place. For all other news and updates on the Red-and-White, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa

Chivas USA host last training session of the week

Saturday morning, Chivas USA went out to the StubHub Center’s Field 6 to celebrate their last training session before traveling to Canadian territory to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. (PT) at BC Place.

The day began with a warm-up session led by Strength and Conditioning Coach Armando Camacho, which consisted of a light jog and some exercises to elevate the heart rate. Later, the entire group hosted a game of ‘torito’ at midfield.

Assistant Coach Marco Fabian had a brief chat with the team to explain the essence of the next exercise in which the Red-and-White focused on set pieces, focusing on the attack and defense.

The session went on with a tournament of soccer-tennis involving six teams of three players each. The sides faced each other at least once. The four teams with the best record moved on to semifinals. Josue Soto, Carlos Borja and Matt Fondy on one side, and Edgar ‘Chore’ Mejia, Jose Manuel Rivera and Erick ‘Cubo’ Torres on another played the grand finale with the first team winning the championship match.

At 11:15 a.m. (PT), Head Coach Jose Luis Real called it a day, and the group left the pitch to get ready for their trip north of the American border.

For the first time this season, as Chivas USA face the Whitecaps FC on Sunday, their fans will be able to watch the Goats live in both English and Spanish on KDOC-TV and MundoFOX22 KWHY-TV, respectively.