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Chivas USA Weekly Update: March 19, 2013

CHIVAS USA TO FACE CHIVAS GUADALAJARA
Chivas USA will play sister club Chivas Guadalajara in a friendly at Estadio Olimpico in Ciudad Juarez (Mex) on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. (PT). The match will be played in benefit of EDUCARE, an education institute in Ciudad Juarez that builds hope for one of that city’s most marginalized and violence-stricken communities. For that, Chivas will participate in different activities with the goal of benefiting the institution. A significant percentage of the match’s proceeds will be put toward the second stage of EDUCARE Ciudad Juarez’s construction.

INDEPENDENT REVIEW PANEL RESCINDS SUSPENSION AND FINE GIVEN TO VELAZQUEZ
An independent review panel rescinded the suspension and fine that Rojiblancos center back Joaquin Velazquez had received for a red card issued during last Sunday’s SuperClásico. As a result, Velazquez is eligible for selection in next Sunday´s first road match of the season when Chivas USA faces the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. In the 40th minute of the first leg of the SuperClásico, Velazquez was shown a yellow card, and seconds later a red card, for a tackle made near the Red-and-White’s defensive third. The Red-and-White organization submitted a petition of review on the play, and the independent review panel – which consists of one representative from each of the following entities: U.S. Soccer Federation, Canadian Soccer Association, and Professional Referees Organization (PRO) – concluded that the automatic fine and one-game suspension should be rescinded.

ROJIBLANCOS TRAVEL TO CHICAGO FOR SEASON’S FIRST ROAD MATCH
Chivas USA continues its MLS play this Sunday when it plays its first road match of the 2013 campaign against the Chicago Fire. Sunday’s match will be the Rojiblancos’ second meeting versus an Eastern Conference opponent, and because of the MLS’ unbalanced schedule format, the game will be the only meeting between the clubs this season. Chivas USA fell 2-1 to Chicago at The Home Depot Center last May on a game-winning goal in stoppage time. Forward Juan Pablo Angel gave the Red-and-White the initial lead on a first-half penalty kick, but the Fire responded with two scores for the road win.

CHIVAS USA TRAINING AND MATCH SCHEDULE: March 20 – March 26*
Wednesday, March 20 Chivas USA vs Chivas Guadalajara – Estadio Olimpico, Ciudad Juarez (Mex), 4 p.m. (PT)
Thursday, March 21 Travel to Chicago
Friday, March 22 Training in Chicago
Saturday, March 23 Training in Chicago
Sunday, March 24 Chivas USA @ Chicago Fire – Toyota Park, 2 p.m. (PT)
Monday, March 25 Return to LA
Tuesday, March 26 Training, 10:30 a.m. – Field 6

*Approximate Training session times 60 to 90 minutes. Subject to change. All times Pacific, unless otherwise noted. For latest information, or if you plan on attending a session, please contact Chivas USA’s Public Relations Department.

INJURY REPORT AS OF MARCH 19, 2013
OUT: Walter Vilchez (L knee MCL sprain, L ankle sprain)
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HISTORY OF CHIVAS USA VS. CHICAGO FIRE
Chivas USA All-Time Record vs. Fire
MLS Regular Season: 4-8-3
Home: 2-4-2 (9 GF, 12 GA)
Away: 2-4-1 (8 GF, 12 GA)
All-Time Scoring: Chivas USA – 17, Fire – 24

Last Match vs. Fire
Chivas USA 1, Fire 2; May 4, 2012 – The Home Depot Center

The sides met as part of Cinco de Mayo weekend festivities at The Home Depot Center and were locked in a 1-1 tie heading into stoppage time. The Goats went up on Juan Pablo Angel’s penalty kick in the 23rd minute. Chicago then evened the score two minutes later on an Austin Berry score and were able to come away with the road win in dramatic form, as Marco Pappa’s strike in the 93rd minute gave the visitors the last-minute win.

GOATS NOTES AND FACTS
Rojiblancos Re-Sign Tim Melia
Chivas USA re-signed back-up goalkeeper Tim Melia to a contract extension, the club announced today. The 26-year-old New York native is in his fourth MLS season and second with the Rojiblancos. Melia was acquired last season by the Rebaño Angelino and made two starts in October, recording a tie in the season finale. Melia also made starts for Chivas USA in US Open Cup and Reserve League competition.

Rookie Carlos Alvarez Makes his SuperClásico and Pro Debut in Grand Form
Rookie midfielder Carlos Alvarez made his professional debut in last Sunday´s SuperClásico and knocked in the equalizer in the 89th minute to give Chivas USA a 1-1 tie against its cross-hall rival the LA Galaxy. Alvarez, an East Los Angeles native drafted No. 2 overall in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of Connecticut, came into the match as a sub to start the second half. Playing a man down, the Rojiblancos trailed 1-0 late in the first leg of the three-game season series, when defender Carlos Borja saw Alvarez make his run toward the far post and crossed a pass from the right side of the box for the dramatic score.

EYE ON YOUTH
Chivas USA Youth Academy Holds its Final Tryout
Chivas USA will host its third Youth Academy tryout for its Under-14 team on April 22. The newly-formed squad will compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. For more information about the tryouts click here

Chivas USA’s U18s and U16s Back to Action over the Weekend
Chivas USA’s Under-18 and Under-16 squads returned to action last weekend on the road in Visalia, Calif. The U16s extended their unbeaten streak to six, as they came away with two wins over the weekend, the first coming in Saturday’s 4-2 win over Cal Odyssey’s U16s. The young Goats then defeated the San Jose Earthquakes’ U16s, 2-1, on Sunday.

The U18s came away with a two-game split over the weekend, with a 2-1 win over Cal Odyssey’s U18 squad on goals by Romero Lomeli and Mario Ortiz. To read more academy action click here

To follow Chivas USA Youth Academy news click here

2013 MINI PLANS AND INDIVIDUAL TICKETS AVAILABLE
Mini Plans and individual game tickets for the 2013 season are available. To learn more about the packs and becoming a Chivas USA season-ticket holder and the exciting benefits that come with it click here

HEADLINES OF THE WEEK
Videos
ESPN Deportes – Chivas USA arranca empate a Galaxy … Click here
ESPN Deportes – Chelis con JR y su banda… Click here
ESPN – Galaxy, Chivas trade late goals in draw … Click here
Time Warner Cable Deportes – Empate Angelino … Click here
Univisión Deportes – Chivas USA le sacó un honroso empate al Galaxy … Click here
Univisión Deportes – Chelis: En el partido ganamos un punto, en respeto 100 … Click here

Articles
ESPN Deportes – Chivas USA arranca empate a Galaxy … Click here
LA OPINION – Reviven la rivalidad… Click here
ESPN – Galaxy, Chivas trade late goals in draw … Click here
LA Daily Breeze – Chivas USA 1, Galaxy 1: It’s a mad, mad world at first SuperClásico … Click here
Fox Sports West – Chivas USA, Galaxy trade late goals in draw … Click here

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About Chivas USA
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in eight full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.

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