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The Full Chivas USA 2011 Postmortem

CARSON, CA - JULY 06:  The gang's all here! (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - JULY 06: The gang's all here! (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Hopefully you've been reading the posts in the Chivas USA 2011 Postmortem series. With today's conclusion in the series, I thought it would be useful to collect all of the reviews together for your convenience in case you missed any of the or wanted to look again. This list is of all the players who saw any time with the first team in league play in 2011, starting with Tristan Bowen and concluding with Nick LaBrocca. Many of these players have departed, as MLS doesn't stay static in the grand scheme of things for very long, but at least we had 2011, right?

We are still planning on doing more follow-up on the 2011 season this offseason, and that will be split with articles devoted to turning attention forward to 2012. There will be hopefully something for everybody in the coming months, to get you ready for the real deal, when the season begins again and Chivas take the field once more.

Full postmortem list after the jump

November 7: Tristan Bowen, our first entry in the series (now playing in Belgium).

November 8: Gerson Mayen, loaned out much of the season (now with the Montreal Impact).

November 11: Zach Thornton, an MLS legend who spent nearly all of the season on the bench.

November 12: Jimmy Conrad, whose Chivas USA tenure ended after just two games.

November 13: Chris Cortez, getting his first professional minutes in 2011.

November 14: Francisco Mendoza, was shown the door in the middle of the season.

November 16: Victor Estupinan, who saved his best for last in 2011.

November 17: Mariano Trujillo, a substitute defender whose option was declined by the team last month.

November 18: Laurent Courtois, a midseason addition who I have declared my favorite player.

November 26: Paulo Nagamura, injured much of the season but traded to Sporting Kansas City this offseason.

November 27: David Junior Lopes, a center back who experienced some growing pains but could come good.

November 28: Juan Pablo Angel, the guy who fell into Chivas' lap and exceeded all expectations in his short stint.

December 4: Andrew Boyens, a defender who I felt was unfairly overlooked (selected by LA Galaxy in Re-Entry Draft).

December 7: Blair Gavin, a talented midfielder whose injury derailed much of his 2011 season.

December 8: Michael Lahoud, not a starter for much of the season, but a solid pro.

December 9: Marcos Mondaini, a season of ups and downs for the Argentine.

December 10: Jorge Villafana, a lot of development in 2011, but still needs to work on his consistency.

December 11: Michael Umana, a fixture in defense for much of 2011, but I wasn't so sure about him at center back.

December 14: Simon Elliott, provided experience and leadership for a young team (currently out of contract).

December 15: Alejandro Moreno, loved by the coaches, had a decent season, but a few more goals, please.

December 16: Justin Braun, two great hat tricks, a lot of frustration otherwise (traded to Montreal Impact).

December 17: Ben Zemanski, Chivas' defensive midfielder of the future?

December 22: Zarek Valentin, a promising rookie season that Chivas gave away (selected by Montreal Impact in Expansion Draft).

December 23: Ante Jazic, who had a career year in MLS in 2011.

December 26: Heath Pearce, the linchpin of Chivas' backline in 2011.

December 27: Dan Kennedy, who had an exceptional season in establishing himself as an elite MLS goalkeeper.

December 28: Nick LaBrocca, a previously little-known midfielder who had a breakout season in 2011.