It's been a few days since the last Chivas USA game, and I get the sense that fans are still hungover from the four-game losing streak (oh! Sorry to bring it up again). But just like that, the Goats have another game on Wednesday in DC. A preview will be up soon for that rematch, but in the meantime, I thought I would get caught up on some of the recent news and articles concerning Chivas.
In some happy news, Nick LaBrocca has been nominated for MLS Goal of the Week! A fan vote determines the winner, as usual, so get voting! It was a terrific goal against Chicago and we want to give 'Nick the Quick' some confidence heading into the last five games. If you haven't, vote here. Well, if you have, vote some more...just find a way.Now back to the regular news. Here's an article by Adam Serrano following the Chicago match featuring quotations of disappointment from Robin Fraser, Dan Kennedy, and Juan Pablo Angel. Unsurprisingly, everybody knows the team is caught in downward spiral and are unsure if they can get back on track, but they are saying the right things. I suppose that's better than being in denial, but they need to change what they do, not what they say.
And another article from Serrano on the league website today. Perhaps the biggest tidbit is that Heath Pearce could possibly play Wednesday in DC. I still think it is unlikely, given Fraser's cautious nature in his lineups and the fact that Zarek Valentin was given plenty of time to recover from his injury even though the defense had started falling apart. However, Pearce's absence has been very detrimental to the backline and with the season on the line in this next game, if Pearce has any shot of being close to 100% he could be there. But I think the chance of seeing him against DC United is 10%, so it looks unlikely.
On the youth development front, Chivas USA has a couple of players with a pretty significant honor. Midfielder Adonis Amaya and forward Bradford Jamieson have been selected to the U.S. Soccer Men's U-17 National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida for the fall semester. The program is meant to give the anticipated U-17 national team two years to train together in anticipation for the U-17 World Cup. Congrats and good luck guys!
Finally, something else that is lighthearted. Following their successful "Chivas Spice" viral video, the club is at it again, with "Catch Me if You Can." starring Justin Braun. The video is meant to publicize their "Date a Chiva" fundraiser on October 3, and Braun's a ladies man who can't get away from the ladies. I like the video, but I really wish he was wearing something a little snappier than athletic shorts and a t-shirt. Small quibble. Nicely done.
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