Cutting out the swagger of his predecessor and promoting substance over style, Jose Luis Real's Chivas USA side is no longer an easy three points.
Jose Luis Real switched to a 4-man defense after taking charge of Chivas USA. So far, it's helped the defense tremendously, as the Goats have improved statistically. We go over the changes and argue the early returns are promising.
Chivas USA is looking for a replacement to lead the team in scoring in 2013. We go over some of the main candidates, and ask our readers for their selections.
We express some frustration at the lack of availability of many Opta MLS statistics, but we go through what we can find about Chivas USA's 2012 defense.
The Castrol Index has been used for years by top European leagues but is a relatively new convention stateside. We examine how Chivas USA players were ranked and whether those numbers accurately depict the players contributions.
Chivas USA brought both tricks and treats in their final match this weekend against FC Dallas, where they managed to find two goals in stoppage time to pull off the unlikely equalizer in what may well be coach Robin Fraser's final match.
Juan Agudelo was acquired with much fanfare. At the close of the season, he's netted just two goals and Chivas USA has packed one of the most woeful scoring punches in MLS history. It's time to use Agudelo properly to reach his full potential.