Chivas USA

06 April 4:30 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy are dealing with a number of defensive injuries and may have just added Todd Dunivant to the club’s walking wounded.

Dunivant was forced to come off in the 75th minute of LA’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA with what was revealed to be an abdominal ailment which he confirmed after the game.

“I felt a sharp pain in my abdominal. It might be a strain, I’m hoping that it is not too bad, but I felt it in a play later and I had to come off,” said Dunivant. “We’ll get a scan [on Monday] and see the severity of it.”

Dunivant admitted that he was not “feeling great” but said that he would reserve judgment until the scan.

“I don’t come off if it is nothing so we’ll see,” said Dunivant. “I just hope that it is nothing too bad.”

While Dunivant’s status is a question mark,  starting right back Dan Gargan told reporters that he’d be “okay” despite leaving the match at the 85th minute mark holding on to his right shoulder.

“I just got crunched a little bit,” said Gargan. “I got hit on the backside and moved the wrong way which just squished everything together. It’s nothing serious.”

06 April 2:49 pm

 CARSON, Calif. – Bruce Arena addressed the media following the LA Galaxy’s 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.

His complete thoughts are below:

(On the play of Stefan Ishizaki…)

ARENA: “In time he is going to give us good passing. He is capable of scoring goals like he demonstrated today, but he needs a little time, he is still making the adjustment in to the league. Today is a difficult day for a player that has played in Europe his whole life, a lot in Scandinavia and all of a sudden he is on a field that is about 80 degrees, it’s sticky, all of that. So that was a little challenging for not only Stefan but all the players. The conditions were difficult today to play in. He had a solid game, obviously a good goal. I think he needs to deal with the speed and the pressure on the ball a little bit better than he did today.”

(On the tactical changes made in the midfield…)

ARENA: “I don’t want to underscore us or over score us. Formations are what they are. It is 11 players out on the field. It just so happens that it accommodates the players that we have out there a little bit better. If we somehow shifted [Marcelo] Sarvas next to Juninho and Stefan [Ishizaki] a little on the right and Baggio [Husidic] a little bit on the right, the world wasn’t going to change. Don’t be understanding that this formation is what we’re changing; it’s the 11 players on the field. If that was the case, then you create formations all day using that as a reason of why you’re winning or not winning. And really in all honesty, I really think it is overplayed and I think it is a question of how those players move together and work for each other.”

(On the Galaxy’s first win of the season…)

ARENA: “I suspected we win a game at some point this year, I think we have such an awkward schedule it’s been difficult. It’s just good to get back playing again and winning a game. You know you have to win a game, that’s the name of the game. That’s why you play. It’s important, it’s our first win. It has to establish some confidence in the team, and it’s good to just be playing again. If we had to do another two weeks of training, I think we’d kill each other, we wouldn’t have a team ready for the next game.”

(On the team’s performance…)

ARENA: “We do have a good team. We have good days. We had a good day today, but I think we were a bit sloppy. I think we could have been better today. Obviously we had a two goal lead at half time and it’s a little easier. I anticipated this game would be a close game. I think we did a good job in the first 15 minutes of the second half and basically killed the game.”

On Landon Donovan’s 90 minute performance…)

ARENA: “He played 30 minutes the other day. He played 90 minutes today, we’d expect a little fatigue but 30 minutes shouldn’t bother him. Landon is pretty fit, and he looked pretty good to me tonight.”

(On Chivas USA’s performance…)

ARENA: “Like I told Wilmer [Cabrera] after the game, I think he is doing a good job with the team. It’s a starting point. Defensively they had a plan there, they’re hard to break down. The players worked hard for 90 minutes, which is a good sign for them, and that means in our league that if you could do that then you can steal some games, you’re going to win some others but you’re going to be around there. So those are the characteristics they have. I think they have a very good goalkeeper in Dan Kennedy, they have a young player up top who has now scored goals in the League, [Erick] Torres, which is encouraging. [Mauro] Rosales could play for any team in the league. [Carlos [Bocanegra] is a good experienced player. They’ve got good players and good things going and they have a good year. I think for sure there are more signs of improvement for Chivas.”

(On the play of forward Robbie Keane…)

ARENA: “Robbie [Keane] doesn’t necessarily like these conditions. This would be like burning in hell in Ireland. He got the first goal; he was part of a bunch of goal scoring opportunities. He could have had another goal. Robbie played well; he is a factor on the field.”

(On the team’s midfielders…)

ARENA: “They’re all good soccer players. There’s enough bite in them where they can win tackles. Marcelo [Sarvas], Juninho, and Baggio [Husidic ] get around the ball pretty well. They can all pass the ball; those are good characteristics for midfield players. If your midfield players can’t pass the ball then you’ve got some problems. So that helps us a little bit.”  

06 April 2:10 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The LA Galaxy put forth a dominating performance in a 3-0 victory over Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.

Photos from the match are below. 

 

06 April 12:32 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Baggio Husidic tallied his first goal in nearly two years on Sunday as he scored in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. 

The goal capped off a lovely display of team passing as LA completed six passes before Husidic smashed the ball past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the finish. Husidic's last goal came in his second match for Swedish side Hammarby in a win against Umeå FC back in April of 2012. 

“It was a nice goal. It was a good goal, a team goal," said Husidic.  "There’s no better way to put it, a lot of one-two touch, from the back to the front really quick.”

Galaxy captain Robbie Keane was also quick to praise the build-up play on Husidic's finish. 

“Certainly you look at the third goal. It was certainly a proper goal and the way that we like to play," said Keane. "A counter attack, keeping the ball and going as quick as possible, and ultimately we got a great goal from it.”

Check out Husidic's goal below. 

 

06 April 12:04 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Stefan Ishizaki finally had a chance to show off his class on Sunday as he scored his first-ever MLS goal in the LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over Chivas USA. 

The goal came in the 42nd minute as Juninho found Ishizaki who took a heavy first touch that allowed him to move past Chivas USA defender Carlos Bocanegra before he chipped a hard-charging Dan Kennedy with his left foot for his first goal in an LA uniform. 

“I wanted the first to really go past the defender; obviously, I took it a little too wide. I wanted it to bbe close to goal. As soon as I saw the goalkeeper come, I was confident that I was going to shoot,” said Ishizaki who also tallied an assist on the afternoon. “If he would have been on his line, I would have had to cross, it so I’m glad that he came out of his line and I was able to shoot.”

Landon Donovan, for one, was impressed with Ishizaki's cunning on the tally. 

There’s not a ton of guys in this league who can score a goal like Stefan did," said Donovan. "That takes really quality to score a goal like that."

Check out the Swede's goal below. 

06 April 11:55 am

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane tallied his second goal of the season in LA's 3-0 rout of Chivas USA.

On the strike, Keane admitted while the play developed like he expected, the goal was a bit of a welcome surprise.

"I just ran [into the penalty area] and I thought that Dan was going to smash me. I don’t know whether it hit my arm or my side," said Keane. "I knew that it hit off me and I anticipated that the goalkeeper was going to come out. I just jumped up to get my body in the way and lucky enough, it hit off me.” 

Check out the goal below. 

05 April 3:58 pm

In the latest edition of "By the Numbers" LAGalaxy.com looks back at the history of the SuperClasico between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA.

The Rojiblancos host the Galaxy on Sunday in the first edition of the 2014 SuperClasico series. 

Check it out below. 

05 April 2:52 pm

CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy know that Chivas USA is much different than the side that was thumped 5-0 in the last edition of the SuperClasico.

Under new head coach Wilmer Cabrera, Chivas have amassed five points and a 1-1-2 record due to the production of MLS leading goal scorer Erick “El Cubo” Torres—four goals—and playmaker Mauro Rosales who has notched three assists.  

Despite many false starts for the Rojiblancos in recent  years, Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan believes that Chivas is a new team heading into the 2014 season.

“My impression of Chivas USA is that they are much better. The game Sunday is going to be a difficult game," said Donovan. "They’re much more organized and they have some playmakers and if that continue then it is better for the rivalry.”

Donovan, who is hoping to gain sole possession of the league’s all-time regular season goal scoring mark on Sunday, did not hold back his praise of Torres.

“Torres is one of the best forwards in the league and he’s completely underrated because he plays in that franchise, but he’s absolutely fantastic,” said Donovan. 

05 April 12:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Jaime Penedo is set to return to the fold this Sunday when the LA Galaxy take on Chivas USA in the SuperClasico.

Penedo was unable to suit up in LA’s last MLS match against Real Salt Lake on March 22 as he returned to Panama to finalize his visa, but is expecting to be back in the fold for Sunday’s match against LA’s cross-hall rivals.

“I feel good. I feel ready to play and to be able to support the team,” Penedo, who admitted that he, is still smarting over LA’s CCL defeat to Club Tijuana. “I think that I’m ready to support the team as soon as we play this weekend.”

Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena also gave Penedo the green light stating that the goalkeeper is “close to 100 percent” and will “definitely be available” for the Chivas USA match.

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04 April 4:46 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Once the Galaxy kick off on Sunday, it will have been 182 days since Landon Donovan tied up Jeff Cunningham’s MLS all-time regular season goal scoring record last October against Chivas USA. Now Donovan will have an opportunity to gain sole possession of the league’s goal scoring record against that same Chivas side.

The 32-year-old has yet to find the back of the net in LA’s two MLS regular season matches or their CONCACAF Champions League series against Club Tijuana, but has tallied a great strike record against Chivas with 12 goals in all MLS competitions. Donovan is expecting to be in the lineup on Sunday despite suffering from tendonitis in his knee during his time with the U.S. National Team earlier in the week which prevented him from starting against Mexico

Although the SuperClasico is always a heated match despite LA’s dominance in the series standings, Donovan downplayed the idea that breaking the league’s goal scoring record against the cross-hall rivals would mean any more to him.

“I don’t think it would mean more because it’s against them, but I just like to score goals," said Donovan after training on Friday. "I feel like I've played pretty well in the first four games and I played okay the other night [against Mexico]. I feel like I’m doing well and moving well, but it’s always nice to hit the goal and I want to hit the goal.”

Donovan admits that he needs to be more selfish toward goal, but was quick to dispel any notion that the hunt for goal 135 is wearing on the attacker.

“I’m in a different phase. I don’t judge how I play based on if I score,” Donovan said. “I've played a lot of bad games where I scored then thought ‘oh, I’m great’ but I’d rather continue playing well and not score. I deserve for myself, I deserve to score. I deserve to score and I’m looking to score.”