Club Deportivo Chivas USA

Club Deportivo Chivas USA

Infobox Football club
clubname = Chivas USA

fullname = Club Deportivo Chivas USA
nickname = Chivas, Goats, Goats USA,
Bebe Chivas, Rojiblancos
Rebaño Angelino
shortname =
founded = 2004
dissolved =
ground = The Home Depot Center
Carson, CA
capacity = 27,000
chrtitle = Owner
chairman = flagicon|MEX Jorge Vergara

ceo =
mgrtitle = Coach
manager = flagicon|SRB flagicon|USA Preki Radosavljević
league = Major League Soccer
season = 2007
position = Western Conference: 1st
Overall: 2nd
Playoffs: Conference semifinals
pattern_la2= _adidasstripesonwhite
pattern_b2=_whitestripes3|pattern_ra2= _adidasstripesonwhite |pattern_sh2=_adidasonwhite|pattern_so2=_3_stripes_red
leftarm2= 000080 |body2=FF0000|rightarm2= 000080 |shorts2=000080|socks2=FFFFFF
firstgame = D.C. United 2-0 Chivas USA
"(The Home Depot Center; April 2, 2005)"
largestwin = 5–1 vs Real Salt Lake
"(The Home Depot Center; July 9, 2005)" 4–0 vs Real Salt Lake
"(The Home Depot Center; April 21, 2007)"
worstdefeat = 2-5 vs Los Angeles Galaxy
"(The Home Depot Center; April 26, 2008)"
topscorer = flagicon|USA Ante Razov (25)
fansgroup = Legión 1908, [ Union Ultras] ,
honours = None
American = true

Club Deportivo Chivas USA (short form: CD Chivas USA or Chivas USA) is a professional soccer club based in Carson, California, United States and participates in Major League Soccer. The club, founded in 2004, plays its home games at The Home Depot Center, sharing it with arch-rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy. The official colors of Chivas USA are red, white, and blue, the same as Club Deportivo Guadalajara, one of the most widely-supported teams in Mexico.


Founded on August 2, 2004, as Major League Soccer's then-eleventh team, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved some success in just three seasons in MLS. In 2007, the Mexican-owned club finished first in the Western Conference, qualifying for the playoffs for the second year in a row to the delight of its passionate supporters.

Chivas USA kicked off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer at The Home Depot Center with a 2-0 loss to then MLS Cup Champions D.C. United on April 2, 2005, under the guidance of Chivas USA’s first head coach Thomas Rongen. After a 1–8–1 start (their sole win coming against fellow expansion club Real Salt Lake), Thomas Rongen was named Chivas USA's sporting director and assistant coach Javier Ledesma becomes the club's interim head coach. On June 3, 2005, Hans Westerhof was named Chivas USA's second head coach. After a disappointing season, Westerhof did not return to coach the team in 2006.

On November 23, 2005, Bob Bradley, the winningest manager in Major League Soccer history, became Chivas USA’s third head coach, replacing Hans Westerhof. Under Bradley, the 2006 season saw a major turnaround for Chivas USA. The team finished the 2006 season with a 10-9-13 record and earned a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. Bradley was named MLS Coach of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner of the award and Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein was named 2006 Gatorade Rookie of the Year. After the season ended, Coach Bradley was named interim head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team and head coach of the U.S. Men's Olympic Team by the U.S. Soccer Federation, and was replaced by Chivas USA’s fourth head coach, Predrag "Preki" Radosavljevic.

The team’s third season, under Preki, was the most successful to date. Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan was named MLS’s Panasonic Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2007 season. On November 7, 2007, Preki was named MLS Coach of the Year for 2007 after the first-year manager led the Red-and-White to a 15-7-8 record and first place in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. In January 2008, Preki signed a multi-year contract with Chivas USA securing his position as head coach for the upcoming 2008 season.

100-Hour Game

August 13, 2006: Chivas USA's "100-Hour Soccer Game", the longest on record in the United States, concluded in the city of Bell Gardens, with Chivas defeating the Rest of the World 437-429 after 6,000 minutes (100 hours) of continuous play. The game, held in celebration of Club Deportivo Guadalajara's 100th anniversary, attracted over 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 fans.

2007 Playoffs

Chivas finished the 2007 MLS season atop of the Western Conference. However, they lost in the Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup 2007 playoffs to the Kansas City Wizards, who were the conference's #4 seed under new MLS seeding rules despite being in the Eastern Conference.

2008 Season

Chivas had a good start. By mid-season, Chivas was tied for first place with the Galaxy, with Sacha Kljestan also being nominated for the MLS IX and playing for the U.S. National Team. However, on July 11, 2008, Chivas sold their star goalkeeper Brad Guzan to Aston Villa F.C., raising questions about their defense as an unknown goalkeeper from Costa Rica's Saprissa replaced him. [cite news |last= Jones |first= Grahame L. |date=July 11, 2008 |title= Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan leaving to play in England |publisher=The Los Angeles Times |url=,0,4582950.story?track=rss |accessdate= 2008-07-11 ]

Fan Clubs

[ Legión 1908] - Their Los Angeles chapter boasts over 5000 members that support both Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara. [ Union Ultras] - Supporters group that exclusively supports Chivas USA .

Team Jersey

Chivas USA's home uniform bears the same vertical red-and-white stripes of Club Deportivo Guadalajara, and red sleeves, worn with blue shorts and blue socks.

Chivas USA's away uniform bears the same vertical stripes as the home jersey, but has white sleeves, and is worn with white shorts and socks.The rarely-seen third jersey is all blue, and used only when playing FC Dallas in Dallas (which wears red and white horizontal stripes), although they did wear the blue kit on August 2, 2008 in a game against the Chicago Fire. The kit proved unlucky, as they lost 1-0.


On May 16, 2007, Comex, Mexico’s leading paint company, became Chivas USA’s presenting sponsor. Its logo also appears the front of Chivas USA jerseys and training jerseys.

Television and radio

FSN West and FSN Prime Ticket have coverage of Chivas USA for the 2008 season. Delivering the most Chivas games on television, the schedule includes 18 regular season games and up to two post-season contests. Christian Miles is the play-by-play announcer, with Bernardo Osuna as analyst and sideline reporter Christine Nubla.

The official Spanish-language broadcast partner is W Radio 690 AM and will broadcast all 30 of Chivas USA’s regular-season games during the 2008 season and Azteca America channel 54.


*"' Honda SuperClasico
** Won 2007
* MLS Supporters' Shield
** Runners-up (1): 2007
*MLS Reserve Division
**Runners-up (1): 2007

Individual Honors

* MLS Best XI - Brad Guzan, Jonathan Bornstein 2007
* MLS Coach of the Year Award - Preki 2007
* MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award - Brad Guzan 2007
* MLS Coach of the Year Award - Bob Bradley 2006
* MLS Rookie of the Year Award - Jonathan Bornstein 2006

International competition

* 2008 SuperLiga - Chivas USA qualified to the SuperLiga 2008 by finishing as the MLS Supporters' Shield Runner Up during the 2007 season.
* 2008-09 CONCACAF Champion's League (Preliminary Qualifying Stage)- Chivas USA qualified to the CONCACAF Champions League 2008-09 by finishing as the MLS Supporters' Shield Runner Up during the 2007 season.


Current Roster

"As of August 8, 2008." ["Source:"]

Notable former players

"This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time."

*flagicon|MEX Juan Pablo García (2005–2006)
*flagicon|USA Brad Guzan (2005–2008)
*flagicon|MEX Juan Francisco Palencia (2005–2006)
*flagicon|MEX Ramón Ramírez (2005–2006)

Head coaches

*flagicon|Netherlands Thomas Rongen (2005)
*flagicon|Mexico Javier Ledesma (2005; interim)
*flagicon|Netherlands Hans Westerhof (2005)
*flagicon|United States Bob Bradley (2006)
*flagicon|Serbia Preki Radosavljević (2007–)

Team records

*Goals: flagicon|USA Ante Razov, 30
*Assists: flagicon|USA Sacha Kljestan, 24
*Games Played: flagicon|MEX Francisco Mendoza, 106
*Minutes Played: flagicon|MEX Francisco Mendoza, 9,009
*Shots: flagicon|USA Ante Razov, 183
*Shots on Goal: flagicon|USA Ante Razov, 82
*Game-Winning Goals: flagicon|USA Ante Razov, 11
*Penalty Kick Goals: flagicon|MEX Claudio Suarez, 4
*Multi-Goal Games: flagicon|USA Ante Razov, 5
*Saves: flagicon|USA Brad Guzan, 1
*Shutouts: flagicon|USA Brad Guzan, 20

"MLS regular season only, through 2007 season"

*All-Time regular season record: 29-38-27 ("Through October 21, 2007")

Home stadiums

*The Home Depot Center (2005—)


Average attendance

"regular season/playoffs"
* 2005: 17,080/missed playoffs
* 2006: 19,840/15,110
* 2007: 14,305/19,711
* 2008: 14,286/TBD ("as of July 6th, 2008")


[ [ Chivas USA: Home: Home ] ] [ [ Bob Bradley Named Interim U.S. Men's Soccer National Team Head Coach ] ] [ [ ESPNsoccernet - MLS - Canales: On Bradley and Chivas USA ] ] [ [ Chivas USA: News: Article ] ]

External links

* [ (English)]
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