Another week, another preseason match and more preparations for the new season. Let's see what's happened in Chivatown recently!
Oswaldo Minda made his preseason debut Friday! The club released pictures of Minda in Chivas gear running around the field, as well as a pic of Juan Agudelo on the sidelines. For Minda, this is the best sign yet that the midfielder will remain with the club this season, and we know Agudelo will be starting the season with the club after the close of the European transfer window Thursday (barring a trade in MLS, of course). No word on if Agudelo will go to Honduras for their World Cup qualifier next week. It is possible, since I believe the USMNT is also training at the HDC complex, but I would say his presence at Chivas training means he probably won't be with the national team.
And Thursday sounded like it was loads of fun for the team! Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it was Chelís' birthday, and he received a custom jersey from the team to mark the occasion. The sound system that has become a fixture at training apparently blasted out birthday songs to the manager, and perhaps buoyed by the special day, he introduced his famous tactic of giving players objects for playing well. In this case, Dan Kennedy, Tim Melia, Miller Bolanos, Giovani Casillas, Tristan Bowen, and Carlos Borja were members of the winning team in the skills competition, and as a reward, they each won a GPS device. Lest you think pro soccer players are above such motivators, Bowen tweeted out his satisfaction at earning a prize:
Not to be a killjoy, but I wonder if MLS will enjoy Chelís giving his players things. Of course, if it is coming out of his money, I guess it doesn't matter much, right?
Could another young Mexican American be on his way to Carson? That's the question Tom Marshall asked earlier this week over on MLSsoccer.com in his regular "Gringo Report" column. The player in question is Juan Pablo Ocegueda, a 19-year old Southern California native who is a member of the U.S. U20 team. Ocegueda was formerly a member of the UANL Tigres Academy and briefly, the first team, before moving on this past offseason. He is currently under contract to Chivas de Guadalajara, but given his national team status, there is a question of whether he'll play for the first team. However, it could make sense (plus there have been rumors) Ocegueda could be headed north, to MLS and Chivas USA. We will have to see on that.
Kevin Baxter had a nice profile on 2013 SuperDraft selection Carlos Alvarez in the LA Times. Not only does Alvarez sound like he's overcome a fair amount to get to his position, but as a local boy it makes it even easier to root for the rookie, doesn't it? I bet a homesick teammate or two will head to Carlos' house this season to get some home cooking.
In news that probably doesn't mean a whole lot to you, but still impacts the Goats, it has been widely reported that the stadium the club shares with (ok, rents from) the LA Galaxy will change its name, with the original agreement with the Home Depot Center set to expire in May, and the company reportedly uninterested in renewing the sponsorship. No word on a stadium situation of its own for Chivas USA.
There were a couple of articles about Avila this week. On the club's official website, Olivia Cervantes recounts Avila's journey to Chivas USA, including a stint with the Goats' Academy before he started college at UCSB.
And also on the club website, Luis Bueno caught up with Avila and discussed his progress as well as the progress of the club this preseason. Expectations are high for the midfielder, but he seems to be putting in the work so far.
To wrap up this week, those of us here at The Goat Parade want to give Luis best wishes. Moving forward, he won't be the team's beat writer, but we want to thank him for his time covering the team, in both his stints. We know he's moving on, but we appreciate the work he's done for our team! Thank you LB!
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