A New Challenge for Marco Fabián

Marco Fabián, who has more than 15 years of experience in the Red-and-White institution, knows the type of character needed in any Chivas team.

After his home debut in the 1-0 loss to the LA Galaxy, Chivas USA’s Assistant Coach Marco Fabián, who recently arrived from Guadalajara, was able to live firsthand and experience coaching in Major League Soccer. And what better match to debut than to be at home for the SuperClásico.

Marco Fabián, who has more than 15 years of experience in the Red-and-White institution, knows the type of character needed in any Chivas team, as well as how useful the challenge of working in Chivas USA will be for him.

“I’m very happy to be in this new era with the team, and without a doubt I’m very happy to be on the field giving what I can so that we can’t start reaching our goals,” Fabián said.  “Every change comes with an adapting period; the guys look better every day and they look more united and committed to the work. Little by little the team will be playing the way we want Chivas to play.”

In his long career, Marco Fabián has coached third and second division teams, as well as youth squads like Chivas Guadalajara’s U20 and U17 squads, leading them to multiple championships. The Guadalajara native has also served as Interim Head Coach for Chivas Guadalajara’s First Team, and hand-in-hand with the experience he has in Mexican soccer, the strategist knows that American soccer is different.

“It’s a style of soccer that is played with more force and fight,” Fabián commented about MLS’ style of play. “It’s a different style in Mexico; over there it’s more technical, but we’re going to take the most out of every player we have so that we can start adding points.”

The Red-and-White team has worked three weeks with the new coaching staff and the style of soccer desired is starting to show in each game. Now, the team has the opportunity to turn the page this Saturday against the New England Revolution and Fabián knows that with the current roster, the team can compete and earn victories.

“It’s a roster with a lot of quality, desire; the team has players with lots of desire and it’s important to integrate those players so that the team can function. The team has a lot of quality, they may not have a name but they have the quality, and with that, we can work.”

“Chore” Mejía Hungry to Return to League Action

 First-year midfielder Édgar “Chore” Mejía has been an integral part of Chivas USA since his arrival via loan from brother club Chivas Guadalajara in February. The Guadalajara-born player has made 11 starts for the Red-and-White this season and is tied for the team-lead in assists with three to go along with one goal.

Mejía has quickly adapted to the speed and physical play in Major League Soccer and earned an All-Star nomination in his first year in the League. However, the midfielder has missed the last three League matches for the Goats to nurse an ankle injury he suffered during their game against the Colorado Rapids. The time away from the field has made the 24-year-old even hungrier to get back on the pitch as soon as possible and perhaps be in the 18 for this Saturday’s home match against New England Revolution.

Mejía has shown his talents on the field by displaying his versatility in the midfield. The Guadalajara Academy product, who has participated with Mexico’s Youth National Teams, has the ability to go forward as an attacking element or can also sit back as a holding mid and look to distribute and create a build-up for his teammates. As the Red-and-White look to snap out of their current winless streak against the Eastern Conference side, Mejía remains diligent in his work on and off the field.

“I definitely have to monitor how I feel on the pitch,” said Mejía. “Depending on how the ankle responds is how I can show the coaches that I’m ready. Obviously there are moments that I don’t like being out of matches. But I’ve tried to take advantage of this time out and observe the team and see which things I can improve. All of us have that desire to play. I’m dying to get back out there.”

Mejía is now back and participating in training with his teammates, as he also continues to complete maintenance on the affected area, both on the pitch and after practice. Heading into Saturday’s first and only match this season versus the Revs, Mejia could be eligible for selection if called upon by Head Coach José Luis Real, who will be making his second appearance at home at the helm for the Red-and-White.

Recap: Chivas USA Academy Teams Continue their Playoff Run

 Chivas USA’s Youth Academy Teams continue their participation in the U.S. Soccer’s Development Academy playoffs in Frisco, Texas. On Tuesday evening, the Red-and-White U15/16 earned their first victory in their first game of the tournament, while the U17/18 squad lost in their second game and has been eliminated from advancing to Finals Week.

The games kicked off at FC Dallas Park on Tuesday evening with the 1-0 victory by the U15/16 over the South Carolina Battery Academy. Adonis Amaya notched the only goal of the match in the 77th minute thanks to an assist from Mark Hernández. In their second game of the tournament, the Red-and-White will face the Texans SC Houston this Wednesday, June 26 at 7 pm PT. The Texans most recently defeated the Oakwood Soccer Club 1-0 in their first match of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA’s U17/18 team added their second loss of the tournament after falling 2-0 to the Baltimore Bays Chelsea. The young Red-and-White players were at a disadvantage after forward Caleb Calvert received a straight red card and Mario Conde earned his second yellow card of the game. With the last two results, Chivas USA’s U17/18 Team was eliminated from advancing to the next round.

Chivas USA’s U17/18 will close their participation in the Playoffs facing De Anza Force this Thursday, June 27 at 9 am PT. In their first two games, De Anza Force earned a victory against the Baltimore Bays and a draw with the Indiana Fire Academy.

For all the latest news on the Academy, make sure to follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa & @ChivasUSAYouth.

Vote for Bowen for Goal of the Week!

 Whenever Chivas USA forward Tristan Bowen scores, it’s a beauty. And now Bowen’s goal against Vancouver Whitecaps FC last Wednesday at BC Place is nominated as the Major League Soccer Goal of the Week!

The Red-and-White went up 1-0 early in the game as the seventh minute. Red-and-White midfielder Carlos Álvarez advanced the ball down the middle of the attacking third and passed it off to Bowen on the right wing. Bowen, who was left in a one-on-one outside the box with a ‘Caps defender, created enough space for himself and unleashed a high sinking strike that found the side netting passed Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton.

“It feels awesome! My mom called me to tell me and I wasn’t really sure, then people started tweeting me. It’s exciting and hopefully I win. We’ll see what happens,” Bowen said on his nomination to Goal of the Week.

Check out his goal and make sure to vote for him for MLS Goal of the Week (CLICK HERE) or send code G1 to 22442 via text message. And if we haven’t convinced you yet, click here to watch a special message from Bowen to you.

Chivas USA Increase Workload in Mid-Week Training Session

Chivas USA completed a Wednesday morning training session at the StubHub Center’s Field ahead of their Week 17 match against the New England Revolution.

The morning kicked off with a team jog around the pitch and continued with a series of stretches for added warm up. The training was then elevated in a conditioning challenge to measure the players’ cardio rate and recovery when six players at a time would run nearly the length of the pitch back and forth five times at a brisk pace. Meanwhile, the players who waited their turn in the cardio challenge participated in light ball work through games of “torito” and short passes.

Afterwards, the team was divided into two groups, with each side occupying one half of the pitch. One of the groups was taken by Head Coach José Luis Real to work on offensive tactical work with the objective of finishing inside the box. Meanwhile, the second group ran through passing and distribution drills around obstacles. The groups were then brought together to compete in an exercise that ran the length of half the pitch with the objective of knocking in a goal. The morning then concluded with a cool down session that included stretching.

 

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