Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo voted MLS Player of the Week

Agudelo´s goal and assist against the Chicago Fire helped the Red-and-White win their first road match in eight months; Edgar “Chore” Mejia’s goal competing for Goal of the Week

CARSON, Calif. (Monday March 25, 2013) – Chivas USA forward Juan Agudelo was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 4 of the 2013 MLS Season. Agudelo, with a goal and an assist in Chivas USA´s 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire, received the majority of the votes while competing against nine different MLS players. The Red-and-White won their first road league win in eight months.

Last Sunday, the Goats faced the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in their first road match of the season. Chivas USA opened the scoring in the 57th minute when midfielder Jorge Villafaña – who came on as a sub to start the second half to make his first appearance of the season – sent a cross from the left into the box. Agudelo gathered the ball and laid off a short pass to Edgar “Chore” Mejia just outside the box. Mejia squared up and unleashed a strike past Chicago keeper Paolo Tornaghi to put the Rojiblancos up 1-0.

In the 75th minute, after Chivas USA broke up a free kick threat deep inside Red-and-White territory, Goats goalkeeper Dan Kennedy quickly sent an outlet pass to Villafaña on the left wing. Villafaña pushed the ball up the field and sent a pass over the top to Agudelo, who made his run with a Chicago defender on him. Agudelo brought the pass down near the arc, created enough space to get off a clean shot and beat Tornaghi to his left to go up 3-1.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at soccerreporters.com.

Goal of the Week Nominees

An inspired Mejia participated with his second assist of the season and a goal during the same match. Chivas USA opened the scoring in the 57th minute when midfielder Villafaña – who came on as a sub to start the second half to make his first appearance of the season – sent a cross from the left into the box. Agudelo gathered the ball and laid off a short pass to Mejia just outside the box. Mejia squared up and unleashed a strike past Chicago keeper Paolo Tornaghi to put the Rojiblancos up 1-0.

Fans and media representatives can vote for one of the following goals by sending a text message to 22442:

  • Rafael (DC) DC vs COL (text G1      to the number above to submit your vote)
  • Darren Mattocks (VAN) HOU vs      VAN (text G2 to the number above to submit your vote)
  • Fabian Castillo (FCD) FCD vs      RSL (text G3 to the number above to submit your vote)
  • Chris Wondolowski (SJ) SJ vs      SEA (text G4 to the number above to submit your vote)
  • Edgar Mejía (CHV) CHI vs CHV      (text G5 to the number above to submit your vote)

The winner will be determined by the total Number of votes received via internet and text message. The results will be announced by Friday.

To see the goals nominated for Goal of the Week CLICK HERE. Send the Word “GOAL” as a text message to 22442 to receive the list of all nominees to your mobile phone every week. Voting takes places from noon Monday ET until 11.59 pm ET Thursday.

Chivas USA returns home to face conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 30, with a 7:30 p.m. (PT) kickoff time at The Home Depot Center. The game can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. . For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.

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About Chivas USA

Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in eight full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 (1-877-244-8271) or visit cdchivasusa.com.

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