A Closer Look At Chivas USA

A Closer Look At Chivas USA

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On May 6, 2009
  • 10 Comments
  • Eduardo Lillingston, Gerson Mayen, Jonathan Bornstein, Preki, Sasha Kljestan
Chivas keeps rolling...but for how long? (Getty Images)

Chivas keeps rolling...but for how long? (Getty Images)

Fast starts don’t always happen in Major League Soccer. Usually it takes most clubs a few weeks into the season to get use to the new year before they start to reel off the points. But every few years a club comes hot out of the gate like this year’s Chivas USA.

I went out to do a little digging on how some clubs (most MLS Cup clubs) have done in recent years out of the gate and turns out last year our eventual MLS Cup and Supporter Shield champions Columbus Crew started out last year in similar fashion.

What do I mean by that? Well let’s look at it, Chivas USA has taken in 19 out of 24 possible points after eight matches. The Crew did the same last year after eight matches.

Other clubs that have started off quick after eight games like Columbus did have either made it to MLS Cup (New England in 2005) or won MLS Cup (Kansas City in 2000).

So this brings up an interesting thought. Will Chivas follow in the same steps as Columbus and win the double this season?

A lot of soccer is left to be played but so far Chivas is well on their way to at least a 50 point season. Which should definitely be plenty of points with the amount of draws this season to get them into the playoffs, let alone an automatic bid out of the west.

Most clubs however typically cool off in the summer and more than likely Chivas will do the same. It will be interesting to see how things go without Sasha Kljestan this summer when he is potentially with the US National Team. Also should say Zach Thornton cool off or the defense get hit with an injury to someone like Jonanthan Borenstein, how Preki gets his club to respond will be key. So far he has been able to do that this year with some of the injuries his club was facing at the start of the campaign. He’s gotten newcomers like Gerson Mayen to step up and produce as well as Mexican striker Eduardo Lillingston.

I think a big reason too is the fact that Chivas has finally found an idenity for themselves in this league due to Preki’s style of coaching. As Preki continues to push the right buttons things continue to look more promising by the week. And as we keep going here more things will continue to be on their side.

  • Geoff

    is it just me or has Chivas' attendance been a little higher this season also?

  • WVHooligan

    It is up…LA loves a winner. I have more attendance later on (maybe).

  • Geoff

    I think its fair to say that anybody will support a winner. I also just remembered wasn't Chivas one of the 4 clubs that pulled a "no comment" or "unreachable" stunt when the sports business journal reported 10 out of the 15 clubs had a ticket sales increase this season compared to last?

  • Geoff

    is it just me or has Chivas’ attendance been a little higher this season also?

  • It is up…LA loves a winner. I have more attendance later on (maybe).

  • Geoff

    I think its fair to say that anybody will support a winner. I also just remembered wasn’t Chivas one of the 4 clubs that pulled a “no comment” or “unreachable” stunt when the sports business journal reported 10 out of the 15 clubs had a ticket sales increase this season compared to last?

  • jennifer

    I've been a Chivas USA fan since BEFORE game 1 season 1! Soooooo no doubt I'm happy to see my Chivas with their feet on fire!! Especially considering some &quot;starters&quot; have still been plagued with injuries(Lawson Vaughn, Maykel Galindo, Ante Razof, Alecko Eskandarian and Dan Kennedy) Then again last year it was hard to tell who was a starter with 30 different starting line ups (30 out of 32 that's astonishing)!! <a href="http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20081204&amp;content_id=207749&amp;vkey=news_cdc&amp;fext=.jsp&amp;team=t120&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=2008…</a>" target="_blank">http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=2008…</a></a> <br />
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    I love Sacha – but – I won't worry so much about Chivas when he goes to represent the US. I haven't seen much out of him since USA vs Sweden in January when he pulled out a hat trick!! Johnny, yes, his absence could be dangerous – he has been a key player up &amp; down the field. As for Thornton – I sure bagged on him last year (LOL) don't even ask about the blogs I wrote! – but now I have to apologize because THIS YEAR he has been a true pleasure to watch! I would also feel confident with Dan Kennedy in goal- but I will always miss Brad!! Lilingston was a stand-out since preseason – hopefully his fire will rekindle soon! I don't really consider Gerson &quot;new&quot; since he was reserves already, he seems to be well on his way to RESERVING himself a permanent starting position! :)<br />
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    The bottom line is Chivas USA have been playing like a finely tuned machine no matter who is on the field! And yes, of course attendance increases when there are more wins because people are like sheep, they go with the flock!

  • jennifer

    I’ve been a Chivas USA fan since BEFORE game 1 season 1! Soooooo no doubt I’m happy to see my Chivas with their feet on fire!! Especially considering some “starters” have still been plagued with injuries(Lawson Vaughn, Maykel Galindo, Ante Razof, Alecko Eskandarian and Dan Kennedy) Then again last year it was hard to tell who was a starter with 30 different starting line ups (30 out of 32 that’s astonishing)!! http://web.mlsnet.com/news/team_news.jsp?ymd=20081204&content_id=207749&vkey=news_cdc&fext=.jsp&team=t120

    I love Sacha – but – I won’t worry so much about Chivas when he goes to represent the US. I haven’t seen much out of him since USA vs Sweden in January when he pulled out a hat trick!! Johnny, yes, his absence could be dangerous – he has been a key player up & down the field. As for Thornton – I sure bagged on him last year (LOL) don’t even ask about the blogs I wrote! – but now I have to apologize because THIS YEAR he has been a true pleasure to watch! I would also feel confident with Dan Kennedy in goal- but I will always miss Brad!! Lilingston was a stand-out since preseason – hopefully his fire will rekindle soon! I don’t really consider Gerson “new” since he was reserves already, he seems to be well on his way to RESERVING himself a permanent starting position! 🙂

    The bottom line is Chivas USA have been playing like a finely tuned machine no matter who is on the field! And yes, of course attendance increases when there are more wins because people are like sheep, they go with the flock!

  • Geoff

    Absolutely spot on Jennifer and you rightly should be proud of Chivas. Preki is an excellent manager who has the boys playing good, attractive football and he's someone who can get the best if not more out of the players he's got if you consider all the injuries the squad has had the last two years.

  • Geoff

    Absolutely spot on Jennifer and you rightly should be proud of Chivas. Preki is an excellent manager who has the boys playing good, attractive football and he’s someone who can get the best if not more out of the players he’s got if you consider all the injuries the squad has had the last two years.