Chivas USA 2005
2005 Club by Club
January 14, 2005: Chivas USA selects University of South Carolina goalkeeper Brad Guzan with its first pick in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft in Baltimore, Maryland, making the 20-year-old the highest-picked goalkeeper in MLS draft history. Also selected are Chivas USA players Christian Jimenez (2nd round), Aaron Lopez (3rd) and Esteban Arias (4th).
February 1, 2005: Chivas USA opens its second two-week camp in Jalisco at the University of Guadalajara's 'La Primavera' campus, on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Scrimmage results include victories over the Cachorros de Cocula (2 0, February 9) and Club Rio Grande (3-0, February 12).
February 4, 2005: Chivas USA selects former Cal State Dominguez Hills goalkeeper Javier Barragan with its first pick in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft. Also selected is Chivas USA midfielder Mike Munoz.
February 17, 2005: Chivas USA presents its new signings from Club Guadalajara - Armando Begines, Hector Cuadros, Alfonso Loera, Francisco Mendoza, Ramon Ramirez, Isaac Romo and Martin Zuniga - at a media event at The Home Depot Center. The squad trains together for the first time ever in the U.S.
March 8, 2005: Chivas USA falls 2-0 to Mexican First Division side Atlante in its first exhibition match in the U.S., played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Goals are scored late in each half by Osvaldo Lucas and Sebastian 'Chamagol' Gonzalez.
March 23, 2005: Chivas USA plays its first cross-border 'clasico', earning a 1-0 victory over archrivals Club America at the Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Chivas USA's historic first goal against the 'Aguilas' is scored by MLS veteran Ezra Hendrickson, on a 23rd-minute header off a Francisco Gomez corner kick.
March 26, 2005: Chivas USA's official adidas home kit for its inaugural season is introduced as the team plays its final preseason match - and first-ever exhibition at The Home Depot Center - ending in a 1-0 victory for visitors Osasuna of Spain's First Division. The game's only goal is scored by Valdo in the 70th minute.
April 2, 2005: Chivas USA kicks off its inaugural season in Major League Soccer against reigning MLS Cup Champions D.C. United.
May 30, 2005: Thomas Rongen is named Chivas USA's sporting director. Assistant coach Javier 'Zully' Ledesma becomes the club's interim head coach.
June 3, 2005: Hans Westerhof is named Chivas USA's second head coach, replacing interim head coach Javier 'Zully' Ledesma.
June 15, 2005: Chivas USA announces that it has set the all-time standard in sponsorship for a Major League Soccer club. This includes a multiyear partnership with American Honda Motor Co., Inc., whose local sponsorship of Chivas USA is the most comprehensive in MLS history.
June 30, 2005: Chivas USA inaugurates its first Chivas USA Futbol Academy at The Home Depot Center.
July 2, 2005: Chivas USA officially presents midfielder Juan Pablo Garcia as the first of several high-profile midseason acquisitions for the 2005 season.
July 10, 2005: Juan Pablo Garcia becomes the first Chivas USA player to debut for Mexico's senior national team, coming on as a 67th-minute substitute in Mexico's 4-0 win over Guatemala in a CONCACAF Gold Cup first-round match at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
July 11, 2005: Chivas USA forward Matt Taylor is named MLS Player of the Week following his two-assist, one-goal performance in Chivas USA's 5-1 win over Real Salt Lake on July 9 at The Home Depot Center. Taylor, who has a hand in all five goals, is the first Chivas USA player to earn the honor.
August 10, 2005: 88,816 fans attend the first-ever 'Doble Clasico', a doubleheader featuring Chivas USA vs. Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas Guadalajara vs. Club America, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, recording the second-highest attendance in MLS history.
August 19, 2005: Chivas USA officially presents midseason acquisitions Francisco Palencia, Juan Pablo Garcia, Hector 'Pirata' Castro and Sergio 'Matute' Garcia during a media event at the ESPN Zone restaurant at Times Square in New York City.
August 21, 2005: Francisco Palencia and Juan Pablo Garcia both score in their Chivas USA debut, Palencia's two goals and Garcia's one leading Chivas USA to a 3-3 draw against the MetroStars at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
October 9, 2005: A Chivas Select Team featuring players from sister clubs Chivas USA and Club Deportivo Guadalajara falls 3-2 to Santos Laguna of the Mexican First Division at Harder Stadium on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara. A total of $61,843 from this historic benefit match is donated to the American Red Cross to assist the victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which ravaged the United States' Gulf Coast region in mid-2005.
November 3, 2005: Chivas USA and the City of Bell Gardens, California, announce a unique private-public partnership promoting sports through the $10 million Bell Gardens Sports Center, slated to open in 2006.
November 23, 2005: Chivas USA names Bob Bradley, the winningest manager in Major League Soccer history, as its third head coach, replacing Hans Westerhof.