Chivas USA 2006
2006 Club by Club
January 20, 2006: Chivas USA selects Seton Hall and U.S. U-20 midfielder Sacha Kljestan with its first pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chivas USA also selects UCLA winger Jonathan Bornstein in the fourth round, 37th overall. In addition, two-time MLS MVP Preki is named Chivas USA's new assistant coach alongside Martin Vasquez.
January 26, 2006: Chivas USA selects Florida Atlantic forward Drew Helm, Princeton midfielder Darren Spicer and Tulsa midfielder Lawson Vaughn in the 2006 MLS Supplemental Draft. Chivas USA names Zak Abdel as its goalkeeper coach, replacing Javier Ledesma.
February 10, 2006: Chivas USA inaugurates its second Chivas USA Futbol Academy at the San Bernardino Soccer Complex in San Bernardino, California.
February 19, 2006: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan becomes the first Chivas USA player to make his debut for the United States senior national team, starting and playing 80 minutes in the U.S.'s 4-0 win over Guatemala an international friendly at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.
March 17, 2006: Chivas USA announces the acquisition of World Cup veteran defender Carlos Llamosa, midfielders Brent Whitfield and Jonathan Bornstein, defender Lawson Vaughn, goalkeeper Preston Burpo and Chivas USA U-19 forward Estuardo Sanchez.
March 24, 2006: Chivas USA announces the acquisition of World Cup veteran defender Claudio Suarez.
March 31, 2006: Chivas USA announces the acquisition of defender Tim Regan and forward Drew Helm.
April 2, 2006: Chivas USA kicks off its second season in Major League Soccer at The Home Depot Center with a 3-0 win over fellow 2005 expansion side Real Salt Lake in front of 20,739 fans. Chivas USA defender Claudio Suarez is named to Mexico's preliminary roster for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.
April 29, 2006: Chivas USA becomes the first Major League Soccer team to have its local Spanish-language television broadcast carried by a national network, as Chivas USA vs. New York Red Bulls is carried live from The Home Depot Center by Azteca America.
May 2, 2006: Chivas USA midfielder John O'Brien is named to the United States' provisional 23-man roster for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
June 1, 2006: Under coaches Dennis te Kloese and Sacha van der Most, Chivas USA's nascent U-19 team finishes third in six-team Group A of the 2006 Copa Saprissa, its first international tournament, with a record of 2-2-1 (7 pts).
July 23, 2006: Chivas USA defeats Club America of Mexico 5-4 on penalties, following a 1-1 draw in regulation on goals by Juan Francisco Palencia and Carlos Infante, to earn its second exhibition victory over the Mexico City club and claim the inaugural InterClasico trophy. Before 22,586 fans at The Home Depot Center, Brad Guzan stops two PK's to ice the shootout victory for the Red-and-White.
July 24, 2006: Chivas USA's rookie defender Jonathan Bornstein is named MLS's Player of the Week following a two-goal performance against the Colorado Rapids on Thursday, July 20.
August 1, 2006: Chivas USA's Juan Pablo Garcia is named to the 2006 MLS All-Star team, alongside teammate Ante Razov. Both players will miss the Aug. 5 All-Star Game in Chicago to play in a Chivas USA international doubleheader the next day at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
August 2, 2006: Chivas USA's rookie defender Jonathan Bornstein is named MLS Player of the Month for July having scored four goals during the month and played every minute in all six of Chivas USA's league matches.
August 6, 2006: Chivas USA draws 1-1 with the New England Revolution in front of 92,650 fans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in an international doubleheader also featuring Chivas de Guadalajara of Mexico and FC Barcelona of Spain, the reigning Spanish and European champions (also a 1-1 draw]. The standing-room-only crowd is the largest in MLS history and the largest to witness a professional club soccer event in the United States.
August 13, 2006: Chivas USA's '100-Hour Soccer Game', the longest on record in the United States, concludes in the city of Bell Gardens, with Chivas defeating the Rest of the World 437-429 after 6,000 minutes (100 hours) of continuous play. The game, held in celebration of Club Deportivo Guadalajara's 100th anniversary, attracts over 2,000 participants and more than 20,000 fans.
September 2006: Chivas USA signs defender Eder Robles to a developmental contract. The Lynwood, California native becomes the third Chivas USA U-19 player to join the team's 28-man roster in less than a year, following the footsteps of forward Estuardo Sanchez (March 17, 2006) and midfielder Carlos Borja (July 19,2006).
October 7, 2006: With one game remaining in the 2006 Major League Soccer regular season, Chivas USA clinches a playoff berth for the first time in team history.
October 22, 2006: Chivas USA wins its first ever playoff game, a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo in front of 17,440 fans at The Home Depot Center in the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals. Ante Razov and Juan Francisco Palencia score on either side of halftime for Chivas USA, while Brad Guzan saves a late-game Dwayne De Rosario penalty kick to preserve the win.
October 29, 2006: Chivas USA loses 2-0 to Houston in the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal Series, giving the Dynamo a 3-2 win on aggregate in the total-goals series. Palencia is ejected in the 58th minute and Chivas USA ends the game with 10 men, bringing the team's historic first playoff run to an end.
October 31, 2006: Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein is named 2006 Gatorade Rookie of the Year, while Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley is named MLS Coach of the Year, becoming the first two-time winner of the award.
November 8, 2006: Chivas USAs Ticket Sales Staff is named Most Improved Ticket Sales Team of 2006, while Chivas USA's Edson Vargas is named MLS's Operations Director of the Year.
November 27, 2006: Chivas USA acquires Honduran National Team captain and 2004 MLS MVP Amado Guevara in a trade with the New York Red Bulls. In exchange, New York receives Chivas USA's Designated Player slot, plus a third-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft.
December 8, 2006: Bob Bradley is named interim head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team and head coach of the U.S. Men's Olympic Team by the U.S. Soccer Federation, thereby leaving his duties as Chivas USA head coach.