Chivas USA 2008
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Jan. 11, 2008: Reigning MLS Coach of the Year Preki, signs a new, multi-year contract with Chivas USA.
Jan. 12, 2008: Alongside Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chivas USA President and CEO Shawn Hunter open 'Kick-it at the Park LA. with Chivas USA', a year-long series of 40 youth clinics to be held in every city council district of Los Angeles.
Jan. 16, 2008: Stephen Hamilton is named Chivas USA's Vice President of Soccer Operations.
Jan. 29, 2008: Leo Percovich is named Chivas USA's Goalkeeper Coach, replacing Zak Abdel.
Jan. 30, 2008: Assistant coach Martin Vasquez is named assistant at Bayern Munich of Germany's Bundesliga.
Feb. 12, 2008: Chivas USA names Mike Matkovich as Assistant Coach, joining Head Coach Preki and Goalkeeper Coach Leo Percovich on the team's staff.
March 30, 2008: Chivas USA opens its fourth season in Major League Soccer against FC Dallas, drawing 1-1 on a late goal by Maykel Galindo.
April 27, 2008: Chivas USA holds its first 'Practice in the Community,' a season-long series of community practice sessions giving fans an opportunity to watch, up close, the practice session of a professional soccer team.
April 28, 2008: Chivas USA and Cal South, one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the country, announce an innovative, multi-year partnership designed to promote the growth of soccer in Southern California.
May 9, 2008: Carey Talley, an 11-year veteran of MLS, arrives at Chivas USA in a trade with Real Salt Lake, becoming the third player (along with forwards Atiba Harris and Alecko Eskandarian) from RSL's 2007 squad to make the switch to the Red-and-White for the 2008 season.
May 18, 2008: With three goals in the last 20 minutes, coming from Jesse Marsch, Sacha Kljestan, and Jorge Flores, Chivas USA earns the first come-from-behind victory in team history, beating D.C. United 3-1 at The Home Depot Center.
July 13, 2008: The Red-and-White make their debut in an official international tournament, falling 2-1 to CONCACAF Champions Cup winners Pachuca in front of 14,528 fans at The Home Depot Center in the 2008 SuperLiga.
July 16, 2008: Chivas USA earns its first win in international competition, as a crowd of 16,343 watches a 1-0 victory over the reigning Mexican First Division champions, Santos, thanks to an Ante Razov goal.
July 24, 2008: Defender Jonathan Bornstein plays in his second consecutive MLS All-Star game, starting and playing 88 minutes in the team's 3-2 win over West Ham United. Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan was also named to the All-Star Team, but is unable to play due to U.S. Olympic Team commitments.
Aug. 1, 2008: Chivas USA Original Brad Guzan is approved for a work permit and completes a transfer to storied club Aston Villa of the English Premier League, becoming the first Chivas USA player to transfer to a European first division club.
Aug. 9, 2008: Chivas USA Original Francisco Mendoza, the Mexican player with the most appearances in MLS history, becomes the first Chivas USA player to play 100 matches for the club as he starts in the Red-and-White's 3-2 loss at Kansas City.
Aug. 10, 2008: Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan scores what will be eventually named U.S. Soccer's Goal of the Year in a 2-2 draw with Holland at the Beijing Olympics. Kljestan would lead the U.S. in the tournament with two goals as the team fell just short of a berth in the quarterfinals.
Sept. 2, 2008: Chivas USA earns a 1-1 home draw with Tauro FC of Panama in the CONCACAF Champions League, falling short of a spot in the group stage of the inaugural edition of the tournament
Oct. 11, 2008: Chivas USA clinches a spot in the playoffs for third consecutive season after picking up a 1-0 win at the San jose Earthquakes, capping a run of six wins in seven games.
Nov. 8, 2008: The Red-and-White comes up short of the Western Conference Championship game after a 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake in the second leg of their first-round playoff series, falling 3-2 on aggregate score to RSL.
Nov. 22, 2008: Sacha Kljestan is named to the MLS Best XI, continuing his excellent 2008 with the honor. The Chivas USA Communications Department also earns the MLS Team Public Relations Award for 2008.
Dec. 17, 2008: Chivas USA assistant Mike Matkovich is named head coach of the United States U-18 National Team, leaving his position with the Red-and-White.
Dec. 18, 2008: Sacha Kljestan is named U.S. Soccers Young Male Athlete of the Year for his performances at the Olympics, with the U.S. National Team, and for Chivas USA.