Notes: Two-a-days open for Chivas USA
from Club Deportivo Chivas USA and several of their Mexican-based
teammates were on hand at Club Deportivo Guadalajara's Verde Valle
campus Wednesday for the club's first-ever day of two-a-day training
sessions. In the morning session, coaches Thomas Rongen, Javier "Zully"
Ledesma and Hans Westerhoff continued to put players through the paces
in possession games and finishing drills. The early session finished
with a half-field, seven-on-seven inter-squad scrimmage with two
goalkeepers. A second training was planned for 4 p.m. the same
afternoon, a pattern that will continue during the remainder of the
team's two-week stay in the heartland of Chivas. However, the team will
also take some afternoons off to participate in Spanish and English
classes, yoga sessions, and educational tours of Guadalajara.
WALKER JOINS TEAMMATES: Twenty-three-year-old striker Jamil Walker
trained with his new teammates for the first time Wednesday morning. The
former San Jose Earthquakes player sat out Tuesday's morning session
while nursing a head injury suffered over the weekend in Los Angeles.
Walker's training debut leaves Brazilian marksman Thiago Martins
(currently rehabilitating a knee injury in Sao Paulo) Saint Vincent and
the Grenadines captain Ezra Hendrickson (preparing for Caribbean Gold
Cup qualifying with his national side) and fullback Craig Ziadie as the
only players chosen in the MLS Expansion Draft who have yet to train
with Chivas USA. All three will be absent from the squad's current trip
PLAYERS ATTEND PRESS RECEPTION FOR NEW CHIVAS STADIUM: Players were
invited Tuesday evening to an gala event publicizing Chivas' New Stadium
in Zapopan, on the western edge of Guadalajara. There, the six MLS vets
had the chance to meet personally with Jorge Vergara Madrigal, owner of
Grupo Omnilife, Club Deportivo Guadalajara and Chivas USA, and to check
out an immense scale model of the stadium's grounds. Nicknamed
the "Tempo Mayor," after the central temple in the old Aztec capital,
the stadium -- to be built along with a museum, a school, parking
structures, offices for Grupo Omnilife among other buildings -- is set to
be ready by late 2006.
PUMAS, RAYADOS, AND OFF TO BED: After finishing the second training
session Wednesday, the players from MLS were to meet in the Hotel
Arboledas Galerías in Avenida Vallarta to watch the first leg of the
2004 Final of Mexico's 2004 Apertura tournament between the Pumas of
Mexico City's Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México led by former MLS
player Hugo Sánchez Márquez and the Rayados of Monterrey at 8:30 p.m.
local time (6:30 PT). Then it's off to bed, as all must be ready to
report at 10 p.m. for Thursday morning's first session at Verde Valle.