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Chivas USA announces schedule for its inaugural MLS season

Complete 2005 CD Chivas USA schedule

CARSON, Calif. - Club Deportivo Chivas USA announced Monday its schedule for its inaugural Major League Soccer campaign. The Mexican-owned expansion franchise will open the 32-game MLS regular season against defending champions D.C. United (12 p.m. PT, live on ABC) on April 2 at The Home Depot Center, and also closes the season at home, against New Jersey-based MetroStars.

For the first time in 2005, the city of Los Angeles and all of the Southland will revel in all of the passion of a top-flight intra-city soccer rivalry, when Chivas USA and the Los Angeles Galaxy square off in a matchup that appears four times on the 2005 MLS calendar. The Galaxy play host to the first "Clásico" on April 23, while Chivas USA host the Galaxy on October 8 on the second-to-last weekend of the season. The other two editions of the "Clásico Angelino" will take place on May 28 and June 16.

In all, the Red-and-White will face its Western Conference rivals (San Jose Earthquakes, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas and fellow expansion team Real Salt Lake) four times: twice on the road and twice at home. The Red-and-White face the six teams of MLS's Eastern Conference (D.C. United, MetroStars, Columbus Crew, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and Kansas City Wizards) only twice each: once on the road, and once at home.

The only way to reserve a seat today for any of these matches is by buying your "ChivaBono" (season ticket package that includes all 16 home games for Chivas USA, plus three bonus games, at a price of $16 per game); or by purchasing a five- or ten-game ticket package, starting at $18 and $17 per game, respectively. A complete list of the games included in these new ticket plans, as well as Club Deportivo Chivas USA's official schedule for the 2005 Major League Soccer season, are listed below.

For more information on how to experience all the passion of Chivas USA's first season in Los Angeles, call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.

DATES FOR CHIVAS USA FIVE-GAME TICKET PACKAGE

Saturday    April 2      vs. D.C. United 
Saturday    May 7        vs. Real Salt Lake 
Saturday    May 28       vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 
Saturday    July 2       vs. Chicago Fire 
Saturday    October 8    vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 
DATES FOR CHIVAS USA TEN-GAME TICKET PACKAGE
Saturday    April 2      vs. D.C. United 
Saturday    May 7        vs. Real Salt Lake 
Sunday      May 22       vs. FC Dallas 
Saturday    May 28       vs. Los Angeles Galaxy 
Sunday      June 12      vs. San Jose Earthquakes 
Saturday    July 2       vs. Chicago Fire 
Friday      July 22      vs. New England Revolution 
Saturday    September 3  vs. Columbus Crew 
Saturday    September 17 vs. San Jose Earthquakes 
Saturday    October 8    vs. Los Angeles Galaxy