Chivas USA to face the Fresno Fuego next Saturday in Fresno

CARSON, Calif. - Club Deportivo Chivas USA announced today that it will face the Fresno Fuego of the Premier Development League (PDL) next Saturday, March 12, in the second exhibition match of the MLS expansion franchise's history. The game will be played at McLane High School Soccer Stadium in the city of Fresno, California, at 7:00 p.m. PT.

The match marks the first joint effort between Chivas USA and the Fuego, which by agreement between the two clubs becomes Chivas USA's local sales and marketing partner in the sixth largest city in California, and fifth largest in terms of total Hispanic population.

"We are pleased to be able to announce the date of our second exhibition match in the United States," said Whit Haskel, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Club Deportivo Chivas USA. "In addition, we look forward to being represented by the Fresno Fuego, a respected soccer institution in the Central Valley and an important link to a key Hispanic market like the city of Fresno."

"The Fuego is proud to host Chivas USA, and we are sure the game will make for great entertainment. Fans in the Central Valley are anxious to see in person the new face of the Chivas legacy, and what better way to do so than against the region's highest-ranked amateur team," said Alfredo Guzmán, General Manager of the Fresno Fuego.

Led by Head Coach Thomas Rongen and team captain Ramón Ramírez, Chivas USA will arrive in Fresno on Friday, March 11 and will train that afternoon in a session that will be open to the public. For more information on Chivas USA's historic first trip to the Central Valley, visit, official Web site of Club Deportivo Chivas USA.

Tickets for the match are available by calling DeCisco Soccer stores, official partner of Fresno Fuego FC, at (559) 264-6141 or (559) 222-1802.