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Club Deportivo Chivas USA to kick off 2005 preseason training in Guadalajara

CARSON, Calif. - Club Deportivo Chivas USA announced this Thursday that the Red-and-White will begin its 2005 preseason camp in Guadalajara, homeland of its founding institution, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, Mexico's most popular soccer club. From February 1-12, the squad led by Thomas Rongen will train at the University of Guadalajara's "La Primavera" campus on the outskirts of Mexico's second city, home in past years to several Major League Soccer teams' preseason training camps. Chivas USA's two-week stay marks the squad's second trip to Jalisco state, following a 14-day camp held from December 6-20, 2004 at Club Deportivo Guadalajara's "Verde Valle" campus.

"It's a pleasure to return to training, while welcoming a few new faces to our team, including several players who were not with us during our two-week camp in Guadalajara in December," said Thomas Rongen, Head Coach of Club Deportivo Chivas USA. "The first two weeks of preseason are fundamental to the team's development, and I can't think of a better place to start than Guadalajara, the birthplace of our great institution."

The group of 12 U.S.-based players - chosen in the 2005 MLS Expansion Draft and SuperDraft - will depart Southern California in the afternoon of Sunday, January 30 from Los Angeles International Airport, and arrive that night in Guadalajara. The team will stay in a hotel near La Primavera and, following a day of meetings, will join a group of eight Mexican invitees to begin training on Tuesday, February 1. Two-a-days are scheduled for the entire two weeks, with the exception of Wednesdays and Saturdays, when the team will play intrasquad scrimmages or exhibition matches; and Sunday, when the team will enjoy a day off.

In addition, players and coaching staff - including Rongen and his assistants Javier "Zully" Ledesma (former Guadalajara goalkeeper and uncle of Chicago Cubs shortstop Nomar Garciaparra) and Martin Vasquez (former Los Angeles Galaxy assistant and the only footballer to have played for both the U.S. and Mexican national teams) - will partake in extracurricular activities such as yoga sessions and Spanish and English classes. The team also plans to visit the Estadio Jalisco - venue for the 1970 and 1986 World Cups and home to Club Deportivo Guadalajara - to attend two matches: Chivas-Cienciano (first-leg playoff for the Copa Libertadores) and Chivas-Veracruz (Week 4 matchup of Mexico's Clausura 2005 season).

Provisional itinerary*
[*Subject to change. All training sessions are scheduled for the University of Guadalajara's "La Primavera" complex.]

Week 1:

Sunday, January 30: Departure from Los Angeles International Airport at 4:35 p.m. PT (Mexicana # 933 nonstop to Guadalajara), arriving at 9:30 p.m. CT; Transport from Guadalajara International Airport to La Primavera
Monday, January 31: Meetings between coaching staff and players
Tuesday, February 1: Morning and afternoon training
Wednesday, February 2: Exhibition or intrasquad match; Extracurricular activity; Attend Chivas vs. Cienciano (Estadio Jalisco)
Thursday, February 3: Morning and afternoon training
Friday, February 1: Morning and afternoon training
Saturday, February 5: Training, exhibition or intrasquad match; Attend Chivas vs. Veracruz (Estadio Jalisco)
Sunday, February 6: [Day off]

Week 2:

Monday, February 7: Morning and afternoon training
Tuesday, February 8: Morning and afternoon training
Wednesday, February 9: Exhibition or intrasquad match; Extracurricular activity; Watch Cienciano vs. Chivas (on TV)
Thursday, February 10: Morning and afternoon training
Friday, February 11: Morning and afternoon training
Saturday, February 12: Training, exhibition or intrasquad match; Watch Tigres vs. Chivas (on TV)
Sunday, February 30: Transport from La Primavera to Guadalajara International Airport; Departure at 5:55 p.m. CT (Mexicana # 914 nonstop to Los Angeles), arriving Los Angeles International Airport at 6:55 p.m. PT

Participants in Chivas USA's preseason in Guadalajara: Feb. 1-12, 2005

The following players are expected to take part in Chivas USA's preseason in Guadalajara:

PLAYER                POS    HT    WT    BIRTHDATE   NATIONALITY 
Esteban Arias ^        D    5-10   180   1982-08-26  USA 
Armando Bejines        D    5-11   155   1983-03-26  Mexican 
Héctor Cuadros         M    5-10   160   1983-03-20  Mexican 
Antonio de la Torre #  D    5-10   160   1977-11-18  Mexican 
Francisco Gómez #      M    5-11   170   1979-01-25  USA 
Brad Guzan ^          GK    6-04   210   1984-09-09  USA 
Ezra Hendrickson #     D    5-03   185   1972-01-16  S. Vncnt & Grenadines 
Christian Jiménez ^   M-F   5-10   165   1986-11-03  USA 
Alfonso Loera          D    6-01   175   1978-12-04  Mexican 
Aarón López ^         D-M   5-11   170   1983-02-28  Mexican 
Thiago Martins #       F    6-00   185   1976-09-04  Brazilian 
Francisco Mendoza      M    5-05   125   1985-04-29  Mexican 
Orlando Pérez #        D    6-02   165   1977-07-12  USA 
Ramón Ramírez          M    5-07   160   1969-12-05  Mexican 
Isaac Romo             F    6-01   155   1983-03-23  Mexican 
Alonso Sandoval       M-F   5-07   120   1981-09-27  Mexican 
Matt Taylor #          F    5-11   165   1981-10-17  USA 
Arturo Torres #       M-F   6-01   165   1980-12-11  USA 
Jamil Walker #         F    5-11   165   1981-04-21  USA 
Martín Zúñiga         GK    5-11   165   1970-08-06  Mexican 
^ Indicates player selected in MLS SuperDraft, January 2005
# Indicates player selected in MLS Expansion Draft, November 2004