Francisco Mendoza

Weekly update: Season opener

CARSON, Calif. - Chivas USA gets ready for its 2006 season opener against Real Salt Lake this Sunday, April 2 at 4:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California (TV: FSN WEST 2; Radio: KTNQ 1020 AM; Both pregame shows start at 3:30 p.m.). The two Western Conference rivals and 2005 MLS expansion clubs will face off for the second time in two weeks, following Chivas USA's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in a preseason scrimmage March 19 at The Home Depot Center. Sunday's pregame shows on FSN WEST 2 and KTNQ 1020 AM start a half-hour before kickoff; doors to ChivaTown open at 2:00 p.m. Tickets, starting at just $10 per game, are available by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or online via www.cdchivasusa.com.

'MAGICAL' TEAM PHOTO: Ahead of its 2006 season opener, Chivas USA will take its official 2006 team photograph Thursday at Disneyland. Members of the media are invited to get a behind-the-scenes look at this unique photo opportunity, marking the first time a professional sports team has taken its official team photograph at Disneyland. Media should park in Downtown Disney and meet at 1:30 at the Newsstand by Gate 1 of the park's Main Entrance.

SUÁREZ NOTCHES NO. 174: Chivas USA defender Claudio Suárez went the full 90 minutes Wednesday night in Mexico's 2-1 win over Paraguay in an international friendly at Soldier Field in Chicago. The 'Emperor' Suárez, who was the only defender to play the entire match for Mexico, logged his 174th cap with the Mexican national team, keeping him squarely in second place on all-time international appearances list, just five behind Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohamed Al-Deayea (179). The match was the last for Mexico before head coach Ricardo Lavolpe's expected announcement on Sunday of the 23 players who will represent El Tri at 2006 World Cup in Germany, to be played from June 9 to July 9.

TICKETS JUST $10 IN NEW 'GENERAL' SECTION: For its second campaign in MLS, Chivas USA has introduced a general admission section, which provides the most exciting and passionate way to watch a Chivas USA home game, together with the team's fan club, the Legión 1908, behind the stadium's north goal. Tickets in the new 'General' section start at just $10 per game for ChivaBono holders, or $14 on gameday. To order tickets in advance, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit www.cdchivasusa.com.

PRESEASON RECAP: Chivas USA finished its 2006 preseason under new Head Coach Bob Bradley with a six wins, four losses and one draw, including victories over the Los Angeles Galaxy (2-1, Feb. 18), Chicago Fire (3-0, Mar. 11) and Sunday's opponent, Real Salt Lake (2-1, Mar. 19). Among Chivas USA's four losses was a hotly contested match against the United States senior national team (3-2, Feb. 15). Chivas USA's lone draw came against the MetroStars, 2-2, on March 6 at The Home Depot Center.

CHIVATOWN, THE PLACE TO BE: For its first game of the year, Chivas USA has planned a wide variety of activities in ChivaTown, the Guadalajara-themed fan zone located in the south plaza of The Home Depot Center on Chivas USA gamedays. On the ChivaTown stage, cumbia band 'Santos de Los Ángeles' will perform courtesy of Chivas Regal, while 'Mariachi de Almaguer' will grace the stadium with its traditional music, including its pregame rendition of 'Mexico Lindo y Querido' (Mexico's unofficial national anthem) shortly before kickoff. And of course, don't miss the halftime presentation by the ChivaGirls, with their ever-popular dance routines. 'Chivas USA Live', the new-look pregame show on FSN WEST, will bring you all the action LIVE from ChivaTown with Christian Miles and Thomas Rongen starting at 3:30 p.m. PT.

GUADALAJARA UPDATE: Chivas USA's sister team, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, continues its tremendous run through the Copa Libertadores and the Mexican Clausura 2006 season. Last Saturday, Guadalajara secured a key 2-1 league win on the road against group rivals Monterrey, to claim 19 points and third place in Group 3. Four days earlier, Guadalajara felled reigning Copa Libertadores champions São Paulo 2-1 at the Estadio Jalisco to claim first place in Group 1 of the prestigious South American tournament. Guadalajara returns to league action this Saturday, as they host Pachuca at the Estadio Jalisco at 5:00 p.m. PT.

WATCH 'SOMOS CHIVAS USA': Tune in this and every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. PT to Chivas USA's weekly television program on KAZA Azteca 54, 'Somos Chivas USA'. Hosted by Ramón Díaz and a special weekly ChivaGirl guest host, 'Somos Chivas USA' gives fans an exclusive insider's look at the world of Chivas USA. Don't miss this Saturday, as 'Somos Chivas USA' explores Chivas USA's final week of preparation for the 2006 MLS season, including an exclusive interview with Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley, a behind-the-scenes look at Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber's recent visit to Southern California, and a special feature on veteran defender Carlos Llamosa, among other exciting Chivas USA happenings.

CHIVAS USA FUTBOL ACADEMY: The Chivas USA Futbol Academy continues play this week in preparation for this weekend's slate of games in Baldwin Park, with sessions at The Home Depot Center's Field 5 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

Chivas USA, Major League Soccer's Mexican-owned, Los Angeles-based franchise, kicks off its second campaign in MLS on April 2, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. PT versus Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Tickets, starting at just $10 per game, are available by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or online via www.cdchivasusa.com.

CHIVAS USA SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 30 - APRIL 4
*Subject to change. Unless otherwise noted, all times Pacific and all events scheduled for The Home Depot Center. Media access provided after games and trainings.

Thursday, March 30: Training, 10:00 a.m.; Chivas USA Official Team Photo at Disneyland, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, March 31: Training, 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 1: Training, 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, April 2: Pregame shows begin at 3:30 p.m. on FSN WEST 2 and KTNQ 1020 AM; Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 3: [Day off]
Tuesday, April 4: Training, 10:00 a.m.


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