Chivas USA fan

Weekly update: Expansion battle

CARSON, Calif. - Major League Soccer's two expansion sides will do battle this weekend in Carson as Chivas USA (1-13-3, 6 pts) hosts Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake (3-9-4, 13 pts) at The Home Depot Center on Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 p.m. PT. The match, the third in a four-game series between the two teams, will be broadcast live on television stations Fox Sports Net West 2 (English) and HDNet (English), as well as radio station Radiovisa 830 AM (Spanish). It will also be shown tape-delayed on Sunday, July 10 at 11:00 a.m. PT on KAZA Azteca 54 (Spanish). For information on tickets, call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit, the official web site of Club Deportivo Chivas USA.

EXPANSION BRAGGING RIGHTS: Saturday's match marks the third-ever meeting between the 2005 MLS expansion teams, with Chivas USA winning the first match with a penalty-kick goal by Héctor Cuadros on May 7 at The Home Depot Center. Real Salt Lake, meanwhile, responded eleven days later with a 2-0 win on goals by Andy Williams and Seth Trembly at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.

SPECIAL GOLD CUP DISCOUNT: Come support the Mexico and receive a special discount for Chivas USA! This Friday, July 8, The Home Depot Center plays host to a 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader, in which South Africa faces a Mexican National Team featuring Chivas USA's newest player acquisition, forward Juan Pablo García. Kickoff for the doubleheader, featuring Guatemala vs. Jamaica in the second match, is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. PT. Fans who present their ticket stub from Friday's Gold Cup match at The Home Depot Center box office before Chivas USA's match on Saturday can attend Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake for just $5. For information on Gold Cup tickets, call 1-888-480-2005.

BRING THE WHOLE 'CHIVAFAMILIA': For those fans unable to attend Friday's Mexico match, also available for Saturday's game is Chivas USA's 'ChivaFamilia' pack, whereby a group of four can purchase four tickets, four sodas and 12 tacos for just $64 - a value of $16 per ticket, plus a meal! For more information, call Chivas USA.

GUZAN'S STOPS UNSTOPPABLE: On Saturday, Chivas USA fell 1-0 to Eastern Conference leaders the Chicago Fire (10-6-2) on 78th-minute goal by Gonzalo Segares after referee Mark Geiger issued a red card to Chivas USA defender-midfielder Orlando Pérez. Among the highlights of the match was the outstanding play of Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who saved a penalty kick by Fire captain Jesse Marsch in the 69th minute, brining the netminder's PK save total to two of three in his rookie campaign, including two stops in the last four games.

EXPANSION BATTLE, WITH A TWIST: On Sunday, the Chivas USA Reserves (1-5-0, 3 pts) will get their own chance to face their MLS expansion brethren, as they meet the Real Salt Lake Reserves (0-5-1, 1 pt) for the first time during this, the inaugural campaign of the MLS Reserve Division. The match will be held at 10:00 a.m. PT on The Home Depot Center's University Field 1.

CHIVAS USA SOCCER ACADEMY: The Chivas USA Soccer Academy, which officially opened on Wednesday, June 29, continues its inaugural session, with classes scheduled for Wednesday, July 6 and Friday, July 8 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. PT on The Home Depot Center's Field Seven. For information regarding media coverage of the Academy, contact the Chivas USA Public Relations Department; for information on the Academy, send an email to Eduardo Creel at, or call 310 630 4550 x 3603.

TUNE IN TO 'CHIVAS DE CORAZÓN' THIS AND EVERY THURSDAY: This and every Thursday, be sure to tune in to Radiovisa 830 AM from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. PT for 'Chivas De Corazón', the official Spanish-language radio program of Club Deportivo Chivas USA. Hosted by Chivas USA's radio play-by-play announcer John Laguna and color commentator Mario Valadez, this dynamic, hour-long program features analysis, interviews and listener call-in, plus all the latest news on Chivas USA.