[MLS SPOTLIGHT]So far, so good for new-look (again) Chivas USA. Last season saw the club undergo a makeover with the importation of players en masse from parent club Chivas de Guadalajara and departure of the 13 non-Mexicans in preseason. It now heads to the final phase of preseason unbeaten after a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids Sunday night in the Las Vegas ProSoccer Challenge. The goals came thanks to penalty kicks by Erick Torres and Adolfo Bautista -- the lone contracted Mexican nationals to play against the Rapids.
The goals by players who go by the nicknames Cubo and Bofo followed Jamaican Deshorn Brown's early goal. Torres' penalty kick came three minutes later after Matthew Fondy, who began last season in USL PRO, was taken down in the area. The new-look Rojiblancos have been getting great play out of Clemson rookie Thomas McNamara, who smashed the crossbar in the second half before later being taken down for the penalty that Bautista converted for the winner.
McNamara was one of three newly signed players to start against Colorado along with former New Zealand World Cup player Tony Lochhead and Argentine Mauro Rosales. Another Argentine, trialist Agustin Pelletieri, also started but gave way after 12 minutes for Carlos Alvarez.
How long the Goats have remains to be seen. The web site SB Nation's Goat Parade reported on Monday that Chivas USA has filed trademarks for two names and logos -- the very unoriginal Los Angeles SC and Los Angeles FC.
Chivas USA starting XI -- Kennedy, Avila, Burling, Bocanegra, Lochhead, Pelletieri, Rosales, Minda, McNamara, Fondy, Torres.