Chivas USA earns 'a hundred points in respect'

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Jose Luis Sanchez Sola is like no coach MLS has ever seen before. It isn't every day that a coach says that his players played stupendously, but that's what "El Chelis" did after overachieving Chivas USA's surprise 1-1 draw -- with 10 men -- against the defending champion LA Galaxy. "On the field," he added, "we won a point, but off the field we won a hundred points in respect."

Chivas USA earned some respect -- sort of -- from Galaxy coach Bruce Arena.

"Certainly give them credit, they played really hard," Arena said afterwards. "They fouled us as much as they could and got away with as much as they could, but that's all part of the game; that's not surprising. There's no excuses on our part."

Chivas USA had Joaquin Velasquez sent off in the 40th minute and finished with 22 fouls to the Galaxy's eight in a game that was several times in danger of getting out of hand. But instead of taking Arena's comments as a criticism, "El Chelis" chose to praise Arena.

“I would like to take my hat off [to Arena]," the Chivas USA coach said. "He’s a coach that has seen many, many more games than me and has coached many, many more games than me. If he said that we committed many fouls, he has his reasons. What I can say is that my team does not play with bad intentions. I really believe this is just part of the game and my players are trying to recuperate and win every ball throughout the game. However, unintentionally, this effort can result in a foul. Nevertheless, I respect Mr. Arena’s opinion.”

"El Chelis" said the effort of his players was more important than the result.

“On the field, we won a point, but off the field we won a hundred points in respect," he said. "At this point, when we talk about respect, we are a team that deserves to be champion. Our rival is one of the best in the league; they have my admiration and respect for what they do. As for my players, as usual, they kept on fighting, made a great effort, and I would like for everybody to respect that effort. I would like for this institution to be respected as well, that is the way it should be. This institution deserves respect.”

"El Chelis" said he does not care about winning championships.

"What I care for is my players and how they honor this profession as soccer players," he said. "I care about those human beings that as of now I can say that after they retired as professional players, they will be great individuals. This is a group of very honest young men that want to do well in what they do [play soccer] and they do it stupendously.”

Chivas USA earned the draw thanks to an 89th-minute goal from rookie Carlos Alvarez in his MLS debut.

“Alvarez was a great college soccer player," said "El Chelis," "but the MLS level is different and he’s adjusting to it. He keeps on making the effort day in and day out, but please, let’s talk about Alvarez, the human being, the young guy with big charisma, the guy who today, making his debut in the league, scored his first goal and against the Galaxy no less. Alvarez, the individual who grew up loving this institution, in this city, and as I said, he scored in front of his family, friends, and followers. We, as an institution, should feel fortunate to have him.”

13 comments about "Chivas USA earns 'a hundred points in respect'".
  1. Luis Arreola, March 18, 2013 at 8:55 a.m.

    Promoting the best local talent. That's what it should be about. Hope that catches on in MLS. Congrats to Chivas USA!! It seems they are doing better than many here expected. Congrats to Alvarez.

  2. Luis Arreola, March 18, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

    WHat a nice goal. Through balls with accuracy. That's what we like to see.

  3. feliks fuksman, March 18, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.

    Congrataulations Carlos!! Best of luck in the future.
    I missed this game, does anyone know if I can get the replay on demand or something else, maybe (ESPN3)? Nevertheless, I did go to see the Red Bulls vs DC United in Harrison, NJ, Saturday. Very nice stadium atmosphere, but the team needs help. Couldn't figure why was Juninho Pernabucano doing playing so deep in the back when he came in the last 20 min. of the game and they desperetly could have used a goal playing at home. I thought his skills could have helped the team much better up front and let Cahill drop back a little where Juninho was playing.

  4. feliks fuksman, March 18, 2013 at 9:50 a.m.

    I liked the way Fabian Espindola played; who chooses the player of the game, Red Bulls#11 (really??).

  5. Gordon Hayes, March 18, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

    Chivas is promoting ethnic talent and after only a few games have some big fans and declarations of grandeur - go Chivas!

  6. Luis Arreola, March 18, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.

    There is absolutely no excuse for not yet having a bonafide Hispanic American Superstar World Class Soccer player in USA!! This is the missing piece for Soccer to take off in USA. Someone with the jaw dropping skills and scoring ability that will attract the best USA fans and motivate a new unique USA soccer culture for all ethnicities. I hope Chivas USA can pull it off. The rest will follow.

  7. John Soares, March 18, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.

    Luis, American superstars, when we have one. Hispanic or not will be playing in Europe... good for them. However for a young Hispanic I though Montero was doing very well. Top scorer for his team 3 out of four years. Missing the honor just by one goal on the fourth year!?

  8. Luis Arreola, March 18, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

    John, yes but will represent USA at International level at World Cup. No young Superstar will play MLS for a while. Of course.

  9. Mario Araujo, March 18, 2013 at 4:31 p.m.

    Love Chelis as a coach. I think I am going to start going to he Home Depot to support the Chivas USA team.

  10. Margaret Manning, March 18, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.

    Bull. If all MLS teams played like Chivas did yesterday, the fans would eventually go home to watch real football on TV, or go to watch roller derby instead.

  11. Peter Skouras, March 19, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.

    Of course the Mexicans of Los Angeles are going to hit the Home Depot Center especially if Chivas continues to "win!" The "Paisas" of LA as well as every other city in the United States are connected for the most part to their favorite club! And why is it their favorite? BECAUSE ITS MEXICAN! IT'S ETHNIC! IDENTIFICATION! Regarding developing and signing "only" Mexican players is a Chivas tradition!!! ONLY MEXICANS! Nothing wrong at all...IN MEXICO! Here in the US Chivas will most definately, if smart, approach the "Home Team" of Guadalajara in the exact same manner "BUT" with Mexican-Americans!!! This should be the focus!!! But one thing...every Hispanic clique in the United States has... it's "Guerro!" Chivas USA can change the perception of things...for a while! Needs to keep winning!

  12. Luis Arreola, March 19, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

    Most of all playing style. Chivas USA can change things in this department but only by winning. The style should be more attractive and should attract more loyal fans. Others will follow.

  13. Aresenal Fan, April 22, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.

    Man, sorry to disagree with anyone here, but when you get used to watching some of the european leagues, mexican and usa soccer games are a cheap replacement to sleeeping pills.

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