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Western Conference Preview

By Jonathan Szekeres




FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Matt Hedges #24 of FC Dallas and Juan Agudelo #11 of Chivas USA attempt to control the ball on a corner kick during the second half of a soccer game at Pizza Hut Park on October 28, 2012 in Frisco, Texas
FRISCO, TX - OCTOBER 28: Matt Hedges #24 of FC Dallas and Juan Agudelo #11 of Chivas USA attempt to control the ball on a corner kick during the second half of a soccer game at Pizza Hut Park on October 28, 2012 in Frisco, Texas

2012 record: 7-18-9, Last in Western Conference

Additions: M Carlos Alvarez (SuperDraft), D Steve Purdy (Free Agent), M Eric Avila (Trade w/ Rapids), D Carlos Borja (Free Agent)

LossesShalrie Joseph, M Peter Vagenas, F Cesar Romero, D Danny Califf, F Juan Pablo Angel, The entire bloody team!

Overview: It's hard to find anything positive about Chivas USA as they head into another season destined for mediocrity. They gutted their 2012 roster after a dismal last place showing, focusing on what I'm assuming is supposed to be a rebuild. However, it's tough to call this a rebuild season when the Goats decided to bring 37 year old Joaquin Velazquez on board.  He hasn't played a professional match since 2010, by the way. Usually teams try to get younger to build a workable foundation moving forward. I'm not sure what Chivas is trying to accomplish, but a last place finish in 2013 is all but secured. You know that your squad is in trouble when all of the hype is surrounding the head coach, which is exactly what's happening with bench boss Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. He's known as a great motivator, but you can't wring water out of a stone. Expect a frustrating, low goal scoring year.

Player to Watch: If Chivas has any hope of even being competitive this year, it will fall on the shoulders of newly minted Captain Dan Kennedy. Easily the best player on the team, Kennedy will have to stop virtually everything to keep Chivas out of the basement.