Chivas USA

Founded In
2004
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA

Chivas USA

About Chivas USA

Club Deportivo Chivas USA was founded in 2004 and upon entering Major League Soccer, became the league's eleventh team. The club, based in Carson, California, was created to serve as an American off-shoot of its parent club, Club Deportivo Guadalajara, who are one of the most successful and popular professional teams in Mexico. "Chivas" is the Spanish word for "goats", which is the nickname of CD Guadalajara. The club's kit and badge both closely resemble those of their parent club.

Chivas USA's main rivals in MLS are Los Angeles Galaxy and the two teams contest the Honda SuperClasico every year. Although the rivalry between the two clubs is arguably the only true one city local derby in Major League Soccer and the most important to Chivas fans, LA Galaxy's rivalry with the San Jose Earthquakes is often considered to be more important by their supporters.

In their short history to date, Chivas USA are yet to win a major trophy in MLS. However, they did win the Western Conference regular season in 2007 and were runners up in the MLS Supporters' Shield in the same year. In addition, the club reached the semi finals of the US Open Cup in 2010 and 2012 and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions' League in 2009.

Some of the notable talents to represent Chivas USA over the years include Sacha Kljestan, Brad Guzan, Juan Pablo Ángel and Claudio Suárez. The team's record goal scorer is former USA international Ante Razov and Jonathan Bornstein holds the current record for most senior appearances.

The team plays home matches at the Home Depot Center at California State University. The stadium is shared with LA Galaxy and has a total capacity of 27,000. However, this capacity is reduced to 18,800 for Chivas USA matches. The club has plans to develop its own stadium in the near future. 

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