Walker Zimmerman made his first appearance for FC Dallas Saturday, 113 days after being selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Furman product came on as a late sub in the club's 2-1 victory over DC United.
The centerback had sustained a groin injury in the preseason and his recovery had taken longer than originally expected.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee was busy this week handing out suspensions to four different players around the league.
The Committee announced on Wednesday one-match suspensions to Chivas USA defender Mario de Luna, Vancouver Whitecaps defender Johnny Leveron, Colorado Rapids forward Edson Buddle, and Real Salt Lake defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe.
For the Philadelphia Union, a trade had seemed inevitable for weeks. With Bakary Soumare unpleased about his role on the team, head coach John Hackworth had no issue helping the center back find a new home.
However, it would be Gabriel Farfan, and not Soumare to be the first player traded from the Union this season.
WellJose Luis Sanchez Solá, or El Chelis at least got one of his guys. Tuesday afternoon Chivas USA announced the trade of Gabriel Farfran from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for allocation money and a first round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Yeah. Money and a pick for arguably the lesser of the two Farfan twins.
Weanswer last minute Facebook and Twitter comments and discuss Houston's first loss at BBVA Compass Stadium. Steven Stoehr forgets he had to record his segment and we suggest ELAC should comment on Chivas USA games himself. Correspondents include: New England, Montreal, Columbus, Houston, Chicago, Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, Chivas.
PORTLAND, Ore.-One team came into Sunday's match on a franchise-long unbeaten streak, while the other came in reeling. And after 90 minutes of play, it was easy to see which team was ascending and which finds itself in the conference basement.
The Portland Timbers dominated Chivas USA on their way to a 3-0 victory, in front of a sellout Mother's Day crowd at Jeld-Wen Field.
When Matt Pickens fractured his arm in a mid-March match against Real Salt Lake, no one would have imagined the 31-year-old might lose his starting job while recovering. But his replacement, Clint Irwin, might not relinquish the spot after an exceptional run that has seen him shut out opponents in three of his last five matches.
Sporting Kansas City was in a brief slump, having lost two straight games, but they returned to their top form on Saturday in a 4-0 thumping of Chivas USA. A performance orchestrated by the skillful exploits of Graham Zusi.
It doesn't get much more daunting than this: The first thing Patrick McLain (Eau Claire Memorial) had to do in his Major League Soccer debut was face a penalty kick.
McLain – subbed in after Chivas USA starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was sent off for a foul in the box in the 54th minute of Sunday's match at Sporting Kansas City – stepped to his line and did some jumps, presmuably both to get loose and to try to distract Sporting striker Claudio Bieler, who was standing over the ball at the spot 12 yards away.
After suffering a rare home defeat in week nine of Major League Soccer action, Graham Zusi and Sporting Kansas City were determined to remind the league that they are still the team to beat.
Attacking from the opening minute, the U.S. international Zusi had his best games of the season, assisting on a goal and scoring one himself as Sporting Kansas City pummeled ten-man Chivas USA, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee reviewed incidents from this past weekend's matches and gave four players additional suspensions for various issues. One incident occurred in Portland when Chivas USA midfielder Mario de Luna shoved a ball kid over a loose ball knocked out of bounds.
The Portland Timbers were hosting Chivas USA after their midweek battle in Dallas, and it would be the last home match for the Timbers for quite a while as the team will be on the road for the next three matches. They gave the fans quite a show with an offensive outburst to dominate Chivas USA 3 to 0 to run their unbeaten streak to nine matches.
The Portland Timbers will have a quick turnaround after their draw in Dallas with a mid afternoon battle with Chivas USA. Despite their struggles in 2012, Chivas USA won all three matches with Portland although both teams have undergone rather dramatic changes in their roster since their last meeting.
In what was a shocking move to most, based on immediate reaction on social media sites, the Philadelphia Union sent Gabriel Farfan to Chivas USA in a deal that netted a potentially high draft pick in 2014 and some cash.
The Union will receive Chivas USA's natural first round selection in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft and an undisclosed amount of allocation money.
It is easy to see why a young player looking to further his development would be frustrated with finding out he is being traded for the second time in less than a year, but that isnot the case with Juan Agudelo.
Two days after being shipped from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution via a shock trade, Agudelo took part in his first training session with his new club on Thursday.
For the second time in just under a year, Juan Agudelo is packing his bags and moving from one coast to another.
Agudelo has been traded from Chivas USA to the New England Revolution in exchange for allocation money. The deal was initially announced on Tuesday evening via a tweet from Agudelo's agent, Ron Waxman, but both clubs confirmed the deal shortly thereafter.
Sporting Kansas City is back at it tomorrow against the Seattle Sounders at Sporting Park in a rematch of last year's US Open Cup final. Both teams are coming into the game on short rest, Sporting at least will have not had to travel, although they'll have one less day of rest. Seattle played in Philadelphia on Saturday earning a 2-2 draw while Kansas City took care of Chivas USA 4-0.
Sporting KC cruised to victory on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park against Chivas USA thanks in part to a red card to Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the second half. In the first half, Kansas City controlled possession and created quite a few chances that they couldn't finish. In the 18th, Graham Zusi received a cross field ball in the corner, settled it and fired a drive into the middle of the box that just missed a sliding Jacob Peterson that would have made it 1-0.
When Chivas USA acquired midfielder Gabriel Farfan on Tuesday in a trade with the Philadelphia Union, it was a move that probably didn't mean much to many outside of those who closely follow Los Rojiblancos, but the addition of Farfan did mean something to one current member of the Red-and-White's roster and that would be one Eric Avila, a former midfielder for FC Dallas.