Wolves players, start to worry if Dean Saunders produces a goat this weekend

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New Wolves manager Dean Saunders tells an entertaining story about his encounters with goats during his playing days in Turkey.

The Weekend: Live Commentary

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Will Shalrie Joseph bring revolution to the Goats season? A poor man's Michael Essien in tempo management and distribution? Yay? Nay?

Grenadian Goat (photo courtesy MLSSoccer.com)

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Sounders Use Unbalanced Shape To Open Passing Lanes

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During the last meeting with Chivas USA the Seattle Sounders had trouble defending them within the 18. That problem did not occur Saturday, in fact the defense held the Goats to just six shots and or passes in the penalty area. That defensive improvement held Chivas to just one goal. What may have gone unnoticed is that in the previous match with six goals for the Sounders they had 11 Key Passes plus Assists.

Sounders v Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Is this facing Chivas USA thing getting a bit tiresome? Throw in an Open Cup match and suddenly the two sides are about to meet their fourth time. The Goats have transitioned quite a bit from that Open Cup meeting (Three Questions, Recap). They've added significant names to the roster but still got blown out by Seattle just a couple weeks ago (Three Questions, Recap).

Friday Five: Questions, Thoughts Going Into The Weekend

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This is something I am thinking of either doing from time to time or even on a weekly basis. Just some random thoughts, questions going into the weekend for the state of MLS and US Soccer. With a FIFA date upon us, a lot of MLS players are out with their respective countries, while some MLS teams either have games (one league game and a few friendlies are on the menu this weekend) or others are off completely hoping to get back in the swing of things for the playoff push.

Earthquakes trounce Chivas USA to extend lead atop Western Conference

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The San Jose Earthquakes just keep on winning and Chivas USA just keeps on bleeding goals and squandering chances to get into the Western Conference playoff race.

In a result that should have been inevitable considering the form of the Earthquakes attack and the sad state of the Chivas USA defense, the Earthquakes rolled to a 4-0 victory at Buck Shaw Stadium on Sunday night.

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

Vergara fires Chivas USA GM Domene

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Chivas USA owner Jorge Vergara has not wasted any time in making changes with his new-found total control of the team.

A day after the Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara owner purchased the other 50 percent of the club from Antonio Cue to assume complete ownership of the club, Vergara fired general manager Jose Domene, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

Joseph scores twice in N.E. return to help Chivas complete 3-goal comeback

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Shalrie Joseph made himself feel quite at home at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

In his return to the place he called home since 2003 until a trade sent him across the country to Chivas USA, Joseph scored two goals to spark a three-goal comeback and help the Goats salvage a 3-3 draw against the Revolution to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Shalrie Shines In Return

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Revolution fans honored Shalrie Joseph during his return to Foxborough. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Down 3-0 just 21 minutes into the match, Shalrie Joseph's first return trip to New England with Chivas USA on Wednesday night looked headed for disappointment.

Joseph, Sene Score Twice in Wild 3-3 Draw

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Saer Sene celebrates his first of two goals for the Revolution in Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Chivas. (Photo: Kari Heistad/CapturedImages.biz)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass – The New England Revolution built a three-goal lead within the first 21 minutes of the game, only to see it evaporate in the next 25 minutes, tying Chivas USA, 3-3 in front of 10,945 at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

Revolution vs. Chivas: Know Thy Enemy

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The New England Revolution are back home on Wednesday night, welcoming an old friend as Shalrie Joseph returns to Gillette Stadium with Chivas USA. The Revs are still mired in an eight-game winless run that has now featured five straight losses. The Goats, on the other hand, are in the thick of a playoff race, but haven't won in their last three, and in fact have conceded eleven goals in that span.

Defensive Lessons From Blowout Win? Jeff Parke Says Yes

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In Seattle's thrashing of Chivas USA the Sounders defense gave the Goats opportunities. On shots from within the 18 (MLS average ~20% conversion rate) Chivas converted only one of their sixteen attempts. Those attempts are somewhat evenly scattered throughout the match timeline. Things could have been different.

Sounders Romp In LA, Beating Chivas USA 6-2

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Sometimes a meme becomes so funny it can only live as a joke. Anyone using the "Fredy Montero is lazy" is in fact themselves so lazy they are a joke. Sure, Montero wasn't the only reason the Seattle Sounders matched their best ever result in MLS with a 6-2 win over Chivas USA. Still a hatrick is pretty awesome in any circumstances.

MLS Saturday Gameday: Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA

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Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA, 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports West, KWHY Ten points out of the playoff picture and with games rapidly evaporating despite having played fewer contests than any other club in MLS, Chivas USA and their fans are facing some uncomfortable truths: are the Goats realistically out

Sounders at Chivas USA - Three Questions

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Saturday's 7:30 PM match between the aspiring Seattle Sounders and struggling Goats features one of the hottest teams in MLS and a team that is bewildering. Despite several name brand players on offense Chivas USA has 9 fewer goals than the next worst in the league. If it wasn't for Dan Kennedy and the strong defense there would be no chance for the other SoCal team to make the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Chivas USA Gets Torched in Shalrie’s Debut

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Former Revolution captain Shalrie Joseph (far left, second row) debuted for Chivas USA on Sunday. (Photo: cdchivasusa.com)

For the newest member of the Rojiblancos, Sunday didn't sure bring the warmest of welcomes.

In his Chivas USA debut, former Revolution skipper Shalrie Joseph went the full 90, but couldn't steer his new teammates from crashing into a 4-0 SuperClasico defeat to the Galaxy.

Joseph Had “Rocky Relationship” with Heaps Before Trade

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Jay Heaps and Shalrie Joseph chat during a preseason drill. On Monday, Joseph asserted that he and Heaps had a "rocky relationship" in the weeks leading to his trade to Chivas USA. (Photo: Chris Aduama/aduama.com)

Happy days they were not for Shalrie Joseph as his time in New England came to a close.

Chivas USA trades MF Gavin for Revs captain Joseph in one of the biggest acquisitions in club history

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In what is a transformative move for both clubs, Chivas USA picked up gritty playmaker and New England Revolution club captain Shalrie Joseph today for the as yet unrealised potential of young midfielder Blair Gavin, the Goats' second-round selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft and allocation money. "Shalrie Joseph

Agent: Shalrie Traded to Chivas USA

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It appears the Shalrie Joseph Era in New England has reached its  conclusion.

According to agent Ron Waxman, the Revolution have traded Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disseminated.

On Wednesday morning, Waxman tweeted, ".@cdchivasusa acquires DP @ShalrieJoseph21 from @NERevolution.

Sounders Crush Chivas Advance To Fourth Straight Open Cup Final

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Starfire may not be magic, but special moments happen there. Wednesday night's game rarely seemed in doubt, and it was finished off by Sammy Ochoa with goal number 4, a fourth time ejecting Chivas USA from the Open Cup, a fourth time advancing to the Final and an opportunity for a historic #SE4TTLE.

Sounders v Chivas USA Open Cup Semifinals - Three Questions

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Packed into the summer of soccer (isn't every year now?) is the US Open Cup and the Sounders quest for #SE4TTLE. This attempt at history sees a familiar adversary, a team that Seattle has faced and eliminated from the tournament three times. Chivas USA lacks trophies (though not as lacking as say Red Bull) and with a regular season that sees them basically eliminated from contention Wednesday night's game at Starfire will be their most important of 2012.

MLS Notes: Chivas USA add Burling, Sporting KC sign defender, and more

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Chivas USA added some quality defensive depth on Friday with the acquisition of the rights to veteran MLS centerback Bobby Burling. The Goats landed Burling's rights from Montreal in exchange for an international roster slot in 2013.

Burling returns to Chivas USA, where he played from 2007 to 2009.

Angel's winner leads Chivas USA past Montreal

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CARSON, Calif.—When Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser brought on second-half substitutes Juan Pablo Angel and Jorge Villafana with 13 minutes left in Wednesday's match against the Montreal Impact, they were brought on to provide a spark.

Seattle Sounders at Chivas USA - Gamethread

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May's packed schedule is nearly up for the Seattle Sounders with their last MLS match of the crowded schedule. For some players this will mean a rest. For others, due to injuries, they will be pressed into more duty than one could expect. On top of a likely start at CDM for either Andy Rose or Servando Carrasco there could also be a change in the backline.

MLS Spotlight: Califf enjoying promising start with Chivas USA after leaving Union

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The relationship between Danny Califf and the Philadelphia Union did not end in the most pleasant of ways, but the start to the latest chapter in his career has gone as well as anyone could have imagined.

Since being traded by the Union to Chivas USA a week ago, Califf has gotten off to a strong start with the Goats by helping them to a win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in his debut last Saturday and a 1-1 draw against the red-hot New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.

Matchday @Red Bull Arena: Red Bulls vs Chivas USA

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Good afternoon! It's matchday @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita)! In tonight's installment, our glorious Red Bulls take on Western Conference powerhouse Chivas USA (7:00pm ET, MSG+, match notes here). This could be a history-making fixture, so let's see how both teams come into this one.

Chivas USA Strikes Deals With Philly, New York

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Juan Agudelo is finally going to get some playing time. (Getty Images)

Sitting near the bottom of a conference can cause issues for any club in MLS. But sitting near the bottom of the toughest conference at this stage in the season causes a club to make some moves.

That is what Chivas USA did today by making two big deals with the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union.

Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA - MLS #7 - Three Questions

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It's time for our weekly 3 Questions exchange with the SB Nation blog of the opposing team. This week, Alicia Ratterree of The Goat Parade was kind enough to partake in this exchange with me. As we all know, Friday is a big game for the Fire. To me, 3 points feels essential to get us back on track.


New England Revolution Preview: Three Questions With The Bent Musket

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Tomorrow evening, the Union travels up to Foxborough, Mass to face a struggling New England Revolution team. Today I had the chance to pose a few questions to Steve Stoehr of the Bent Musket, and he kindly obliged with answers to these questions which should influence the game.

Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA - MLS #7 - Gamethread - 10:00 PM CST - ESPN Deportes/ESPN3

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Fire fans will be staying up late tonight to watch our Men in Red battle the Goats for 3 points at the Home Depot Center. The Fire are looking to get back to their winning ways after the heated loss to that team from the West Coast. Chivas will look to rebound from a 4-0 walloping at the hands of the Rapids.


Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Striking Distance

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Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Rivals Falling

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In the two weeks since the Sounders Centric Power Rankings graph there hasn't been much movement. You can see a bit of up and down for most of the teams, except in the case of Real Salt Lake. The one time darlings of the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings are now ranked just 6th overall and are in middle of their second multi-week slide of the 2012 season.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Statement Noticed

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When Seattle went on that winning streak to start the season there was latency. It was Sporting Kansas City that got the most early love. Then as the San Jose Earthquakes shook things up, Seattle plummeted. Now, the Sounders are in a lossless streak (3-0-3 +6 in MLS) and there's still some latency.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Don't Play? Down Votes Follow

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In the latest edition of the SB Nation MLS power Rankings the Seattle Sounders fell, fairly significantly so for a team that didn't play a league match. To go from an average vote rank of 5.35 to 7 without a game isn't a recognition of the Sounders, but an indication instead that the teams in the third tier (Whitecaps, Dynamo, United, Sounders and Galaxy) are quite similar at this point of the season.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings: Bouncing Back?

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In the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings the Seattle Sounders are on the bounce. Getting off that winless streak certainly helped, but so did some relatively poor performances (Fire, Whitecaps) around them. Let's take a moment to remember that happens to other teams too.

One of the intriguing things about tracking the rankings via the graph is the extraordinary stability by Real Salt Lake.

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Power Rankings: Why so serious?

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So you've been waiting in unbearable anticipation, I just know it. The time has come once again for "Fuzion does the Power Rankings". I know it's been a long time coming, mostly due to changing jobs, but nevertheless it is here! Can you feel the excitement? This time around I've changed up the process just a little, and if you're interested -- well, you'll just have to jump to join us, now won't you?