Monday, January 31, 2011
Chivas USA sets scrimmage vs. San Jose
By Scott French
Chivas USA will get a test next Monday, taking on the San Jose Earthquakes in a scrimmage at Home Depot Center -- the only Southern California preseason match on the Goats' schedule so far.
The 2 p.m. game will be played on Field 6, Chivas' practice field southwest of the main stadium. Fans may watch from the sidewalk and bluff overlooking the field, but space is at a premium.
The Goats play their first preseason scrimmage Tuesday in Templeton, in San Luis Obispo County, against USL Premier Development League club Fresno Fuego. The 10 a.m. game will be played on a private ranch (717 Marguita Ave.) and is open to the public.
Chivas returns to L.A. after Tuesday's game and resumes training Friday. The team Feb. 11 heads to Casa Grande, Ariz. -- assistant coach Greg Vanney's headquarters -- for a week of work, with games slated (but not yet scheduled) against other MLS clubs working out in Arizona.
A COUPLE MORE THINGS: MLS says the full regular-season schedule will be announced the second week of February. … The league plans a “major soccer announcement” Tuesday and has scheduled a conference call that will include Galaxy captain Landon Donovan and New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry. We hear it's an All-Star Game announcement and anticipate it will be played in New York or New Jersey.