Los Angeles Soccer: Alejandro Romero

CHIVAS USA: A more intimate HDC

March, 9, 2012
CARSON -- Chivas USA opens its season Sunday afternoon against the Houston Dynamo, and there will be a more intimate Home Depot Center to greet the club.

The Goats have altered the stadium configuration, dropping capacity for their games from 27,000 to 18,800 -- about what they're looking for in the new stadium the hope to build somewhere in the L.A. area in the next five years.

To do so, they will close the upper-level seats on the eastern stands and sections 116-127 on the north end, covering them with banners, according to a media advisory distributed Friday.

Chivas has been scouting locations for a new stadium for several years and would like to have one in place by 2014, according to sources within the club. They have looked at sites in Pomona and Santa Ana, and there have been talks with USC about an 18,000-seat facility on the space now occupied by the Los Angeles Sports Arena, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the discussions.

One possibility, a Chivas source said, would be to play in the Coliseum while such a stadium -- which also would be used by USC's lacrosse and women's soccer teams -- was constructed. The plans require the university to take control of the Coliseum site.

NEW TRIALIST: Chivas is up to eight trialists in camp with the addition this week of two more, one of them quite interesting. Nigerian John Owoeri, a small but solidly built forward/winger who has played in Holland for Feyenoord, Belgium for Westerlo, Nigerian power Enyimba and most recently in Egypt with Ismaily.

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