Chivas USA Changes Date of Season Opener, Waives two

Chivas USA announced today its season opener against the Colorado Rapids has been switched from Sunday, March 28 to Friday, March 26 at Home Depot Center.

The date was changed because Telefutura would not have televised Sunday’s game anyway, due to changes in its schedule and Chivas USA officials believe the game would be a bigger draw on a Friday evening. MLS clubs – and especially Chivas USA given its fan demographics – have historically had a tough time drawing fans on Sundays.

Kickoff for the Friday game, the second of the MLS season, is at 7:30 p.m. A complete MLS schedule will be released next month.

Also, Chivas USA, which began preseason training Tuesday, has waived veteran defender Jim Curtin and Serb Bojan Stepanovic.

Stepanovic made seven starts for Chivas USA after arriving in mid-season, scoring one goal and recording two assists.

Curtin, 30, a nine-year MLS veteran, made just two starts last year.

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  • PocketKings

    I know that we have Cuesta… but our other options for CD is Carey Talley, Johnny Bornstein (world cup) and the college draft pick that we picked up?

    Do you think Vasquez will play more attacking football with 3 in the back? Is there someone coming up from the youth program? Is there something in the works for another Central Defender? We waived Curtin, we lost Shavar to Philly… Has there been any rumors for a trade or signing?

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Nothing I’ve heard specifically. But yeah, Vasquez has made filling that hole at CD a priority. It’s early days yet. Not too many coaches play three in the back these days; but I do think he’ll play attack-minded football