New Chivas USA President Nelson Rodriguez Takes in First Match
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Wednesday's Chivas USA-Colorado Rapids Desert Diamond Cup preseason match offered little to the imagine in terms of what transpired on the pitch, a 0-0 draw.
The big news from the match was who was watching it in person. New team president Nelson Rodriguez sat in the grandstand of the Kino North Stadium and watched his team perform for the first time, on the day he was named team president.
Rodriguez, a former MLS executive, was tabbed by the league, which now owns Chivas USA, to operate the franchise until such time a suitable buyer/owner can be found and finalized.
Rodriguez was not made available for comment by the club. But he watched the match intently, spoke with team staff and met briefly with head coach Wilmer Cabrera after the match had ended.
He stayed for the next match, New England vs. Chicago.
As for the match, longtime Mexican First Division star Adolfo "El Bofo" Bautista came on for Chivas USA in the 60th minute and just missed a good chance to score in the 77th minute. CUSA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy stopped a quality shot from the Rapids' Gabriel Torres in the 28th minute.
DeShorn Brown of the Rapids had a chance to give his team the lead in the 89th minute with a shot from close range, but he misfired. Joe Nasco started in goal for the Rapids.
Dan Kennedy (Trialist GK 45’), Andrew Ribeiro, Michael Nwiloh, Fejiro Okiomah, Donald Toia, Marco Delgado, Bryan de la Fuente (Adolfo Bautista 60’), Carlos Borja, Trialist midfielder #1, Caleb Calvert (Trialist midfielder #2 71’), Kris Tyrpak
Joe Nasco (John Berner 62’); Albert Edward (Nathan Sturgis 62’), Jared Watts (Drew Moor 62’), Grant Van De Casteele (Marvell Wynne 62’), Chris Klute (Dillon Serna 46’); Juan Guzman (José Mari 62’), Marlon Hairston (Nick LaBrocca 62’); Charles Eloundou (Marvin Chávez 46’), Vicente Sánchez (Dillon Powers 46’), Gabriel Torres (Samuel Galindo 71’); Edson Buddle (Deshorn Brown 46’)