The goats will be looking to build on last years campaign, which ended in the Quarterfinals at the hands of their rivals the Galaxy.The man in charge now is Martin Vasquez,who was Jurgen Klinsmann's assistant at Bayern Munich.Vasquez is taking over the team after Preki left the team by "mutual consent" and heading over to Toronto FC.Chivas USA come back with for the most part the same core of players,however with the retirement of Jesse Marsch(Now assistant of the National Team with former coach Bob Bradley) and losing Shavar Thomas to the new Philadelphia Union,there will be some holes to fill.Keeping Yamith Cuesta (Expresso Rojo),Maicon Santos (Bonsucesso),and Jesus Padilla (Chivas De Guadalajara)for next season though will be a big boost,with players like Ante Razov and Ante Jazic constantly plagued with injuries.Here are five keys determining the faith of this team.
1.Sacha Kljestan-The U.S international has had his ups and downs recently,it's time for Sacha K to be the full-time leader of this team.
2.Will the highly rated young players fulfill their potential?Chivas USA have some very young underated players such as Yamith Cuesta,Gerson Mayen,Michael Lahoud and recently invited to national team camp Justin Braun.
3.Zach Thorton-One year wonder?Big Zach Thorton was a huge reason this team played so well last year,now at age 36 can he still do it?
4.The former Mexican League players-On- loan Jesus Padilla,Mariano Trujilo,and Eduardo Lillingston all did well last year,but can they take it to the next level?
5.Third time a charm?-After two consecutive playoff appearences,Chivas USA lost both in the quaterfinals,First to Real Salt Lake,then last year to the L.A Galaxy.