Chivas USA Notebook: Thornton returns and Talley to be waived

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CARSON, CALIF.- With only a week left before the start of the season, Chivas USA received a very welcome addition on Friday.

Zach Thornton who won the 2009 MLS Goalkeeper of the year returned to training this week. Thornton spent the last month rehabbing a strained left hip flexor. Thornton was heavily involved in the 6 on 6 mini scrimmages as he prepares for the start of the season. Fresh off the injury, Thornton looks set to start in the club's final exhibition against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.

"It feels good to come back to the team, I'm feeling healthy and I'm happy to be in this new system around our guys," said Thornton. We had a lot of good results last year under Preki and I'm sure that we'll have even more success under Martin."

As new coach Martin Vasquez prepares for the club's first game next week, the coach affirmed that some questions still need to be answered about the goalkeeper position.

"It's only his first week back with the club and we're happy to have him back on the field, but it is only his first week on the field," said Vasquez. "We still need to discuss the position with the coaching staff and go with who we feel is sharpest at the start of the season."

A 13 year veteran, Thornton had a career-high numbers with 12 shutouts and 0.87 goals-against average – leading the league in each category. 

"The best way to look at that award was it was last season, I need to come out and work with the same intensity this season."


A team source confirmed to SBI on Friday that Defender Carey Talley will be waived by the club. The defender has been absent from training as of late and is likely to be waived in the near future. A defensive mainstay under former Head Coach Preki, Talley appears to be surplus to requirements for Martin Vasquez's new Chivas USA side.

An 11-year MLS veteran, Talley made 27 appearances for Chivas USA in 2009.

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10 Responses to Chivas USA Notebook: Thornton returns and Talley to be waived

  1. Urk says:

    oh snap

    link to

    robinho to miss game

  2. freelancer says:

    Hey Ives, Im having trouble getting to your story at FOX, either by your link or going to there site…Is it me or is there a problem?

  3. Goalscorer24 says:

    I was having the same problem.

  4. Stu says:

    Has there been any word as to WHY Talley was waived? It seems odd, he was quite good in the back line for Chivas last year, and was good on set pieces.

  5. Mace says:

    Chivas should have kept lance Parker. Man was that guy good. Anybody agree, disagree?

  6. Will says:

    I think Kennedy will take over as number, Zach has been injury prone

  7. Joseph D'Hippolito says:

    Ives, I thought Talley was the team’s best defender last year, better than Bornstein. Not only was he steady but he showed more leadership (unlike Bornstein on both counts). My guess is that Talley is being waived because of personal issues. He won’t be on the market long.

  8. RLW2020 says:

    while a good player Tailey changes teams every 1-2 years. while it is easy to read too much into that, it often is a case of someone who does not fit well in a clubhouse for any reason (behavior, work ethic, personality). other ex. Ali Gerba, Freddy Adu, etc.

  9. Dooshbag says:

    I met talley while at RSL, from my perspective everyone loved talley because he is so easy going. stand up guy. I did like him, but liked it even better when Findley torched him for 2 goals last year.

    Great guy tho so this shouldn’t be attitude related. He is a bit slow.

  10. Klausey says:

    We must have been watching different Carey Talleys, teams that attacked his side were consistently rewarded.