Meet Rachna, our Chivas USA writer…
Hi all! My name is Rachna and I am a Chivas USA fan living in beautiful (roughly) San Diego, CA. I say roughly as I am here for school, and home is an hour north (still not in LA territory though). My road to becoming a Chivas USA fan is a bit long, so here it goes!
I first came to watch soccer seriously during the 2008 Euro Cup. I chose to support Spain as I was a bit of a Hispanophile in high school, and latched myself onto them. I continued this support, yet felt a tad bit bad for not liking the United States, as I’ve always been one to support the USA. That same year I followed both Olympic teams in Beijing, despite the men not doing so well. This was a bit of a turning point. I loved players like Stuart Holden and Sacha Kljestan (though my love for the latter has diminished greatly in recent times), and was SO happy for the women to get their gold. I followed both national teams on and off until the Confederations Cup the following summer. The phenomenal win against Spain that no US fan will ever forget solidified my love for US Soccer. However, I was still a bit of an MLS newb, for lack of a better word. Since the Gold Cup team that year was basically a B team, I followed them closely, reacquainted myself with one Stuart Holden, and got into MLS. I spent the rest of that season watching MLS for various players but not supporting any team in particular.
Coming to realize in the offseason that I really wanted to find a team to support for reasons besides a team having my favorite players, I went on my quest for finding MY team. The question I get ALL the time: Why Chivas USA over the LA Galaxy? There were certain things about the Galaxy that I just didn’t like, and some things about Chivas USA that I love. Even though I wanted to like a team despite their players, the fact that they drafted Blair Gavin, my ABSOLUTE favorite NCAA player that college season, really helped garner my attention. I ended up watching them a lot, and just came to really love the team as a whole.
While I am not a member of any supporters groups for the team, my friends and I were Zarek Valentin’s official Oreo suppliers last season, bringing him a pack or two to every home game we could get to (they’re not kidding when they say the drive from San Diego to the HDC is LOOOONG).
You’ll often find me on twitter talking about other MLS teams (re: players), specifically the Philadelphia Union. If any of you listen to me on the Girls in the Cheap Seats podcast, you’ll know that Shana and I have created what we call the Chivas-Philly Alliance. We like both teams, with my primary team being the Goats and hers being the Union. We follow both teams and love all the players. Besides that, I am a HUGE fan of NCAA soccer, so I enjoy following all my favorite players once they get to the league.