Oct. 21, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Former goalkeeper Kevin Guppy became the most recent Matador to compete at the professional level when he made his Major League Soccer (MLS) debut Wednesday night as a member of Chivas USA.
One of the most decorated goalkeepers ever to compete both for Northridge and the Big West Conference, the Chino Hills native earned a spot in the starting line-up for Chivas' game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Making a number of impressive stops against Cornell Glen in the 19th minute, Scott Sealy in the 44th minute, and Arturo Alvarez in the 58th minute, Guppy finished his inaugural MLS match with six saves.
A pool goalkeeper since graduating in 2008, the former Matador has spent time with both the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA throughout the last two seasons. As a pool 'keeper, he is available to compete for any MLS team that needs a goalkeeper due to an injury sustained or suspension received.
Once Chivas netminder, and Big West alum Dan Kennedy suffered a season-ending injury due to a torn bicep, the club added Guppy to their active roster. Having practiced with the Goats during the last two months, Guppy received the starting nod from head coach Martin Vazquez.
Guppy competed in one half of action for Chivas in a game against Guadalajara on September 14, a decision that paid immediate dividends as he made two penalty-kick shootout saves in this year's ChivaClasico.
Over 23,000 fans witnessed that scoreless draw which took place in San Diego at Petco Park.