Welcome to Part 2 of our guide to Chivas. In this part we will be looking at the first team squad. In the interests of disclosure, prior to these screenshots, I recalled every player I could from the first team squad listed. Those that remain on loan I have placed in the u20s, so your squad may look a little bit different to mine. Anyway, Chivas has a good, solid squad. A few stars are there including one that made those of us playing FM15 drool with anticipation. It seems that divisional rival concerns aren’t that important in Mexico because a number of Chivas’ best players are on loan at their competitors. Also, perhaps the biggest light in the firmament is on loan at Fiorentina with a criminally low agreed fee.
Still, a lot to work with and (as we saw in Part 1) you have some funds to bring in players to backup or fill different roles if you should so choose. You shouldn’t need to make too many purchases though. That being said, when you see the sheer size of the squads… Well, they do need a bit of a trim.
This is your first choice keeper. On loan from Pachuca, Cota is perfectly serviceable. Handling of 12 is a concern, but he is a nice solid #1. His backups are fine as well but that is what it is. Vanilla. Pure, unadulterated vanilla. You could certainly consider an upgrade here.
Chivas are stocked with Ponce and Hernández at LB. Interestingly, they are quite similar and of a similar age. The decision would be yours as to whether you want to move one of them on. I would be quite wary of doing this at first, but as soon as one of them locks in a spot you might rethink it. Ponce is the more attacking of the two and has more class going forward. He is also probably more solid as a defender..
So if one of them is going to go it is going to be Hernández. Older and not “quite” as good. Still, it’s always nice to have two solid options at a position.
Pizarro is best suited as a MC according to your scouts and he certainly can play there. But according to the scouts he is the best option (at the start anyways) at RB. Another in what will be a long line of solid, yet unspectacular players, he is a good decision maker and quite calm under pressure. If you were that way inclined, you may consider getting rid of Hernández and replacing him with a new RB. That could free up Pizarro to slot into central midfield or to back him up.
Alanís is the mainstay at CB. He may be a little weak in the air, but he makes good decisions and is nice and brave. He should provide good service to you and at the age of 27 can give you a number of good years as you develop the inevitable youth team stars that your youth system should provide.
Finishing off the defenders we have the man, the legend, the one and only Carlos Salcido. Club captain, legend, etc etc. At the age of 36 he probably doesn’t have much left in the tank AND his best role is in midfield AND he couldn’t get off the ground without the aid of a forklift but with great bravery and decisions (notice a pattern), the veteran will be good at the start. I wouldn’t expect him to last more than maybe two seasons but you never know. David Weir, after all, played until he was 2,658 years old…
There are very solid players in midfield with some flair and exciting talent. I have tried to keep the screenshots to the 3.5* plus players so that I don’t end up doing a screenshot of every player with something interesting about them. Remember that while this midfield may look small, the squad is flexible and you have several players that can play in the midfield that have been listed here as either forwards or defenders.
(Calderón is listed in the forward’s screenshot to allow Fierro to be in that slot. A vagary of the listings I am afraid)
An old school winger in my opinion. Fast, a good dribbler, a nice crosser with flair and vision, Calderón is a perfect choice to be the pitch stretching terror that we dream of. Especially if you can isolate him one on one with a hapless fullback. One of those odd ones, if I was managing Santos Laguna I wouldn’t want him playing for Chivas! Anyways, he will make the LW spot his own if you use one. He can also do damage in the AMC slot where he is also a natural.
Good central midfielder. Natural only in the MC strata, Pineda has an excellent engine and can puff along all day in the centre of the park. Chivas are blessed in terms of decision makers and he is a great option for you. Only 20 years of age, you may well need to start fending off bids from overseas sooner or later. Take advantage of him while you can. He can do a job in Mexico and should improve with all the first team football he will be getting.
Another speed freak winger. Chivas last got rid of a manager for only playing one up front! And this may well be a reason why. Interesting to me is that fact that your strikers are suited to a number of roles but you only have one big target man. I am planning on playing a Raumdeuter and he can fill this roles as well. He has the finishing for it and he (no doubt) will be a matchup nightmare if he screams into the box with his speed to get on the end of a delivery from Calderón. It could also allow you to play a 4-2-4 if you so desire. With Calderón and Brizuela? You’ll certainly have give your opposition a hell of a time on the flanks.
You have your defensive midfielder right here. Will run all day. Has a great work rate, very brave, doesn’t lose concentration and is sneaky fast. An excellent lynchpin.
Solid yet again. The players we are going to screenshot here are the “talents” of the squad but there aren’t really any weak links that obviously stand out apart from (maybe) Guzmán, but he is 21 and should be quite reasonable with some playing time.
Pulido is your number one forward. A little nipper at 175cm he is (yet again) a very handy player. Good finisher with composure, concentration, off the ball and first touch, he will be an excellent support striker. It does list him in the more offensive roles, and he can do these but he is surprisingly good at the other roles as well. The intention for me is to play an F9 up front to create room for a Raumdeuter. But you could easily have him as an Advanced Forward or a Complete Forward. The world is your oyster.
An odd player. He seems to be a genuine poacher. Not good in the air, not particularly fast, not great off the ball and (strangely) lacks composure. Perhaps surplus to requirements, but the coaches love him. I would think that he could fill a role but he isn’t really going to be a first choice option with Pulido and our next contestant floating around.
FM15 players you may reminisce. I’ll wait.
Anyways, Fierro is still only 21 (amazingly). He has suffered in the eyes of the researchers but is absolutely a difference maker as a Raumdeuter out wide or in his preferred Trequarista role. In my case I will be playing him either on the right or as a False 9. A real flair player, I don’t think much has to be said about him. Some have said that he struggles in this version of the game but he is one of those players that could take off if he starts getting on a run.
So there we have the first team squad on day 1. It has flexibility, good decision makers, lots of teamwork and guys who fill multiple roles. All in all it is an excellent squad and you really shouldn’t have too many issues reaching 4th spot (as sought by the board). If anything, it depends on your preferences, you could probably do with another right back and Hernández may be surplus to requirements. But it’s a good squad and it allows you to go in a number of different directions.
As for the u20, u18 and Chivas Premier squads, we will do these in our next instalment. Slightly different in focus to this post, we will be looking at the star talents and seeing who we want and who we might want to “move on for the good of their career”.