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Goats dominate, pull out win in 93rd minute

Posted on 31 August 2008 by Steve L. Hernandez

Chivas USA, playing a fluid, attacking style reminiscent of last year’s Western Conference Championship-winning squad, moved into playoff position after its come-from-behind victory over Toronto FC. Attiba Harris rolled in the game winner with 30 seconds to play in extra time.

The night began on an ominous note for the league’s northernmost side, as technical difficulties negated the playing of the Canadian National Anthem. The opening minutes of the match, similarly, foreshadowed a tough night for Toronto FC.

While not getting getting a clean shot off until the 9th minute of the match, Chivas began dominating the game from its early stages with its incisive passing game. Chivas first dangerous opportunity arose from a series of quick passes- Sacha Kljestan passed to Ante Razov at the top of the box, Razov turned and fed a streaking Francisco Mendoza in the box, but Toronto’s stellar keeper Greg Sutton beat Mendoza to the ball.  2 minutes later, Lawson Vaughn, returning as a starter to his right back spot, then fed a cross from the right wing onto the head of Attiba Harris, who headed the ball right to Sutton.

Kljestan then showed why he is one of America’s most sought-after young players.  The 23-year old, rumored to be sought by various European teams, took a pass in central midfield, flicked a perfect heel pass to Razov then immediately made an overlapping run. Razov quickly returned a pass to the on-rushing Kljestan at the top of the box.  Kljestan, having drawn the defense, then fed a wide-open Harris on the right side of the box. Harris, however, shot the ball directly at the ready Sutton.

But two minutes later, Kljestan again wowed the Chivas faithful at the Home Depot Center.  Razov again fed Kljestan, this time on the left wing. Kljestan received the ball and passed to himself around Toronto’s defender and fed an open Alecko Eskandarian, who was unable to get a shot off before Toronto’s defense knocked the ball away.

Toronto, playing mostly to counterattack throughout the night, was rewarded by its captain in the 19th minute. Rohan Ricketts won a 50-50 ball at midfield, took a return pass from a teammate, and passed long to Toronto Captain Jim Brennan on the right wing. Brennan, alone on Chivas keeper Zach Thornton, did not waste his opportunity, settling the bouncing ball and ripping his left-footed shot into the back of the net past a sliding Thornton. “It was a difficult moment,” offered Chivas Coach Preki “we make one mistake and we get punished.”

Chivas did not stay down long. About a minute after Toronto scored, Razov made a fantastic pass through a flat-footed Toronto defense to Eskandarian who shot low, between the legs of Sutton, into the goal. “Their backs were kinda flat all game long, so the spots were always open to get behind them,” said Eskandarian.  “I don’t know how [Razov] got the ball, but I found myself and just yelled and he kinda hit a blind ball, a perfect ball, right in stride, the keeper came out, and I just slotted it with my right foot.”

Toronto’s Chad Barrett, playing against Chivas for the first time since June, when he was a member of the Chicago Fire and missed two wide-open opportunities to score, again had a rough night in the Home Depot Center. In the 23rd minute, the Chivas defense gifted Barrett a golden opportunity to score when a miscommunication led to his being one-on-one with Thornton. Barrett, a local product of UCLA, replayed his poor performance from June and wasted his opportunity by hitting his ball wide right into the side of the goal.

Chivas continued dominating possession for the remainder of the half. In the 24th minute, Kljestan made another great pass into space for the dangerous Eskandarian, who hit his shot wide left. Sutton again came up large for Toronto in the 38th minute, when he denied Eskandarian, who had gotten behind Toronto’s defense.

The second half began as the first ended, with Eskandarian having another chance to score from inside the box, but he hit his turning shot just wide of goal. A few minutes later, Eskandarian created another chance for Chivas when he fed Razov near the top of the penalty area and Razov curled a left-footed shot just over the top-left corner of Toronto’s goal.

Toronto’s best opportunities of the 2nd half came minutes apart. First, Barrett was again unable to convert a one-on-one opportunity against Thornton in the 61st minute. Barrett received a long pass behind the Chivas defense and streaked toward the oncoming Thornton. This time, he hit the ball toward goal, but his shot was directly at Thornton, who had come out to the top of the box and deflected the shot away. A few minutes later, former Chivas USA player Amado Guevara took the ensuing corner and curled his pass onto the head of Tyrone Marshall, who sliced his header wide of the open net.

Chivas continued peppering Sutton’s area with crosses and shots over the course of the next 30 minutes, with Razov and substitues Roberto Nurse and Justin Braun all missing great opportunities on goal. Though apparently frustrated by their inability to seal the deal yet again, Chivas continued pressing the game into extra time.  Chivas had a multitude of opportunities in the area during injury time, with Harris and Jorge Flores both making dangerous crosses in the area and Kljestan having a shot blocked by Sutton from close range.  “It was one of those crazy games where we thought it was never coming,” said Preki, “but it finally came in the last minutes of the game.”

The “it” Preki referred to was the game winner. With about 30 seconds remaining of the 4 minutes of extra time allotted by the referree, Kljestan took a clever corner from the left side, hitting a low ball into the box. Chivas defender Bobby Burling dummied, allowing the ball to go between his legs and Harris side-footed a slow, curling ball to Sutton. Sutton, perhaps suprised by Kljestan’s low corner, was unable to get down on the ball and the ball squirted through his hands and rolled over the goaline.

“I was ecstatic, it felt good, it feels really good right now knowing we got three points under our belt…it’s exciting, I couldn’t believe it went in, but I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” said a smiling Kljestan.

Toronto Coach John Carver, not one to mince words, was upset with the result, but more upset with the way his team played, “That was disastrous. For me, that’s the worst we’ve played since I’ve been here.”

Chivas next prepares for a week of rematches, as it plays Panama’s Tauro FC in the return leg of the OONCACAF Champion’s league matchup on Tuesday, and then flies to Canada to play Toronto at BMO Field on Saturday.

Chivas Kljestan and Thomas called to national teams
Kljestan departs for training with the U.S. National team after Tuesday’s matchup with Tauro and will not be available for Saturday’s rematch with Toronto . . . Shavar Thomas has been called to play with the Jamaican National team and will not be available for either of Chivas games this week.

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Match Facts

Toronto FC (7-10-5) vs. Chivas USA (7-9-6)
August 30, 2008 — The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
TOR — Jim Brennan 1 (Rohan Ricketts 3) 19
CHV — Alecko Eskandarian 2 (Ante Razov 3) 20
CHV — Atiba Harris 3 (Sacha Kljestan 5) 94+
Toronto FC — Greg Sutton, Marvell Wynne, Tyrone Marshall, Marco Velez, Julius James (Johann Smith 58), Jim Brennan, Amado Guevara, Carl Robinson, Rohan Ricketts, Chad Barrett (Abdus Ibrahim 64), Carlos Ruiz,

Substitutes Not Used: Danny Dichio, Brian Edwards, Kevin Harmse, Jarrod Smith, Tyler Rosenlund

Chivas USA — Zach Thornton, Lawson Vaughn, Bobby Burling, Jim Curtin, Jonathan Bornstein, Atiba Harris, Sacha Kljestan, Paulo Nagamura, Francisco Mendoza (Jorge Flores 75), Alecko Eskandarian (Justin Braun 66), Ante Razov (Roberto Nurse 70),

Substitutes Not Used: Eric Ebert, Dan Kennedy, Daniel Paladini, Keith Savage

Chivas USA Toronto FC

Misconduct Summary:
CHV — Sacha Kljestan (caution; Reckless Tackle) 15
CHV — Paulo Nagamura (caution; Reckless Tackle) 70
TOR — Tyrone Marshall (caution; Reckless Tackle) 72
CHV — Lawson Vaughn (caution; Reckless Tackle) 79
CHV — Atiba Harris (caution; Reckless Tackle) 80
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Frank Anderson
4th official: Ricardo Salazar
Time of game: 1:54
Attendance: 12,561
Weather: Clear -and- 70 degrees

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Quakes Roll 2-1 Over Wizards

Posted on 31 August 2008 by mdiamond

It’s not supposed to be like this. The San Jose Earthquakes, an expansion team, are expected to live for the season in the basement of the Western Conference, and until now, the team has fulfilled predictions. With their 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Wizards tonight, the Quakes have not lost in seven straight games and have won three of their last four. For the first time since the team was re-formed after a three-year hiatus, San Jose is not in last place having leapfrogged over the Colorado Rapids, 2-0 losers yesterday to Real Salt Lake.

While they still have a long way to go, the Earthquakes’ chances of making the playoffs—the initial purpose of every team—is beginning to sound within reach. “The pressure is building now because we are now fighting for the playoffs,” said Quakes forward Ryan Johnson after the game. “We have a good streak going, and we want to keep building on that and get a spot in the playoffs. We have developed a winning mentality here now and hopefully that will take us through to the end of the year.”

Several mid-season acquisitions have contributed to the Quakes turnaround, but the mid-July signing of Darren Huckerby from England’s Norwich City has had the biggest impact. Right from kickoff, Huck owned the left side and gave Wizards outside defender Jack Jewsbury plenty of business. Early on the Blues brought mid Kerry Zavagnin and others over to help double-team Huck.

San Jose coach Frank Yallop praised his fellow countryman. “I think he is really enjoying his football to be honest. You look at him off the field and around the building, and he is just flying. He just wants to get the ball because every time he gets the ball he feels like he can do something. He is going to go against anybody and beat them. He was great tonight. It is very exciting to watch him, I get on the edge of my seat when he gets the ball, and I am coaching.”

As for his take on MLS, Huckerby said, “I came here with an open mind. I came here to work hard. I enjoy playing on a good football team, and this is a good football team.”

The Quakes started out quickly. In the first minute Huckerby broke through the back line where he fed an open Arturo Alvarez. His shot from 8 yards was blocked, but Scott Sealy got the rebound and had a shot opportunity at the top of the box. A defender deflected the strike over the bar.

Kansas City had chances as well with neither side exerting much midfield pressure.

Early on both sides gave and received body checks putting players on the pitch. Referee Paul Ward allowed too many fouls leading to chippy play.

In the 13th Alvarez beat an offside trap and was loading up at the 18 when a hard slide tackle took him down.

Another exciting Huckerby run in the 21st gave him room to loop a pass over the pack to Ronnie O’Brien on the right whose volley ripped the outside of the net giving the fans a thrill but resulting in a goal kick.

Towards the end of the first half both midfields stepped up pulling the game away from the end lines. For a while much of the play was 50-50 balls with the ball ping-ponging back and forth.

In the 41st Alvarez may have dodged an offside and drove close to the left post. His strike deflected off the Wizards keeper Kevin Hartman to O’Brien 15 yards out on the right, who settled the ball and hit a rope that Hartman tipped over the post.

Out of the blue the Quakes got on the scoreboard in the 43rd. A short O’Brien cross from the right line of the penalty box found Alvarez with just enough space to calmly head in his second goal as a Quake and his fifth of the season.

In the first half, San Jose controlled the run of play outshooting the Wizards 7-2. The Wizards came out from halftime with energy and turned the momentum around. In the 52nd striker Davy Arnaud got past Eric Denton and ripped a line drive from 10 yards that Joe Cannon pushed away.

A few minutes later the Wizards worked several services into the box where the crowd of San Jose defenders broke up the attacks.

The Blues broke through in the 64th when Michael Harrington drove a low cross from the right. This time the ball had eyes and made its way through the defense to Arnaud who one-touched it in from 6 yards.

The Quakes responded with a furious attack. A series of three corner kicks and several crosses excited the crowd but ultimately resulting in a goal kick.

“For 20 minutes in the second half, we didn’t play as well as we could,” Huckerby said. “The last 10 minutes we dug in.”

In the 69th Alvarez fed Johnson near midfield, who had subbed in for Ned Grabavoy. Johnson took on Jimmy Conrad who slipped giving Johnson a clear run at Hartman from the right. Near the goal box Johnson hesitated, unable to decide to shoot or pass it off to Sealy running up the center. When he shot from close range, it was right to Hartman who scooped it up harmlessly.

“I was looking for a pass,” Johnson said. “I saw Scott (Sealy) in the middle. I looked up, saw him again, looked back down, looked up again. I should have just made up my mind and stuck with one thing instead of being in between. When you’re in between, that’s when you screw up, and I screwed up on that one.”

Johnson atoned in the 83rd by assisting in the game winner. The score began with midfielder Francisco Lima sending a cross from the left. Johnson raised up high with a little help from the back of the defender in front of him to head it back across the goal mouth where Huckerby headed it home from inside the goal box.

“After the game, Huck said he knew I was going to win it,” Johnson said. “He was already anticipating it before it even came across. I like it when it was a little bit lofted. I feel like I’m one of the better jumpers in the league, so I feel like I can win every ball if it’s played in my area. It was great anticipation by Huck to be back post to put it in.” Did Ryan know he was going to win it like Huckerby knew? “Yeah, I knew I was,” Johnson said with a wink and a nod.

The Wizards came back hard trying to create. At the start of extra time KC broke through the Quakes back line. A cross found an open but surprised Chance Myers. He couldn’t put much meat on his kick and Cannon wasn’t challenged.

“I thought we played well the first half,” Yallop said. “The first 20 minutes of the second was poor. We allowed Kansas City back into the game, but it’s great to come back and win the game in the end. It is a sign of a good team that sticks together and doesn’t quit.”

Yallop summed up his team’s situation. “We feel comfortable we can win. We have D.C. and then Houston, which are two tough games, but we have confidence that we can win both. We have already played the best teams home and away, and we have done ok. There is no guarantee that we are going to win every game but there is a guarantee that we are going to give everything we have and not quit and keep going.”

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RSL even Rocky Mountain series behind Espindola brace

Posted on 31 August 2008 by kali

Espindola celebrates RSL’s victory ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Fabian Espindola scored two goals to lead Real Salt Lake in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Friday night. The win ended a two-game losing streak for RSL, preserved the team’s undefeated home record, evened the Rocky Mountain Cup series for the year, and, most critically, kept Salt Lake’s playoff aspirations on track.

Jason Kreis changed his starting lineup from the group that lost at Columbus last weekend. Will Johnson made his RSL debut in the midfield, adapting to his new teammates and the difficult playing surface at Rice-Eccles Stadium well. Kyle Beckerman moved back to the holding midfielder position, and Espindola, Andy Williams, and Ian Joy started as well.

The changes paid off immediately as Real controlled the midfield from the game’s outset against an injury-ravaged Colorado side. Espindola got the game’s first goal-scoring chance 11 minutes in, and Salt Lake never looked back from there. Although the Rapids tested RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando a few times during the first half, the home side kept pressing until they scored a goal.

That goal came in the 23rd minute, when Andy Williams back-heeled a pass to an onrushing Espindola, who beat Colorado goalkeeper Preston Burpo with a neatly-placed strike. Real had a few more chances before halftime, but were unable to add another goal before the break.

In the second half, Salt Lake nearly earned its second goal from Espindola in the 53rd minute, but the goal was ruled offside. However, the Argentine striker did get his goal six minutes later, racing onto a long diagonal ball from Javier Morales and chipping over Burpo to secure a 2-0 lead. The Rapids pressed forward in the last 20 minutes of the match, but were unable to mount many serious challenges to RSL’s lead, and the match ended without any of the late-game scoring often occurring in Rocky Mountain Cup matches.

Espindola beats Clark for a head ball ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Espindola made his first start since May, having battled through injuries throughout the summer. He said of his performance, “I’m very happy to get so much time out on the field. I’m just excited to get out there and play again and help this team towards a title… it’s what I’ve wanted the most.”

Kreis added, “He was spectacular. It’s been a long time coming. I know he’s been so very, very frustrated with his injury situation because it’s lasted a lot longer than he anticipated, or any of us anticipated. To get him back to full fitness and for him to have a game like that tonight going into this stretch before the end of the season should mean great things for us and great things for Fabian.”

Kreis was also pleased with the effort of the rest of his team. “Everybody always wants to talk about the back four and the defenders. For me it was a team effort,” he said. “I believe in a lot of guys. I believe that we should be able to put players in and do better than we have in our last two matches.”

Rapids coach Gary Smith said, “I felt the opportunities we had we just didn’t make the most of. There were three or four occasions where we started to get a little bit of pressure and maybe a couple of openings, and we squandered them. It was one of those games where it was tight and there weren’t going to be a lot of chances either way, and we certainly didn’t make the most of it.”

Scenes like this (in front of RSL’s goal) were rare ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Colorado defender Mike Petke was less diplomatic. “Tonight from the opening whistle to the end, everybody from myself through the forwards, everybody to a man did not show up to play, and that’s extremely disturbing in a game that was so important, not only for us to win but to take away points from Salt Lake,” he said. “The players we brought in are capable players, they’re hungry. But tonight it looked like a preseason game, like it meant nothing, and that’s very disturbing.”

RSL next hosts Mexican side Tigres for a friendly in Salt Lake City on Wednesday before traveling to Los Angeles for a match against the Galaxy next weekend.

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Match Facts

Colorado Rapids (7-12-3) vs. Real Salt Lake (8-8-6)
August 29, 2008 — Rice-Eccles Stadium

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Fabian Espindola 4 (Andy Williams 2, Javier Morales 9) 23
RSL — Fabian Espindola 5 (Javier Morales 10) 59
Colorado Rapids — Preston Burpo, Facundo Erpen (Kosuke Kimura 57), Cory Gibbs, Mike Petke, Jose Burciaga Jr., Herculez Gomez (Christian Gomez 46), John DiRaimondo, Nick LaBrocca, Colin Clark, Omar Cummings, Conor Casey (Tom McManus 69),

Substitutes Not Used: Bouna Coundoul, Jordan Harvey, Ciaran O’Brien, Jacob Peterson

 

Real Salt Lake — Nick Rimando, Chris Wingert, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Ian Joy (Robbie Russell 46), Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, Javier Morales, Andy Williams, Kenny Deuchar, Fabian Espindola (Yura Movsisyan 72).

Substitutes Not Used: Kenny Cutler, Robbie Findley, David Horst, Kyle Reynish

Misconduct Summary:
COL — Mike Petke (caution; Dissent) 50
COL — Cory Gibbs (caution; Reckless Foul) 76
RSL — Will Johnson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 81
COL — John DiRaimondo (caution; Dissent) 82
RSL — Chris Wingert (caution; Reckless Foul) 85

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry; Frank Anderson
4th official: Edvin Jurisevic
Time of game: 1:49
Attendance: 15,257
Weather: Clear -and- 83 degrees

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Revs, Gals deadlocked at 2-2

Posted on 31 August 2008 by ASN Staff

A gutsy goal by Taylor Twellman opened the scoring at Gillette Stadium Saturday night, before the L.A. Galaxy’s Landon Donovan answered with back-to-back tallies. Shalrie Joseph equalized for the Revs in the 71st minute–the second time this week that the Joseph has salvaged a match for the Revolution.

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Revs battle to a 2-2 draw with Galaxy

Posted on 31 August 2008 by L.E. Eisenmenger

Saturday night, Aug. 30, the New England Revolution battled the LA Galaxy to a 2-2 draw in a match that highlighted the potential of the defending Eastern Conference champions and the controversial West Coast team that’s both scored and allowed the most goals (42 and 45, respectively) in MLS and hasn’t won in ten matches.

The Galaxy’s notoriously disorganized defense has solidified under the two-week supervision of new head coach Bruce Arena and supported the attacking front of David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle and Eddie Lewis, the returning American international who made his Galaxy debut. The Revolution started their new Costa Rican defender, Gabriel Badilla, but played without three of their four strikers and attacking midfielder Steve Ralston due to injuries sustained in their heavy tournament schedule.

Taylor Twellman headed in the first goal off a Khano Smith cross, and collided with the fist of keeper Steve Cronin, who broke his finger on Twellman’s face, requiring stitches. “Give Taylor Twellman a lot of credit,” Bruce Arena said of the incident. “He stuck his nose on a play that most forwards wouldn’t get near the ball. I think Steve [Cronin] might have been a split second late – give Taylor a lot of credit for finishing off.”

Donovan fired in the next two goals in the 33rd and 55th minutes with assists by Peter Vagenas and Lewis, respectively. Shalrie Joseph evened the score in the 71st minute for his first MLS goal of the season.

“I’m pleased with the result and the way we played,” commented Arena, ”because our team, over the last two months or so, has not played well and tonight we saw more evidence of a team and obviously the quality of some of our individuals.” But he anticipated difficult times as four of his top players soon depart for national duty. “We’re going to lose Beckham, Donovan, Lewis and Jasic, so that’s not easy.”

Wells Thompson started on the left instead of Mauricio Castro and showed his talent for finding space and launching shots, as well as shutting down attackers and earning yellow cards, although he and Lewis were booked together for misconduct. “Other than getting in a silly bicker, he showed some maturity,” Nicol said of Thompson’s play. “We told him at half time ‘you have to be careful,’ and he did his work without being spectacular, but without getting himself in a place where he might get booked again,” Castro subbed in for Thompson in the 78th minute, but the momentum gained from Shalrie’s goal was lost in the switch.

Sainey Nyassi’s runs brought the crowd of 39,256 to a roar every time, but the young Gambian’s crosses were off the mark for Twellman, the Revs lone striker.

Badilla held up well under pressure after only one light practice with his new team, although the second Donovan goal was allowed by miscommunication between him and Parkhurst. He also took a long low shot in the 54th minute after drawing off a defender and took a free kick. “We see what Badilla’s made of at the end,” said Nicol. “He wants to win the game, you see him at the end.”

David Beckham shrugged off his several confrontations with Khano Smith. “I just wasn’t expecting to get hit around the head, that’s why I reacted. But no, it happens in games, it’s part of soccer. You get on with it. It’s a man’s game, so you enjoy the challenge.”

Beckham dismissed notions that players might be unhappy about being stretched in the CONCACAF and SuperLiga tournaments. “I think any game of soccer, any tournament is good for the sport in the U.S. because it raises awareness for the people, for the fans, and it gives good experience for the players and the teams that are involved in it. I went for a season in ’99 where we were involved in every competition and we ended up winning every competition. As tired as people think you are, you love being involved in those games and you love being involved in competitions, so I don’t think you’ll get any player complaining about that.”

“If it means playing for my country then I don’t care where I fly and how many times I fly, as long as I’m involved,” he continued. “People always ask me the same question, ‘Is it tiring?’ No, it’s not, because travel is very good these days. I sleep all the way, get my rest in and eat well and drink well, and I’m ready for the games.”

Steve Nicol, whose team flies commercial layover flights for international tournaments sandwiched between MLS games, commended his team for enduring the physical rigors of heavy travel. “I think if there was a trophy for balls our team would win hands down.”

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Match Facts

New England Revolution vs. Los Angeles Galaxy?August 30, 2008 – Foxborough, Mass. (Gillette Stadium)

Scoring Summary:?NE – Taylor Twellman (Khano Smith) 22?LA – Landon Donovan (Peter Vagenas) 33?LA – Landon Donovan (Eddie Lewis) 55?NE – Shalrie Joseph (Michael Parkhurst) 71

New England Revolution: Matt Reis (GK), Jay Heaps, Gabriel Badilla, Michael Parkhurst, Chris Albright, Khano Smith, Jeff Larentowicz, Pat Phelan (Sainey Nyassi 33), Wells Thompson (Mauricio Castro 78), Shalrie Joseph ©, Taylor Twellman

Substitutes Not Used: Doug Warren (GK), Amaechi Igwe, Chris Tierney, Brandon Tyler, Rob Valentino

STATS: Shots 10; Shots on Goal 5; Saves 4; Corner Kicks 2; Offside 0; Fouls Committed 16

Los Angeles Galaxy: Steve Cronin (GK) (Josh Wicks 46), Ante Jazic, Sean Franklin, Troy Roberts, Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis (Eduardo Dominguez 81), Greg Vanney (Mike Randolph 65), Peter Vagenas, David Beckham ©, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle

Substitutes Not Used: Mike Munoz, Isreal Sesay, Josh Tudela, Julian Valentin

STATS: Shots 8; Shots on Goal 6; Saves 3; Corner Kicks 2; Offside 3; Fouls Committed 14

Misconduct Summary: ?NE – Wells Thompson (caution) 14?LA – Eddie Lewis (caution) 14?LA – Greg Vanney (caution) 63?NE – Jay Heaps (caution) 91+

Referee: Tim Weyland

Attendance: 39,256

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Chivas pull out last-minute victory over TFC

Posted on 31 August 2008 by ASN Staff

Chivas USA, playing a fluid, attacking style reminiscent of last year’s Western Conference Championship-winning squad, moved into playoff position after its come-from-behind victory over Toronto FC. Attiba Harris rolled in the game winner with 30 seconds to play in extra time.

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RSL even Rocky Mountain series behind Espindola brace

Posted on 31 August 2008 by kali

Espindola celebrates RSL’s victory ©ASN/Julia Fizer

Fabian Espindola scored two goals to lead Real Salt Lake in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Friday night. The win ended a two-game losing streak for RSL, preserved the team’s undefeated home record, evened the Rocky Mountain Cup series for the year, and, most critically, kept Salt Lake’s playoff aspirations on track.

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Galaxy hit Beantown fully staffed

Posted on 30 August 2008 by iyeo

The Galaxy will try for the ninth time to get that elusive win, though that task will not be easy, as they travel to Boston to face the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution are tied with the Columbus for first in the Eastern Conference with 37 points apiece. The Revolution has not lost to the Galaxy since the 2005 season, with its most recent win over Los Angeles coming on the fourth of July, a 2-1 win at the Home Depot Center. Both New England goals were scored by forward Adam Cristman.

Cristman is tied with midfiedler Steve Ralston for team high goals with six apiece. The Revoultion have also been paced by goalkeeper Matt Reis, who has recorded 76 saves and allowed 22 goals on the season. The Revolution sit tied for first in the East despite playing part of the year without forward Taylor Twellman. Twellman has played in only seven games this season due to injury and scored only four goals as a result.

The Galaxy lost its most recent match at home against the Chicago Fire 1-0 last Thursday. The Galaxy however were without the services of midfielder Landon Donovan who missed the game due to international duty. Donovan is expected to play Saturday. The game will also be David Beckham’s first in New England as a Galaxy player. Becks missed last year’s game at Gillette Stadium due to an ankle injury.

Saturday’s game will also mark the Galaxy debut of midfielder Eddie Lewis, who was officially signed last week after being claimed with the Galaxy’s allocation pick. Lewis has spent most of the decade with various clubs in England, with his most recent stint coming at Derby County. Lewis has appeared in 80 games for the U.S. National team, scoring 10 goals. Lewis is expected to play despite a nasty cut suffered in last week’s World Cup Qualifying match against Guatemala.

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Gambian striker Touray signed

Posted on 30 August 2008 by ASN Staff

Red Bull New York announced Friday, Aug. 29 that it has signed Gambian forward Sainey Touray to a developmental contract. To make room for Touray on the developmental roster, midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic was moved to the senior roster. Touray will be available for selection for the Red Bulls’ match tomorrow evening against D.C. United.

Touray, 18, previously played for Wallidan FC of the Gamabian first division from 2005-08, leading Wallidan to the 2008 Gambian title as the club’s top scorer with nine goals. Prior to that, he started his career with Tallinding United of the Gambian Second Division, where he was the league’s youngest forward after joining the team in 2003.

Touray has featured for the Gambian Under-20 and Under-17 international squads and made his U-20 debut on March 25, 2007 in a 2-1 loss to Chile at the Suwon International Youth Football Tournament. Touray was also trained with Arsenal of the English Premier League in 2007.

Player Fact File

#22 Sainey Touray
Height: 6-1
Weight: 150
DOB: Feb. 8, 1990
Previous Club/College: Wallidan FC (Gambian First Division)
Hometown: Serrekundea, The Gambia

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Who will be the next Yank to play abroad?

Posted on 29 August 2008 by ASN Staff

So far this season Jozy Altidore, Brad Guzan and Maurice Edu have left for the greener pastures pitches of the European leagues. Hunter Freeman will soon follow. Kenny Cooper would if FC Dallas would let him and may yet anyway. That leaves several young Yanks in MLS ranks who have the skills to catch on with a continental power. In some cases there are already rumblings that this will happen. But what do you, the fan think? Vote in the poll below and defend your choice by posting a comment.

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