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Sounders Fail To Finish off Chivas USA

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Kyle Alm

Kevin Stott pointed to the spot before pointing upfield in a sweeping motion.

Kevin Stott pointed to the spot before pointing upfield in a sweeping motion.

Although the fans will probably remember Referee Kevin Stott’s no calls on penalty kicks, or Alvaro Fernandez’s missed penalty kick, this game will go down as a wasted opportunity for Sounders to level the series with Chivas while they rebuild the roster. Sounders seemed to have control of the possession through the midfield with Osvaldo Alonso, Erik Friberg and Mauro Rosales for much of the game. Although Sigi Schmid gave Chivas credit for the better first half they only created one shot in the first half.

Fernandez created a couple of opportunities running up the left flank and created a couple of shots on runs into the box before he drew a unintentional handball from Michael Umana in the box in the 19th minute of play. Umana gained control of the ball, even though his handball was unintentional advantage was gained as he tried to play it out of the box. A bit unusual for a player to take his own penalty kick, nevertheless, El Flaco stepped up to the spot hit the ball to his left, just passed a diving Dan Kennedy into the post, off the goalkeepers back and out of bounds.

Dan Kennedy only made two saves the entire game. An amazing statistic when Sounders took ten shots. Two of ten shots were put on frame and had both saved. Credit is certainly given to Chivas defenders Umana in particular for stopping several chances in the box. It seemed that whenever Sounders took a shot they were off-balance which can be given at least partially to Chivas’ defense.

Two saves.

Kasey Keller made three. Thirty minute mark first half, the only shot on goal for both sides in the first half. Two more fairly routine saves in the second half. Keller also snuffed out a good opportunity in the first half intended for LaBrocca that didn’t make the stat sheet.

Even Sigi Schmid claimed that there should have been a penalty called on Umana for pushing Jaqua to the ground on a cross into the box, but in the end it was lack of finishing profiency that cost Sounders two points at home and Chivas get a point on the road.

Referee Stott does have some explaining to do, he’s fortunate in a sense to have lost control late in the game rather than early. There was chippiness and cynical midfield tackles. In fact Simon Elliot tackled Fernandez by his face in the first half, caution was given. The most poignant questions: Did Stott point at the spot after Neagle was tackled? Did he decide that the ball was going out of bounds? Schmid may also have a point, it doesn’t make sense to play Jaqua if he can be obstructed on a crossing ball by a much shorter player and that a penalty kick should be awarded for those situations. It is a foul in the box after all.


“It’s not the refereeing. We had a penalty and other chances to score.”

Although it seems perfectly obvious to everyone else in the stands that the best opportunity to score late in the match was a penalty that was not awarded the game should have been won several times over. Sounders easily handled a team that has historically always given Sounders trouble. Chivas have won 2 games, Sounders 1, with two draws in their short MLS history. Chivas have turned over much of their roster, Zach Thornton, Sasha Klejstan and Jonathan Bornstein have all moved on. Chivas have not been an overly impressive side this season.

As far as bad refeeing goes, this isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen. Sad thing is that isn’t the worst Sounders finishing I’ve ever seen either. Try to relax, exhale and picture Pat Noonan scoring.

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Union Defeat Chivas, Come Away With 3 Huge Points

Posted on 26 June 2011 by stoma

As the Union approach midseason, they find themselves ensconced in the doldrums of what folks in baseball commonly call the “dog days of summer”.  Since erupting for 6 goals in Toronto on May 28, Philadelphia was winless in its last 4 matches coming into this game, with 3 ties and a loss.  Worse, they have scored 2 goals over that stretch.  Worst of all, they have been in the midst of what should have been the easy part of their schedule, facing off against the cellar dwellers in the Western and Eastern Conferences (Vancouver and Kansas City, respectively) with the mid-table Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake mixed in.

The good news is that there is still time to get fat off of the competition as Chivas USA come calling with little to write home about in their season to date.  With only 1 win in their last 6 matches and fresh off of 2 straight losses, Chivas in entrenched in 8th place in a loaded Western Conference, their playoff hopes dashed before the return matches even begin.  However, the Union’s recent struggles show that no opponent can be taken lightly.  If they were to earn 3 points against Chivas, they would have to take them.

Coming out in the same 4-3-1-2 formation as against Kansas City, Philadelphia looked for much better production and, from early on, it seemed as though they would rather lose than go scoreless once again.  From the start, the match picked up a wide open pace, with both squads playing fast and loose with their formations.  The momentum began to swing towards the Union around the 10th minute, as the home team put together several chances in a row.  As has been the trend, however, they were not able to find that last necessary touch that would spring them for a goal.  Jack McInerney, growing more comfortable with his 2nd consecutive start, boldly took on Michael Umana in the 25th minute, turning the defender around badly.  Not so boldly, he passed up the shot in favor of a lay-off to Sebastien Le Toux, who took the shot on with his weaker left foot that never even found its way to Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kenedy.

Union captain and goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon was tested for the first time in 2 matches in the 27th minute, when Nick LaBrocca ripped a shot from the top of the area that appeared ticketed for the back of the net when Mondragon dove left and upwards, parrying the shot up and over the bar, bailing out his defense in the process.  This was not the case following the subsequent corner kick, when a deflection and then a headed pass from Ben Zemanski landed on the head of Umana, who nodded it past an already beaten Mondragon for the game’s opening tally.

The Union threatened to respond immediately, when Sebastien Le Toux sprung free after the restart only to have his shot deflected wide of the right post.  Philadelphia at that point recaptured the early momentum, yet were still unable to turn that momentum into a goal despite several excellent chances.  Halftime arrived and the home team was facing a 1-0 deficit.  This had the feel of a moment that could be one of several key turning points in a team’s season.  Either the Union could rejuvenate their campaign and solidify themselves as a team to be counted, or they could ride this tailspin into MLS irrelevancy.

Philadelphia took all of two and a half minutes into the 2nd half to make certain their intentions, as Justin Mapp sent a cross in front of the net that newcomer Veljko Paunovic drove into the net, reclaiming the crowd and, perhaps, the season. But they still needed that second goal; without the win, the team would stay stuck in neutral.  Chance after chance went by the wayside as the Philadelphia forwards seemingly had forgotten the offsides rule altogether, with Carlos Ruiz in particular garnering 5 calls against him.  All told, the Union had 9 plays called back for offsides, most notably what could have been a second goal when Ruiz slotted home a hard through ball from Sheanon Williams only to find that he had been standing approximately 5 yards beyond the closest defender when the ball was struck.

Finally, sweet release for the team and the 18,139 in attendance, who had spent the initial 68 minutes in a mixture of trepidation and disbelief, when Ruiz took a long ball in the air from Paunovic, settled it, took two touches to his right, and beat Kennedy on his short side.  Instead of opting for his shark’s fin celebration, El Pescadito stared into the crowd as if to announce that he would not be going anywhere, as had been the rumor the last couple of weeks.

But pulling themselves out a hole this deep would not be so simple.  Following a Philadelphia giveaway at midfield in the 77th minute, Jorge Flores sent a through ball into the air that did not appear destined for anything in particular, until Justin Braun materialized all by himself, having gotten behind Carlos Valdes and beaten Danny Califf.   All that was left to finish the equalizer was for Braun to poke it beyond the reach of Mondragon, who had come of his line when he saw his defense beaten so badly.

It would take something truly special to win this game.  An extraordinary play from an exemplary player.  The Union got such a play from such a player in the 82nd minute when Le Toux sent a ball across to Danny Mwanga, who had replaced McInerney at halftime, about 5 yards above the penalty area.  The second-year striker settled, took one touch to his right, then let loose an absolute laser beam across his body and across the goal mouth, beating Kennedy on his right.  As the crowd erupted, Mwanga knelt, as though expelling the spirits that had plagued the team over their stretch of poor play, and the crowd knew their home side had secured the win and 3 points.

And a much needed win it was, as Philadelphia will not see the inside of PPL Park again until their July 20 friendly against Tim Howard and Everton FC.  This three-game road stretch will see the Union against Eastern Conference rival D.C. United before heading out west to San Jose and finally trekking back east to face New England.  The team badly needed a shot in the arm to sustain them; if, in fact, the Union did find themselves on the right end of a season-defining turning point, the next three opponents had better watch out.

 

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

———————————Mondragon—————————————

Williams————-Califf——————–Valdes——————-Harvey

———————————–Carroll——————————————-

Le Toux————————-Paunovic————————————–Mapp

—————————Ruiz—————-McInerney—————————-

 

Chivas USA Starting XI

———————————–Kennedy—————————————-

Valentin——————-Umana————-Pearce———————–Jazic

Zemanski—————————Nagamura——————————–Flores

——————LaBrocca———————————-Mondaini—————

————————————–Braun——————————————–

 

Scoring Summary:

28’ CHVMichael Umana 1 (Ben Zemanski 3)
48’ PHI — Veljko Paunovic 1 (Justin Mapp 1)
69’ PHI — Carlos Ruiz 4 (Paunovic 1)
77’ CHV — Justin Braun 4 (Jorge Flores 2)
82’ PHI — Danny Mwanga 5 (Sebastien Le Toux 5)

Misconduct Summary:

64’ Carlos Valdes  (Tactical Foul)

Lineups:
Chivas USA-
Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin, Michael Umana (Andrew Boyens 45), Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Paulo Nagamura, Ben Zemanski (Blair Gavin 77), Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores, Justin Braun, Marcos Mondaini (Chris Cortez 71)

Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Victor Estupinan, Michael Lahoud, Mariano Trujillo

Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey (Keon Daniel 45), Brian Carroll,), Veljiko Paunovic (Kyle Nakazawa 73), Justin Mapp, Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney (Danny Mwanga 45), Carlos Ruiz

Substitutes Not Used: Zac MacMath, Roger Torres, Amobi Okugo, Michael Farfan

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivera
Weather: Mostly Cloudy, 80 degrees
Attendance: 18,139

Time of Game: 1:50

 

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CHIVAS USA 3 – REVOLUTION 0

Posted on 01 May 2011 by Matty Jollie

After winning two matches in a span of four days (The Revs defeated Sporting Kansas City in league play, followed by DC United in the USOC) the New England Revolution (2-3-3, 9pts) fell back to earth with a loud thud in Carson, CA last night. After scoring six goals over their two previous matches, the Revs found themselves unable to muster anything offensively, and when coupled with one of the most disjointed and lackluster defensive efforts of the season, you’re left with a 3-0 loss at the hands of Chivas USA (2-2-3, 9pts) at the Home Depot Center.

The match got off to a rather uneventful start, and neither team could truly find a break through until Ben Zemanski controlled a pass from Alejandro Moreno and then beat his defender, giving him enough space to find Nick LaBrocca, who managed to get enough of a piece of the cross with his head to beat Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.
Shuttleworth was starting in net in place of the injured Matt Reis (left shoulder sprain), as the Revs were also missing key components Marko Perovic (knee strain) and Ousmane Dabo (quad).

The score line could have gotten worse if not for a pair of saves from Shuttleworth, one on Moreno, and another on Zemanski, which kept the Revs in the match and gave them a chance to regroup. The effort from Shuttleworth was for naught, as Chivas USA struck a major blow to the New England hopes as they found the net right at the stroke of halftime through Marcos Mondaini, when his half-volley in mid-air beat Shuttleworth to his left, doubling the Goats’ lead.

New England made one change at the half, inserting Sainey Nyassi for Kenny Mansally at left midfield (Mansally was given the start in place of the injured Perovic) hoping to find a spark on the flanks, which were clearly lacking on Saturday night. Unfortunately for Steve Nicol’s men, it was a spark that never came, as the Revolution continued to struggle to maintain possession throughout the match, and had great difficulty creating chances.

The match was put on ice in the 57th minute, when Moreno took advantage of one of the worst defensive mishaps of the young season, when Shalrie Joseph’s attempted back pass inside the box to Didier Domi was intercepted by Moreno, who graciously finished off the play by beating Shuttleworth for the third goal of the night for Chivas USA.

New England continued to struggle to find their rhythm throughout the final half hour, and could only muster a couple of chances, one through Shalrie Joseph, whose header off a Zak Boggs cross was just wide of the net, and one through Benny Feilhaber, whose effort off of a dangerous free kick outside the Chivas USA box couldn’t find an open teammate. New England ended the night without a goal for the third time on the year, and are still looking for their first goal against Chivas USA in over 372 minutes.

New England now sits in fifth place in Eastern Conference on nine points, five points back of first place Red Bull New York, and the Revs will look to rebound from Saturday night’s defeat in front of their home fans next Saturday, when they host defending MLS Cup Champion Colorado Rapids.

Chivas USA climbs to sixth place in the Western Conference on nine points, six points back of first place Los Angeles, and will hope to continue their resurgence against one of the hottest teams in MLS, Real Salt Lake, next Sunday.

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New England Revolution at Chivas USA
April 30, 2011 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
Chivas USA 3, New England Revolution 0

Scoring Summary:
CHV – Nick LaBrocca (Ben Zemanski, Alejandro Moreno) 22
CHV – Marcos Mondaini (Alejandro Moreno, Ante Jazic) 45
CHV – Alejandro Moreno (unassisted) 57

New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Didier Domi (Chris Tierney 76), A.J. Soares, Franco Coria, Kevin Alston, Kenny Mansally (Sainey Nyassi 46), Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph ©, Zak Boggs, Zack Schilawski, Rajko Lekic

Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Kheli Dube, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Ryan Cochrane

STATS*: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 7

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, Andrew Boyens, Zarek Valentin, Jorge Flores (Francisco Mendoza 78), Nick LaBrocca, Simon Elliott, Ben Zemanski (Mariano Trujillo 70), Marcos Mondaini (Justin Braun 66), Alejandro Moreno ©

Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Michael Umana, Gerson Mayen, Victor Estupinan

STATS*: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 6; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 14

* Note that all statistics are unofficial

Misconduct Summary:
NE – Franco Coria (caution) 33
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 39
CHV – Ben Zemanski (caution) 66

Team Records:
New England Revolution – 2-3-3, 9 pts.
Chivas USA – 2-2-3, 9 pts.
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees
Attendance: 14,058

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Preview: New England @ Chivas USA

Posted on 29 April 2011 by Hank Alexandre

New England takes to the road for the second time this week as they head out to the left coast for the 3rd time this season to take on Chivas USA.  The Goats have been struggling this season, notching only one win so far out of 6 matches.  New England has played one more game than Chivas, but has managed only one more win this season.  Both teams are struggling to find goals, and have managed the same amount of draws, so it would appear on paper that it should be a fairly even match.  However, the Revolution have added some new players which could shake up the result.  On the other hand, Chivas are coming off their first win of the season, and could be looking to capitalize on their momentum.  Here’s the break down:

GOALKEEPERS: The Revolution will probably be starting veteran Matt Reis, who has only allowed 5 goals this season and three from the run of play (thanks to some favorable calls).  Two of those three goals, however, would have to be considered fairly soft (Jewsbury, Kamara).  On the flip side he has made 20 saves this season.  Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy has had the majority of starts this season, with veteran Zach Thornton having been relegated to the bench.  Kennedy is younger and more athletic than Reis, but does not have the experience of the New England netminder. ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND – Slight edge to Matt Reis – experience matters.

DEFENDERS: New England’s back four have been playing fairly well, despite some spotty play from speedy Kevin Alston (although he was much more on the ball last week).  New center back signings Franco Coria and AJ Soares are both healthy and suspension free, and have formed a good partnership in front of Matt Reis.  Didier Domi at left back adds quality into the attack and links up well with the midfield and forwards. Chivas will more than likely be without the services of team captain Jimmy Conrad and Michael Lahoud, but will still have US International Heath Pearce at either right or left back, along with Andrew Boyens and veteran MLS and Canadian defender Ante Jazic. ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND -Coria and Soares presence in the box, along with Alston’s Speed and Domi’s quality will outperform Jazic and Pearce.

MIDFIELDERS: With the addition of Benny Feilhaber, the Revolution’s midfield is now a force to be reckoned with.  However, with Marko Perovic sidelined with a knee sprain, look for coach Nicol to start Kenny Mansally in a more forward role on the left flank, with  Feilhaber playing in a central role backed by Joseph and McCarthy.  Zak Boggs will likely get the start on the right side, but speedster Sainey Nyassi may come on as a second half sub.  Chivas will have Simon Elliott in midfield with the dangerous Nicolas LaBrocca and youngsters Flores and Zemanski. Flores adds some flair and LaBrocca adds to the attack, but the production out of the midfield has been limited.  ADVANTAGE: NEW ENGLAND

FORWARDS: New England’s new signing Rajko Lekic will likely be the lone forward.  With only two games under his belt, Lekic is still struggling to gel with his teammates.  However, with the addititon of Feilhaber in the midfield and his first goal of the season, he will have more confidence coming into the game this Saturday.  Chivas however are incredibly deep at forward, with Alejandro Moreno and the Argentinian Marcos Mondaini likely to get the start.  But they also have super subs Justin Braun and Mariano Trujillo available. All of these options will be a threat to the New England back line. ADVANTAGE: CHIVAS USA – With a bench like that, Chivas can look to take advantage of a jet-lagged Revolution with speed and firepower.

PREDICTION: On paper, the Revs look to have a more complete team, but Chivas have more of an attacking presence and have yet to win at home.  The Goats will be looking to come out quickly and establish an early lead, and the Revolution will have their hands full for the first 25 minutes.  In the end, the Revolution defense and midfield will prove to be a match for Chivas, but the offense will still struggle.  RESULT: DRAW 0-0

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TFC draw at home

Posted on 05 April 2011 by Mahmoud Shoblaq

Alan Gordon - Photo Credit to Catherine Solmes

 

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After winning at home against Portland Timbers, TFC was expected to continue on a positive note against Chivas USA. All was changed when the news of Dwayne De Rosario being traded to the New York Red Bulls surfaced. On Friday afternoon the DeRo trade was confirmed, where TFC acquired Danleigh Borman, Tony Tchani and a first round draft pick in 2012 in return for Dwayne De Rosario. On the other hand, Javier Martina was voted MLS Goal of the Week earlier in the week for his second goal in the Portland game and Decoy Williams was signed.

TFC and Chivas Draw!
The starting line up saw several changes after trades and signings this week. 
Keeper:
Stefan Frei.
Defenders: Ty Harden, Nana Attakora, Adrian Cann,  Danleigh Borman.
Midfielders: Jacob Peterson, Tony Tchani, Alen Stevanovic.
Forwards: Javier Martina, Maicon Santos, Alan Gordon.

TFC started the game on a rough note suffering an early goal deficit. After finding their rhythm they were able to get back into the game and find the equalizer. With DeRo gone and new players starting the match, it was expected to be a difficult afternoon for Toronto. Once again it must be reiterated that it is a building process and the team will learn to cope with DeRo’s absence.

Some positives were evident, as Martina showed great signs of class and will be an integral part of the club moving forward. Several team practices for the new players with the club will create harmony and consistency within the team. Toronto FC can only see themselves moving forward after today, keeping in mind players must remain healthy.

Toronto FC will need to perform and prove their fans that they are a competitive team to maintain the atmosphere BMO Field is used to. The game’s attendance is still considered great in comparison to MLS numbers but 18,968 is below TFC’s regular attendance numbers of 20000 or more. It was evident that there were  many empty seats which in turn made the television broadcast look very unattractive for those watching at home. Whether the attendance numbers are due to the DeRo trade or a lack of interest from fans after 4 unsuccessful season, it remains unknown. The club will need to earn their supporters back with several positive performances at home and on the road.

TFC will now head away from home to face off against the San Jose Earthquakes before coming back for a three game home stint.

Ratings for players from 1 (low) to 10 (high), ranked by position:

Toronto FC
Stefan Frei: 7
He may have not been able to do much about the goal, but did well with what came his way as the game went on.

Ty Harden: 6.5
Did well as a right back, contributed a few crosses on the attack. Still room for improvement!

Nana Attakora: 5.5
Came back from injury and may have been at fault for the goal. Not one of his best performances and was subbed off in the second half.

Adrian Cann: 6.5
Decent performance, with no visible mistakes.

Danleigh Borman: 6.5
Did well to contribute to the team offensively and defensively considering not practicing with the team prior to the game.

Jacob Peterson: 6.5
Did well on the set piece to set up Alan Gordon for the equalizer.  Subbed off at the half for De Guzman.

Tony Tchani: 6.5
Did well throughout the game for a player who has not practiced with the team, could possibly do more.

Alen Stevanovic: 6.5
Did well working with Borman, would probably wish Maicon Santos passed the ball for him to score the winner. Subbed off in the second half after getting injured. He is also another player whose contribution will become greater as time goes on.

Javier Martina: 7
Had a decent game showed great foot work and will be an integral part of the team.

Maicon Santos: 6
Captained the team for the day, scores a low rating today due to his horrible miss. Otherwise he is another player that will be an important part moving forward.

Alan Gordon: 7
A decent game, was at the end of several crosses and set pieces but did not do enough to create solid chances. Scored the equalizer and celebrated with class.

Subs Used:
Julian  De Guzman:
5.5
Came on for Peterson, still needs time to come back from injury. His distribution still lacking, got himself a yellow card for his efforts this afternoon.

Decoy Williams: 6.5
Another new signing making his debut, came on for Attakora who just returned from injury. From what was seen can easily take Attakora’s starting spot on the team.

Joao Plata: N/A
Came on for the injured Stevanovic, had little impact on the game.

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Martina wins MLS Goal of the Week!

Martina - Photo Credit to Catherine Solmes

TFC striker Javier Martina has won his first ever MLS Goal of the Week award for his amazing finish in the 2-0 win against Portlant Timbers at BMO Field on Saturday. It was his second MLS goal in his two appearances. Martina’s goal gave TFC the assurance lead that they held on with to win the game. The goal assisted by Frei has shown his striker’s instinct which gives everyone a taste of what he can bring to the team in the future.

 

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Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA: Player Ratings

Posted on 26 September 2010 by Breton Bonnette

A helpless Zach Thornton...

The Union bucked recent trends and converted their chances on Saturday, dispatching Chivas USA with a 3-0 scoreline. Fred, Alejandro Moreno, and Seb Le Toux provided the fireworks while Brad Knighton, with help from a rock solid back four, recorded his second shutout in three league appearances.

Philadelphia Union Starting XI

————————–Knighton—————————–

Williams——–Califf————Orozco F.———Harvey

————————-Miglioranzi—————————-

Le Toux——————–Fred————————Mapp

——————Mwanga———Moreno——————–

GK: Brad Knighton – 6

The FC Dallas fiasco probably flashed before his eyes mid way through the first half after a through ball found Alan Gordon barreling down on Knighton and net. A well-timed and luckily feet-first tackle kept Gordon from capitalizing. Wasn’t fully tested again until the 89th minute when he parried a rifled shot from Alan Gordon. Post-match, Nowak was more than satisfied with Knighton’s presence in goal, “I think right now he has all the confidence to be #1 in goal”.

DR: Sheanon Williams – 7

The whole team looked to be a bit rusty after two weeks off but Williams especially. The youngster has pace, however, and the ability to track back after an errant touch or two. His long throw continues to be dangerous as was his pace. Williams almost got on the end of a Fred cross in the 56th minute after pushing forward. His man-to-man marking is shaky at best, showcased midway through the second half. Luckily, Alan Gordon isn’t known for his medium to long-range shots.

DC: Danny Califf – 7.5

Shut down Alan Gordon after being isolated. Not the hardest thing to do but it was vital as Gordon was the most energetic for Chivas during the first half. The central pairing of Califf and Orozco Fiscal kept things quiet for Brad Knighton and it was a performance certainly worthy of the captaincy.

DC: Michael Orozco Fiscal – 7

Solid the brunt of the game. Lost his mark, however, early in the second half leading to a wide-open Jesus Padilla look at net. Padilla mistimed the volley thankfully sending it wide of Knighton’s net. Orozco Fiscal dealt with the Goats’ danger man Justin Braun (9 goals) well though, keeping him silent and far from Knighton’s net.

DL: Jordan Harvey – 7

Harvey had a good day, getting into the attack and wreaking general havoc on the Chivas backline. It was ensemble performance for the back four but even in spite of a shaky start, the fullbacks were particularly dangerous throughout the whole match. Tracking back, at times, was an issue as Lahoud and Sal Zizzo were able to jumpstart counterattacks after Harvey was caught forward.

MR: Sebastien Le Toux – 8

Even though things weren’t as organized as usual on the offensive end, Le Toux’s motor was once again running beautifully. He’s dangerous up top but his work on the flanks really got to the Chivas USA defense. Both him and Mapp were able to deliver better than usual crosses with his efforts paying off right before the end of the first half. Le Toux and Moreno renewed their partnership early in the second half with a couple well-played combinations. Despite the 2-0 scoreline, Le Toux didn’t let up. After a foul he suffered, Seb deflected the free kick off the Chivas wall and right past a wrong-footed Thornton. Only a minute later, he almost added with a rocket from the outside.

MC: Stefani Miglioranzi – 7

An understated game. Decent distribution and not afraid to get in the mix. Miglioranzi, even without Coudet or Jacobsen in the first half, was able to clog up the midfield and shut down guys like Paulo Nagamura. He rarely gets the credit but his play as of late allows Le Toux, Fred, and others room to really go at the opposing defense. Migs at times was almost acting as a third centreback, shutting down passing channels and picking up loose balls .

MC: Fred – 7.5

His quarterbacking of the Union offense was part at best in the first half but, surprisingly, Fred was back quite a bit and made some key poke tackles at the top of the box. Right before the half, after a low Le Toux free kick, Moreno feint, and Zach Thornton parry, Fred ushered home the rebound to make things 2-0. Probably one of Fred’s best performances in a Union uniform.

ML: Justin Mapp 6.5

Plagued with the same bad touch in the early moments but made up for it with pinpoint accuracy on his dead balls. His corner found Moreno for the first goal of the match. He delivered several deep free kicks into the danger area. Probably should wind up the set piece taker from the corner as well as kicks 30-40 yards out.

FW: Danny Mwanga 5.5

His touch was all over the place early on and looked a little out of place. His touch impeded forward progress on several occasions. Had a couple promising moments but all in all it was Mwanga’s first forgettable appearance in a long time. Replaced by Jacobson at the half.

FW: Alejandro Moreno – 8.5 *ASN Philly’s Man of the Match*

Sheer determination almost saw Moreno power a diving header past Zach Thornton in the 18th minute after a beautiful cross from Seb Le Toux. That determination did pay off in the 25th minute after Moreno muscled home a fade away header off of a well delivered Mapp corner. The goal did wonders as Moreno continued to threaten throughout the first half also providing the flick on that ultimately led to Fred’s goal. It was good to see Moreno at 100%. Scored points with Union faithful post-goal by kissing the badge.

Substitutes:

Andrew Jacobson – 7

Came on for Danny Mwanga at the half, pushing Fred left and Le Toux up front. A great performance all around although his passing was a bit heavy for the most part but he supplies a defensive presence that Coudet cannot. His service of the forwards and overall vision is improving. Frustrating Paulo Nagamura.

Amobi Okugo – N/A

The youngster came on in the 74th minute for Fred.

Roger Torres – N/A

Replaced Justin Mapp in the 77th minute.

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Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA: Updated Game Musings

Posted on 25 September 2010 by stoma

As we get ready to kick off here on a sweltering afternoon by the river at PPL Park, the Union are trapped in purgatory, somewhere between playoff relevancy and playing out the string.  They take on Chivas USA, who have endured an equally disappointing season, although their road has not been quite as dramatic a roller coaster as Philadelphia’s, their playoff dreams effectively dashed by a 7 game winless streak in May and June.

Not much by way of change in the lineup for the Union, although what they have rolled out can more be called a 4-1-3-2, with Miglioranzi supplementing the defenders full-time, and Fred as a central attacking midfielder with Le Toux and Mapp on the wings.

2′: Nice to see Sheanon Williams hold down his spot in the first XI as the season winds down.  He’s a project for sure, but if there’s one thing the Union have at this point, it’s time to develop players like Sheanon.  Their first year in the MLS has built up an incredible amount of goodwill in the community and among the fanbase, who have no call to complain what with the top-of-the-line stadium.

6′: The Union are playing as though they have not played in live game action in two weeks.  Of course, this is because they haven’t.  It’s not as though they look bad, it’s just that everyone’s touches are a beat slow.  Let’s see if they can turn it around as the game settles in.  However, if this early malaise leads to conceding a goal, all bets are off.

10′:  OK, so Fred is playing more of a roving central midfield role than a straight attacking mid.  Someone remind me to ask Piotr Nowak if this was pre-ordained or it’s just a concession to the fact that Fred is not going to stay in the area the team asks anyway.

14′: Checking to make sure this is not a high school game, as the touches are increasingly sloppy from both sides. The play says yes; the 16 thousand in attendance says no.

16′: Alan Gordon finds space and is two steps away from a 1 v. 1 with Knighton, but the young keeper sees it immediately and, with the FC Dallas game red card flashing before his eyes, goes to the ground feet first (he’s learning!) and clears the danger a second before Gordon can run onto the ball.

17′:  Immediate action the other way, with Sebastien Le Toux finding space and sending a lovely cross to the front of the goal, where both Danny Mwanga and Alejandro Moreno were crashing.  The ball finds the head of Ale, who pushes it wide right. One can’t help but think that Moreno would have found a way to hit the back of the net with that one 5 years ago. Heck, 3 years ago.

23′: Seriously, if there’s one saving grace for Philadelphia here, it’s that Chivas is in even poorer form right now.  Rodolfo Espinoza just basically got tired of waiting for Justin Mapp to make a move and went at his legs instead.  Good times.

26′: After yet another unsung play from Stefani Miglioranzi who, seeing no hopeful developments while holding the ball near the end line, banged it off a defender to draw the corner, the Union get on the board and notch a rare tally from a set piece.  For only the second time all season, Philadelphia scores off a corner, with Justin Mapp raising his assist total with a beautiful ball towards the back post that Alejandro Moreno helps all the way to the back post once he gets his head to it, looping it out of the reach of Zach Thornton to make it 1-0.  Moreno atones for his earlier missed header and puts home his 2nd goal of the season.

33′: In the immediate aftermath of the match’s first goal, not much has changed except for the mood of the Union supporters occupying the River End.  The sloppy play continues and neither side has changed tactics.  I will say, however, that Ale Moreno looks positively buoyed by getting his 2nd. He’s playing with very high energy right now.

37′:  Random note: Michael Orozco-Fiscal’s green boots > Danny Califf’s red boots.

42′: Both teams are now playing with one foot in the locker room.  This is one of the more disjointed halves of soccer I can recall viewing in some time.

43′: The new and improved Philadelphia central defense: through ball comes, first defender attempts to clear, second defender expects the first defender to fail at this task and tracks towards the action to finish the job. It’s like I always say: if you can do the job of 1 man with 2, then maybe unemployment wouldn’t be such a problem in this country.

43′: Full disclosure: I’ve never actually said that before.

45′: Justin Mapp just ran into Dario Delgado, who went down in a heap.  Mapp gets the yellow, Delgado gets the stretcher…which he refuses, of course.  Instead we get

45+’: Well, if nothing else, that run-in has woken the teams up.  Some fast paced action here in stoppage time, with Mariano Trujillo picking up a yellow card of his own for a hard tackle on Le Toux as he streaked down the touchline.

45+’: And there it is…goal #2, this time Fred puts home his 3rd of the year off of the free kick from Le Toux.  Seba put a semi-cross, semi-shot, all “hey, if I put this somewhere on frame, something good might happen” ball that Thornton got a mitt on, which accomplished nothing other than to direct the ball back towards the masses in front of the goal mouth.  Fred won the mad dash to the ball and slammed it into the back of the net to put the Union up 2-0 and send the fans to the concession stands happy, as the halftime whistle came almost immediately after the restart.  See you on the other side of the half.

As we begin the 2nd half, a couple of clarifications: (1) the assist on Fred’s goal was credited to Moreno, who got a slight touch on Le Toux’s cross, redirecting it towards goal before Thornton’s hand got in the way; and (2) Fred did, indeed, receive a yellow card for taking his shirt off after the goal.

45′: Andrew Jacobson replaces Danny Mwanga at halftime, which means that he slots into the other central midfield spot while Le Toux slides up top with Moreno and Fred & Mapp are the wings.

’50: Let’s explore this more.  If, three weeks ago, you had told me that Andrew Jacobson was the best substitute possible to improve the defensive side of the ball for Philadelphia, I would have [insert sign of incredulity here]. But, that’s just what Jacobson has become.  With his ability to push up and link the attack while still getting back in plenty of time due to his blazing speed and instincts, he is the perfect defensive complement to Miglioranzi in the middle.

55′: Chivas has now used all three of their allotted substitutions. This should end well for them.

’56: Sheanon Williams is an awesome athlete.  Fred sent a cross towards the back post in the air from the left flank just above the penalty area.  He did so after spotting a streaking Williams completing a run all the way from the backfield.  He did so after making eye contact with Williams, who didn’t break stride after a 40-yard sprint.  He did so after Williams adjusted his path to the goal just enough to give Fred a chance to time his run.  No, Williams did not get on top of the resulting header and put it on frame, but it was still a sight to behold.

’57: Sometimes, you wonder what Moreno is doing. Then, a few seconds later, after some deep reflection, you realize that he’s doing exactly the right thing, assuming that his teammates will also do the exact right thing.  In this case, he took a ball down the left flank of the penalty area and sent a low cross towards the back post.  Now, nobody was there or even close to there, but think about it: somebody should have been making that back post run.  I don’t  know whether it’s an endearing statement about how much Ale trusts his teammates to do the right thing despite myriad evidence to the contrary or incredibly foolhardy, but it’s definitely a big reason he’s so beloved in the locker room.  He’s going to treat everyone, rookie or veteran, like a pro.

’59: This has been a renaissance game for Moreno.  He came within inches of having a clear chance at his 2nd goal of the game to go along with an assist.  Le Toux chased down a long ball and sent a low cross towards a streaking Ale all by himself at the top of the area, but the ball managed to skip over Moreno’s foot before he could one-time it on net.

’67: Whether it’s the heat, the score or just a compendium of losing, Chivas is getting utterly frustrated. Ugly tackle by Michael Umana draws another caution for Chivas.

’67: That won’t help the frustration.  The resulting free kick is taken by Le Toux, who attempts to go through the wall.  But it’s the Union’s day, and for the first time this season, a deflection leads directly to a goal.  Le Toux gets his 12th of the season and the romp is on.

74′: Amobi Okugo on for Fred.  This not only saves Fred’s legs, but allows Jacobson to push forward a bit more.

77′: Final sub for the Union as Roger Torres makes his first appearance in a little while, coming on for Justin Mapp.  The infusion of youth on the pitch serves two roles: (1) this game’s in hand, no need for the veterans to risk further fatigue; and (2) with only 6 games left in the season, there’s an expansion draft to worry about and only a limited amount of players the team can protect.  Further, unlike last offseason when teams only had to worry about Philadelphia poaching their prospects and aged veterans, there are two new franchises (Portland & Vancouver) making the rounds. That’s two guaranteed players lost per team.  Better be sure about who you’re protecting.

’85: At this point, as Paulo Nagamura draws yet another yellow card for Chivas, you just have to hope nobody gets hurt for the Union as the result of a frustrated tackle.

POST: Another clean sheet for the Union, tying the MLS-low of 2 in one season and assuring they will not hold the ignominious record all by themselves.  With 5 games to go, perhaps they can even get another one and save their names from the record book.  In the immediate future, they pull within 6 points of Kansas City for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference.  Which means…well, nothing, ultimately, but it’s definitely a good showing and something for the home crowd to celebrate.

More importantly, this was the first game all season that Philadelphia won convincingly on the scoreboard and did not have to sweat out at the end.  They needed a game like this, where they took their chances and put the game out of reach early.  A game in which scoring didn’t seem so damn hard, in which the breaks actually seemed to go their way.  A game in which they didn’t look like a franchise in their inaugural season.  A game like this.

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RSL stumble at home for disappointing draw

Posted on 25 July 2010 by Patrick McShane

Fans, coaches, and players alike experienced a number of surprises Saturday night as Real Salt Lake stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA. First, there was the surprising start of RSL captain Kyle Beckerman after being out of action for nine weeks with a foot injury. Then there was the wonder strike from defensive midfield substitute Ned Grabavoy, blasting RSL into a deserved 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the 19,469 fans in attendance, there was one more surprise waiting, as Chivas substitute Jesus Padilla powered a shot just minutes after Grabavoy’s strike that keeper Nick Rimando was unable to control, giving Chivas an unexpected point on the road and RSL a disappointing result on a home pitch where they typically excel.

The match began with a lot of promise for RSL supporters as the team seemed energized and prepared to make amends for a lethargic performance just a week earlier against Dallas. It was obvious that Beckerman specifically was up for the match as he has been itching to get back on the pitch for weeks. Logging just over 60 minutes, it was a solid, not spectacular, return for RSL’s emotional and vocal leader.

“I felt good,” said Beckerman. “Our goal was to get to about 60 minutes, so in that respect it was positive for me, outside of us not winning… The foot felt pretty solid after the match, and I think my fitness will come back.”

RSL’s aggression and intensity lead to a 9-1 shoot advantage going into half, but nothing tangible on the score sheet. While the early stages of the second half continued to produce more of the same energy and attack as the first, one notable difference was the four-minute span where both teams took advantage of sloppy plays to each earn a goal. The first came for RSL on a corner kick that deflected off of Chivas player and fell to Grabavoy who blasted a one-timer to the top left corner of goal. Given little time to celebrate, Chivas began to press RSL on the counter, setting up Padilla for his own blast at goal from just outside the box. While it appeared initially that Rimando was up to task to knock the shot down, the ball took a bizarre bounce between his legs and rolled in to goal.

“I’ve got to do better on that,” noted Rimando after the match. “I know these balls move. He hit it right at me and I thought I had it and the next thing you know the ball goes right through my legs and into the net.”

Happy to sit back and take a point on the road, Chivas played organized and smart defense for the remainder of the match, frustrating RSL and slowing down every attacking opportunity. While a firework display in honor of a statewide holiday awaited the sold-out crowd, there was a sense of frustration and disappointment throughout Rio Tinto Stadium as the match came to a close.

Once seen as the top offensive team in the league, RSL has mustered a meager 2 goals over their last three matches. With four players selected, and three likely to play, for the MLS All-Stars this coming Wednesday versus Manchester United, it will be interesting to see what lineup coach Jason Kreis unveils to ignite a struggling offense when RSL face MLS cellar dwellers D.C. United next Saturday.

REAL SALT LAKE (9-4-4, 31 pts.) v. CHIVAS USA (4-9-3, 15 pts.)
SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2010 – RIO TINTO STADIUM

Scoring Summary:
RSL — Ned Grabavoy 2 (unassisted) 66
CHV — Jesus Padilla 4 (unassisted) 70

Misconduct Summary:
CHV — Rodolfo Espinoza (caution; Reckless Foul) 28
RSL — Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 51
CHV — Mariano Trujillo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 54
CHV — Dan Kennedy (caution; Delaying a Restart) 78
RSL — Alvaro Saborio (caution; Dissent) 82

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2) — Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Chris Wingert; Andy Williams, Kyle Beckerman (Ned Grabavoy 62), Javier Morales, Will Johnson; Alvaro Saborio (Pablo Campos 83), Fabian Espindola (Robbie Findley 68).

Statistics – Shots: 20 (Saborio 6); Shots on Goal: 8 (Grabavoy, Williams 2); Saves: 1 (Rimando 1); Fouls: 8 (3 players with 2); Corners: 4 (Morales 3); Offside: 3 (Espindola 3)

Chivas USA (4-4-2) — Dan Kennedy; Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Ante Jazic; Michael Lahoud (Ben Zemanski 46), Paulo Nagamura (Jesus Padilla 69), Blair Gavin, Rodolfo Espinoza; Justin Braun, Giancarlo Maldonado (Carlos Borja 82).

Statistics – Shots: 5 (Espinoza 2); Shots on Goal: 2 (Nagamura, Padilla 1); Saves: 7 (Kennedy 7); Fouls: 12 (Espinoza, Nagamura 3); Corners: 3 (Espinoza 3); Offside: 2 (Braun, Maldonado 1)

Referee: Mark Geiger
Referee’s Assistants: Paul Scott; Peter Manikowski
4th Official: Ramon Hernandez
Attendance: 19,469 (sellout)

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Photo gallery: RBNY 1, Chivas USA 0

Posted on 07 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN photographer Scott Marsh was at the New York Red Bulls 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo on June 2 at Red Bull Arena.

A few of our favorite shots follow, complete with snarky commentary (by ASN). The full set can be viewed on our Facebook page. If you’re already a fan of our’s on Facebook go directly to the gallery here.

All photos ©Scott Marsh / ASN

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Stammler strike sinks Chivas 1-0 as MLS heads to break

Posted on 05 June 2010 by ASN Staff

A superb 27th minute strike from Seth Stammler was all the New York Red Bulls needed to book three points in their final Major League Soccer match before the World Cup break. Stammler’s highlight goal was the only score in an otherwise lethargic 1-0 victory over Chivas USA at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night. Listen to what Hans Backe had to say here.

With the victory, the Red Bulls enter the two-week break on a winning streak of two games–after a four game losing streak saw the team’s record fall to the .500 mark for the first time this season. With the Columbus Crew losing to the Colorado Rapids, it puts New York level on points with the two-time defending Supporters Shield champions atop the Eastern Conference. The Crew have a game in hand though.

Much more on this later, though there is a suspicion the game itself might be overshadowed by the team’s acknowledgment it had signed a second designated player to join after the World Cup.

Here is an ace photograph of the goal, courtesy of Scott Marsh:

Stammler scores the winning goal ©Scott Marsh/ASN

Match Facts

New York Red Bulls 1, CD Chivas USA 0
June 5, 2010 – Red Bull Arena; Harrison, NJ
Attendance: 18,815

Scoring Summary:
NY: Seth Stammler 2 (unassisted) 27’

Disciplinary Summary:
CHV: Dario Delgado (caution) 73’
NY: Osael Romero (caution) 74’

Lineups:

New York Red Bulls (7-5-0, 21 pts.) – Bouna Coundoul (GK), Danleigh Borman, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Chris Albright, Tony Tchani, Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Roy Miller 12’), John Wolyniec (Salou Ibrahim 66’), Juan Pablo Angel (Mike Petke 89’)

Substitutes Not Used: Greg Sutton (GK), Jeremy Hall, Luke Sassano, Conor Chinn

CD Chivas USA (3-8-1, 10 pts.) –Dan Kennedy (GK), Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delagdo, Alex Zotinca (Carlos Borja 46’), Marcelo Saragosa (Osael Romero 63’), Blair Gavin, Ben Zemanski, Michael Lahoud (Chukwudi Chijindu 75’), Maykel Galindo, Justin Braun

Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Guppy (GK), Gerson Mayen, Jose Macotelo, Jesus Padilla

Officials:

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: Adam Wienckowski, Corey Rockwell
4th Referee: Landis Wiley

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