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Chivas yield to RSL, 2-1

Posted on 23 May 2010 by tbruce

Chivas USA started slow then gave up a goal to Real Salt Lake’s Chris Wingert on the stroke of halftime. In the second half, they equalized through substitute Justin Braun but were again victimized with less than a minute left in the game by Fabian Espindola, who broke in to steal all three points for Real Salt Lake, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

The Red and Whites started cautiously playing with only one forward, Maicon Sanchez. Blair Gavin moved from his familiar holding spot higher up the field to cover for the missing Sacha Kljestan who along with Jonathon Bornstein is with the US National Team in camp in Princeton, New Jersey. Carlos Borja, stepping up to replace Bornstein, started his first MLS game.

Marcelo Saragosa and rookie Ben Zemanski anchored the Chivas midfield. There were very little scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes. Santos came closest for the Red and Whites with a couple of long range efforts and Pablo Campos came close for Real with a headed attempt.

With one piece of magic real Salt Lake took a one-goal lead into the halftime locker room. Ned Grabavoy played Javier Morales in with a clever chip over the Goats backline. Chivas goalkeeper came out to face Morales coming in from the right side. Morales slid the ball past Thornton and across the goal only to see it ricochet out to Wingert who could not believe his luck, tucking the ball into the back of the net for his first MLS goal.

The timing of the goal could not have came at a worse moment for the Red and Whites, just 30 seconds before referee Yader Reyes blew his whistle for halftime.

Chivas Head Coach Martin Vasquez must have had plenty to say at the halftime break because it was a different Chivas team that emerged from the tunnel for the second half. Full of running the Red and Whites took the game to their visitors from Utah. Real could not get a rhythm as the Goats hurried and harried them at every possession.

Finally, after 80 minutes the pressure paid off. What looked like a harmless ball played into Braun’s feet turned out to be a gem. The big forwards first touch left a bit to be desired but his second touch was sublime. Spinning and striking the ball in one motion left Real keeper Nick Rimando clutching at air as the ball sailed over his outstretched hand and into the net.

Chivas then lost their concentration as they pushed forward to try to win the game. Salt Lake, who always looked dangerous on the counter struck with less than a minute remaining in normal time. This time Andy Williams caught out the Chivas backline. With a superb pass, he found Espindola running in behind the Chivas defense the retreating Dario Delgado got his head to the ball but only slowed it down for The Salt Lake forward to run in and slide the ball past the onrushing Thornton to give Real all three points.

Vasquez was not happy with his team’s first half performance. “We came back in the second half and we were able to get a nice goal and play better, but we lost our focus in the 89th minute… and we lost the game.”

Player Evaluations

Scale of 1-10, 10 being best:

Zach Thornton, 6, really did not have a lot to do maybe could have done better on the first goal.
Carlos Borja, 6, a worthwhile experiment sometimes was caught out of position, never really added to the attack.
Mariano Trujillo, 7, again led the team by example always willing to go forward and push the envelope.
Michael Umana, 6, did his job was disciplined and controlled the center of the defense.
Dario Delgado, 6, also did the job in the center of defense got caught a little out of position trying to cover on the outside for his full back who had pushed forward.
Jesus Padilla, 6, looked more comfortable when pushed higher up the field in the second half.
Marcelo Sarsgosa, 6, good solid defensive work in front of the backline. Did not get forward.
Michael Lahoud, 5, disappointing came of early in the second half. Played too deep and never threatened with his speed.
Ben Zemanski, 7, tremendous work rate in the midfield always looking to cover for teammates.
Maicon Santos, 6, had a couple of half chances from distance. Never really threatened.
Blair Gavin, 7, took a little time to settle but as always ran him self into the ground for the team.
Jose Macotelo, 5, had enough time to put his mark on the game but never did.
Justin Braun, 8, not my favorite player but puts himself about and got the goal.
Chukwudi Chijindu, 7, needs to be on the field more, added something that was missing when he was on the bench.

Match Facts

Chivas USA (3-6-1) 1:2 Real Salt Lake (5-3-1)
May 22, 2010 – The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA

Scoring Summary:
RSL – Chris Wingert 1 (unassisted) 46+
CHV – Justin Braun 3 (Marcelo Saragosa 1) 80
RSL – Fabian Espindola 2 (Alvaro Saborio 3, Andy Williams 2) 89

Chivas USA – Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Darío Delgado, Michael Umaña, Carlos Borja, Jesús Padilla (Chukwudi Chijindu 77), Ben Zemanski, Marcelo Saragosa, Michael Lahoud (José Macotelo 54), Blair Gavin, Maicon Santos (Justin Braun 63)
Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores, Osael Romero

Real Salt Lake – Nick Rimando, Nat Borchers, Jamison Olave, Robbie Russell, Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman (Jean Alexandre 66), Ned Grabavoy, Javier Morales, Andy Williams, Alvaro Saborio (Nelson Gonzalez 89), Pablo Campos (Fabian Espindola 78)
Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Reynish, Tony Beltran, Rauwshan McKenzie, Collen Warner

Statistical Summary:
Chivas USA // Real Salt Lake
total shots: 13 (3 tied with 3) 9 (Javier Morales 3)
shots on goal: 4 (Maicon Santos 2) 4 (Javier Morales 2)
fouls: 15 (Mariano Trujillo 3, Darío Delgado 3) 9 (Andy Williams 3, Pablo Campos 3)
offsides: 1 (Maicon Santos 1) 2 (Alvaro Saborio 1, Pablo Campos 1)
corner kicks: 3 (Mariano Trujillo 3) 1 (Javier Morales 1)
saves: 2 (Zach Thornton 2) 3 (Nick Rimando 3)

Misconduct Summary:
CHV – Marcelo Saragosa (caution, Reckless Foul) 26
RSL – Andy Williams (caution, Reckless Foul) 39
RSL – Jean Alexandre (caution, Unsporting Behavior) 66
Referee: Yader Reyes
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell, Ian Anderson
4th official: Jasen Anno

time of game: 1:54
attendance: 14,287
weather: Clear, 62 degrees

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