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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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