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Barrett lifts Galaxy to Superclasico win

Posted on 17 October 2011 by iyeo

At first if you don’t succeed, try, and try again.

Los Angeles Galaxy forward Chad Barrett must have been uttering those words at halftime of LA’s Superclasico matchup against Chivas USA. The Galaxy forward had numerous chances in the first half, but it wasn’t until the 53rd minute when Barrett finally broke through, as his header off an Adam Cristman cross finally found the back of the net, and that strike was all Los Angeles needed to hold off Chivas USA on Sunday evening at the Home Depot Center.

“We kept our composure, we kept on playing, and we knew if we created chances, we would score,” Galaxy midfielder Beckham said.

The win accomplishes several feats for the Galaxy. One, they capture its fourth straight Superclasico against its in-stadium rivals and second, they finish the 2011 regular season undefeated at home. The Galaxy also climb up to 67 points, one point shy of the MLS record for points in a season, which was set by LA in 1998.

After watching chance after chance go begging in the first half, Barrett finally had his moment in the 53rd minute. Barrett headed a ball forward to Cristman, who sprinted into the right side of the 18. Cristman crossed a ball into the six-yard box, where Barrett timed his jump perfectly and headed a ball past Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy, slotting the ball into the near post.

“I flicked a ball to Adam and he did a great job to get the cross in there,” Cristman said. “He just put it right on my head and you can’t even miss from there.”

Barrett had as many as five chances in the first half, but came up empty on all of them. The striker’s first chance came two minute into the match, as Cristman sent him loose with a forward ball. Barrett sprinted into the 18, eluded Kennedy and fired on goal, but Chivas defender Andrew Boyens cleared the ball near the goal line.

“LA was coming at us a great deal in the first half, but I think a lot of that was attributed to the fact that we weren’t quite good enough with the ball,” Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser said.

Barrett continued to be active around the Chivas net, even channeling his inner Pele in the 18th minute when he attempted a bicycle kick that was on the mark, but denied by Kennedy. The third attempt was probably the best shot for Barrett, as he headed a Todd Dunivant cross towards goal, only to see it bounce off the near post. The last two chances, also headers, went wide left, then wide right.

“I wasn’t beating myself up,” Barrett said. “I was getting the chances, putting myself in good positions, and I knew if I kept doing that, I was going to score.”

Score he did, and Barrett proved to be the thorn on the side of Chivas USA yet again, as he has scored both goals in this year’s Superclasico matchup, though the rubber match didn’t carry a whole lot of drama, as the Galaxy had already wrapped up the Supporters’ Shield and Chivas USA had been eliminated from playoff contention weeks ago.

“You learn all throughout the year,” Fraser, who is finishing his first season as Chivas head coach said. “We’ve indentified things we need to get better at, and tonight was just another example of that.”

The Galaxy finish the MLS regular season on the road against the Houston Dynamo next Sunday, but first, it has a very important CONCACAF Champions League on Thursday. Los Angeles travels to Honduras to face CD Motagua, where three points guarantees them a spot in the knockout stage of the tournament. Chivas USA finishes up the season at home against the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 0
October 16, 2011; Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA — Chad Barrett (Adam Cristman) 53

Misconduct Summary:
LA — Gregg Berhalter (caution; Reckless Tackle) 57
CHV — Juan Pablo Angel (caution; Tactical Foul) 61
CHV — Ante Jazic (caution; Dissent) 75

Chivas USA — Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin, Andrew Boyens, David Junior Lopes (Heath Pearce 46), Ante Jazic, Ben Zemanski, Nick LaBrocca, Michael Lahoud (Laurent Courtois 59), Marcos Mondaini, Juan Pablo Angel, Alejandro Moreno.

Substitutes Not Used: Simon Elliott, Victor Estupinan, Jorge Flores, Blair Gavin, Zach Thornton.

LA Galaxy — Josh Saunders, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, Mike Magee, David Beckham, Juninho (Michael Stephens 61), Paolo Cardozo, Chad Barrett (Jovan Kirovski 85), Adam Cristman (Chris Birchall 73).

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Keat, Miguel Lopez, Dasan Robinson, Donovan Ricketts.

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Frank Anderson
4th Official: Jasen Anno
Attendance: 27,000
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Clear and 70 degrees

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