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Chivas USA upsets New York Red Bulls

Posted on 26 August 2013 by iyeo

For once, it was Chivas USA’s turn to get the breaks.

The Goats have always had the great equalizer in keeper Dan Kennedy. However on a shining Sunday afternoon at the Stubhub Center against the strong New York Red Bulls. Chivas made sure it did not have to rely entirely on him to get a result. Kennedy made his share of big saves, but a brace by striker Erick “Cubo” Torres plus goal line clearances by defenders Marco Delgado and Bobby Burling ensured Chivas a 3-1 upset win over the Red Bulls.

“You know when you’re playing a team with the quality that New York has, you’re going to have to come up with something,” Kennedy said. “We came up with big defensive stops and big goals. It feels great.”

The win is the first by the Goats since a 1-0 win over Toronto FC back on July 17 and is the second win under head coach Jose Luis Real. The result however is more damaging to the Red Bulls, as they missed an opportunity to potentially leap into first place in the Eastern Conference.

“We had many opportunities, especially in the first half, could’ve been up 3-, 4-nothing in the first half,” Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke said. “No disrespect to Chivas, they’re definitely in a rebuilding year, so just no disrespect, but we’re a much better team than them.”

New York started off with two great chances early in the match courtesy of its two strikers Thierry Henry and Fabian Espindola. The first Red Bulls chance came eight minutes in, as Henry chased down a long ball sent by midfielder Dax McCarty down the right side. Henry then whipped a quick cross into the penalty area for Espindola, who apparently tried to chip Kennedy, but he stood his ground and sent the ball away. Henry again looked for Espindola, this time off his left foot and Espindola looked to slot the ball past Kennedy far post. Kennedy however made a save similar to the one Galaxy keeper Jaime Penedo made against the Vancouver Whitecaps 24 hours earlier, as he dove to his left and managed to parry the ball over the endline.

“Without a doubt, Kennedy saved us in the first half,” Real said. “I’m sure much of our victory we owe to him. But it wasn’t only what he did [Sunday]; he’s always in top quality.”

Despite the flurry of chances by New York, it was Chivas USA that opened the scoring in the 30th minute, as midfielder Carlos Alvarez played a ball forward to striker,Julio Morales, who then fired a shot near post that beat keeper Luis Robles into the back net. New York however got the equalizer just a minute later, as midfileder Tim Cahill, who had an earlier chance cleared at the goal line by defender Macro Delgado, again headed a Henry corner towards goal and Delgado again cleared it out. Delgado however was inside the goal line at the time of his clearance, thus New York was awarded the goal.

A halftime draw seemed imminent, but Chivas got an opportunity just before the half, as Red Bulls defender Ibrahim Sekagya shoved down Cubo Torres with his left hand and referee Kevin Stott whistled for the penalty spot. Torres then went left on the penalty shot while Robles guessed right, and Chivas took a one-goal lead into the locker room.

Unlike past situations where Chivas took a lead only to see its opponent come from behind to either equalize or steal the three points, the Goats actually doubled up on its lead. It happened in the 81st minute, as midfielder Bryan de la Fuente crossed a ball into the penalty area to an unmarked Alvarez. The midfielder took a shot on goal, but was deflected off Red Bulls defender Kosuke Kimura, but it went to Torres and his shot beat Robles right post to give Chivas something it has rarely had this season; a two-goal lead.

“This is MLS, and again the parity issue is proven — that any team could win on any day,” Petke said. “They come in today and they got the goals, and we didn’t. Credit to them.”

New York however didn’t go quietly, pulling a goal back when McCarty headed in a Henry free kick in the 86th minute. The Red Bulls however were just denied the equalizer in stoppage time. Kimura crossed a ball into the box, Kennedy grabbed the ball initially, but spilled it out though Center Back Carlos Bocanegra did clear it away. The ball however went to Red Bulls midfielder Eric Alexander, who sent it forward to Cahill and the midfielder sent a header towards an open net. Chivas Center Back Bobby Burling however came up with the save of the game, as he cleared Cahill’s header right at the goal line.

“It was the least we could do after what he (Kennedy) did in the first half,” Burling said. “He’s done it all year for us. He keeps us in games and makes big saves.”

Chivas USA will look to build off the win, as they head to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps on Sunday while the Red Bulls will try to bounce back at home against DC United on Saturday.

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