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Kljestan brace powers Chivas past TFC

Posted on 24 August 2009 by tbruce

Two goals from Sacha Kljestan was enough to give Chivas USA all three points versus Toronto FC, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

Kljestan’s goals were his first of the season. There was also firsts for goalkeeper Lance Parker, standing in for the injured Zach Thornton, he recorded his first ever MLS shutout.

Jesus Padilla and Maicon Santos also had their first MLS start for the Goats. Santos also recorded his first assist on Kljestan’s second goal.
Kljestan who has been struggling this season to play at the level that had National team head coach Bob Bradley start him in midfield, showed that he was a contender for the 2010 World Cup squad.
The Red and Whites started the game looking like a team that had not played together for a while. Toronto came forward with Dwayne De Rosario leading the charge. Marvell Wynne chipped in with some long throw ins that tested the Chivas resolve to defend.
As it turned out the Red and Whites were up to the task actually not allowing a shot on goal in the 90 minutes of play. De Rosario and Pablo Vitto pushed forward but the Chivas backline as well as Jesse Marsch and Marcelo Saragosa in the midfield worked tirelessly to hold them in check.

Kljestan’s first goal came from a corner. The Toronto defense half cleared the ball but Marsch chipped the loose ball back into the danger zone, were Maykel Galindo got to the ball first and headed it down to Kljestan, who made no mistake from one yard out.
If the first was kind of scrappy the second was a thing of beauty. New signing, Santos, played an inch perfect pass into the penetrating run of Kljestan. The National team midfielder slowed down and froze the onrushing goalkeeper, Stefan Frei, before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net.

Head coach Preki was full of praise for the young Kljestan, “ When he (Sacha) wants to do it he is one of the best players in the league. Tonight he showed how good he could be.”
With the win, their second 2-0 win in a row, the Red and Whites now have 33 points and have moved to third in the Western Conference right behind LA Galaxy. Next for Chivas is Real Salt Lake, Wednesday evening in Utah and then the Superclasico versus LA Galaxy next Saturday at the Home Depot Center

Match Facts

Toronto FC (8-8-6) vs. Chivas USA (10-7-3), Aug. 22, 2009 —
The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
CHV — Sacha Kljestan 1 (Maykel Galindo 1, Jesse Marsch 1) 32
CHV — Sacha Kljestan 2 (Maicon Santos 1) 51

Toronto FC — Stefan Frei, Marvell Wynne, Nana Attakora, Adrian Serioux, Emmanuel Gomez, Dwayne De Rosario, Amado Guevara (Ali Gerba 53), Carl Robinson, Sam Cronin (Amadou Sanyang 79), Pablo Vitti, O’Brian White (Chad Barrett 46),
Substitutes Not Used: Brian Edwards, Lesly Fellinga, Gabe Gala, Nick Garcia

Chivas USA — Lance Parker, Mariano Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Carey Talley, Ante Jazic, Jesus Padilla (Bojan Stepanovic 71), Jesse Marsch, Marcelo Saragosa, Sacha Kljestan, Maykel Galindo (Paulo Nagamura 77), Maicon Santos (Eduardo Lillingston 65),
Substitutes Not Used: Chukwudi Chijindu, Kevin Guppy, Michael Lahoud, Shavar Thomas

Misconduct Summary:
TOR — O’Brian White (caution; Reckless Foul) 25
TOR — Carl Robinson (caution; Reckless Tackle) 33
TOR — Adrian Serioux (caution; Tactical Foul) 59

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Referee’s Assistants: Corey Rockwell; Fabio Tovar
4th official: Kevin Stott
Time of game: 1:51
Attendance: 15,165
Weather: Clear -and- 71 degrees

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