MLS Regular Season
He looked dangerous on the pitch, he created scoring opportunities and, oh yeah, he actually scored two goals tonight. In case you haven’t figured it out, our Man of the Match goes to none other than Shalrie Joseph. Throughout the night, Joseph kept the team in the game, not only with his goals, but with his plays. His first goal of the match came in the 23rd minute when Nick LaBrocca’s corner kick shot found 6-foot-3 Shalrie who was able to head the ball into the back of the net. And can we talk about his celebration of his first goal against his old club? Classy.
Ecuadoran midfielder Miller Bolanos scored the 3-3 equalizer for Chivas USA against New England Revolution in the 47th minute of the match off a header by Casey Townsend. This goal is also Bolanos' second consecutive goal in two games.
As if one goal against his former club wasn't enough, Shalrie Joseph notched his second of the night in favor of the Red-and-White to close the scoreboard to 3-2. In the last minute of the first half, Juan Agudelo made a pass to Joseph who with a left-footed shot from outside the box, put the ball into the back of the net to put the Goats back in the game.
Recently acquired midfielder Shalrie Joseph scored his first goal with the club, and the first of the night for Chivas USA. In the 23rd minute, Nick LaBrocca took a corner kick that found Joseph, who was able to head the ball into the back of the net.
Check out his first goal with Chivas USA:
Chivas USA arrived Monday evening in Beantown and held a light practice Tuesday morning in preparation for its Wednesday 5 pm PT match against New England Revolution. The Rojiblancos’ got a taste of the Boston humidity at Soldiers Field Park on the campus of Harvard University.
The Goats look to continue their solid road performance, as they have lost just twice on the road (4-2-4) this season. For recently-acquired midfielder Shalrie Joseph, the match will be his first appearance against the Revs since being traded from New England on Aug. 1. Joseph played nine seasons with the Revs and was an integral part of their multiple appearances in MLS Cup.
“It feels good coming back,” said Joseph. “Definitely a little bit teary-eyed, but come tomorrow night, I just have to get out there and make sure I perform, make sure the team gets the win and just be ready for the moment.”
Going into the match, Chivas USA has defeated Joseph’s former team five straight times and holds an edge in the all-time head-to-head series (7-5-2).
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
Thoughts of the game: “The attacking side was really, really good tonight. I thought we created a ton of opportunities, we could of scored a number of goals. The defending group did not play very well, a lot of individual mistakes or collectively not dealing with counter attacks well enough, but that’s what happens when you play against a good team, you give them opportunities and they are going to score goals. The other side of that is we were extremely dynamic on the attacking end and created a number of chances. This game could have ended a lot to a lot. Obviously disappointed how we defended and pleased with the attacking group.”
Thoughts on the score outcome: “You look at how the game went and how we played going forward. It was the best attacking night we have had certainly all year, coming out of that I don’t know if you would call it an embarrassment. Anytime you give up six goals or six goals at home is not what you are certainly looking for. I keep referencing the attacking side and how good I think it was, just defensively we were extremely poor.”
On Tristan Bowen’s performance: “Tristan was good, he had a good night -very, very attack-minded, running at the defender all night long. He had a good showing and it’s only the second game in a long time and he is going to get better week in and week out if he continues to play with that confidence. Tristan has matured a lot in the last year and his time away with the Belgium team. He has come back with a renewed vigor. He is a good story of someone who has worked well in the reserves games and as a result has gotten the opportunity with the first team. He obviously did well last week and he earned a start tonight and did well with it. He certainly was a bright spot tonight.”
FORWARD – TRISTAN BOWEN
Thoughts on the match: “It was a tough game; I think we made some strides offensively in creating more chances and actually putting more than one goal in the net. We were soft defensively and gave up too many easy goals, it was tough. We took one step forward and almost two steps back.”
On the several goal opportunities for Chivas USA: “The team as a whole is moving forward in terms of offensive movement and being more aggressive, and I think everyone saw that today. We just have to be sharper in front of the goal and have that killer instinct in and around the box. Defensively, as a unit we all need to work harder and make sure we don’t give away easy goals and keep ourselves in the game. We had a few moments in the game where we were down by maybe one and we let some easy goals in, so that killed us.”
GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY
Thoughts on the match: “We’ve had some games where we’ve been up a lot and haven’t necessarily been punished for it. Tonight we faced a hot striker in Fredy Montero and his chances were just golden and he buried them.”
Thoughts on playoffs: “We need every game, we’ve needed every game ever since the SuperClásico and now it’s just about pride, it’s all about pride. Every week going out there and playing for the team, playing for yourself and giving everything you’ve got.”
Ecuadorian Miller Bolanos gets it into the back of the net as he scores his second goal in MLS in the 64th minute, and the second of the night for Chivas USA:
Chivas USA was awarded a penalty after a handball by Seattle defenders in the 37th minute of the match. It was Juan Agudelo who stepped up to take the shot and the young forward put it into the back of the net. Check it out:
He might’ve not debuted with the First Team yet, but Chivas USA Youth Academy product Marco ‘Marky’ Delgado has already gotten some action against the pros playing in Reserve League matches and even notching his first goal (match vs Portland Reserves). Aside from participating with the Reserves, Marky continues participating with the Youth Teams that made it to the USSDA’s Finals Week for the fourth time in history as well as training camps with the U.S. Men’s Youth National Teams.
Earlier this week, First Team Head Coach Robin Fraser confirmed that Marky has completed his Youth Academy hours and will be eligible to play with the First Team this Saturday.
Young forward Cesar Romero joined Chivas USA early this year and was responsible for notching the first goal for the Goats in the first pre-season match of the year. Since then, Romero has shown very much spark for potential, becoming the top goal scorer for Chivas USA in the Reserve League with five goals scored. His first assist of the season came in the Goats’ 2-1 win over expansion team Montreal Impact as his corner kick found Juan Agudelo who was able to kick into the back of the net not before deflecting on Alejandro Moreno’s thigh.
Check out Romero’s first assist: