MLS Regular Season
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:
You might find him small, but midfielder Paolo Cardozo shows major talent whenever he comes onto the field for Chivas USA. Cardozo was acquired earlier this season in a trade with home rival LA Galaxy in exchange for defender David Junior Lopes. Interesting enough, Cardozo would score his first MLS goal in the second SuperClásico of the season.
Check out Cardozo’s first goal:
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He’s known as Ecuador’s future. And so far here with Chivas USA, Miller Bolaños has started showing the reasons why. Bolaños joined MLS in the preseason and had a slow adaptation to a different league, suffering a couple of injuries earlier in the season, and adapting to Southern California. Because of this, versatile Bolaños spent a couple of games out of the 18-man roster, but upon his return, he showed why Coach Fraser should consider him for every game as he scored his first MLS goal in the Wednesday afternoon match vs Portland Timbers back in July.
Check out Bolaños’ first MLS goal:
As part of your weekly routine, the time has come for you to vote once again for Super Dan Kennedy for MLS Save of the Week for his many heroics in last Saturday’s match at Colorado Rapids! Last Sunday, we voted Dan as the cdchivasusa.com’s Man of the Match, and it wasn’t for any reason; Dan’s saves really kept Chivas in the game until Juan Pablo Angel’s goal gave the Goats the equalizer.
One of the many saves that Dan had in the match that is now nominated for MLS Save of the Week; the selected save came in the 60th minute when Omar Cummings headed a cross by Hunter Freeman to the left side of the goal. Luckily for Chivas, Kennedy’s cat-like reflexes avoided that shot from hitting the back of the net.
Jorge Villafaña, aka “Sueño” is the longest serving Chivas USA player in the current squad after winning the 2007 Sueño MLS contest. Since then, Villafaña has had stellar performance for the Red-and-White, leading the club to many victories. Just this year, 22 year-old Villafaña has disputed seven games (three starts) helping the club with one assist but taking many dangerous shots on goal. In his MLS career, Villafaña has disputed 59 games (42 starts), notching five goals and adding two assists.
And did we add that Villafaña is a new dad? Last June 3rd, Jorge became a father for the first time to a beautiful baby girl named Arely.
A vote for him would make his little princess a very happy girl so make sure to cast your vote for him for 24 under 24 by clicking here.