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Chivas USA returned to George Mason University for its second practice this morning ahead of tomorrow's match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium to conclude their week-long road trip. With a record of 7-14-7 and 28 points, the Red-and-White's opportunities to gain points are running out. After Sunday's match there are five games remaining in the season, including a Wednesday, Oct. 3, match at Vancouver, which Chivas USA trails by nine points for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA arrived in D.C. Thursday afternoon and held a morning practice today on the campus of George Mason University in preparation to face D.C. United, Sunday, at RFK Stadium. The Goats trail D.C. in the all-time series at 4-7-3, but in the last six meetings have a 4-2-2 record against United. The last time the two clubs met in September of 2011, the Goats rallied from two goals down thanks to two second half goals by Juan Pablo Angel.
In 14 head-to-head matches, the clubs have combined to average a little over three goals per match. The series, however, has not been just offensive, as seven clean-sheets have been recorded - four by D.C. and three by Chivas USA. Current D.C. forward Maicon Santos played with Chivas USA in 2009 and part of 2010, appearing in 19 games for the Red-and-White. No current player on Chivas USA's roster has played for United.
HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER:
On conceding the late goal: Really, in the first half I thought we were very much in control of the game. We created some very good opportunities. In the second half, we didn’t control the game as well. We didn’t take care of the ball well enough in the second half like we did in the first half. Inevitably, that’s going to lead to you being under pressure more. Then obviously, the goal --the way it came and the time it came-- it was devastating.
On coaching from the stands: It was difficult. Even on the bench, you feel like you don’t have a ton of control anyway once the game starts. That’s the great thing about soccer; it’s a game of improvisation. Sitting up in the stands, it was difficult. I guess I really didn’t appreciate how difficult it was going to be. Certainly from that high, you get a very good view and you can see little things that we stopped doing that we did very well in the first half that we didn’t do as well in the second half. As a result, we put ourselves under a lot of pressure.
MIDFIELDER - NICK LABROCCA
On pushing for a win to move out of last place in the Western Conference: It’s all about momentum and building it. We could have gotten a win or a tie. That would’ve helped us get a little more confidence. Obviously, this isn’t going to help that, but it’s a better performance from us I think. We just need to get after on Sunday against D.C.
CHIVAS USA DEFENDER - DANNY CALIFF
On Chivas USA’s current direction: We’ve been going through a really rough stretch and I thought we played quite well throughout most of the game. I think we certainly dominated the first half and parts of the second half. This one hurt quite a bit.
As you might’ve already noticed, we really push our fans to vote for our very own Dan Kennedy for MLS Save of the Week. And the upcoming week (we hope) will be no different. So, we’re just giving you a head’s up. Tonight’s result was difficult; yet another last minute goal that sinked the team to yet another loss. But as always, it could’ve been worse if it weren’t for Kennedy’s heroics.
How about this save that Kennedy had in the 42nd minute of the match when the Crew’s Arrieta headed a cross by Gaven? Kennedy was in the right place at the right time to make that save.
So if Dan’s save would be nominated for MLS Save of the Week, would you vote for it? Or do you have another candidate?
If you haven’t seen it, take a look:
Another heart breaking last minute goal in today’s 1-0 loss to Columbus Crew that takes Chivas USA to their fourth consecutive loss. Many might think that there aren’t any positives to take from the match, but how about Miller Bolaños performance tonight? Although our usual candidate Dan Kennedy had a great game, tonight’s CDChivasUSA.com’s Man of the Match is Miller Bolaños. Since the start of the match, he was quite dangerous on the attack, taking shots on goal and making passes. In the second half, Bolaños headed back to collect balls and look for the winner.
Take a look at one of Miller’s shots on goal that you’ll probably spot later next week nominated for MLS Save of the Week:
This past weekend, Chivas USA culminated its 5th year of Chivas at the Park Soccer Clinics. As a result of the program, 23,000 boys and girls in the Los Angeles area received affordable soccer training and learned how to live healthier lifestyles. Chivas USA is looking forward to continuing to work with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and the Mayor’s Office next year. Thanks to everyone that participated and made these clinics so successful!
Chivas USA arrived in Columbus Monday evening on schedule for its match on Wednesday night against the Crew. Kickoff is set for 4:30 pm PT at Crew Stadium. The Goats held a light afternoon practice Tuesday at the Columbus Crew Training Center at Obetz, Ohio. The Goats lead the all-time series at 6-4-4 and are unbeaten in the last three matches against Columbus. The last two games between the Red-and-White and the Black-and-Gold resulted in ties, with the last meeting being played to an exciting 3-3 draw in Columbus. Current Goats Nick LaBrocca and Jorge Villafaña each had a goal in the contest.