Takeaway Points: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
It was the best game all season
After a 4-1 victory at Chicago on March 24, critics pointed at the Fire’s poor performance this season as the reason behind Chivas USA’s victory. But on Saturday evening against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Red-and-White played good soccer, made the game their own in both stats and the scoreboard, and surprisingly, no Chivas USA player was issued a yellow card- not even Oswaldo Minda who went all 90 minutes.
Prior to the game against the ‘Caps, Chivas USA’s passing accuracy was at 60% against Chicago. Although the Canadians were superior to the Goats’ number, Chivas improved to a 76.4% passing accuracy (76.9% for the ‘Caps). Ahead of their next match, the Goats will have to improve their ball possession; for the past two games, the opposition has maintained a higher overall percentage of possession over the Goats.
“In the last match we just completed 145 passes. We surpassed that by a lot,” Coach Chelis said on Saturday. “We dared to play the ball, and no better week than this one to continue to progress. The team that wants to beat us either here or away has to run more than us. If they don’t run more than us, then we’ve secured a point.”
Moving on up in standings
After the win, Chivas USA secured the second spot in the Western Conference standings, just two points from first place FC Dallas. Aside from the league standings, the Goats moved up to the sixth place in MLSsoccer.com’s Power Rankings, two spots up from the previous week.
“We try not to think about that, we try to just think about the next game,” Avila said after Saturday’s game. “We’re done with this game and now let’s focus on the next game. We are not thinking about anything else.”
Due to the Seattle Sounders’ participation in CONCACAF’s Champions League, Chivas USA’s match that was set for April 7th at Century Link Field was rescheduled for September 4th. To continue the team’s positive rhythm, Chivas USA will host two scrimmages this week. On Tuesday, the Red-and-White fell 2-1 to National Premier Soccer League side, the OC Spartans. Chivas will host Cal FC on Friday at 10 am, field TBD.
Chelis: “My team is made for every week. I want to look at the cup half full. How long it’s going to last, I don’t know. But I want to see the glass half full. Surprise or no surprise, Chivas exists.”