Chivas top San Diego Boca FC twice
Chivas USA earned a pair of preseason victories on Saturday morning at
The Home Depot Center, twice downing amateur side San Diego Boca FC in
two 60-minute matches. The Red-and-White fielded a unique lineup for
each game, which allowed both the veterans and newcomers a chance for
some extended minutes on the field.
The first game saw the Red-and-White's current starting 11 battle from a
goal down to secure a comfortable 5-1 victory. Mariano Trujillo
provided most of the offensive spark, earning assists on four Chivas USA
"It was a lucky day for me," said Trujillo with a smile. "But I think
the team played well and I'm happy we were able to get the win."
Trujillo spent most of the 2009 season as a defender for Chivas USA, but
got the start in the midfield for Saturday's scrimmage.
"I have played in the midfield before and I like doing it," said
Trujillo. "My goal is to make the starting lineup for the season, so I'm
happy to play wherever I'm needed. The coach and I have talked about it
and I will do whatever the team needs."
At the other end of the field, Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy quickly
got over San Diego's first counterattack goal to settle into a good
rhythm for the Red-and-White defense.
"Sometimes, there's just nothing you can do about it," said Kennedy of
San Diego's 12th-minute goal. "We were unlucky. A couple of missed
tackles and some good bounces and it was in the net. But it was good
that we had to battle back from a goal down. That's a good lesson for
Kennedy is relishing every minute on the field after a knee injury
during the 2009 preseason kept him on the sidelines for the entirety of
"I'm really happy to be back playing again," he said. "I'm just focusing
on improving my game and enjoying being back out on the field."
Chivas USA's second match saw a number of the team's new faces and
trialists take the field. The team jumped ahead quickly on an unassisted
Chukwudi Chijindu goal in the 12th minute and never looked back. Goals
from Artur Aghasyan and Armando Ochoa sealed a 3-0 victory for the
"I think the game went well for us," said 2010 draft pick Ben Zemansky.
"We were able to find good space and attack their holes. I think we
showed good improvement."
Zemansky, selected 47th overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, played the
entirety of the second match in a defensive midfield position. The
University of Akron alumnus did well in the role, marshalling the center
of the field and stifling San Diego's attack.
"I think the coach likes me in a defensive midfield role," said
Zemansky. "I'm pretty comfortable there, and I've been getting good
advice from some of the older players. I think I've gotten better
already this preseason."
Chivas USA will now travel to Phoenix, Arizona, in a training trip that
will see the team take on its first MLS competition of the 2010
preseason. The Red-and-White will face the Kansas City Wizards next
Wednesday before battling 2008 MLS champion Columbus Crew on Saturday,
"I think we're ready for MLS competition," said Trujillo. "We've worked
hard so far and are excited to take on Kansas and Columbus. It will be a
good gauge to show us where we are as we continue preparing for the