Chivas USA keeping heads up after another loss to LA
The hex continues.
Chivas USA enjoyed long spells of possession and good
offensive chances against the LA Galaxy in Thursday night’s SuperClásico, but
once again failed to secure a victory over their in-stadium rivals.
The Red-and-White are now 0-4-3 against the Galaxy in their
last seven meetings, and have failed to even notch a goal against LA since Aug.
“Obviously it’s no fun to lose, but we’re keeping our heads
up,” said striker Justin Braun after the match. “The season is still very
young. We have a lot of good things going for us. We were moving the ball well,
creating some things, and I think we just have to finish our chances.”
Chivas USA did indeed look much sharper in their second
outing of the season than in their first. The Goats maintained possession
through the midfield well and were able to test LA goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts
on a few occasions.
“I thought we had a lot of possession tonight and I’m proud
of the determination and fight that we put into the game,” said Chivas USA
captain Sacha Kljestan. “Last week, when we played Colorado, we walked off the
field so mad and frustrated. But tonight, I’m trying to keep my head up because
I’m proud of the way we played.”
The Red-and-White employed an almost completely different
staring lineup against the Galaxy than they did against the Rapids. Justin
Braun started up top while Maykel Galindo was slotted into the right wing.
Marcelo Saragosa, Osael Romero and rookie Blair Gavin roamed the middle while
Kljestan started the game out wide on the left side
“We changed [the starting XI] because wanted to try and use
the width of the field and try to get behind them,” said Chivas USA head coach
Martín Vásquez. “They play with their defensive line very high, and by playing
[the way we did], we thought we could get behind them and expose them.”
“We had a plan, and we stuck to it,” he continued. “That
[plan] was to play a fast-paced game, be aggressive and we were very
unfortunate not to get a goal.”
The loss gives Chivas USA an 0-2 start to the year, the
team’s worst since its inaugural 2005 season. But the goats aren’t giving up
just yet. The team is ready to bounce back and has set its sights on preparing
for the New York Red Bulls on April 10 at the Home Depot Center.
“I look forward to the next game,” said Kljestan. “If we
play the way we played tonight against the rest of the teams in the league,
we’ll be OK.”