Notes vs. San Jose

Chivas USA earns their second consecutive home win
  • Chivas USA put together
    its best 90 minutes of soccer as the team topped the San Jose Earthquakes by a
    3-2 score on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center. Sacha Kljestan, Justin
    Braun and Chukwudi Chijindu scored their first goals of the season for the
    Red-and-White, who improve to 2-3-0 (W-L-T) in 2010.


  • The Red-and-White took the
    1-0 lead on a great shot from Huntington Beach native Sacha Kljestan in the 25th
    minute, when the team captain took a pass from Blair Gavin and shot past
    Earthquakes goalkeeper Joe Cannon from 20 yards. San Jose equalized just before
    halftime on a hotly contested penalty kick which was converted by Chris


  • Nine minutes into the
    second half, Justin Braun headed home a Mariano Trujillo cross to restore
    Chivas USA’s lead. The goal was Braun’s fourth all-time against San
    Jose, which leads the team. Defender and co-captain Jonathan Bornstein also
    assisted on the play.


  • In the 87th
    minute, second-year midfielder Michael Lahoud played a long ball that found
    Chukwudi Chijindu behind the San Jose defense, and the forward finished a low
    shot past Joe Cannon to give the Red-and-White a two-goal cushion. With
    Chijindu’s goal, Chivas USA scored three goals in a match for the first
    time since October 4, 2008 at D.C. United.


  • Late into injury time, the
    Earthquakes earned a consolation goal when Steven Beitashour struck a hard shot
    from distance after a clearance to pull San Jose within a goal. The match ended
    at 3-2, giving Chivas USA its second home win in a row.


  • Rookie midfielders Blair
    Gavin and Ben Zemanski, both coming out of the University of Akron, manned
    central midfield for the Red-and-White, and Anaheim’s Carlos Borja made
    his MLS debut, entering the match in the 79th minute for Michael Umaña.


  • Chivas
    USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match: “I think
    we earned the win, and we got a good result. I think this is going to help our
    team… if we continue to believe in what we’re doing, we’re
    going to have a good chance to be successful.” A full series of quotes
    from Vásquez, as well as soundbytes from Sacha Kljestan, Chukwudi Chijindu,
    Mariano Trujillo, and Darío Delgado, are available on Dentro del Rebaño
    (‘Inside the Flock’), the official blog of Chivas USA.


  • The
    Red-and-White have Sunday off before returning to the training field on Monday
    at 10:00 a.m., and will train at 10:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday, before
    departing on Thursday for Chicago. A full training schedule for the week will
    be published on Monday. The Red-and-White will take on the Chicago Fire next
    Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. PT). The match will be broadcast
    live on KDOC and KWHY, as well as W Radio 690 AM.


  • Next home game:
    Chivas USA will host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. PT at
    The Home Depot Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please
    call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit  

Chivas USA (2-3-0) 3:2 San Jose Earthquakes (2-2-0)
April 24, 2010 -- The Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
CHV – Sacha Kljestan 1 (Blair Gavin 1) 25
SJ – Chris Wondolowski 2 (penalty kick) 41
CHV – Justin Braun 1 (Mariano Trujillo 1, Jonathan Bornstein 1) 54
CHV – Chukwudi Chijindu 1 (Michael Lahoud 1) 87
SJ – Steven Beitashour 1 (unassisted) 93+

Chivas USA – Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo,
Darío Delgado, Michael Umaña (Carlos Borja 79), Jonathan Bornstein, Michael
Lahoud, Ben Zemanski, Blair Gavin, Jesús Padilla (Yamith Cuesta 89), Sacha
Kljestan, Justin Braun (Chukwudi Chijindu 71)

Substitutes Not Used: Dan Kennedy, Osael Romero, Gerson Mayén,
Maicon Santos

San Jose Earthquakes – Joe Cannon, Ramiro
Corrales, Jason Hernandez, Ike Opara, Steven Beitashour, Bobby Convey, Brandon
McDonald (Scott Sealy 83), Ramón Sanchez (Brad Ring 71), Joey Gjertsen (Omar
Jasseh 62), Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski

Substitutes Not Used: Jon Busch, Bobby Burling, Chris Leitch, Andre

Chivas USA

San Jose Earthquakes

Total shots:


(Sacha Kljestan 3, Jesús Padilla 3)


(Chris Wondolowski 3)

Shots on goal:


(Justin Braun 2)


(Chris Wondolowski 2)



(Darío Delgado 2)


(Ryan Johnson 3)



(Jesús Padilla 2)


(Chris Wondolowski 2)

Corner kicks:


(Jesús Padilla 2)


(Bobby Convey 3)



(Zach Thornton 4)


(Joe Cannon 2)

Misconduct Summary:
CHV – Mariano Trujillo (caution; Reckless Foul) 35
SJ – Omar Jasseh (caution; simulation) 66
SJ – Chris Wondolowski (caution; verbal distraction) 73
CHV – Carlos Borja (caution; reckless foul) 82

Referee:  Edvin Jurisevic
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Jeff Hosking
Fourth official: Baldomero Toledo
Time of game: 1:50
Attendance: 14,389
Weather: Clear, 60 degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial