Chivas USA Maul Revs
Chivas USA extended their unbeaten run to three games with a 4-0 victory over 10-man New England at Gillette Stadium.
scored the first of his two goals to open the scoring for the
Red-and-White in the 26th minute. Things went from bad to worse for New
England two minutes later after Marko Perovic saw red for lashing out at Ben Zemanski. Justin Braun doubled the lead in the 33rd minute before Padilla grabbed his second three minutes after halftime. Blair Gavin completed the rout with his first MLS goal on 81 minutes to give Chivas USA their first-ever win at Gillette Stadium.
Chivas USA coach Martin Vasquez made one change from Saturday's 1-1 draw at Chicago as he inserted Gerson Mayen on the right wing in place of the suspended Michael Lahoud. Suspensions also forced New England boss Steve Nicol into two changes with Khano Smith and Chris Tierney deployed in a five-man midfield in place of Kheli Dube and Joseph Niouky.
The Red-and-White looked comfortable in possession from the outset,
but it took them a quarter of an hour to start threatening the
Revolution back line. Braun probably should have scored in the 16th
minute from Padilla's teasing cross from left, but he pushed his header
wide of the far post. Sacha Kljestan forced Preston Burpo to parry his stinging free kick over the bar four minutes.
Disaster struck New England twice in three minutes as two mistakes handed control of the match to Chivas USA.
Padilla opened the scoring in the 26th minute after a rare piece of direct play from the visitors. Braun flicked on Zach Thornton's goal kick in behind the Revolution back line. Kevin Alston
snatched at the clearance, permitting Padilla to streak in, round Burpo
and tuck into the vacated net for his second goal of the season.
Marko Perovic compounded the problems by drawing his first MLS red
card two minutes later. Zemanski grabbed a handful of Perovic's shirt
as the Serbian midfielder tried to wriggle free in midfield. Perovic
swung his left arm back twice to clear some space, and the second
attempt hit Zemanski in the face. Referee Steven DePiero issued
Zemanski a yellow card for his shirt tug before dismissing Perovic.
The active Braun all but sealed the points for the Red-and-White by doubling the lead in the 33rd minute. Mariano Trujillo
played the ball inside for Braun on the edge of the area and the Chivas
USA embarked on an unchecked run past two Revolution defenders before
slotting home at the near post for his second goal of the campaign.
Padilla converted his second goal of the night three minutes after
the break to extend the lead to three. The move swept from right to
left as Sacha Kljestan played a one-two with Braun just inside the
penalty area and dished to the open Padilla to his left. The Chivas USA
winger had plenty of time to pick his spot and calmly tucked home.
Gavin spiced up the match as it petered out to its conclusion by
curling home his first MLS goal nine minutes before time. The rookie
midfielder started the move by playing a quick one-two with Kljestan on
the edge of the area. After riding through Pat Phelan's tackle, Gavin received the benefit of a kind bounce and instinctively tucked his effort into the far corner.
New England substitute Kenny Mansally
nearly slipped home a consolation goal at the far post in the 85th
minute, but Thornton dived to push Mansally's low shot away and ensure
Chivas USA completed their night with a clean sheet.
CHV -- Jesus Padilla 2 (Justin Braun
CHV -- Justin Braun 2 (Mariano Trujillo 2) 33
CHV -- Jesus Padilla 3 (Sacha Kljestan 2, Justin Braun 2) 48
CHV -- Blair Gavin 1 (unassisted) 81
CHV -- Ben Zemanski (caution; Reckless Foul) 28
NE -- Marko Perovic (ejection; Serious Foul Play) 29
NE -- Edgaras Jankauskas (caution; Reckless Foul) 87
Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Mariano
Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Jonathan Bornstein, Gerson Mayen, Ben
Zemanski (Marcelo Saragosa 60), Blair Gavin, Jesus Padilla (Jose Macotelo 67),
Justin Braun (Maicon Santos 73), Sacha Kljestan.
New England Revolution -- Preston
Burpo, Kevin Alston (Edgaras Jankauskas 46), Cory Gibbs, Darrius Barnes, Seth
Sinovic, Khano Smith, Pat Phelan, Marko Perovic, Chris Tierney (Nico Colaluca
76), Sainey Nyassi, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 71).
Referee: Steven DePiero
Referee's Assistants: -Joe Fletcher; Claudio Badea
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
Time of Game: 1:50