Notes vs. United

3-2 loss @ D.C. United, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 5/29/10

May 29 vs. DCU Kljestan

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  • Chivas USA got goals from Justin Braun and Maykel Galindo but gave up a last minute winner for the third consecutive loss as the Red-and-White fell 3-2 at D.C. United on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. With the loss, Chivas USA falls to 3-7-1 (W-L-T) in 2010, and have lost four games in a row.


  • Goalkeeper Zach Thornton, who played an excellent match with several impressive saves, was ejected in injury time for a foul on Santino Quaranta. Former Chivas USA defender Carey Talley scored the resulting penalty kick, shooting past Darío Delgado, who filled in for Thornton after the ejection since the Red-and-White had already made three substitutions.


  • Chivas USA took a 1-0 lead in the match in minute 16 through Justin Braun, who took a Michael Lahoud pass 50 yards from goal, dribbled past Talley, and slotted a low shot under Bill Hamid in the D.C. goal. The goal was Braun’s fourth of the season, giving him the team lead.


  • D.C. tied the game 10 minutes later, as Andy Najar got behind the defense and headed past Thornton for his first MLS goal. The home team later took a lead in minute 76 when Adam Cristman finished from close range after a ball deflected off the post.


  • Maykel Galindo, making his first appearance for Chivas USA since April 10, when he sprained his ankle against the New York Red Bulls, tied the game in the 80th minute. A Sacha Kljestan pass found Braun at the top of the box, who laid the ball off for Galindo. Dribbling through the D.C. defense, the striker then hit a hard shot between Hamid’s legs for the equalizer.


  • Controversy came in injury time, when Thornton, who had been exceptional throughout the game, was called for a foul on United forward Santino Quaranta. Thornton received a red card and Chivas USA, who had already made three substitutions, was forced to use defender Darío Delgado in net. Talley hit a low shot to Delgado’s right, while the fill-in goalkeeper dove the opposite way.


  • Defender Mariano Trujillo started at left back in the match, manning the position for the first time in a Chivas USA jersey. Saragosa took over Trujillo’s normal role at right back, and both players played 90 minutes and defended well.


  • Chivas USA returns to Los Angeles on Sunday and will take Monday off before resuming practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. The team then travels to New York on Thursday for a match against the Red Bulls next Saturday, June 5, on Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer en Español.


  • Chivas USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match: “We fought, we battled… after we tied the game in the 80th minute we just have to do whatever it takes, especially coming back from two results where we have not kept our concentration and we have given up the results.” Audio quotes from Vásquez, as well as Michael Lahoud, Mariano Trujillo, Justin Braun, and Maykel Galindo, are available on Dentro del Rebaño (‘Inside the Flock’), the official blog of Chivas USA.


  • Next home game: Chivas USA will next return to The Home Depot Center on June 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT when the team hosts FC Dallas. For more information on the game, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit


Chivas USA (3-7-1) 2:3 D.C. United (2-8-0)
May 29, 2010 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Scoring Summary:
CHV – Justin Braun 4 (Michael Lahoud 2) 16
DC – Andy Najar 1 (Rodney Wallace 2) 26
DC – Adam Cristman 1 (unassisted) 76
CHV – Maykel Galindo 1 (Justin Braun 3, Sacha Kljestan 3) 80
DC – Carey Talley 1(penalty kick) 92+

Chivas USA – Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Darío Delgado, Michael Umaña (Yamith Cuesta 88), Marcelo Saragosa, Jesús Padilla (Maykel Galindo 67), Ben Zemanski, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Braun (José Macotelo 84)

Substitutes Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Carlos Borja, Osael Romero, Maicon Santos

D.C. United – Bill Hamid, Juan Manuel Pena, Carey Talley,  Rodney Wallace, Jordan Graye, Stephen King, Clyde Simms, Andy Najar (Christian Castillo 83), Santino Quaranta (Kurt Morsink 89), Chris Pontius, Danny Allsopp (Adam Cristman 70)

Substitutes Not Used: Troy Perkins, Julius James, Devon McTavish, Jaime Moreno


Chivas USA

D.C. United

total shots:


(Justin Braun 4)


(Santino Quaranta 5)

shots on goal:


(Justin Braun 1, Maykel Galindo 1)


(3 tied with 2)



(3 tied with 2)


(Juan Manuel Pena 2)



(Darío Delgado 1, Jesús Padilla 1)



corner kicks:


(Sacha Kljestan 2)


(Santino Quaranta 8)



(Zach Thornton 6)



Misconduct Summary:
CHV – Mariano Trujillo (caution, Reckless Foul) 78
DC – Stephen King (caution, Reckless Foul) 87
CHV – Zach Thornton (ejection, Denied Goal Scoring Opportunity (foul)) 90

referee: Jasen Anno
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Adam Wienckowski
4th official: Abiodun Okulaja
time of game: 1:52
attendance: 13,043
weather: Partly cloudy, 78 degrees

All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial