Borja's versatility comes in handy for Chivas USA
CARSON, Calif. – If there’s one thing Chivas USA isn't
lacking on their roster, it’s versatility. The Goats boast an impressive number
of players who are well-versed in more than one position on the field.
Defenders Jonathan Bornstein and Mariano Trujillo both have
experience on the midfield flanks. Michael Lahoud has played every position in
the Red-and-White midfield at least once, as has Jesus Padilla. Gerson Mayen
and Jorge Flores have been used as outside backs and attacking midfielders.
In Chivas USA’s final game of the 2010 SuperLiga against
Pachuca on Wednesday evening, Carlos Borja added his name to the list of
multi-talented Red-and-White players. The 22-year-old, who has been an outside
defender for most of the year, got his first-ever start at center back for the
Goats and was solid in the team’s 1-0 shutout victory over los Tuzos.
“It was the first time I played centerback for the team
here, but I used to play it in Mexico,” Borja told MLSsoccer.com after the game.
“I felt comfortable. I had my teammates giving me the confidence I needed to
step up and take that role.”
Borja was slotted in next to Dario Delgado in the middle of
the Chivas USA back line, and had team captain Trujillo to his right for
much of the game.
“We have good chemistry,” said Borja of his teammates.
“We’re all Latin, which is one of those little things we have in common that
makes a difference. They’re good guys and they’re good players, which makes my
The shutout victory was only the Goats’ fourth of the season.
The team has struggled to keep the ball out of the net at the Home Depot
Center, conceding 10 goals at home which ranks
third-worst in all of MLS.
“The whole team defended well, we were organized, compact,” Borja said. “That isn’t just a confidence boost for me, but for the whole team.
We know we can get shutouts, we just have to keep working harder and harder.”
With SuperLiga now behind them, Chivas USA will turn their
attention to MLS play and the trip to reigning champions Real Salt Lake, who
await them this weekend. Robbie Findley & Co. are undefeated at home so
far this season and the Goats will likely have to be at their best to get a
result at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“They’re the reigning champions and they know how to play,” Borja said. “It would be a big confidence boost to hand Salt Lake their first
loss at home. It’s a hard game out there at Rio Tinto, so we just have to go
and play our game like we did against Pachuca.”