Goats earn historic win in Houston
For the first time in club history, Chivas USA are in the
semifinals of the US Open Cup. And they got there the hard way, by breaking the hex in Houston
The Goats put on a show at Robertson Stadium on Tuesday
night, taking a lead in just the fifth minute and never looking back against the archrival Houston Dynamo. The win vaults them into the USOC semifinals, where they'll meet the winner of Wednesday night's quarterfinal matchup between the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC.
The victory was huge for a Red-and-White squad that may have
been lacking confidence after earning just one point from their last seven league
matches. Chivas USA Head Coach Martn Vasquez hopes his players can find
some inspiration from Tuesday evening's success for the team's road trip to
Kansas City this weekend.
"This win is going to help us to grow and to turn this around
in MLS," Vasquez said. "We were very disciplined and worked very hard. The guys see
that if they work together and are disciplined, they can beat anybody."
The win was the first all-time for Chivas USA in Houston, where they previously had posted a dismal 0-7-2 lifetime record at Robertson Stadium before the victory.
"It's a good feeling to come in here and get a good result,"
said Michael Lahoud, who notched Chivas USA's second goal of the night. "I feel
really good about the team effort. It wasn't a one-man show; it was everyone.
That's always been a big part of this team's success in past years."
The Goats have been perennial underachievers in tournament
play, whether it was failing to survive the first round of the MLS playoffs in
each of the previous four seasons or going no farther than the group stage in
the 2008 and 2009 Superliga competitions.
But the Red-and-White seem to have a
renewed swagger this season and could make a real run at the club's first major
"We're taking this competition very seriously," Lahoud said.
"When things aren't going your way, it's so easy to lose faith. I think we're
showing great resolve. If we can continue in this tournament and spark a
revival in the league, then I'm all for it."
Chivas USA resumes MLS play next Saturday at Kansas City and
will be searching for the team's first league win since May 5th.