Chivas USA regret missed chances at Toronto
CARSON, Calif. – Chivas USA’s four-game unbeaten streak came to a halt this past weekend as the Goats were a little overwhelmed by Toronto and their imposing BMO Field in a 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon. While the loss is only the Red-and-White’s second in 10 games, the team regretted not nabbing a point in Canada.
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“I thought we did everything possible to tie the game,” said Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez after the match. “We created chances, we had the ball, we pressured, we went at them – but it wasn’t enough. We can talk about all the chances that we had, but if we don’t put them away, they bite you.”
The Goats were well-organized and aggressive on Saturday for much of the game, but a lapse in focus early in the first half turned out to be their undoing.
“I think Toronto were better than us in the first 20 minutes and that’s when they got their two goals,” said Vásquez. “We started off well, and then they took over and it we weren’t able to finish our chances after that. I think our lack of concentration, especially on the first goal, was not good.”
The Red-and-White were much better in the second 45, pressuring the Toronto area and pulling a goal back in the 65th minute thanks to a deftly taken Giancarlo Maldonado penalty kick.
“Going down 2-0, you can respond by either putting your head down or fighting back,” said Chivas USA captain Jonathan Bornstein. “I thought we did a good job in the second half of trying to get the goals one at a time. We got the PK but I thought we had a couple of chances before that. In the end, we couldn’t get the result and that’s disappointing.”
Chivas USA will now return home to face Seattle at the Home Depot Center on Saturday evening. It will be their first meeting against the Sounders this season.
“The good thing is we have a home game,” said Red-and-White midfielder Jesus Padilla. “We have to get three points; it’s very important for us.”