Gordon expected to bolster Chivas USA attack

Veteran forward makes Goats debut after midseason deal

CARSON, Calif. – Alan Gordon has appeared in more than 90 MLS games, but last weekend the former Galaxy man was still able to achieve a first.

The forward marked his debut with Chivas USA on Saturday against Seattle, playing 79 minutes in the club’s 0-0 draw with the Sounders. The Long Beach, Calif., native felt comfortable with his new side and is looking forward to more games with the Red-and-White.

“Alan was good for us,” Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez said of Gordon’s debut. “He connected, he was dangerous, he battled, he ran. Overall, a very solid game.”

Gordon was acquired by the Goats from LA on Aug. 5, and made his debut for the club just nine days later.

“It felt good,” Gordon told MLSsoccer.com. “There’s still a little bit that you can learn about other people’s tendencies and what they’re trying to do, but for the most part, I think it was a good first step. We’ll look to continue next weekend.”

Gordon joins a Chivas USA side in transition. Vásquez has spent much of the year trimming and shaping his roster, but finally seems to have found a happy balance.

“Martín is a great coach,” said Gordon. “I like what he does. He has great training sessions. Everything he does has a purpose. That’s good. It’s been a lot easier to get to know people and what they’re trying to do because we do a lot of work out here.”

Gordon is the third pure forward on the Goats’ roster. He joins Justin Braun and Giancarlo Maldonado at the front of the Chivas USA attack.

“They’re both good,” Gordon said of his new teammates. “Justin works very hard. He’s going to go where he goes. He’s moving everywhere. Giancarlo is a veteran player. You kind of know what he’s going to do. He’s good with his feet and good with the ball. It’s a pretty good combination we have going.”

With just 10 games left in the 2010 season, the Red-and-White will rely on Gordon for some offensive inspiration as the team makes a final push toward the playoffs. It’s a burden he is happy to bear.

“I’m excited to be here and to be working with my teammates,” he said. “We just have to keep pushing and take it game by game.”