Notes vs. Crew - July 31

Vasquez: “This has been our biggest win this year."

Kennedy July 31 vs. Crew

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Chivas USA captured a
critical home victory over the Eastern Conference leading Columbus Crew on
Saturday night, winning 3-1 at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The
Red-and-White (5-9-3, 18 points) rode goals from three of its youngest players
en route to the team’s fifth victory in the MLS regular season.
 

  •  Forward Justin Braun
    opened the scoring for Chivas USA, scoring his team-leading seventh goal of the
    season in the 37th minute. Recent acquisition Rodolfo Espinoza
    floated a cross into the box, and Braun rose above the defense to head home
    from 10 yards.

 

  •  Just before halftime, the
    Red-and-White doubled their lead when rookie midfielder Blair Gavin took
    advantage of a Crew miscommunication to score his third goal of the year. A Dan
    Kennedy punt was misplayed by Columbus defenders, and Gavin slipped in to nick
    the ball past William Hesmer in the Crew goal in the 45th minute.

 

  •  In the second half, Chivas
    USA iced the game when Carlos Borja, who was filling in for Mariano Trujillo
    (suspended due to yellow card accumulation) at right back, scored his first
    career goal. After a corner kick was cleared, Ben Zemanski blasted the ball
    back into the box, and Giancarlo Maldonado chested the ball down for Borja to
    drive home from 15 yards.

 

  • It
    was a night of firsts for several members of the Red-and-White, as Espinoza,
    Darío Delgado, Zemanski and Maldonado all notched their first assists in MLS
    play, while Borja scored his first goal as a professional. All three
    goalscorers for Chivas USA were 23 years of age or younger.

 

  • The
    win improved Chivas USA’s record to 5-9-3 on the season, and 2-0-2 in the
    last four MLS regular season matches. In eight games (including U.S. Open Cup
    and SuperLiga) in the month of July, the Red-and-White had a 4-1-3 record.

 

  • Chivas
    USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match: “This has
    been our biggest win this year. From the first minute until the 90th, we played
    well. We scored some nice goals. We see some of our younger guys keep stepping
    up and some of our new players helping. All around, it was a great result for
    us.” Post-game audio from Vásquez, as well as Ben Zemanski, Paulo
    Nagamura, Carlos Borja, Blair Gavin and Rodolfo Espinoza, are available on Dentro del Rebaño, the official blog
    of Chivas USA.

 

  • The
    Red-and-White will take Sunday and Monday off before returning to training on
    Tuesday at The Home Depot Center. The team will travel on Thursday ahead of
    Saturday’s match against Toronto FC, the first time Chivas USA will take
    on former head coach Preki, now at the helm of the Canadian team. The match
    will kick off at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on Prime Ticket,
    TeleFutura, and W Radio 690 AM.

 

  •  Next home game:
    Following the match in Toronto, Chivas USA takes on the Seattle Sounders on
    Saturday, August 14 at 8:00 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. For more
    information, or to purchase tickets to the match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or
    visit cdchivasusa.com
    .   

 

Chivas
USA (5-9-3) 3:1 Columbus Crew (10-4-4)

July
31, 2010 – The Home Depot Center

 

Scoring
Summary:

CHV
– Justin Braun 7 (Rodolfo Espinoza 1, Darío Delgado 1) 37

CHV
– Blair Gavin 3 (unassisted) 45

CHV
– Carlos Borja 1 (Giancarlo Maldonado 1, Ben Zemanski 1) 53

CLB
– Steven Lenhart 2 (Jason Garey 2) 88

 

Chivas
USA

– Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Darío Delgado, Michael Umaña, Carlos Borja,
Rodolfo Espinoza (Osael Romero 85), Ben Zemanski, Paulo Nagamura, Blair Gavin
(Michael Lahoud 57), Justin Braun (Jesús Padilla 80), Giancarlo Maldonado

 

Substitutes
not used: Kevin Guppy, Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores, Chukwudi Chijindu

 

Columbus
Crew

– William Hesmer, Shaun Francis, Andy Iro (Steven Lenhart 56), Chad
Marshall, Danny O’Rourke, Brian Carroll, Emmanuel Ekpo, Eddie Gavin
(Robbie Rogers 17), Adam Moffat, Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Emilio Renteria
(Jason Garey 65)

 

Substitutes
not used: Andy Gruenebaum, Eric Brunner, Leandre Griffit, Frankie Hejduk

 

Chivas USA

Columbus Crew

total shots:

13

(Justin Braun 5)

13

(Steven Lenhart 4, Robbie Rogers 4)

shots on goal:

5

(Giancarlo Maldonado 2)

3

(Steven Lenhart 2)

fouls:

14

(Rodolfo Espinoza 4)

9

(3 tied with 2)

offsides:

2

(Giancarlo Maldonado 1, Jesús Padilla 1)

1

(Adam Moffat 1)

corner kicks:

2

(Rodolfo Espinoza 2)

3

(Guillermo Barros Schelotto 2)

saves:

2

(Dan Kennedy 2)

2

 (William Hesmer 2)

 

Misconduct
Summary:
CLB
– Shaun Francis (caution, Reckless Tackle) 85

Referee: Hilario Grajeda

Referee's
Assistants: Chris Strickland, George Gansner

4th
Official:  Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance:
13,419

Temperature:
Partly cloudy and 67 degrees.

 

All
statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial