Notes vs. D.C. United

Zach Thornton earned his fifth shutout of the season, and the 74th of his career, which ties hi

Justin Braun’s 13th
minute header held up as Chivas USA captured a 1-0 win over D.C. United on
Sunday night at The Home Depot Center in Carson. The striker scored his
team-leading 8th goal of the MLS season, looping a header from the
top of the box over D.C. goalkeeper Troy Perkins, to give the Red-and-White the

  • Chivas USA continues to
    push for a spot in the playoffs, improving its record to 6-11-4 (W-L-T) on the
    season, good for 22 points, just one point behind the Houston Dynamo in the
    Western Conference with a game in hand. D.C. United falls to 4-15-3 on the
    season, with 15 points.
  • Zach Thornton earned his
    fifth shutout of the season, and the 74th of his career, which ties
    him with San Jose’s Joe Cannon for second on the all-time MLS list.
    Thornton made three saves in keeping the clean sheet, but also smothered
    several breakaways and picked off many crosses.
  • Defender Ante Jazic played
    the long ball to the box on Braun’s goal, giving the Canadian
    international his first assist of the season. The back four play strong defense
    throughout, and right back Mariano Trujillo even cleared a Jaime Moreno header
    off the line in the 69th minute.
  • Chivas
    USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match: “I
    thought defensively the group was solid, mainly in the last 10 minutes, where
    there’ve been games where we have given up the result. So, happy and
    pleased with the effort, we could’ve made it easier on ourselves but at
    the end of the day it’s a shutout and three points.” Post-game
    reactions from Vásquez, as well as Zach Thornton and Giancarlo Maldonado, are
    available on Dentro del Rebaño,
    the official blog of Chivas USA.
  • Chivas USA now turns to
    the U.S. Open Cup, visiting Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night at Starfire
    Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. The match is a semifinal for the knock-out
    tournament, and the Red-and-White will have to go through the defending Open
    Cup champs to make the final.
  • The
    Red-and-White practice on Monday at 10:30 a.m. on Field 4 at The Home Depot
    Center before traveling on Tuesday to Seattle. After Wednesday’s Open Cup
    match in Tukwila, Wash., the team will travel on Friday to Denver for
    Saturday’s road match at the Colorado Rapids in league play.
  • Wednesday’s
    match against Seattle will be broadcast online at at 7:30 p.m. PT and
    Saturday’s game at the Rapids will air on FS West, KWHY, and W Radio 690
    AM at 6:00 p.m. PT.
  • Next home game: Chivas
    USA returns home for three matches in quick succession, starting with the New
    England Revolution on Friday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot
    Center, then facing Chivas de Guadalajara in an exhibition at PETCO Park in San
    Diego on Tuesday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m., and finishing a busy stretch
    against the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday, September 19 at 5:00 p.m. at The
    Home Depot Center. For more information, or for tickets to any Chivas USA
    match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or click here.  

USA (6-11-4) 1:0 D.C. United (4-15-3)

29, 2010 – The Home Depot Center


– Justin Braun 8 (Ante Jazic 1) 13


– Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic, Darío Delgado, Michael Umaña, Mariano
Trujillo, Jonathan Bornstein, Marcelo Saragosa, Paulo Nagamura,  Rodolfo
Espinoza (Michael Lahoud 71), Justin Braun (Ben Zemanski 91+), Giancarlo
Maldonado (Alan Gordon 46)

not used: Kevin Guppy, Yamith Cuesta, Jesús Padilla, Osael Romero


– Troy Perkins, Jordan Graye, Dejan Jankovic, Barry Rice (Julius James
45), Jed Zayner (Chris Pontius 78), Branko Boskovic, Stephen King, Kurt
Morsink, Santino Quaranta, Adam Cristman (Andy Najar 57), Jaime Moreno

not used: Bill Hamid, Devon McTavish, Clyde Simms, Carey Talley

Chivas USA

D.C. United

total shots:


(Justin Braun 5)


(Santino Quaranta 4)

shots on goal:


(Justin Braun 3)


(Jaime Moreno 2)



(Marcelo Saragosa 4)


(Jaime Moreno 2)



(Jonathan Bornstein 2)


(Adam Cristman 1)

corner kicks:


(Paulo Nagamura 2)


(Branko Boskovic 5)



(Zach Thornton 3)


 (Troy Perkins 2)

– Kurt Morsink (caution, Reckless Tackle) 31
CHV – Marcelo Saragosa (caution, Reckless Tackle) 72
CHV – Justin Braun (caution, Reckless Foul) 73

– Andy Najar (caution, Reckless Tackle) 84

Referee: Kevin Stott

Assistants: Ian Anderson, Chris Strickland

Official:  Ricardo Salazar


Clear and 67 degrees.

statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial