Chivas USA dominate Revolution, keep slim playoff hopes alive

First-half goals from Justin Braun and Paulo Nagamura were the difference

Chivas USA kept their slim playoff hopes alive on Friday evening, downing the visiting New England Revolution 2-0 in a dominating performance at The Home Depot Center.

First-half goals from Justin Braun
and Paulo Nagamura were the difference as the Red-and-White handed New
England their fourth defeat in five games, and ninth road loss of the
season.

With the victory, the Goats leapfrog Houston in the Western
Conference standings and move into seventh place, marking the first
time that Chivas USA have been off the bottom of the Western Conference
table since May 15.

For the home side, Friday night was all about Braun and Alan Gordon.
The Goats’ striking duo hassled and harried New England’s defense
throughout their time on the pitch and finally seemed to have
discovered the on-field chemistry that had eluded them since Gordon’s
arrival in August.

GOALS
VS
CHIVAS USA   NEW ENGLAND
2   0

Braun
6'
Nagamura
36'
Comparison
  CHIVAS USA   NEW ENGLAND  

SHO

11
 
7

SHO


SOG

5
 
3

SOG


SVS

3
 
3

SVS


F

15
 
6

F


OFF

3
 
2

OFF


CK

4
 
2

CK

The two first linked up in the sixth minute, when Gordon fed a tidy
through-ball into the Revolution area for Braun. The big Salt Lake
City-native raced forward and arrived at the ball just a step ahead of Matt Reis to chip it over the sliding New England goalkeeper.

Gordon would strike again 30 minutes later, this time providing a
perfect one-touch pass into the path of Paulo Nagamura at the top of
the 18-yard box. Nagamura took a step and blasted towards goal.
Although Reis managed to get a paw on it, he was unable to keep the
ball from kissing the side of the net for a 2-0 Chivas halftime lead.

The second half was a much more even affair, but the Revolution still struggled to test Chivas USA’s backline. Shalrie Joseph was active in the middle and substitute striker Kenny Mansally provided some pace up top, but New England’s attack looked sluggish against a lively Goats’ defense.

At the other end of the pitch, Chivas USA remained energized in the
attack. Braun continued to plague New England’s defenders in a
performance that will likely earn him some mentions in any conversation
about who should be called into the US National Team camp this October.
The 23-year-old now has nine goals this season, good for second-best
among American strikers.

The Red-and-White finished the evening on 25 points with seven games
left to play in the 2010 campaign. Realistically, the team will need at
least six more wins if they are to have any chance of sneaking into the
postseason. They will look to continue any positive momentum earned
against New England next weekend, when they host Kansas City.

Scoring Summary:

CHV -- Justin Braun 9 (Alan Gordon 1) 6

CHV -- Paulo Nagamura 1 (Alan Gordon 2, Michael Lahoud 3) 36

Misconduct Summary:

CHV -- Michael Umana (caution; Persistent Infringement) 86

Lineups:

New England Revolution -- Matt Reis, Kevin Alston, Darrius Barnes, Emmanuel Osei (Khano Smith 46), Cory Gibbs, Kheli Dube (Sainey Nyassi 46), Shalrie Joseph, Pat Phelan, Chris Tierney, Zack Schilawski (Kenny Mansally 62), Ilija Stolica.
Substitutes Not Used: Nico Colaluca, Roberto Linck, Seth Sinovic, Bobby Shuttleworth.

Chivas USA -- Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Dario Delgado, Michael Umana, Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura (Marcelo Saragosa 88), Ben Zemanski, Rodolfo Espinoza, Justin Braun (Giancarlo Maldonado 80), Alan Gordon (Sal Zizzo 68).
Substitutes Not Used: Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores, Jesus Padilla, Kevin Guppy.

Referee: Abbey Okulaja
Referee's Assistants: Fabio Tovar; Ian Anderson
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Weather: Clear and 64 degrees
Attendance: 10,783