Gordon spurs Chivas USA past New England
CARSON, Calif. -- When Alan Gordon first arrived at Chivas USA back on August 5, there was some skepticism about how much benefit his presence would have for the Goats’ attack.
The 28-year-old had notched just three goals in 22 appearances last season and hadn’t seen much time with the Galaxy in 2010 before his transfer.
But on Friday night at The Home Depot Center, Gordon silenced any critics he may have had. The Long Beach-native was devastating in the Chivas USA attack, earning assists on both the team’s goals on the way to a 2-0 victory over New England.
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“I’ve been getting assists my whole career,” Gordon said after the match. “That’s something that’s probably underestimated about me, but I’m a good passer. The goals haven’t been coming, but I’m glad to be able to contribute in any way I can.”
Gordon struggled to find any real chemistry with his new teammates in the weeks after his arrival, but more recent games have seen him finally start to settle into the Chivas USA system.
“It’s taken a couple of weeks, but [Friday night] it seemed to click a bit more,” said Gordon of his play with the team. “It didn’t come at first, but [Friday night] is a good step. It’s been tough at times. I’ve been the same player; I play with a lot of energy. That’s what I’ve been trying to bring to the team, try to give something that was missing.”
Chivas USA head coach Martín Vásquez paired Gordon with Goats’ leading scorer Justin Braun in the attack, and the two clicked almost immediately, enjoying a seemingly preternatural ability to find each other with the ball through the Revolution defense.
“It worked well,” Gordon said of the partnership. “Justin has a lot of energy and he’s a busy guy up there. I can just pick my spots and use my experience to get him the ball and he’s going to get on the end of it.”
Much of Chivas USA’s ability to continue making an improbable push toward the 2010 playoffs will likely rest on Gordon and Braun’s ability to continue their good form in the coming weeks. It’s a burden they’re happy to bear.
“I’ve been on times at the bottom of the table,” said Gordon. “Obviously there’s a certain atmosphere, but this team has really done a good job of … not giving up, and that really showed tonight.”
Next up for the Red-and-White in MLS league play is a clash next weekend at The Home Depot Center against Kansas City, a team they have already beaten once this season. On 25 points with just seven regular season games left to play, the Goats will once again be in serious need of a victory against the Wizards.
“The team has done a good job of staying together,” said Gordon. “We haven’t said die yet and we’re going to try and make a push for the playoffs.”