Notes vs. Colorado - September 4, 2010

3-0 loss at the Colorado Rapids, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.

USA fell victim to three second half goals, including two from forward
Omar Cummings, as the Red-and-White fell 3-0 to the Colorado Rapids on
Saturday night in Commerce City, Colo.

  • The
    Red-and-White employed a new-look lineup, with Jonathan Bornstein
    (right hip) and Giancarlo Maldonado (right hamstring) both missing the
    match after picking up knocks midweek in Seattle. Justin Braun and
    Darío Delgado were rested, beginning the match on the bench, and Yamith
    Cuesta, Jesús Padilla, Michael Lahoud and Alan Gordon all making the
    starting lineup.
  • Chivas
    USA played the Rapids evenly in the first half, with the best chance
    for either team coming very early, when a Paulo Nagamura header after
    good passing from Jesús Padilla and Alan Gordon was tipped over the bar
    by Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
  • Colorado got on the board in the 52nd minute when Conor Casey scored his 9th
    goal of the season, tapping home a rebound from close range after
    Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton couldn’t hold a shot from Mehdi
  • Chivas
    USA introduced a pair of subs to spark the offense after the goal, as
    Braun and Sal Zizzo both entered the match just before the 60th
    minute. Colorado was able to counter with its second goal of the night,
    when Cummings received a pass from Ballouchy and dribbled through the
    Chivas defense to score a great individual effort in minute 68.
  • Cummings capped the night’s scoring in the 81st
    minute with another solo effort, this time coming down the left side of
    the field and hitting a low shot past Thornton in the Chivas USA goal.
    With the loss, the Red-and-White fall to 6-12-4 on the season,
    remaining in last place in the Western Conference.
  • Chivas USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez,
    on tonight’s match: “[Initially] the plan was working. I thought we
    could’ve taken a couple of chances in the first half better, but then
    the first goal mentally affected us. Then Colorado… got the momentum,
    we couldn’t shake it off, and they went after us and they finished the
  • The
    Red-and-White travel to Los Angeles on Sunday morning and will have
    Monday off before returning to training on Tuesday morning at The Home
    Depot Center. Please contact Chivas USA Communications for the most
    up-to-date team schedule.
  • 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 visit  


Chivas USA 0:3 Colorado Rapids

September 4, 2010 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park


Scoring Summary:

COL – Conor Casey 9 (unassisted) 52

COL – Omar Cummings 7 (Mehdi Ballouchy 5) 68

COL – Omar Cummings 8 (unassisted) 81


Chivas USA
– Zach Thornton, Ante Jazic, Yamith Cuesta, Michael Umaña, Mariano
Trujillo, Michael Lahoud (Justin Braun 59), Ben Zemanski, Paulo
Nagamura,  Rodolfo Espinoza (Sal Zizzo 58) , Jesús Padilla (Jorge Flores 74), Alan Gordon


Substitutes not used: Kevin Guppy, Carlos Borja, Darío Delgado, Marcelo Saragosa


Colorado Rapids
– Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Julien Baudet (Scott Palguta 85), Drew
Moor, Anthony Wallace, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo
Mastroeni, Jamie Smith, Conor Casey (Andre Akpan 77), Omar Cummings
(Quincy Amarikwa 83)


Substitutes not used: Ian Joyce, Danny Earls, Claudio Lopez, Wells Thompson


Chivas USA

Colorado Rapids

total shots:


(Paulo Nagamura 1)


(Conor Casey 5)

shots on goal:


(Paulo Nagamura 1)


(Conor Casey 4)



(Yamith Cuesta 3)


(Conor Casey 2)



(5 tied with 1)


corner kicks:


(Rodolfo Espinoza 6)


(Jamie Smith 5)



(Zach Thornton 6)


 (Matt Pickens 1)


Misconduct Summary:

CHV – Alan Gordon (caution; Reckless Foul) 40

CHV – Yamith Cuesta (caution; Reckless Foul) 61


Referee: Michael Kennedy

Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland, Eric Proctor

4th Official:  Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 10,312

Temperature: Partly cloudy and 85 degrees.


All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial