Notes vs. Galaxy - October 3

Chivas USA 1:2 LA Galaxy

October 3, 2010 vs. LA Galaxy Alan Gordon

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  • Chivas USA attempted a
    comeback but fell short in the second match of the Honda SuperClásico on
    Sunday, losing to the LA Galaxy by a 2-1 score. Edson Buddle and David Beckham
    gave the Galaxy the lead in the first half, while Alan Gordon struck back for
    the Red-and-White in the second half, scoring his first goal for the club.
  • The result leaves Chivas
    USA with a record 7-15-4 (W-L-T) on the season, and officially eliminates the
    team from the playoffs. The Galaxy improve to 16-6-5 in 2010, and maintain
    their first place position in the Western Conference. Added to their win
    earlier in the season, the Galaxy were able to capture the Honda SuperClásico
    trophy for the fifth time.
  • Both teams hit the
    woodwork early in the match, with a deflected shot from Giancarlo Maldonado in
    the 8th minute striking the post to Galaxy goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts’
    left and going out of play. Just one minute later, Buddle got behind the
    Red-and-White defense and shot over goalkeeper Zach Thornton, but the ball
    struck the crossbar and was then cleared.
  • The Galaxy took the lead
    in the 23rd minute, when Michael Stephens played a ball over the top of the
    Chivas defense. Buddle ran onto the ball and struck it with his first touch
    from just outside the box, finding the lower corner at the far post.
  • In the 39th minute,
    midfielder David Beckham doubled the Galaxy’s lead. Carlos Borja committed
    a foul just outside the box, and Beckham struck a free kick past the wall and
    just out of Thornton’s reach for his first goal of the season.
  • The Red-and-White
    introduced two new players at halftime, adding Jorge Flores and Rodolfo
    Espinoza in place of Maldonado and Zemanski, and the team responded with more
    chances and shots. Chivas finally broke through in the 63rd minute when a cross
    from captain Jonathan Bornstein found Alan Gordon, whose header was parried by
    Ricketts into the net. It was Gordon’s second goal of the season, and
    first in a Chivas USA uniform.
  • Chivas USA continued
    pushing forward and took a man advantage in the 76th minute when Eddie Lewis
    was ejected for stepping on Espinoza. The Red-and-White outshot the Galaxy 9-4
    in the second session, and 15-10 in the match.
  • Chivas
    USA Head Coach Martín Vásquez, on tonight’s match:
    “I’m disappointed with the result, but pleased with the second
    half, the effort especially. The response after being 2-0 down [was] we came
    out with a lot of energy, we created some chances… When you allow [their
    key players] space or let them get behind the line of defense, you’re
    going to be punished.”
  • The Red-and-White will take
    Monday off, and then will train Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 a.m. PT on
    Field 6 at The Home Depot Center before Saturday’s match.
  • Next home game:
    Chivas USA faces off against Toronto FC on Saturday, October 9 at 7:30
    p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or for tickets to
    the match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit  


USA (7-16-4) 1:2 LA Galaxy (16-6-5)

3, 2010 – The Home Depot Center


– Edson Buddle 15 (Michael Stephens 8) 23

– David Beckham 1 (unassisted) 39

– Alan Gordon 2 (Jonathan Bornstein 2) 63

Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Carlos Borja (Sal Zizzo
77), Ante Jazic, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Ben
Zemanski (Rodolfo Espinoza 46), Justin Braun, Alan Gordon, Giancarlo Maldonado
(Jorge Flores 46)

Not Used: Kevin Guppy, Yamith Cuesta, Jesús Padilla, Marcelo Saragosa

Galaxy –
Donovan Ricketts, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Sean
Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, David Beckham (Eddie Lewis 64), Chris Birchall (Alex Cazumba
85), Juninho, Michael Stephens, Edson Buddle (Tristan Bowen 89), Landon Donovan

Not Used: Josh Saunders, Jovan Kirovski, Mike Magee, Yohance Marshall


– Carlos Borja (caution; Tactical Foul) 38

– Rodolfo Espinoza (caution; Reckless Foul) 76

– Eddie Lewis (ejection; Violent Conduct) 76

– Michael Stephens (caution; Delaying a Restart) 89


Vasoli, Eric Boria


Attendance: 24,283

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Weather: Clear-and-73-degrees