Notes vs. Galaxy - October 3
- 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.
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 cdchivasusa.com.
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
USA – 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
of Game: 1:52