Top Five Plays for Chivas USA in 2010: Braun vs. San Jose
As the off-season begins, cdchivasusa.com is counting down the top five plays of the Goats 2010 season, in no particular order.
After all five plays are posted, fans will be asked to vote for your favorite and help name Chivas USA’s top play of the season!
Top Play #2: Braun Header Caps Fantastic Team Effort
It was the fourth game of the season and striker Justin Braun was still looking for his first goal of 2010.
“As a forward, you definitely want to score early to get that pressure off you,” said Braun. “Once you start scoring, it seems like more goals come. Once you get that first one, you get the confidence that you can score and help the team.”
He got that first goal on April 24th against the San Jose Earthquakes. The second half had just started, and the game was hanging in the balance, knotted at 1-1.
Jonathan Bornstein beat his man on the left flank, and sent a dangerous ball across the box to Mariano Trujillo. Trujillo quickly sent a cross into the six-yard box and Braun rose up high to direct a powerful header in off the post, leaving the scrambling Joe Cannon with no chance.
Watch Braun’s goal:
Looking back on his goal nearly six months later, Braun could still picture it vividly.
“It was a good team goal,” he said. “Mariano put a good ball across the box, and I was fortunate to get my head on it and kind of direct it towards goal.”
Because so much of the team was involved in the buildup to the goal, it gave the team a special kind of lift, remembered Braun.
“I think it built a lot of confidence for the team,” he said. “Anytime you score a goal, the team gets that little lift and gets energized. But when everyone is involved in the goal like that, it helps even more. We get that belief that we can do it. This is a possession style team and when we get goals from possession it gives us a real belief in our system.”
Visibly pumped up after finishing the play, Braun hurdled over the advertisement boards and leaped up onto the wall in the Union Ultras section. The fans converged on him, patting him on the back, cheering wildy and yelling encouragements.
“That was kind of spur of the moment thing,” Braun recalled fondly. “The Ultras are always there supporting us, and giving us their all. So I thought it would be nice to go over there and celebrate with them.”
After he came down off the wall, he was surrounded by nearly the entire team.
“It’s always good when the team gets involved to help you celebrate,” said Braun. “Everyone was involved in the play, so everyone should be celebrating, not just the guy that finished the goal.”
What do you think about Braun’s goal? Should it be named the Play of 2010? What other plays are you expecting to see in the next three? Leave a comment below!