Chivas USA beats Fresno Fuego 2-0 in first preseason scrimmage
TEMPLETON, Calif. (Tuesday, February 1, 2011) – Chivas USA played its first preseason scrimmage of 2011 on Tuesday morning, beating the Premier Development League’s Fresno Fuego 2-0, with goals coming from forwards Alan Gordon and Victor Estupiñan. The match was held just outside of Paso Robles Calif., where Chivas USA has been training for the past nine days. The Red-and-White fielded two separate teams in each half, with goalkeepers Sergio Arias and Kevin Guppy combining for the shutout.
Chivas USA dominated the early portions of the match, holding a large majority of possession throughout the first half. Midfielder Gerson Mayén was very active in the first 30 minutes, with a few shots on goal and several dangerous free-kicks. Chivas USA opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Alan Gordon headed in a cross from fellow striker Tristan Bowen.
Chivas USA again controlled the tempo and possession in the second half, but the Fuego had a few dangerous counter attacks, calling second-half goalkeeper Guppy into action to make some good saves. Victor Estupiñan, drafted 14th overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, entered the match in the 63rd minute and paired well with Alejandro Moreno to lead the Chivas USA attack. Estupiñan finished off the match’s scoring when he headed home a cross from defender Carlos Borja in the 80th minute.
The Red-and-White returned to Los Angeles after the match and will resume training at The Home Depot Center on Friday morning. The club’s next preseason scrimmage is on Monday, February 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes, also at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA 2:0 Fresno Fuego
Preseason Exhibition Match
February 1, 2011 – Templeton, Calif.
CHV – Alan Gordon (Tristan Bowen) 31
CHV – Victor Estupiñan (Carlos Borja) 80
Chivas USA (First Half) – Sergio Arias, Mariano Trujillo, Zarek Valentin, Jimmy Conrad, Ante Jazic, Paulo Nagamura, Ben Zemanski, Gerson Mayen (Jesús Padilla 31), Francisco Mendoza, Alan Gordon, Tristan Bowen
Chivas USA (Second Half) – Kevin Guppy, Carlos Borja, Michael Umaña, Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores (Bryan de la Fuente 70), Sal Zizzo, Michael Lahoud, Ernesto Carranza, Cesar Zamora, Jesús Padilla (Victor Estupiñan 63), Alejandro Moreno