Chivas USA reserves take 5-0 win over Loyola Marymount University

Estupiñan scores a hat trick; Fraser & Vanney take the field

CARSON, Calif. (Tuesday, March 22, 2011) - Because Chivas USA’s first MLS reserve game isn’t until April 10, the team’s staff is taking it upon themselves to schedule scrimmages for their reserves. On Tuesday afternoon, the Red-and-White beat Loyola Marymount University 5-0 in an exhibition at The Home Depot Center’s Track and Field Stadium.

The match was a great chance for substitutes and reserves from Saturday’s season opener against Sporting Kansas City to see game action. It was also a good experience for the local college team, and a chance for them to play against professional opposition as part of their spring preseason.

Chivas USA lined up in their 4-1-4-1 formation, with Dan Kennedy in goal. Because the team is missing three centerbacks to international duty (Andrew Boyens with New Zealand, Michael Umana with Costa Rica, and Zarek Valentin with the USA U-20s) assistant coach Greg Vanney suited up, paired with Seth Owusu in the center of defense.

The thirty-six year old coach, an MLS original who earned 36 caps for the US National Team, looked just as comfortable on the field playing as he does coaching. Head Coach Robin Fraser eventually joined Vanney, appearing for the final 20 minutes of the match and creating an impressive defensive pairing.

Although not many MLS coaches could transition so easily from coaching to playing, the big story of Tuesday’s match had to be rookie Victor Estupiñan. The Ecuadorian forward scored a hat-trick, with two clinical finishes in the first half and one in the second.

Winger Tristan Bowen also had a great game, building on his active performance as a substitute in the season opener. Switching from the left to right wing throughout the match, Bowen finished with one goal and two assists.

Veteran Mariano Trujillo scored in the 53rd minute, after bringing down a great long ball from left-back Jorge Flores. Moments later, Trujillo (who played as both a midfielder and defender during the match) played a great through-ball to Estupiñan, who rounded the keeper to complete his hat trick.

Chivas USA controlled the game throughout, and coach Fraser will surely be pleased with the amount of possession the team had in the final third. The Goats turned that possession into a good number of chances, finishing nearly all of them.

Midfielder Blair Gavin had an encouraging first half, providing steady play in the center of the field and occasionally venturing to the wing. The second year playmaker is returning to full fitness and showed some of the creative and skillful play that made him a fan favorite last season.

Scoring Summary:
CHV: Victor Estupiñan (Tristan Bowen) 14
CHV: Tristan Bowen 37
CHV: Victor Estupiñan (Tristan Bowen) 42
CHV: Mariano Trujillo (Jorge Flores) 53
CHV: Victor Estupiñan (Mariano Trujillo) 55

Chivas USA (4-1-4-1): Dan Kennedy (Sergio Arias 60); Michael Lahoud, Greg Vanney, Seth Owusu, Jorge Flores; Mariano Trujillo; Gerson Mayen, Blair Gavin (Artur Aghasyan 46), Tristan Bowen, Jesús Padilla; Victor Estupiñan (Robin Fraser 67)