Chivas USA 2:1 San Jose

Chivas USA extends undefeated streak with win over Earthquakes

Chivas USA Notes (2-1 vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 4/23/11)

  • With a goal by Mariano Trujillo, his first in Major League Soccer, and another one by Alejandro Moreno, Chivas USA defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, extending their unbeaten streak to four matches in front of 10,525 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • The Red-and-White (1-2-3) has now 6 points in the Western Conference and will play the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 30th, at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
  • Chivas USA had more possession during the match but it was the San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-2) that opened the score with a goal by Chris Wondolowski at the 16th minute, with assists by Khari Stephenson and Ramiro Corrales. The play originated in a corner kick and after the Red-and-White defense couldn’t clear the ball effectively, Wondolowski headed home a flicked pass from Stephenson at close range.
  • The Red-and-White had various opportunities to tie the match but it wasn’t until seconds before the halftime whistle that the Rojiblancos could score on a freekick by Heath Pearce. Alejandro Moreno got a slight touch on a header that beat Jon Busch for the 1-1 just before halftime. “I touched the ball. It was a perfect ball [by Pearce]. It was an important goal for us, in an important moment,” said Moreno after the match.
  • Chivas USA had more opportunities but was unable to score until Trujillo picked up a rebound inside the box at the 85th minute on a brilliant play by Justin Braun. “I got the ball in space. The coaches have told me to kind of run at people when I get in. I did that, I tried to put a shot on frame and keep it low. The save was made but Mariano got the rebound. It was a huge win for us. It’s great to get a win, the team is very excited,” said Braun.
  • Head Coach Robin Fraser on the match: “The win was going to come. I’m more happy for the guys because they’ve worked incredibly hard in the last four months so for them to come and to get the first win on the road it’s a huge a testament to what they have done.” It was Chivas USA’s first win of the season after accumulating a three straight ties, one at home and two on the road.
  • Chivas USA’s next home game will be against the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Tickets start at $15 by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or by visiting cdchivasusa.com.
  • Next home game: Chivas USA hosts the New England Revolution on Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or for tickets to any Chivas USA match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.

Chivas USA 2:1 San Jose Earthquakes
April 23, 2011 – Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
SJ -- Chris Wondolowski 3 (Khari Stephenson 1, Ramiro Corrales 1) 16
CHV -- Alejandro Moreno 2 (Heath Pearce 1) 46+
CHV -- Mariano Trujillo 1 (unassisted) 85

Misconduct Summary:
SJ -- Sam Cronin (caution; Reckless Tackle) 20

Lineups:
Chivas USA -- Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin, Andrew Boyens, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Ben Zemanski (Mariano Trujillo 61), Simon Elliott, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores (Michael Umana 88), Marcos Mondaini (Justin Braun 60), Alejandro Moreno.

Substitutes Not Used: Victor Estupinan, Gerson Mayen, Francisco Mendoza, Zach Thornton.

San Jose Earthquakes -- Jon Busch, Chris Leitch, Jason Hernandez, Brandon McDonald, Ramiro Corrales, Khari Stephenson (Anthony Ampaipitakwong 55), Sam Cronin, Simon Dawkins (Steven Lenhart 80), Chris Wondolowski, Bobby Convey, Scott Sealy (Ryan Johnson 64).

Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Burling, Ike Opara, Brad Ring, Andrew Weber.

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee's Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Fotis Bazakos
Time of Game: 1:51
Attendance: 10,525