Game Notes: Chivas USA 0:0 Vancouver Whitecaps
- Chivas USA extended its unbeaten streak to three games with the team’s third consecutive draw as the Red-and-White tied the Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 on Saturday afternoon in Vancouver. The result moves Chivas USA to 0-2-3 (W-L-T) in 2011 as the team prepares for another road match next Saturday at the San Jose Earthquakes.
- Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy kept his second straight shutout and lowered his goals-against-average to just 0.33 on the season, and made a huge save in the final minutes of the match, denying Vancouver sub Nizar Khalfan from close range with a reaction stop.
- Red-and-White midfielder Simon Elliott saw his first minutes in the Chivas USA stripes, starting in a holding midfield role and playing the full 90 minutes. The New Zealand international made several key defensive plays and was a composed, solid force in the middle of the field.
- Another Chivas USA midfielder, Paulo Nagamura, made his 2011 debut when he entered the match in 60th minute for Ben Zemanski. Both Nagamura (calf strain) and Elliott (knee sprain) had been out so far this season due to injuries.
- Chivas USA had several chances to score, with headers by Marcos Mondaini and Ante Jazic both being cleared off the line. On the other end of the field Vancouver’s Wes Knight had two chances, first hitting the post and then having another shot cleared off the line by Elliott. Whitecaps striker Peter Hassli also hit the post with a low shot in the first half.
- The Chivas USA Reserves will make their debut in the MLS Reserve Division tomorrow morning here in Vancouver, taking on the Whitecaps Reserves in a closed-door game. Several players from the Chivas USA Under-18 Team will participate in the match; check cdchivasusa.com later on Sunday for the result and information, or follow @cdchivasusa on Twitter for updates.
- The team returns to Los Angeles late on Sunday and will practice from Tuesday to Thursday at The Home Depot Center before traveling to San Jose on Friday for Saturday’s match against the San Jose Earthquakes.
- Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser, on tonight’s match: “For a team that’s young and building, we certainly still see positives, and we see more and more positives every week. I think a negative that we see out of ourselves is that we continue to make individual mental and somewhat physical mistakes as well and give up dangerous chances. Outside of that, I felt like it was a pretty good performance for us in a lot of ways.” More from players and Fraser can be found on 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 0:0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
April 16, 2011 – Empire Field
Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Michael Lahoud (Zarek Valentin 46), Andrew Boyens, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Ben Zemanski (Paulo Nagamura 60), Simon Elliott, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores (Francisco Mendoza 75), Marcos Mondaini, Alejandro Moreno
Substitutes Not Used: Justin Braun, Victor Estupiñan, Gerson Mayén, Zach Thornton
Vancouver Whitecaps – Jay Nolly, Jonathan Leathers, Michael Boxall, Alain Rochat, Blake Wagner, Wes Knight (Omar Salgado 83), Jeb Brovsky, Kevin Harmse, Davide Chiumiento (Nizar Khalfan 68), Eric Hassli (Long Tan 80), Camilo
Substitutes Not Used: Mouloud Akloul, Philippe Davies, Bilal Duckett, Joe Cannon
VAN -- Jeb Brovsky (caution; Reckless Tackle) 55
VAN -- Eric Hassli (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64
CHV -- Nick LaBrocca (caution; Tactical Foul) 67
VAN -- Michael Boxall (caution; Tactical Foul) 86
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee's Assistants: Fabio Tovar; Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Partly Cloudy-and-50-degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial