Game Notes: Chivas USA 1:1 Toronto FC
- The Red-and-White came out firing, and got their first lead of the season when Jorge Flores won a ball at the top of the box and played it toward the penalty spot. Moreno, who was serving as captain for Chivas USA, got to the ball before the TFC defenders and flicked home for the lead.
- The team could have then gone up by another goal or two, with the Red-and-White earning several good chances in the opening 25 minutes of the match. Justin Braun had a pair of headers go wide, while Marcos Mondaini and Jorge Flores were also dangerous.
- However, it was Toronto who scored next, when Jacob Peterson played a perfect free kick to former Chivas USA striker Alan Gordon, who moved to TFC in exchange for Nick LaBrocca at the end of preseason, and the forward’s header beat Dan Kennedy to tie the game.
- The second half was dominated by the Red-and-White, but the best chance came to another ex-Chivas USA striker in Maicon Santos, who missed wide under pressure from Andrew Boyens after dribbling past Kennedy.
- Nick LaBrocca, facing his former club, as well as Braun, saw shots from distance saved by Frei, and Boyens also struck one from distance that the TFC goalkeeper was able to hold.
- Stefan Frei had a strong game in goal for Toronto FC, as Chivas USA outshot Toronto 12-7, and had six shots on goal in the second half, compared to Toronto’s one. Frei finished with six saves, while Kennedy had two for Chivas USA.
- Kennedy, Boyens, and Flores all made their first MLS appearances of 2011, and Moreno was the team’s captain for the first time in his career. Moreno’s goal was his first for the Red-and-White, and came a week after scoring for Venezuela against Jamaica while on international duty.
- The team returns to Los Angeles later on Saturday and will practice from Tuesday to Friday at The Home Depot Center before taking on the Columbus Crew next Saturday at The Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. PT.
- Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser, on tonight’s match: “Without a doubt, I think a point on the road you have to look at and say you’re satisfied with that. Having said that, we felt like we had enough possession that we could’ve created more chances and we probably could’ve done a little bit better with some of the chances we had.” More from players and Fraser can be found on cdchivasusa.com.
- Next home game: Chivas USA hosts the Columbus Crew next Saturday, April 9 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 1:1 Toronto FC
April 2, 2011 – BMO Field
CHV – Alejandro Moreno 1 (unassisted) 3
TFC – Alan Gordon 1 (Jacob Peterson 1) 36
Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Heath Pearce, Mike Lahoud, Andrew Boyens, Ante Jazic, Nick LaBrocca, Marcos Mondaini (Gerson Mayén 67), Ben Zemanski, Jorge Flores, Justin Braun (Victor Estupiñan 86), Alejandro Moreno
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Sergio Arias, Seth Owusu, Francisco Mendoza
TOTAL SHOTS: 12 (Braun 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 8 (Braun 3); FOULS: 18 (Moreno 4); OFFSIDE: 0; CORNER KICKS: 4 (LaBrocca 3); SAVES: Kennedy 2
Toronto FC – Stefan Frei, Danleigh Borman, Nana Attakora (Dicoy Williams 65), Adrian Cann, Ty Harden, Tony Tchani, Maicon Santos, Jacob Peterson (Julian de Guzman 46), Javier Martina, Alan Gordon, Alen Stevanovic (Joao Plata 70)
Substitutes Not Used: Milos Kocic, Oscar Cordon, Dan Gargan, Ashtone Morgan
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Santos 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (3 tied with 1); FOULS: 10 (Tchani 3); OFFSIDE: 5 (Gordon 2, Martina 2); CORNER KICKS: 3 (3 tied with 1); SAVES: Frei 6
TFC – Julian de Guzman (Caution, Reckless Foul) 89
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: Ian Anderson, Frank Anderson
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Sunny, 50 degrees