Reserves tie 1-1 against Whitecaps

Red-and-White disputes first game in the Reserve League

Vancouver Reserve Game

Photo Credit: 
David Lindholm / Chivas USA

VANCOUVER, BC .- Chivas USA Reserves (0-0-1) tied 1-1 against the Vancouver Whitecaps Reserves at Empire Field on Sunday.

The home team had a chance to take an early lead in the seventh minute when Mouloud Akloul got his head on a corner kick from Philippe Davies, but the French defender sent his attempt wide of goal.

Chivas then had a chance on 13 minutes when Chris Cortez rushed Joe Cannon and deflected the ball to Victor Estupinan, but the young striker couldn¹t finish with an open net in front of him.

Vancouver took the lead in the 37th minute when Alex Morfaw sent Omar Salgado in a breakaway. The young striker showed poise beyond his years, waiting patiently for Zach Thornton to close in before lofting a delicate chip past him for a 1-0 lead.

The match was nearly level again two minutes into the second half as Cortez had a header opportunity two yards from net, but Cannon came up with an incredible save, robbing him with a low dive to preserve the lead as Michael Umana sent a follow-up header wide of goal.

Salgado looked for a second on 64 minutes when he lashed onto a ball at the op of the box, but substitute goalkeeper Sergio Arias did well to save his low strike before Long Tan poked the rebound just wide of net. Salgado had another chance three minutes later, heading a Davies corner kick on target, but not troubling Arias.

The visitors came close on 80 minutes as Cortez pounced on a ball in the box and slid a shot to the far post, but Cornelius Stewart was on hand to clear it off the line. However, with three minutes remaining Chivas found an equalizer when Francisco Mendoza fed Cortez down the right side. Cortez then roofed a shot past Cannon to tie the match at 1-1.

Scoring Summary
37¹ ­ VAN ­ Omar Salgado (Alex Morfaw)
87¹ ­ CHV ­ Chris Cortez (Francisco Mendoza)

Match Stats
Shots: Vancouver 18 ­ Chivas USA 12
Shots on Goal: Vancouver 6 ­ Chivas USA 10
Saves: Vancouver 9 ­ Chivas USA 5
Fouls: Vancouver 14 ­ Chivas USA 11
Corners: Vancouver 8 ­ Chivas USA 8
Offsides: Vancouver 1 ­ Chivas USA 5

56¹ ­ VAN ­ Philippe Davies

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves
1.Joe Cannon; 33.Nelson Castillo (36.Paris Gee 81¹), 3.Bilal Duckett,
50.Mouloud Akloul, 34.La'Vere Corbin-Ong; 39.Cornelius Stewart, 15. Davies,
Philippe, 27.Alexandre Morfaw, 16.Nizar Khalfan; 17.Omar Salgado, 23.Long

Subs not used - 24.Sean Melvin, 35.Alan Moyer , 30.Hector Garcia

Chivas USA Reserves
22.Zach Thornton (30.Sergio Arias 45¹); 20.Zarek Valentin (40.Artur Aghasyan
69¹), 4.Michael Umana, 16.Eriq Zavaleta, 38.Ian Hines-Ike; 6. Francisco
Mendoza, 8. Mariano Trujillo (24.Irving Garcia 81¹), 31.Bryan de la Fuente
(36.Chris Rodriguez 69¹), 14.Gerson Mayen; 99.Victor Estupinan, 27.Chris