Chivas USA 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Midfielder Nick LaBrocca is the Red-and-White leading goal scorer

Zarek Valentin San Jose

Photo Credit: 
Juan Miranda / Chivas USA

Chivas USA Notes –  (2-0 Win vs. Chicago Fire, The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, 7/06/11)

  • Chivas USA defeated San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Wednesday evening before 9,425 fans. Midfielder Ben Zemanski with an impressive long-distance shot, scored his second goal of the season, and gave the lead to the Red-and-White at the 64th minute, while Nick LaBrocca, with his fifth goal of the season, just six minutes before the end of the game and assisted by substitute Francisco Mendoza, placed himself as the leading goal scorer for the Goats.
  • The Red-and-White broke a four-game winless run and moves its season’s record to 5-7-6 with 21 points, and occupies the sixth place in the Western Conference. Chivas USA now will hit the road to face Sporting Kansas City this coming Saturday at the Livestrong Sporting Park. The match will kick off at 4:30 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on Galavision and W Radio 690 AM. For information on the game, please visit cdchivasusa.com.

THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:

CHIVAS USA - Head Coach Robin Fraser

On game: “Overall, we are certainly pleased to get the three points. For us, it was great. I thought the beginning was a little bit slow and our movement wasn’t great today and we talked about it in halftime and it got a lot sharper in the second half so we were able to create a few more quality chances. It was a good sign for me that as the game went on, we got better and we’re definitely happy with the result.”

On the shutout: “I think our defenders really answered the challenge and made great decisions tonight and as a result of it, we were able to prevent too many dangerous opportunities and we’re extremely excited about the shutout.”

On key substitutions: “Tonight was a great example of the strength of our team where we’re able to put players on and put players off and have no drop in play and have a play continue, and at times even get better. I’m extremely proud of the guys who came off the bench, as well as those who have not been necessarily in the starting group, they’re still highly competitive, work extremely hard, and I think that gives our team credit.”

CHIVAS USA - Midfielder Ben Zemanski

On his goal: “I knew when Justin was driving forward, I knew their back force was backing off and I was able to find some space and touch forward, looked at the goal, and fortunately, it went in.”

On the shutout: “We set out before the game to keep a shutout. It was important for us to do that today and earning three points at home is huge for us and hopefully we can keep it going.”

On coming off the bench: “Whenever you’re on the field, you do everything you can to contribute to the team and keep focused on what we’re trying to do. The mindset stays the same regardless if you start off on the bench or on the field.”

CHIVAS USA - Midfielder Nick LaBrocca

On becoming a goal scorer: “The effort is on the team, there isn’t just one guy. I feel like our locker room is full of many leaders but collectively everyone steps up and takes part of a leadership role and I feel as if that’s going to carry us on through the season.”

On his goal: “You can get lucky from time to time but it’s that extra sharpness and chemistry that will make scoring goals easier. On that play, Panchito and I had a good connection there.”

CHIVAS USA - Midfielder Francisco “Panchito” Mendoza

On coming off the bench: “Due to some circumstances, I haven’t been able to be in the starting line-up like I’ve wanted to, but we have to be at the coach’s disposition and today, I was able to play 20 minutes, of which I think I did well. At the end of the day, the three points helps us all and it’s the best for the team. Personally, I felt satisfied with how I contributed with the assist. We have to keep working, feeling good, and always at a 100%.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - Head Coach Frank Yallop:

On the result: “Well obviously a disappointing result for us. I think both teams struggled in the first half. We had a chance in the second half where we could have scored, but I think a lot of our guys just had off nights. We looked a little tired, and for whatever reason we just weren’t at the races today. It was disappointing, so we just got to gather our thoughts and get ready for the weekend.”

On team’s performance: “To be honest, I thought the first half was really poor; no life in it.  Maybe it’s from the weekend games, and our travel on top of that sort of adds to the tiredness.  But we, or me myself, don’t make excuses about why we don’t play well.  For whatever reason we just couldn’t string it together.  We could have played better than we did for sure, because we didn’t play well at all.  It was unlike us and that was the frustrating part for me, it was unlike us to play so poorly.”

On how much of an affect the three lineup changes had on the result: “I think all of us collectively struggled tonight.  Guys that played in the weekend, guys that had come in to the team, it was just one of those nights.  It’s very frustrating to sit and watch because I felt if we could just put our game together a little bit, I felt we could get something out of the match.  But we couldn’t.  We couldn’t even string any passes together, other than a spell of ten minutes at the start of the second half.  But for a ninety minute game, it’s not enough.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - Forward Chris Wondolowski:

On if he felt the team was disjointed?: “Yeah, absolutely.  To be honest, I think both offensively and defensively our whole team was on a different page from each other.  We couldn’t connect any passes, and couldn’t defend well together as a team defensively.  That’s never a good formula for success.  Offensively I felt that we had opportunities to try to exploit them and be dangerous, but we couldn’t do that. 

Was it just a ‘bad night’?: “I think it’s just one of those games that’s a one-off.  I still think our team is doing well and is headed in the right direction, tonight was just one of those off-nights, but it’s a quick turnaround and we want to get out there and try to get a win as soon as possible.”

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES - Defender Tim Ward:

On making his season debut: “Yeah, it was definitely exciting for me. I’ve been out for such a long time. It was a little unexpected but you want to play as many games as you can, and play every time you’re available.  So to play the first time I was back in the team was a big positive for me.”

On the result: “It was just a tough game for us, for whatever reason.  It seemed like we could never get a hold of the ball, and they were good with the ball.  We were just losing it on our first and second pass way too often, and I think that’s been one of our better points this season- keeping the ball.  But today it just didn’t go our way.”

Chivas USA (5-7-6) vs San Jose Earthquakes (5-6-6)
July 6, 2011- The Home Depot Center
Scoring Summary:
CHV -- Ben Zemanski 2 (Justin Braun 2) 64
CHV -- Nick LaBrocca 5 (Francisco Mendoza 1) 84
Misconduct Summary:
SJ -- Steven Lenhart (caution; Simulation) 60
Lineups:
San Jose Earthquakes --
Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour (Tim Ward 45), Jason Hernandez, Chris Leitch, Ramiro Corrales, Sam Cronin (Omar Jasseh 77), Brad Ring, Joey Gjertsen (Simon Dawkins 46), Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart.
Substitutes Not Used: Ellis McLoughlin, Scott Sealy, Khari Stephenson, Andrew Weber.
Chivas USA -- Dan Kennedy, Michael Lahoud, Michael Umana, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Blair Gavin (Francisco Mendoza 74), Nick LaBrocca, Simon Elliott, Jorge Flores (Ben Zemanski 58), Justin Braun, Victor Estupinan.
Substitutes Not Used: Andrew Boyens, Chris Cortez, Marcos Mondaini, Mariano Trujillo, Zach Thornton.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: -Fabio Tovar; Ian Anderson
4th Official: Juan Guzman
Attendance: 9,425
Weather: Clear and 75 degrees