Post-game reactions: Chivas USA 1-1 Chicago Fire

Coach Fraser, Dan Kennedy & Jorge Flores talk about the match

Jorge Flores Chicago

Photo Credit: 
Juan Miranda / Chivas USA

Chivas USA Notes - (1-1 tie vs. Chicago Fire, The Home Depot Center, Carson, CA, 7/02/11)

  • Chivas USA and Chicago Fire tied 1-1 on Saturday evening before 15,152 fans. Midfielder Dominic Oduro scored and gave the lead to Chicago Fire at the 26th minute. The equalizer came very early in the second period through Chivas USA’s midfielder Nick Labrocca who scored his fourth goal of the season, assisted by defender Michael Lahoud.
  • With the tie, the Red-and-White season’s record moves to 4-7-6 and occupies the eighth place with 18 points in the Western Conference. Chivas USA prepares now to face San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center on Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. PT on Fox Sports West and W Radio 690 AM. For tickets or information on the game, please visit cdchivasusa.com or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1.
  • Chivas USA was missing Alejandro Moreno who is on international duty with Venezuela for the Copa America tournament.

THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:

CHIVAS USA - Head Coach Robin Fraser

On game: “I thought we started off tentatively; played a little bit nervous early, too many turnovers. We certainly have been emphasizing performance and execution and that sort of thing in front of our goals. I think the guys came out a little bit tight tonight and it took us about 30 minutes to settle down and once we settled down, we had some very good moments again.”

On the equalizer: "A number of guys did quite well as we started to play, we made one or two mistakes and we found ourselves down but full credit to the team for coming out of the locker room with a very aggressive mentality and getting an early strike to tie the game up. From there, I think we did pretty well for most of the half in finding some decent chances. Overall, it was fair; at times it was good, and at other times it wasn’t good enough.”

On how to improve: “I think we need to talk about where we are today and what we’re doing and keep working with these things and get better and better and more precise. I thought we created a few decent chances tonight and maybe could’ve done better with but for us it’s a continual work in progress.”

CHIVAS USA - Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy

On game: “I felt like we were good enough in the second half to come away with a win. But for the first 30 minutes, we weren’t as good with the ball as we usually are and that gave them [Chicago] their own counterattacking opportunities.”

On getting better: “As a group, we’re still putting it all together; we’re leaving it all on the field and I think fans can see how good we can be. We’re working to get where we need to be for 90 minutes and we’re so close, I really feel like we are. It’ll happen for us. It’s about building and it’s about moving forward and it’s about getting better each game.”

CHIVAS USA - Midfielder Jorge Flores

On game: “We’re in the middle of the tournament and we’re almost getting to where we want to, we’re on the right path and there are lots of good things ahead for the team.”

CHICAGO FIRE - Interim Head Coach Frank Klopas

On the result: “A tale of two different halves, obviously. For the first half we had a very good forty-five minutes. We had four clear opportunities to maybe put the game away, and we didn’t. When you do that, the other team hangs around. I felt that the game should have been won in the first half. The second half was a different game. We came out, we gave up the fast goal; we didn’t start quick enough. I just think in the second half they pushed us, they were the better team and in the end it’s a fair result.”

On how the team has improved under his leadership: “It’s a work in progress. I think you can see certain things that have gotten better, but you need to still keep working in the final third, getting opportunities. It’s easy to say, but [we have to] finish more of the chances we get. We make it hard on ourselves sometimes. We need more focus to start the second half. But look, we limit opposing teams to one goal, and with the chances we had, we have to be able to put some of those away and get three points.”

CHICAGO FIRE - Forward Dominic Oduro:

On the eight game undefeated streak: “I think we are defending very well. We found things that were creating problems for us, and we’ve been able to solve them. Eight games without a defeat, but at the same time we’re not winning. That’s something that we have to flip over and try to win games. We’re doing well, we’re creating chances, but at the same time we have to finish our games. It’s all about winning, we have to get back on the gear of winning, and hopefully we will.

Does the tie feel like dropped points? “Personally, I’m disappointed in myself, I think I should done better to help my team. I had a couple breakaways and I think I should have been patient and put the ball in the net. That being said, I think we came out in the second half a bit mentally slow. We conceded an early goal which killed our momentum a little bit. But at the end of the day, we didn’t lose and there’s still room for improvement until the last game, and I think that’s probably what we’ll do.”

On how he was able to find so much space: “We knew they were going to step high, so the whole thing was to try to sneak in between, and we were able to do that a couple of times. We just have to finish chances, and personally I hold myself accountable to that.”

CHICAGO FIRE - Goalkeeper Sean Johnson

On which of his saves stands out as the biggest: “Overall I just tried to do the best I could to keep my team in it. In the first half it was Jorge Flores who got in, and I was able to close the angle down. It was a crucial time, it was 1-0, and the momentum was shifting in their favor, so it was the most important at that time to make that save.”

On the result as a whole: “Overall I think the effort tonight was good. We’re still just a step off from coming up with three points. We’re disappointed, but at the same time we’re moving forward, and we have to keep positive. We’re happy that we haven’t lost in the past eight games, but it’s bittersweet, since we’ve only won once [in those eight]. It’s important at this point of the season to pick up points when the opportunity is there, and I think we’ve had opportunities in the last few games where we could have picked up three points, and we’re disappointed to come away short.”

On LaBrocca’s goal: “He just got the ball and he struck it well. I tried my best to extend and push it over, but hats off to him, he struck it really well and it gave me a lot of trouble going back. It was a good goal.”
  
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Chivas USA (4-7-6) vs Chicago Fire (2-4-12)
July 2, 2011- The Home Depot Center
Scoring Summary:
CHI -- Dominic Oduro 5 (Patrick Nyarko 3) 26
CHV -- Nick LaBrocca 4 (Michael Lahoud 1) 46
Misconduct Summary:
CHI -- Marco Pappa (caution; Tactical Foul) 55
CHV -- Michael Lahoud (caution; Tactical Foul) 67
Lineups:
Chicago Fire -- Sean Johnson, Jalil Anibaba, Yamith Cuesta (Josip Mikulic 62), Cory Gibbs, Gonzalo Segares, Patrick Nyarko, Dominic Oduro, Logan Pause, Baggio Husidic, Marco Pappa (Cristian Nazarit 64), Diego Chaves (Orr Barouch 74).
Substitutes Not Used: Corben Bone, Bratislav Ristic, Michael Videira, Jon Conway.
Chivas USA -- Dan Kennedy, Michael Lahoud (Mariano Trujillo 89), Michael Umana, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Paulo Nagamura (Ben Zemanski 77), Simon Elliott, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores, Justin Braun, Marcos Mondaini (Victor Estupinan 64).
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Cortez, Blair Gavin, Francisco Mendoza, Zach Thornton.
Referee: Andrew Chapin
Referee's Assistants: Greg Barkey; Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Ricardo Salazar
Attendance: 15,152
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Sunny and 73 degrees