Recap: Chivas USA reserves vs Seattle Sounders reserves
CARSON, CA. (Sunday, October 23, 2011) – Chivas USA tied 3-3 versus the reserves league leading Seattle Sounders FC (25 points) in the final match of the MLS Reserve League at The Home Depot Center’s practice field #4 this Sunday morning. An early wake-up call for all as the Sounders FC opened up the scoring in the second minute and would have scored their three goals all within the first 14 minutes of play. However the Goats would not be denied and would counter with two goals of their own, one from Estupiñan and another from Spencer (Chivas USA Academy U18 player) all before the end of the first half. Once the second half kicked off both squads battled throughout the pitch with the Red and White taking the advantage in possession in Seattle’s final third of the pitch. Nearing the end of the match, goat Greg Vanney would score the equalizer in the 88th minute from a set piece just outside the box. Once again the Chivas USA youth academy players were prominently featured throughout the match alongside several trialists for the Goats. With his score, Victor Estupiñan netted his 5th goal in reserves league play placing him in a tie for 2th place for goal scorers. With this draw the Goats reserves record is now 3-3-4 placing them in 3rd place with 13 points in the West Division for the season of the MLS Reserves League.
The Sounders would send the Rojiblancos an early wakeup call as Pat Noonan, assisted by Mike Seamon dropped his second goal of the season in the 2nd minute, and just 2 minutes later Lamar Neagle assisted by Seamon as well would put Seattle up 2 nil. In the 14th minute Noonan would score his second of the match (third for the season) assisted by Michael Tetteh, giving the Sounders FC a 0-3 advantage.
Victor Estupiñan would open up the scoreboard for the Red and White on an assist from trialist Nicolas Dieuze in the 31st minute placing the score 1-3. Just eleven minutes later Chivas USA Youth Academy U18 player Ben Spencer, assisted by another Goats´ Youth U18 player Markie Delgado, would score his first career goal in MLS Reserves League.
Chivas USA´s defender Greg Vanney returned as center back for the Goats and in a big way. Just two minutes before the 90th minute and final whistle of the match, Vanney would put a free kick from just outside the box in the back of Seattle’s net, thus equalizing the match at 3-3.
The Red and White Youth Academy players once again had an opportunity to mix it up on the pitch and showcase their talent during this match. Markie Delgado and Ben Spencer would both start for the Goats and would play prominent roles in the hard-fought battle from behind for the Rojiblancos. In the second half Eric Gonzalez would also enter the match in the 67th subbing for Delgado. In addition Pablo Sandoval entered the match in the 77th minute for Ben Spencer.
With this tie, Chivas USA concludes reserves league play with a final record of 3-3-4 and third place in the west division for the MLS Reserves League 2011 season.
Chivas USA (3-3-4) vs Seattle Sounders FC (8-1-1)
October 23 2011 - The Home Depot Center – Field 4
Chivas USA 3 – 3 Seattle Sounders FC
SEA – Pat Noonan (Mike Seamon) 2
SEA – Lamar Neagle (Mike Seamon) 4
SEA – Pat Noonan (Michael Tetteh) 14
CHV – Victor Estupiñan (Nicolas Dieuze) 31
CHV – Ben Spencer (Marki Delgado) 42
CHV – Greg Vanney 88
Seattle Sounders FC – 35-Bryan Meredith (GK),4-Patrick Ianni, 5-Tyson Wahl, 8-Erik Friberg (38-Lopez 59), 14-Michael Tetteh, 16-David Estrada, 20-Zach Scott (36-Guzman 74), 22-Mike Seamon, 25-Pat Noonan, 26-Taylor Graham (Cpt), 27-Lamar Neagle (19-Sammy Ochoa 46).
Substitutes Not Used: 1-Andrew Dykstra.
Chivas USA – 30-Sergio Arias (GK), 19-Jorge Flores, 3-Greg Vanney, 2-Andrew Boyens (43-Nelson Akwari 46), 8-Mariano Trujillo, 38- Nicolas Dieuze, 11-Michael Lahoud, 36-Marki Delgado (39-Erik Gonzalez 67), 99-Victor Estupiñan, 26-Ben Spencer (37-Pablo Sandoval 73), 27-Christopher Cortez (24-Pablo Cruz 57)
Substitutes Not Used: 22-Zach Thornton
Referee: Daniel Radford
Referee's Assistants: Cesar Calderon; Christopher Calderon
4th Official: Jonathan Hughes
Time of Game: 1:46
Weather: Overcast and foggy, 63 degrees