Preview: Chivas USA – San Jose Earthquakes
Chivas USA will face Western Conference rival the San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday at JELD-WEN Field in the team’s third and final match of the Portland tournament and of the preseason. So far in the tournament, the Red-and-White have one loss and one draw and will look for a win against the Earthquakes.
Chivas USA earned a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers in the team’s second match, and the first draw in the preseason. Cesar Romero opened the score in the 21st minute for Chivas USA, while Timbers defender Ryan Kawulok scored the equalizer in the 78th minute. Brazilian midfielder Allan Souza penetrated the Timbers' midfield from the right side of the pitch, and in the 21st minute crossed to Cesar Romero who barely reached the ball and placed it inside the net close to the right post of Portland's goalkeeper, Jake Gleeson, to score his fourth goal of the preseason.
San Jose comes into the match with two consecutive draws, the most recent with Swedish club AIK last Thursday. The scoreless match included the ejection of Earthquakes trialist Jef Zayner in the 60th minute. The Earthquakes currently hold a 2-1-4 (W-L-T) preseason record.
The last meeting between the two teams was on July 6, 2011, when Chivas USA took a 2-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center during the MLS regular season with goals from Ben Zemanski and Nick LaBrocca.
After this match, Chivas USA will return to Los Angeles and prepare for the team’s first match of the 2012 season on Sunday, March 11 against the 2011 MLS Cup runner-ups, the Houston Dynamo at The Home Depot Center. For the latest Chivas USA news, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa.