Keys to victory
After an almost three weeks of MLS absence, Chivas USA returns to The Home Depot Center this Saturday, June 16. Although there was a league-wide international break, the Goats started their participation in the 99th Annual U.S. Lamar Hunt Open Cup, kicking off contention on May 29. In the last few games, the Goats has been faced with some of the top leading teams in the league and have surprised many, and will now face yet another league leader this weekend. Coach Robin Fraser and forward Juan Pablo Angel spoke about the three key things for a Chivas USA win against Real Salt Lake.
Since May 13th, Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser has leaded the Goats to a seven consecutive unbeaten streak in all competitions. In just MLS competition, the team has been undefeated since the Sunday, May 13 match vs San Jose Earthquakes, when, starting in this match, the Goats would face the league leading teams in the next four games, teams that included Galaxy, New York and Seattle. During the break, Chivas would continue their streak in Open Cup, taking victories against PSL side Ventura County Fusion and USL club Carolina RailHawks.
“Any successes you have, lead to some confidence and I think we were able to gain some confidence and belief over the time period,” said Coach Fraser. “I think we’ve had some decent results in the MLS and now we just need to grow and grow, so certainly feel like we’re moving in the right direction.”
Adaptation of new acquisitions
The acquisitions of defender Danny Califf and forwards Jose Correa and Juan Agudelo have changed the team completely and the MLS break have helped the new players adapt to their new team. In his first two games, Colombian Jose Correa scored two goals, both of which lead the team to earn four points. Meanwhile, Califf’s presence in the backline has been strong, helping the team be among the top four in the league. Agudelo has also proven his talent, notching his first goal with Chivas USA in the team’s last MLS match before the break in a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders.
As most of us remember, Chivas USA took the last victory in the rivalry, a very tough fought match that with a single goal by MLS SuperDraft pick Casey Townsend in the 72nd minute, helped the team to its third win at Rio Tinto Stadium with the heroics of goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
“It wasn’t out biggest win and it probably won’t happen the way it did again but it’s one of those things that happen in the sport,” said forward Juan Pablo Angel. “We know we’re facing one of the better teams in the league and I’m sure they’re going to be coming here looking for revenge on the last game so we got to be ready for that, mentally and physically.”
Coach Robin Fraser has been vocal about facing his old team, stating that it’s just like any other match, nothing special about facing Real Salt Lake.
“Every week you face, you try and go out and prove something. It’s a competitive group and they’re a competitive team and I certainly think we are as well, so this should make for a very good game,” Fraser finalized.