Takeaway points: D.C. United
1. Passing and possession
It was a tough result for the team, but Chivas was the more dangerous team on the field Sunday night against D.C. United. According to Opta Stats, the Goats maintained 58 percent of the ball possession, won 47 duels (compared to D.C.’s 37) and completed 86 percent of their passes.
“We kept a lot possession, especially for playing on the road,” said midfielder Nick LaBrocca. “It was a good defensive effort, and we limited their chances. We just have to use that possession in our advantage, so that we can put one in the net. It was a positive adjustment for us. They came out firing and had us under a lot of pressure, but we settled into the game, and we were able to work our way in it and get that possession.”
2. Halftime fuel
The Goats came back out for the second half with a whole new perspective. In the second half, Chivas had six shots, double the amount that LaBrocca and Smith had created in the first half. Midfielder Miller Bolaños had three shots and drew three fouls, rookie Casey Townsend had two shots, and late sub Jose Correa created one scoring opportunity.
“This is soccer and in the end, goals make the difference. Both teams had good chances, but it was D.C. who capitalized in the end. I think we had a good game, dominated possession and could have won, but unfortunately, we just couldn’t finish.”
3. Minda and Riley's absence
Chivas USA returns to Los Angeles today and will host Real Salt Lake this Saturday at The Home Depot Center. Head coach Robin Fraser will be able to count on two more players for Saturday’s game: midfielder Oswaldo Minda and defender James Riley. Minda received a yellow card in Wednesday’s match against Columbus, leading to a one-game suspension due to yellow card accumulation. According to team representatives, Riley was issued a red card post-game in Columbus by referee Jorge Gonzalez near the locker rooms for dissent. Prior to Sunday, the defender had started in all 28 games for the Red-and-White and is eligible to play this Saturday.
4. Four saves for Kennedy
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is just one save away from his personal best, which he set last season. In Sunday’s match, Kennedy made four saves, bringing him to 99 saves on the season and lowering his goals against average to 1.55. Kennedy tied for third with the Fire’s Sean Johnson for saves in the league. Ahead of Kennedy is the Crew’s Andy Gruenebaum (112) and Colorado’s Matt Pickens (101).