Takeaway Points: Chivas vs RSL
1. Going the full 90
Chivas USA came out last night to face Real Salt Lake in search of three points. Despite the halftime score, Chivas was the more dangerous team on the pitch in the first half. The first half had RSL defenders and goalkeeper Nick Rimando doing most of the work as the Goats had 10 attempts at goal (compared to RSL's seven), five of them from midfielder Miller Bolaños. The Red-and-White slowed down in the second half with just three shots, but continued moving forward and maintaining the majority of the possession throughout the match.
“I thought we actually started off the game pretty well," said Head Coach Robin Fraser. "First half I thought we were decent. We created a number of opportunities, but once again shot ourselves in the foot. It’s always difficult to compete if you make critical mistakes and give teams leads and it was disappointing because certainly we felt like throughout the first half we were dangerous very often”
“We just need to be able to score some goals," said defender Ante Jazic. "Get a lead for once and not always be playing from behind. It’s difficult when you’re chasing the game.”
2. Save of the Week?
Who said saves were only for goalkeepers? Just when Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales was ready to celebrate their third goal of the night after pushing a shot passed Dan Kennedy, John Valencia made a magnificent slide to keep the ball from crossing the goal line and taking it out for a corner kick. Click here to re-live the moment. And remember, if you see it nominated for MLS Save of the Week, don't hesitate in voting for Valencia.
3. Taking the positives to Vancouver
Team might be off today, but they return tomorrow for the team's final practice in LA before heading up north to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC this Wednesday at BC Place. As we enter a new month, the team is ready to forget about September and shake off the current streak to end the season on a positive note.
"There's a 'never say die' attitude," said Coach Fraser. "I think this team has been pretty resilient, if not efficient, for many of the games down this difficult stretch."