Takeaway points: Dallas
Even though Chivas USA didn’t get three points against FC Dallas, Sunday night’s draw felt like a win. Chivas USA snapped a seven-game losing streak and scoring for the first time since Sept. 8 against the Seattle Sounders. What are three things that the Goats can take from the 1-1 draw? Read on:
1. Streaks ended
Goals that break streaks come from the most unlikely candidates and this was true yesterday as Chivas USA’s 600 minute scoreless streak came to an end. Jorge Villafaña’s goal in the 69th was the first club goal at The Home Depot Center since Aug. 25 against the Seattle Sounders. The last time the Red-and-White scored was also against Seattle when the team played the Sounders on Sept. 8.
2. Second half dominance
After finishing the first half down 1-0 to Dallas, Chivas USA came out of the locker room determined to change the game around. In the second half, the Goats had a total of 16 attempts on goal. The team came out with more urgency and Villafaña’s goal changed the atmosphere. After the goal, the team played with more confidence—keeping possession and attacking more. Chivas USA pushed hard in the final minutes, coming close to scoring a late-game winner, but Dallas ‘keeper Kevin Hartman came up with big saves.
“I think we dominated the second half, we created more chances. We could have won the game, we had chances and we didn’t put them away,” said Villafaña “It meant a lot to score today, we haven’t scored in a lot of games and this goal gave us motivation to keep going forward. We showed heart and we did it for the team, we did it for this club. I’m proud to wear this jersey and I’m glad that I scored the goal.”
3. Angel on the field
Juan Pablo Angel came onto the field to replace fellow Colombian Jose Correa at the start of the second half. Angel’s presence was immediately felt, testing Hartman early on. He had seven shots, three of them on goal, but more importantly, he was able to get himself and his teammates into dangerous scoring positions.
After the match, Fraser spoke about Angel’s presence on the field: “Certainly, Juan came in and was very, very good in his first couple of touches. He got himself and Miller [Bolaños] into very dangerous scoring chances and he was extremely sharp.”