Takeaway Points: Colorado Rapids
JUST ONE GAME
After a four-game unbeaten streak, Chivas USA was getting used to being at the top and earning points. But on Saturday, the Goats fell for the second time this season. With an early penalty kick, the Colorado Rapids were able to take three points after Jose Correa was unable to convert a penalty kick for the Red-and-White.
Looking at the numbers, Chivas USA had less shots on target against the Rapids than against Vancouver (two on Saturday, seven against the ‘Caps), but had better possession (60% over the Rapids’ 39%) and had superior passing accuracy (71% over 64%).
“We all have to work harder every day,” Coach Chelis said in his post-game press conference. “Maybe they will beat us again, but we’ll fall with our heads up. Today we lost and we walk with our heads down and that shouldn’t happen.”
KENNEDY RETURNS AS HERO
Sure, Chivas USA didn’t have their best game of the season so far, but it didn’t stop goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from having a standout performance. The Yorba Linda- native made six saves against the Rapids, leading him to become the goalkeeper with the most saves (29) in MLS.
Check out one of Kennedy’s top saves of the game:
ON TO THE NEXT
After Saturday, Chivas USA remained in second place of the Western Conference standings, primarily due to the Portland Timbers’ victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday night. The Red-and-White will look to regain a positive streak as they travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake on Saturday, April 20 at 6 pm PT in the team’s third road game of the season.
“The only path that we have now, is hard work,” Chelis said. “We don’t have any other choice. We thought we would get an easy win because our past results. We were unbeaten in four games and we thought we were hot stuff and of course, we got away from the hard work, which should be our only path.”