May 3, 2009 |
. -- Justin Braun's first goal of the season was all the help Zach Thornton needed for his league-leading fifth shutout, and Chivas USA beat the San Jose Earthquakes, 1-0, Saturday night. Thornton made six saves and Chivas (6-1-1) took a six-point lead in the Western Conference. With Thornton in net for all of the games, Chivas has given up only three goals. Braun scored in the 53rd minute after Jonathan Bornstein sent a high cross from the left sideline into the Earthquakes' penalty area.
August 29, 2010 |
The prospect of spending a Sunday evening watching the two worst teams in Major League Soccer was not an enticing one. As luck would have it, though, the fans who showed up at the Home Depot Center — including U.S. national team Coach Bob Bradley and assistants Zak Abdel and Jesse Marsch — were in for a surprise. Playing in a much brighter and livelier manner than the Galaxy had in a 2-0 loss to Kansas City the night before, Chivas USA edged D.C. United, 1-0, on a first-half goal by forward Justin Braun.
August 1, 2010 |
Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez, chatting before Saturday night's game, mentioned how his young players were beginning to come through for the team. A couple of hours later, his faith in them turned out to be fully justified. First-half goals by 23-year-old Justin Braun and 21-year-old Blair Gavin and a second-half strike by 22-year-old Carlos Borja earned Chivas USA only its fifth victory of the Major League Soccer season, 3-1 over the Columbus Crew at the Home Depot Center.
September 10, 2010 |
Promoting a "push for the playoffs" would seem to be a far-fetched notion with few games left in the regular season and still fewer victories in the bank. Not for Chivas USA, though. Major League Soccer's fifth-worst team in terms of wins and losses still fancies itself as a playoff contender, and after its 2-0 shutout of the New England Revolution in Carson on Friday night, who is to argue? The victory, on first-half goals by Justin Braun and Paulo Nagamura, improved Chivas to 7-12-4 in 2010, good enough to escape last place in the Western Conference by leapfrogging the idle Houston Dynamo and sufficient to keep the team's playoff hopes flickering faintly.
April 30, 2010
CHIVAS USA TONIGHT AT CHICAGO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill. On the air: TV: Ch. 56, 22; Radio: 690. Records: Chivas USA 2-3-0, Fire 2-2-1. Record vs. Fire (2009): 0-2-0. Update: A close but comprehensive 3-2 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes in which Chivas USA played attractive attacking soccer has lifted Chivas USA player spirits. "Guys stuck together and we played as a team out there," forward Justin Braun said. Coach Martin Vasquez has raised the team's quota of Costa Rican players to three with the acquisition of midfielder/forward Jose Macotelo, 24, from Puntarenas of the Costa Rican league.
July 15, 2010
Update: Chivas faces Puebla F.C. in its first of three games in the yearly SuperLiga tournament that brings together four Major League Soccer teams and four Mexican First Division soccer clubs. Chivas signed playmaking Mexican midfielder Rodolfo Espinoza, who is eligible to play tonight. Chivas striker Justin Braun, who scored twice in the team's 2-0 win over Kansas City on Saturday, was named MLS player of the week. CHIVAS USA TONIGHT VS. Puebla F.C. When: 7:30 p.m. Where: Home Depot Center.