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April 2, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Three weeks into the Major League Soccer season, Chivas USA finally got out of the blocks on Saturday. An early goal by Alejandro Moreno, some solid defending and a lot of luck allowed Coach Robin Fraser's team to escape Canada with a point after a 1-1 tie with Toronto FC. "Without a doubt, I think a point on the road, you have to look at that and say you're satisfied with that," Fraser said. Chivas had lost its first two matches of the MLS season to Kansas City and Colorado and was beaten by Portland on Tuesday night in U.S. Open Cup play.
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March 29, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Chivas USA's run in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup lasted all of 90 minutes. Two goals in the final six minutes Tuesday night gave the Portland Timbers a 2-0 victory in a wind-swept and rain-soaked match at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus. Both goals came just moments after Chivas forward Justin Braun was denied a clear scoring opportunity by Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who rushed out of his area to tackle the ball away from Braun. The Timbers then counterattacked quickly and took the lead when Jack Jewsbury's shot from distance beat Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and went in at the left post.
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March 27, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Having spent the last week trying to sort through a somewhat limited range of options, Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser sent out a decidedly experimental lineup on Saturday night in Carson. The outcome was no surprise. Scoring the only goal it needed, the defending Major League Soccer champion Colorado Rapids secured their second victory of the season, winning, 1-0, on a Quincy Amarikwa goal. Despite the loss, there were a few positives for Chivas. For one thing, its defense remained intact a bit longer.
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March 19, 2011 | By Grahame L. Jones
Jorge Vergara, the millionaire Mexican businessman who owns Chivas de Guadalajara and a share of Chivas USA, chose the wrong night to come out and see his American team. "I'm not liking what I'm seeing so far," Vergara said at halftime of Chivas USA's season-opening match against Sporting Kansas City in Carson. Chivas USA was trailing, 2-0, at the time en route to a 3-2 loss that got new Coach Robin Fraser off to a rocky start. But Vergara has Fraser's back. "He was in Guadalajara and we talked for several hours about this team and the goals we want to achieve," Vergara said.
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October 19, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Chivas USA tonight at San Jose Earthquakes When: 7. Where: Buck Shaw Stadium. On the air: TV: KWHY, Prime Ticket; Radio: 690 (Spanish). Records: Chivas USA 8-16-4, Earthquakes 12-9-7. Record vs. Earthquakes: 1-0-0. Update: Chivas will finish with a losing record for the first time since its expansion season of 2005, but it can avoid the second last-place finish in franchise history with victories in its last two games.
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September 14, 2010 | Grahame L. Jones, On Soccer
Chivas USA played Chivas de Guadalajara in a friendly soccer match here Tuesday night — more on that in a moment — and, as always, there were two sides to the story. Pulling into the parking lot, the aroma of carne asada and chorizo drifted in the evening air. "So, does a hot dog come with that?" you ask the parking attendant taking your $15. "A hot dog? This is Mexican tonight," she replies, laughing. The thousands of red-and-white striped Chivas jerseys should have told you that.
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September 12, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones, Los Angeles Times
For a while this Major League Soccer season, Galaxy striker Edson Buddle was on a pace to not only break Roy Lassiter's all-time MLS record of 27 goals in a season, set in 1996, but to obliterate it. Buddle scored the Galaxy's first seven goals of 2010 and found the back of the net nine times in the team's first six games. He was in such torrid form, in fact, that Bob Bradley, the U.S. national team coach, had little choice but to take him to South Africa for the World Cup. And then, just as suddenly as it had begun, the flood of goals dried up. Going into the Galaxy's match Saturday night against the Columbus Crew, Buddle still led the league with 13 goals, but he had scored only four times since May and had been held scoreless for 350 consecutive minutes.
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September 10, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
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.
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