September 10, 2007 |
Chivas USA scored three goals Sunday, but it was the second one that was most symbolic. On the play, Ante Razov sent a deep ball for Maykel Galindo to chase down. Galindo used all of the strength his 5-foot-10, 165-pound frame had to bully Red Bulls defender Seth Stammler to the ground. El Cubano, now one on one with goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus, then calmly put it away. It was emblematic of the way Chivas has been working over the competition lately.
March 31, 2003 |
Cuba scored a surprising 3-1 victory over Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday and Jamaica easily defeated Haiti, 3-0, as both countries qualified for the 12-nation CONCACAF Gold Cup, to be co-hosted by the United States and Mexico in July. The Cubans, who earlier had beaten Guadeloupe, 3-2, and Antigua and Barbuda, 2-0, fell behind on a goal by the Soca Warriors' Stern John in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, but recovered to win on goals by Jorge Ramirez, Lestor More and Maykel Galindo.
October 27, 2007 |
When Chivas USA made the playoffs last year, it was excited just to be there. Its season ended at the hands of Houston in the first round a year ago, but the team took solace in the fact it had made it to the postseason. That won't be the case this year. It's the MLS Cup or bust for Chivas players. "This whole group learned a lot from [last year's] experience," midfielder Jesse Marsch said. "The biggest reason we lost that series, I think, was because our . . .
September 27, 2009 |
Seven minutes is not a long time, except on the soccer field. Chivas USA found that out to its cost on Saturday night when it was only about seven minutes from moving into the Galaxy's rearview mirror in the Major League Soccer playoff race. Sacha Kljestan had given Chivas the lead and Preki's team only had to see out the last few minutes to earn a 1-0 victory and close to within one point of the Galaxy in the West. Then Juan Pablo Angel struck for the New York Red Bulls.
March 30, 2008 |
Despite Chivas USA's recent accomplishments -- including making the playoffs the last two Major League Soccer seasons -- Chivas remains Los Angeles' other soccer team. In years past that would have bothered Chivas, but simply being better than the Galaxy is no longer a focus. Thanks to its breakout season in 2007 when Chivas (15-7-8) won the Western Conference, the team enters its fourth season as one of the favorites to win the MLS Cup.
October 28, 2007 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Midfielder Jesse Marsch last week referred to the first round of the Major League Soccer playoffs as a 180-minute game divided into four quarters. That would mean Chivas USA left Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday down, 1-0, at halftime of the home-and-home, aggregate-goal series that now shifts to the Home Depot Center -- where Chivas had a league-best home record of 10-1-4.
April 6, 2008 |
New year, new players, same ol' Chivas USA. With contributions from three off-season acquisitions, Chivas picked up right where last season ended -- which is to say, winning at home, with forward Ante Razov hurt and playing in a stadium with plenty of empty seats. Playing in front of a half-empty stadium at the Home Depot Center, Chivas beat Real Salt Lake, 3-1, in its home opener on Saturday night.
April 26, 2009 |
Twenty-four minutes into Chivas USA's game against the FC Dallas on Saturday night, goalkeeper Zach Thornton pulled off the save of the Major League Soccer season so far. Flinging himself low to his left, Thornton somehow got a hand on Dax McCarty's point-blank shot from three yards and palmed the ball away, denying Dallas what looked like a certain goal.
May 12, 2008 |
Two starting defenders Sunday had played a combined 36 minutes in the MLS season before this game against the New England Revolution. Three-fourths of the back line from the last game, a mere eight days ago in Houston, were not on the field at Home Depot Center in Carson. And the lone returnee, Shavar Thomas, was nursing an injury.
April 10, 2010 |
It took a little longer than he had hoped. And it wasn't as stylish as he probably had wished. But none of that made Martin Vasquez's first victory as an MLS coach any less special. "I'm a little emotional right now," Vasquez said. "It means a lot. It's very special." Yet, that might be the only memorable thing about Chivas USA's 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday in front of 12,597 at the Home Depot Center. After opening the season with two sloppy losses in which it failed to score, Vasquez's team was only slightly better for much of this game.