Chivas USA (1-1 tie vs Seattle Sounders FC, The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif., 5/26/2012)
· CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, May 26, 2012) – Chivas USA (4-6-3) extended its unbeaten streak to a season-high four straight matches with a 1-1 tie Saturday night against the Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-3) in front of 12, 280 at The Home Depot Center. Recently-acquired forward Juan Agudelo gave the Rojiblancos the advantage in the 57th minute. Seattle’s David Estrada knocked in the equalizing goal in the 61st minute. With the draw Chivas USA now has 15 points in the Western Conference.
· Peter Vagenas started the Red-and-White’s goal sequence with a long pass to the right wing from his midfield position to James Riley near the corner of the 18-yard box. Riley then served a superbly placed center pass to the slashing Agudelo who headed his first goal since joining Chivas USA earlier in the month. The assist was Riley’s second on the season.
· Seattle responded four minutes later with the equalizing goal when midfielder Alex Caskey – who came on the pitch for Alvaro Fernandez in the 61st minute – centered a pass from the left side of the box to the awaiting Estrada.
· The Goats nearly found the game-winning goal when Blair Gavin (subbing for Jose Correa) powered a shot from outside the box that sailed just high of the cross-bar in stoppage time.
· The Goats controlled much of the possession throughout the match (61.6% – 38.4%) and had a number of solid looks at taking the advantage in the first half, while taking seven corner kicks and producing a number of dangerous center-crosses near the Sounders’ net.
· Chivas USA will have a three-week break from MLS competition due to the next round of World Cup qualifiers and will begin their 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play next week with a third round match-up against the Ventura County Fusion. The match is set for 7:00pm PT, Tuesday May 29th at Ventura College Sports Complex.
· When the Rojiblancos resume MLS competition they will look to extend their unbeaten streak to five when they host Real Salt Lake, Saturday, June 16th, 7:30 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center. The match will broadcast on television, live on Prime Ticket in English, and KWHY Channel 22 in Spanish. For more information about the game please visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa
THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
Overall team performance… “I felt like we came out and we did pretty well throughout the first half. We were able to create some opportunities. We talked about some things to get some of our wide players in 1v1 situations in the second half. I felt like in moments leading up to the goal, and on the goal, we did really well in terms of moving the ball quickly and isolating our wide players. And we were able to get a service and score a goal. I felt like after we scored the goal, we got away a little bit from that and obviously gave up a goal that seemed to be a bit of a soft goal. At the end of the day, a draw is probably a fair result.”
On Agudelo’s goal… “I thought he worked hard and he presented himself in some dangerous situations tonight and he was close to being dangerous often. It was a good play that freed up James on the right side, and he put a great ball in. Juan made a great run and certainly a very good finish. In terms of what it does for his confidence, I think any time goal scorers score goals, their confidence goes up.”
On the back line’s performance… “I think the group is continuing to grow and gel together. Danny has only been here a couple of games but I think he has fit right in. There’s good understanding between all of the defenders. As a result, I think we are able to read each other well, and therefore cover each other well. At the end of the day, that’s what you need to do as a back four.”
On Riley’s attacking presence… “He produced a fantastic ball for the goal. He had another very good service late in the game. James is an intelligent player, he’s a very solid defender, but he also recognizes opportunities to get forward. When he hits good serves for us, I think it makes us quite a bit more dangerous.”
CHIVAS USA GOAL KEEPER- DAN KENNEDY:
Thoughts on the match… “It’s always good to take a point, but I thought we deserved the win. We just let one mistake in the back and it cost us a win. Danny made three big plays which those are plays I don’t have to make. James had a great game, Ante solid.”
Thoughts on Juan Agudelo’s goal… “It was a great goal, great build up, great cross, great finish.”
On Seattle’s goal… “Unfortunately the bounce didn’t go our way on that goal. It’s just one of those things where the ball came up a little awkward on him, and he wasn’t able to make a play.”
On Chivas USA’s four-game unbeaten streak… “I feel like these games are there for the taking, we don’t have a problem playing the underdog. The biggest thing in this league, I feel, is momentum and when you get it and you get hot you need to take advantage of it. That’s why I feel like maybe we left two points on the table tonight. We really excel on the road, because I feel like we seem to compete a little better when our backs are up against the wall. This is a group that thrives under tough circumstances. What we need to do is not only thrive in those tough times, but in the good moments when we’re home too, that’s our next step.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD- JUAN AGUDELO:
Thoughts on the match… “It was a hard fought match, we were able to go ahead on the goal and unfortunately they had a really good goal, a good cross, and I think one of our defenders slipped. I thought we’ve been playing really well, maintaining the ball and it was good.”
On his first goal with Chivas USA… “It felt great, most importantly to help out the team, to put them ahead. It’s not a personal stand point, but just trying to help out the team.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS HEAD COACH – SIGI SCHMID
Thoughts on the game… “For us to be able to come back from being one nothing is a good thing. I felt we had some chances at the end of the game, and they were pretty good chances. There was Rose on his header, Rose shot off from distance and it’s cleared down the line; Eddie Johnson gets in there one time on the end line. I was pleased with our ability to come back in tonight’s game.”
Thoughts on Agudelo and Califf joining Chivas USA… “I think they are an improved team. Obviously Califf gives them a veteran influence in the back, gives them a little bit of steel in the back. Agudelo is obviously the future and hopes. He’s a talented kid that wasn’t getting enough time in New York, so now he’s getting an opportunity to play. The more games he plays the better he’ll become. I think those two additions have infused their club, and they are playing with a little more confidence.”
On the Sounders’ seven-game unbeaten streak on the road… “We feel very confident on the road, we feel we’re going to do well. Chivas has done well on the road this year also. It’s something we always try, we don’t change how we play all that much. Today we changed a little more than normal, I think we played a little more defensive than we normally play on the road just because it was the only option really for us, we needed to keep the ball in front of us. But we always feel very confident on the road.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS MIDFIELDER – ALEX CASKEY
Thoughts on the final score… “It’s kind of tough to go down and then we actually created a few chances after we equalized, so I thought we easily could have taken one after the 65th minute. At least we got the tie; it was tough game on the road.”
Thoughts on Chivas USA’s unbeaten streak… “It’s definitely positive for them, it shows their perseverance and attitude that they can keep finding and start getting good results.”
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FORWARD – DAVID ESTRADA
Thoughts on the game… “I think it was a heartfelt match, there a new team now with Califf and Agudelo, it’s not the same Chivas as before especially at home. I think they are a very motivating team and I think it’s good we got a point, we could of maybe gotten three points at the end but when were playing away, I think one point is good.”
Seattle Sounders equalizer… “It’s always good to equalize it sooner than later. Alex Caskey came in and he made a difference, played a good ball. I think it was a bad clearance from the defender, but I’m just trying to get myself in a good spot, luckily we went in.”
Thoughts on Chivas USA’s unbeaten streak… “it’s one of the things we knew that they are a very motivating team, they have four Sounder players too, you have Riley and Vagenas and new additions Califf and Agudelo, they are a motivating team and that just shows how long they came. They’re going to be a good team throughout the stretch.”
Chivas USA (4-6-3) vs. Seattle Sounders FC (7-3-3)
May 26, 2012 – Home Depot Center
CHV – Juan Agudelo 1 (James Riley 2, Peter Vagenas 1) 57
SEA – David Estrada 4 (Alex Caskey 2, Fredy Montero 2) 61
Chivas USA — Dan Kennedy, James Riley, Danny Califf, John Valencia (Rauwshan McKenzie 66), Ante Jazic, Laurent Courtois, Ryan Smith (Cesar Romero 88), Peter Vagenas, Alejandro Moreno, Juan Agudelo, Jose Correa (Blair Gavin 76)
Subs not used: Tim Melia, Scott Gordon, Miller Bolaños, Jorge Villafaña
Seattle Sounders FC – Bryan Meredith, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Jeff Parke, Zach Scott, Marc Burch, Andy Rose, Mauro Rosales, Brad Evans, Alvaro Fernandez (Alex Caskey 61), Fredy Montero (Eddie Johnson 73), David Estrada (Cordell Cato 78)
Subs not used: Andrew Weber, Servando Carrasco, Roger Levesque, Sammy Ochoa
SEA – Andy Rose (yellow, foul) 20
Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson, Colin Arblaster
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear, 64 degrees
About Chivas USA
Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.