Chivas USA Notes (1-1 ties vs. San Jose Earthquakes, Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, Calif., 5/13/2012)
· Santa Clara, Calif. (Sunday, May 13, 2012) – Chivas USA (3-6-1) tied 1-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes (7-2-2), Sunday afternoon, before a crowd of 9,619 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara. Red-and-White Jose Erik Correa gave the lead to the Goats in the 4th minute, and Earthquakes’ forward Alan Gordon scored the equalizer in the 88th minute. With the draw, the Red-and-White stands with 10 points in the Western Conference.
· The first half of the match was dominated by the Goats from the opening whistle. Coach Fraser’s XI had a clear objective, to be aggressive. It paid off, as the Red-and-White opened the scoring by way of the rookie and recent arrival from Colombia, Correa. Correa would celebrate his debut as a starter in the 4th minute of the match with a goal from a play that initiated on the center of the pitch with Miller Bolaños. Bolaños passed to James Riley who would in turn cross right to left into the 18 yard box in a service to Correa that the 19-year old would convert for his first score of the match as well as his first in MLS.
· Both teams would trade opportunities at scoring in the second half. San Jose fought persistently for the equalizer but Dan Kennedy’s five saves kept the Goat’s door clean until the 88th minute, when Sam Garza placed the ball high and to the near post for Gordon to beat Chivas USA goalkeeper with a header and give the equalizer to home’s team.
· Chivas USA return to the Home Depot Center this coming weekend for the first leg of the 2012 Los Angeles SuperClásico, as they play host to their cross hall rivals, the LA Galaxy, on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 pm (PT) at The Home Depot Center. The match’s live television broadcast will be on ESPN 2 for English and ESPN Deportes for Spanish. For more information about the game and for tickets, please visit cdchivasusa.com or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa
THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:
CHIVAS HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER
General comments on the match: “I thought obviously we had a very bright start. We scored early in the game. That makes a big difference. Throughout the game, we didn’t manage it well enough in terms of our possession, but at the end of the day, (we showed) great fight. To come away from this stadium, against a very good team, with a draw is a good result. Credit the players. They worked hard.”
On his team’s defensive effort: “It was a very resolute effort. San Jose is a team that is dangerous, and dangerous in a number of ways. It really was a very stern challenge for us. I thought defensively, we really battled.”
On giving forward Jose Erick Correa his first MLS start: “He’s a hard worker. He’s the type of forward who looks to run in behind defenses. We thought that was going to be important. We thought that was one of the things that was going to be key for us (today). His running, certainly early on, proved to be the difference for us.”
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY
On his team’s defensive effort: “I think if you were to tell us that we were going to come in here and get a point, we would have been happy with that. The team really put in a shift in the second half. Obviously, we were under pressure. They had a lot of service. For me, I think this is something we can build on.”
On their road success: “It shows our potential. I think we’ve been a bit unfortunate at home. For me, we come on the road and we know we’re up against something, so we fight really hard. We need to have that same fight when we’re at home.”
On his defense neutralizing the Quakes’ dangerous forwards: “We asked a lot of Heath (Pearce) and John (Valencia) in the center of the park, and our outside backs to get pressure out to their servers. In the end, we came here and we got a result. We can move forward with that.”
CHIVAS USA FORWARD – JOSE ERICK CORREA
On his goal-scoring first start in MLS: “(Head) Coach (Robin) Fraser gave me the opportunity to be a starter for this particular match. I had an opportunity to play in the last match, but (today), he decided to put me in as a starter. I think I did what he needed for me to do. I have to work a lot to get better. Every day that comes by, we have to work harder (as a team).”
On the team’s performance: “I felt there was a lot of unity on the pitch. Everybody was just playing hard. Everybody was running after balls. Everybody was dribbling hard. We were looking after each other as a team today. It’s very important when there’s a family atmosphere on the pitch. It’s very important because that makes us a team.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES HEAD COACH – FRANK YALLOP
On game: “Despite all the possession in the second half, I didn’t think for a while that we were going to get that goal. But I am very happy that we got a point out of the game. It shows that we always have fight in us and we aren’t going to quit. We didn’t play our game today, but it’s a good sign that we fought to get a point, especially in against a team from the Western Conference.”
On breaking down Chivas’ defense: “They worked very hard. They have won three away from home already this year. I told the team before the game that it was going to be a difficult game and it was. They got numbers behind the ball and they were relentless in their defending. I think that sometimes you need a little lady luck on your side and we didn’t quite have that today for most of the match. Credit to them though for sticking in there and making it difficult.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES MIDFIELDER – SAM GARZA
On the result: “We were struggling with our pace in the first half. Coach (Frank Yallop) told me to go run out wide and look to make some crosses. We brought in a little more speed in the second half and created some chances. You have to credit Chivas (USA) for staying tight back there. We fought for that draw. I tried to sub on and bring some energy and speed, and luckily it worked as we were able to equalize and get a point.”
On recording first career point: “It was a great feeling. We were down to the final minute, and throughout the match it seemed like we were a play away from getting back into it. We needed a little spark and I’m happy coach had confidence to put me on when we needed to generate an attack. I was able to get by my man into open space, aimed near post and (Alan) Gordon finished it off. It was a clutch score and I’m glad I was a part of it.”
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES FORWARD – ALAN GORDON
On scoring his second goal of the season: “It was a great ball by (Sam) Garza. He hit it so well, that it made my finish that much easier. I ran near post and the ball seemed to find my head for the goal. Us forwards have been getting great service all year long and that’s a tribute to how talented of a roster we have. Despite the injuries, we still have playmakers all over the field.”
On clubs late-game heroics: “We showed some resiliency today. We are gaining something out of every match it seems. As long as we aren’t losing too many of these close games, you will see us improve each and every week. These are games at home in which you need to come away with points. We didn’t get the win, but to come back like that late and go home with a point can build momentum for us moving forward.”
Chivas USA (3-6-1) vs. Chicago Fire (7-2-2)
May 13, 2012 – Buck Shaw Stadium
CHV – Jose Erik Correa 1 (James Riley 1) 4
SAN – Alan Gordon 2 (Sam Garza 1) 88
Chivas USA — Dan Kennedy, James Riley, Heath Pearce, John Valencia, Ante Jazic, Peter Vagenas (Blair Gavin 75), Miller Bolaños (Ryan Smith 68), Nick LaBrocca, Laurent Courtois (Michael Lahoud 46), Jose Erik Correa, Alejandro Moreno.
Subs not used: Tim Melia, Juan Pablo Angel, Jorge Vilafaña, Raushawn McKenzie.
San Jose Earthquakes – Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Jason Hernandez, Justin Morrow, Ramiro Corrales (captain), Rafael Baca (Sam Garza 60), Tressor Moreno (Alan Gordon 57), Khari Stephenson, Simon Dawkins, Steven Lenhart (Sercan Güvenisik 75), Chris Wondolowski
Subs not used: David Bingham, Sam Cronin, Ike Opara, Brad Ring
CHV – Nick LaBrocca (foul) 36
SAN – Khari Stephenson (foul) 39
SAN – Ramiro Corrales (foul) 56
CHV – James Riley (argument) 74
SAN – Sam Garza (foul) 91
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert, Baboucarr Jallow
4th Official: Mark Declouet
Time of Game: 2:02
Weather: Clear and 75 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