Chivas USA Notes (2-2 tie vs. FC Dallas, FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas, 10/28/2012)

· FRISCO, Texas (Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012) – Chivas USA (7-18-9) stormed back to tie FC Dallas (9-13-12), 2-2, Sunday evening at FC Dallas Stadium in its season finale before a crowd of 15,805. FCD took a two-goal lead late into the second half on scores by Jackson and Fabian Castillo, both on David Ferreira assists. The Rojiblancos pulled within one on Laurent Courtois’ goal in the 90th minute and four minutes later found the equalizer in stoppage time when Juan Agudelo – with assists from Courtois and Ryan Smith on the sequence – tapped in his third goal of the season. Ben Zemanski recorded an assist on Chivas USA’s first goal.

· The sides battled for ball possession throughout the first half, with both clubs moving into their attacking third. The Rojiblancos had solid looks at goal on a number of promising crosses but could not capitalize on the opportunities, as they out-shot FCD, 10-4, in the first 45.

· In the 14th minute Smith served a ball into the box off a corner kick from the right side, which found center back Shalrie Joseph for a header to Alejandro Moreno near the short area, but the tap-in attempt was broken up by the FCD defense.

· Locked in a scoreless tie going into the second half, the Red-and-White got off to a fast start and got into dangerous spots near the FCD net. In the 54th minute, left back Jorge Villafaña crossed a short pass from the left side of the box to a cutting Agudelo, whose attempt at goal was stopped by FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman. A minute later, Hartman again was able to deny Chivas USA from grabbing the lead on Agudelo’s shot near the same area.

· Tim Melia, making his second start of the season and second MLS appearance in goal, repeatedly came up big for Chivas USA, breaking up the FCD attack on a number of saves to preserve the shutout for the first 72 minutes. In the 23rd minute, Melia dove to his left to deny Jackson’s strike near the arc. In the 60th minute Melia was able to break up Castillo’s solo run on the left side of the short area.

· FC Dallas was able to break the scoreless tie and move ahead in the 73rd minute off Jackson’s fourth goal of the season on the end of Ferreira’s long ball over the top of the defense. Jackson was able to gather the pass inside the box and chip it over Melia for the one-goal advantage. FCD went up a second goal in the 80th minute when Castillo received a threaded pass from Ferreira and shot past Melia’s left and inside the right post for his sixth of the season.

· As the end of regulation neared, Courtois – who entered the match in the 80th minute – gathered a short pass just inside the 18-yard box from Zemanski and beat Hartman to his right in the 90th minute with a left-footed strike inside the left post for his first goal of the year. The assist was Zemanski’s second of the season.

· Four minutes into stoppage time, Courtois would record his first assist on the year when he received a threaded pass from Smith on the left side of the box and served it to Agudelo, who controlled the pass inside the short area, squared up and found the back of Hartman’s net for the equalizer. Smith, who initiated the sequence, recorded his fourth assist and is now tied for the team-lead.

· With the one-point result, Chivas USA concludes its 2012 season at 7-18-9 and totaling 30 points. For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa

THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:

CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – ROBIN FRASER

General thoughts on the game… “We played extremely well in the first half. We really gave Dallas a lot of problems and we were unfortunate we didn’t reward ourselves for all the good play in the first half, so to come out in the first half, and certainly Dallas played well, credit to them.

Dallas scored two goals and we go down. And you figure here we are at the end of the season we could fold our tents and I’m just proud of the fact that they just fought down to the last second of the season.

Certainly over the last couple of months, I’ve heard comments about the team quitting. I’ve said along that this team hasn’t quit. These guys are fighters, they’ve had really bad moments of misfortune, which has led to eroded confidence and we’ve seen that, but we have not seen quit. It was very satisfying for me to see them fight to the very end and get a result, a good-earned point on the road.

But I’m proud of the group. Proud of the fact that they fought through what ahs been certainly a disappointing season and what could have been a disappointing ending tonight, but they showed their character.”

On Agudelo’s play… “He just stayed with it. He just kept putting himself in front of the goalie. You’ve seen where guys miss chances and they start to shy away and they get further and further away from the goal, but he kept putting himself right in front of the goal and looked for opportunities and credit to him he stayed with it and was able to put it away.”

On Laurent Courtois’s play… “Laurent came in and gave us a big lift right away. On his first touch, he was testing Kevin [Hartman]. He gave us a big lift over that 10 minute period and really if it weren’t for Kevin we probably would have been in a different position at that point.”

CHIVAS USA DEFENDER BOBBY BURLING

General feelings on the game… “It’s just one of those things where we had the mentality that, ‘hey look there’s one game left, 90 minutes. This could be our last time together, the last time this group is on the field together. So just fighting for one another and putting it all out there 45 minutes at a time.’ Give the guys credit, we fought until the end and we squeaked out a result. It definitely feels a lot better than it could have been.”

On moving towards next season… “To finish the season the way we have, it’s [the result] always going to motivate you to get back and do better. The things that have gone wrong are done and gone and the only thing we can do is work harder to get better and if anything tonight will just leave a decent taste in our mouth instead of something just completely sour. All things said just hats off to the guys for sticking with it for a full 90 minutes.”

On the defense’s play… “It started from the back with Tim [Melia]. He made some key stops to keep us in the game and made some big saves early. He’s very decisive coming off his line to make some key stops. We had some good chances and [Kevin] Hartman did his thing as well. Unfortunately we took two plays off and they scored two good goals, but to hang around with a two goal deficit is just a credit to our guys. Laurent Courtois came in for the final ten minutes and got a goal and an assist, so it was nice to see a spark off the bench.”

CHIVAS USA FORWARD JUAN AGUDELO

On the game-tying goal… “It wasn’t that big, but it tied the game. It felt good that we didn’t give up, that’s the most important thing. As a team, I felt like we were in the dying minutes of the season and we didn’t give up.”

On his performance… “My teammates kept feeding me in the box and I’m thankful for that. As a player you can’t get down on yourself for missing the target and a couple times the keeper just making good saves. I was just keeping at it and luckily it went in.”

On stoppage time… “We were just throwing everything up front at the goalkeeper [Hartman], taking touches in the box and passing just trying to get a touch. We were just trying to get anything we could for the team.”

FC DALLAS HEAD COACH SCHELLAS HYNDMAN

General thoughts on the game… “Two teams going into the last game of the year without an opportunity for the playoffs… I was worried about the emotions and commitment to the game but today both teams were committed. [Chivas USA] outplayed us in the first half. They were causing us a lot of problems on the flanks, things we’ve worked on to stop them from penetrating. They got a lot of crosses off and were quite dangerous.

At halftime, we lost Zach Loyd and Hernan Pertuz to injury so we had to quickly make some changes and brought Jair [Benitez] and Daniel Hernandez in. Things seemed to open up a little bit more for us in the second half. We scored two good goals out of it and with five minutes left, I thought the game was in our hands… How quickly it turned…. I give [Chivas USA] a lot of credit. They’ve had a very difficult year. They continue to fight and I thought they scored two goals that devastated us but it’s kind of the way the season went for us.”

What kind of lessons can you learn from this? “We were looking at a couple players quite seriously, trying to make some decisions on contract options and I think those decisions might be a little bit clearer. That’s one thing we learned. After we scored our second goal, we were really playing well, moving the ball well and if there was a mistake to be learned from that, it is that we probably tried to put too much energy into trying to get another goal. It’s something we didn’t want to do but it’s kind of hard sometimes for players to put the brakes on and keep possession.”

Talk about the season and the fan support… “Without an option or an opportunity to make the playoffs, it has to come to an end at some point. I’m glad we were at home. And talking about home, what great fan support we’ve had all year. We’ve broken the single season record for attendance at FC Dallas Stadium and it wasn’t one of our better years, so a great tribute to our sales group and all of the people working for FC Dallas. [They are doing] a great job getting people to the games, to the events and we obviously want to thank our fans for being with us all year.”

FC DALLAS GOALKEEPER KEVIN HARTMAN

Overall thoughts on the game… “Certainly we were excited to be up two nil. They might have gotten the first one in the 90th minute, so we conceded two goals in four minutes. It’s just very difficult to work so hard for such an extended period of time and we did do well to get two goals. We settled down a little bit in the second half. We played with good possession in the second half with Andrew Jacobson in the back. He looked pretty comfortable on the ball. Then to give away two goals the way we did was really frustrating.”

On the end of the season… “It’s difficult for me to say I am happy it’s over. You never know how many times you’re going to get to play the game. There are probably some young guys who are glad the season is over and look forward to the next one. Personally, I’m 38-years-old. I don’t really know exactly what’s going to happen on in the offseason. I just want to continue to play as well as I possibly can. If you have the opportunity to help the team win in any way then you try to do that. Unfortunately, tonight we just ran out of games. We ran out of time and the effort really wasn’t there in the last two minutes.”

On missing the playoffs… “You would think there was a difference in the way this game was approached. There’s anxiousness to those games there’s so much riding on. We’ve conceded the fact that we are no longer going to be in the playoffs. It’s a weight lifted off of our shoulders and it’s up to us to approach the game in the right manner.”

FC DALLAS FORWARD BLAS PEREZ

Overall thoughts on game… “We had to defend the result better than we did. That’s what was important. We played good soccer to get the lead but it’s too bad we couldn’t close out the game. We had the game, 2-0, and then they scored two goals right at the end. It makes us sad because we wanted to end the season with a win for our fans. From the beginning of this season, we have given up goals on our own errors. Next season, we’re going to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

When we finished the first half we came in and talked about improving in the second half and we actually did. When we set out to do something we’re usually pretty good about doing it. We just need to work on not committing errors.”

Chivas USA (7-18-9, 30 pts) vs. FC Dallas (9-13-12, 39 pts)

October 28, 2012- FC Dallas Stadium, Frisco, Texas

Scoring Summary:
FC Dallas – Jackson Goncalves 4 (David Ferreira 8) 73
FC Dallas – Fabian Castillo 6 (David Ferreira 9) 80
CHV – Laurent Courtois 1 (Zemanski 2) 90
CHV – Juan Agudelo 3 (Laurent Courtois 1, Ryan Smith 4) 94+

Misconduct Summary:
FCD – Jackson (caution, foul) 36
CHV – Oswaldo Minda (caution, foul) 57

Lineups:
Chivas USA — Tim Melia, Ben Zemanski, Shalrie Joseph, Bobby Burling, Miller Bolaños, Oswaldo Minda, Peter Vagenas (Laurent Courtois 80), Ryan Smith, Juan Agudelo, Alejandro Moreno ©
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick McLain, Danny Califf, Marky Delgado, Cesar Romero, Jose Correa, Casey Townsend.

FC Dallas — Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd (Jair Benitez 45), Hernan Pertuz (Daniel Hernandez 45), Matt Hedges, Carlos Rodriguez, Andrew Jacobson, Julian de Guzman, Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira, Jackson, Blas Perez
Substitutes Not Used: Bobby Warshaw, Ricardo Villar, James Marcelin, Scott Sealy, Richard Sanchez.

Referee: Matthew Foerster
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Jonathan Johnson
4th Official: Jasen Anno

Attendance: 15,805
Time of Game: 1:52
Weather: Clear, 62 degrees

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