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Chivas USA Notes (4-0 loss vs. LA Galaxy in SuperClásico, The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif., 8/12/2012)

· CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012) – Chivas USA (7-9-5) fell, 4-0, Sunday night to the LA Galaxy (11-11-3) in the final leg of the 2012 SuperClásico series before a crowd of 17,601 at The Home Depot Center. LA was led by two second-half goals by Juninho and goals from Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez to lay claim to the SuperClásico Trophy.

· The Goats had solid possession of the ball in the first half and looked to work the ball to forward Juan Pablo Angel. Midfielder Miller Bolaños was active on the left wing, as he took multiple shots inside the box. In the 21st minute he threaded a pass to a cutting Angel inside the semi-circle, but the play was broken up. In 30th minute, Juan Agudelo served a pass from one end of the box to the other, where Bolaños took the close-range shot but was denied by Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders.

· The Galaxy took the advantage in the 27th minute when Landon Donovan crossed the ball from the left side of the box to the cutting Keane, who gathered the pass and was able to knock it in from about 10 yards out.

· In the early minutes of the second half, the Rojiblancos looked poised to find the equalizer. Right back James Riley´s center from the right side was tapped to the center of the box, where Nick LaBrocca´s strike was deflected by Saunders but recovered by Agudelo, who followed up by unleashing a point-blank shot from about 10 yards out, but again Saunders was there to kill the opportunity.

· In the 58th minute, a dangerous cross by Riley found Angel in the box for a header, but the attempt was wide right. Bolaños continued to be active on the wing as he took dangerous shots both in the 52nd and 53rd minutes. The Goats took nearly an equal number of shots (10-11) than the Galaxy in the second half.

· After going up a second goal in the 64th minute on Juninho’s first goal of the night from about 20 yards out on another Donovan assist, LA was able to pull ahead for good with two more late goals – Juninho’s second of the match in the 74th minute and Gonzalez’s header near the short area in the 83rd minute off a Donovan corner kick.

· Chivas USA continues its Western Conference push when it travels to take on the Colorado Rapids, Saturday Aug 18 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, for a 6:00 pm PT match. The game will broadcast on television, live on KDOC 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:

Thoughts on game: “First off obviously that’s embarrassing for the magnitude of this game to have the result fall the way that it did. It’s certainly not good enough. I think we started the game too tentatively and it just put us on the back foot from the very beginning.”

Moving forward: “It’s not like you can run and hide from these results, they are what they are, we have to move forward and, you have to really take accountability and be accountable for some of the things that went wrong. Through the four goals they were all turnovers, with little to no pressure and that’s not good enough for sure. In terms of our decisions with the ball they were not good enough; I think that there is plenty of blame to go around everywhere.”

On Shalrie Joseph’s performance: “I’m sure on a day that we play better we get more out of Shalrie and out of everyone. So many questions about ‘how did Shalrie do?’ Shalrie was part of a team that did not play very well tonight and it certainly does not dictate how he played. I think the group did not play well and as the group does not play well then no one really shines.”

Changes in the 70th minute: “Certainly throughout the course of the game you’re looking for bright spots and bright moments. I thought we had good moments at different times throughout the game, certainly not enough as a team. As the game gets to the 70th minute you’re looking where you can insert fresh legs that might be able to give us a lift, we felt at times it was coming and we want to continue with the group to see if they are going to breakthrough. Eventually you make a decision, fatigue plays a part and you want to insert fresh legs to see if you can create more that way.”

CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY:

Thoughts on the match tonight: “We were outclassed, we were lucky we got out of the game with a 4-0 score. I am at a bit of a loss for words. They just have a lot of class on their team. If you give them as many opportunities as we gave them tonight then they are going to put away some goals, and that is exactly what happened. The result was not much different from the last time we played them and that is what disappoints me the most. We learn from this and move on.”

Missing element to be able to knock in goal: “I think it’s become a little bit mental now, it’s on our minds and one of the problems that we are having. It is very frustrating. I know there was a point in the match where it was only 1-0 and we had a couple scoring opportunities that we did not capitalize on. Those are the opportunities that we need to finish to stay in a game like this. When you do not get those you continue to open yourself up and push for a goal, and that is when they scored the second, third and fourth.”

How the team looked compared to last match with the new line-up: “I thought Shalrie looked great. He is a great player. It is obvious that he has plenty to offer. Unfortunately for the team we did not give him a warm welcome tonight. We made it hard on him.”

CHIVAS USA CENTER BACK – DANNY CALIFF:

Thoughts on match: “It looked like essentially the same game as last time. It felt like a track meet and we made the same mistakes as we did before. We had a couple really good opportunities in the second half and a good fifteen minutes but we just didn’t convert. We were not able to move the score up 2-1, and they just took control of the game again.”

On playing from behind: After not scoring those two chances we were really trying to push the game and threw our numbers forward, and they were able to win [possessions]. They had three blocks on the line; I am not sure what else we could have done to knock it in. That’s soccer I guess. And then they come and put in three on us, it was not a good night.”

LA GALAXY HEAD COACH BRUCE ARENA

On the play of his back four: “Good to have them back. It only took until us 26 games, that’s life. They played well.”

On Landon Donovan’s performance: “Landon really was focused on playing well tonight and when he wants, he is as good as any player in this league. And I felt he and Robbie, once again, were in great form.”

On the team’s performance: “Tonight, I thought we moved well, passed the ball well, did some good running off the ball just had a just real good effort.”

On Landon Donovan passing Jaime Moreno for fourth all-time in MLS assists: “Jaime was one of the great players in the history of this league and a great person. I’d say the same of Landon.”

LA GALAXY FORWARD LANDON DONOVAN

On the team’s performance: “Our team was great tonight. And when we defend that way it makes my job really easy; I don’t have to do a whole lot of defending, I can focus on the things I’m good at. When I had the ball, guys made good runs, intelligent runs, they wanted the ball, they wanted to score so it made it really easy.”

On bouncing back from a 4-0 loss with a 4-0 win: “We were disappointed with last week. You know, that game ended 4-0 but we were a little better than that on the day, but we still had a lot to improve on so we were anxious to get back on the field. At the end of the day it only counts for three points. It feels better, but it only counts for three points and now a big one in Columbus.”

On getting the three points and putting 10 points between themselves and sixth place Chivas: “Given what happened at the beginning of the year I think we’re happy with that, but knowing what this team is capable of, we’re not happy with that. We’ve got bigger things to do and we’re going to keep pushing.”

On the performance of Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and the 4-0 scoreline: “When I saw Dan after the game I said ‘you played great’ and he really did. There wasn’t much he could do about any of the goals. I think they just had an off night. We were very good when we attacked and they had an off night, it’s kind of similar to last week in Seattle but the other way around.”

LA GALAXY DEFENDER OMAR GONZALEZ

On the play of the Galaxy defense: “It felt great to have the old backline and you could just tell we were playing with confidence. Everyone was just on and it finally felt like last year where everyone was playing, from the goalkeeper up to the forwards, everyone was on. It was a great game for us.”

On the win: “Last week’s game, it wasn’t what we wanted but you just have to move on from that and I think we did a great job. We had a great week of training and we just showed well tonight. We were pressuring the whole game, we didn’t want to give them any space. We wanted to play like we did last year, which was to attack and put a lot of high pressure and go from there.”

On his performance: “Tonight I felt the best since my injury, so I’m really happy about my performance tonight and I just have to move on from here and keep on getting better.”

Chivas USA (7-9-5) vs. LA Galaxy (11-11-3)
Aug 12, 2012 – Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA – Robbie Keane 10 (Landon Donovan 8) 27
LA – Juninho 2 (Landon Donovan 9) 64
LA – Juninho 3 (Landon Donovan 10) 74
LA – Omar Gonzalez 1 (Landon Donovan 11) 83

Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, James Riley, Danny Califf, John Valencia, Ante Jazic, Shalrie Joseph, Ben Zemanski (Oswaldo Minda 71), Nick LaBrocca, Juan Agudelo (Alejandro Moreno 76), Miller Bolaños, Juan Pablo Angel (Casey Townsend 75)
Subs not used: Tim Melia, Rauwshan McKenzie, Laurent Courtois, Jose Correa

LA Galaxy – Josh Saunders, Sean Franklin, A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Todd Dunivant, Juninho, Mike Magee (Bryan Gaul 79), Hector Jimenez (Michael Stephens 75), Marcelo Sarvas, Landon Donovan (Jose Villareal 89), Robbie Keane
Subs not used: Brian Perk, Kenney Walker, Bryan Jordan, Tommy Meyer

Misconduct Summary:
CHV – John Valencia (yellow, foul) 33
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Eric Boria, Corey Rockwell
4th Official: Jesus Cisneros

Attendance: 17,601
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Clear, 79 degrees

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