Chivas USA 4-1 win vs. Chicago Fire, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill., 3/24/2013)
· CHICAGO (Sunday, March 24, 2013) – In its first road match of the season, Chivas USA (2-1-1) routed the Chicago Fire (0-3-1), 4-1, Sunday afternoon at Toyota Park, thanks to four second-half scores. Midfielder Edgar “Chore” Mejia and defender Joaquin Velazquez, in their first seasons in MLS, recorded their first goals. Forward Juan Agudelo put the Red-and-White up by two on his second goal on the season, and Chicago added an own-goal on the score line. The Fire’s Patrick Nyarko scored the lone goal for the hosts. With the win, Chivas USA extends its unbeaten streak to three and currently sits in second place in the Western Conference with seven points.
· Chivas USA goalkeeper and captain Dan Kennedy denied the Fire’s attack on a number of plays in the first half. In the eighth and 11th minutes, Kennedy turned away a pair of promising looks by the host side, as he got his hands on a cross from the left side of the box and into the short area. Three minutes later, on the end of a free kick taken from the left seam, the Red-and-White keeper again got his hands on a Chicago header.
· In the 37th minute, midfielder Marvin Iraheta sent a low volley from about 25 yards out over the Chicago defense to a cutting Tristan Bowen, but the forward could not get on the end of the pass for a header attempt inside the box.
· The Rojiblancos defense came up big in the 39th minute when Chris Rolfe had a brief one-on-one breakaway against Kennedy. With defender Bobby Burling closing in on Rolfe from behind, both Chivas players met the midfielder inside the box to break up the threat, and the sides went into the half tied at zero.
· Chivas USA opened the scoring in the 57th minute when midfielder Jorge Villafaña – who came on as a sub to start the second half to make his first appearance of the season – sent a cross from the left into the box. Agudelo gathered the ball and laid off a short pass to Mejia just outside the box. Mejia squared up and unleashed a strike past Chicago keeper Paolo Tornaghi to put the Rojiblancos up 1-0.
· Chicago evened the score at 1-1 in the 64th minute when Sherjill MacDonald hooked up with Nyarko inside the box with a short threaded pass. Maicon Santos was also credited with an assist on the sequence.
· The Red-and-White re-took the lead in the 73rd when Mejia recorded his first MLS career assist off a free kick from the left seam. Mejia sent his shot toward the far post, where Velazquez headed the entry back across the short area and inside the left post to make the score 2-1 – a lead the Rebaño Angelino would not relinquish.
· In the 75th minute, after Chivas USA broke up a free kick threat deep inside Red-and-White territory, Kennedy quickly sent an outlet pass to Villafaña on the left wing. Villafaña pushed the ball up the field and sent a pass over the top to Agudelo, who made his run with a Chicago defender on him. Agudelo brought the pass down near the arc, created enough space to get off a clean shot and beat Tornaghi to his left to go up 3-1.
· Chicago made the match 4-1 in favor of the Rebaño Angelino in the 89th minute on an own-goal by Jalil Anibaba when the defender could not clear out a shot by sub Jose Correa cleanly from inside the box.
Chivas USA returns home to face conference opponent Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 30, with a 7:30 p.m. (PT) kickoff time at The Home Depot Center. The game can be heard in Spanish on W Radio 690 AM. . For more information please visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.
Chivas USA (2-1-1) vs. Chicago Fire (0-3-1)
March 24, 2013 – Toyota Park
CHV – Edgar Mejia 1 (Juan Agudelo 1) 57
CHI – Patrick Nyarko 1 (Sherjill MacDonald 1, Maicon Santos 1) 64
CHV – Joaquin Velazquez 1 (Edgar Mejia 2) 73
CHV – Juan Agudelo 2 (Jorge Villafaña 1) 75
CHV – Jalil Anibaba (OG) 88
CHIVAS USA – Dan Kennedy ©, Mario de Luna, Joaquin Velazquez, Bobby Burling, Edgar Mejia, Eric Avila, Carlos Alvarez, Marvin Iraheta (Daniel Antunez 62) , Josue Soto (Jorge Villafaña 46), Juan Agudelo, Tristan Bowen (Jose Correa 73)
Subs not used: Tim Melia, Steven Purdy-Ramos, Carlos Borja, Giovani Casillas.
CHICAGO FIRE – Paolo Tornaghi, Wells Thompson, Austin Berry, Jalil Anibaba, Gonzalo Segares, Patrick Nyarko, Jeff Larentowicz, Daniel Paladini (Maicon Santos 62), Chris, Rolfe, Sherjill MacDonald (Quincy Amarikwa 68), Alex (Yazid Atouba 86)
Subs not used: Alec Kann, Hunter Jumper, Logan Pause, Corben Bone.
CHI – Daniel Paladini (yellow, off the ball foul) 22
CHV – Bobby Burling (yellow, foul) 26
CHV – Tristan Bowen (yellow, foul) 40
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli, James Conlee
Fourth Official: Jorge Gonzalez
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Cloudy, 32 degrees