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Chivas USA Notes (3-0 loss vs. Columbus Crew, The Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif., 3/2/2013)
· CARSON, Calif. (Saturday, March 2, 2013) – With six players making their MLS debut, and under the guidance of new Head Coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola “Chelis,” Chivas USA had a number of dangerous looks at goal in front of its home crowd, but fell, 3-0, to the Columbus Crew Saturday night in its 2013 season opener at The Home Depot Center. The visiting side was led by three second-half goals. Federico Higuain put the Crew ahead by one and Josh Williams and Dominic Oduro scored the second and third goals, respectively, to pull away late in the game.
· Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was solid in goal, holding Columbus scoreless for the first 50 minutes of play. Within the first minute the Red-and-White captain made a goal-saving dive to his right on a shot from the right side of the box.
· The Rojiblancos had a golden opportunity to break the scoreless match in the 27th minute. The Red-and-White defense forced a turnover near their attacking third and went on a fast-break down the middle of the field. Forward Julio Morales (one of the six making their debut), in a one-on-one with Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, took his shot inside the box but the Black-and-Gold keeper batted the shot away. A minute later, Morales again got inside the box, this time on the end of a short Giovani Casillas pass that he chipped over top. But again, Gruenebaum was there to break up the threat. Casillas, a product of Chivas Guadalajara, was among the other five players making his debut with the Rebaño Angelino.
· In the 41st minute forward Tristan Bowen got into range just left of the penalty arc and unleashed a strike from about 25 yards out, but the attempt sailed wide of the near post. Both sides’ defense applied solid ball pressure and sent the match into half time locked at zero.
· Columbus went up 1-0 in the 51st minute on Higuain’s shot from behind the penalty arc, which grazed the inside of the right post and into the back of the net. Forward Jairo Arrieta served the ball to his right from the left wing for the assist.
· Sanchez Sola made two substitutions to start the second half. Midfielder Eric Avila looked to set up Juan Agudelo (came on for Morales) on a cross into the box from his right wing position, but Agudelo’s header sailed over the crossbar. Midfielder Miller Bolaños – who came on for Casillas – got inside the box in the 59th minute and took a shot from the left side that was batted away.
· In the 72nd minute, Avila again worked the ball near the right sideline and threaded a pass to Bolaños who got into the right side of the box and took a shot that was deflected. Agudelo recovered the loose ball near the penalty spot and with his back to the net, turned and shot, but his strike traveled high over the crossbar.
· Kennedy kept the Rojiblancos close when he broke up a one-on-one attack in the 81st minute against Ryan Finley.
· Columbus extended the lead to 2-0 in the 88th off a corner kick from Eddie Gaven which Williams tapped in inside the left post near the short area. Oduno made the final marker 3-0 in stoppage time when he beat Kennedy on a solo breakaway.
Chivas USA continues its two-game home stand when it hosts Western Conference rival FC Dallas on Sunday, March 10, for a 2 p.m. (PT) match. Ticket packs and individual tickets are available. For more information please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 (1-877-244-8271) or visit cdchivasusa.com. Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and Facebook.com/chivasusa.
THE WORD FROM THE TEAMS:
CHIVAS USA HEAD COACH – JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ SOLA
Thoughts on the match: “Tonight, Columbus was the fair winner. However I liked the way my team played and how we fought throughout the game, but we need some more tools to solve the game and I need to provide those tools for my team, I’m responsible for that. I didn’t provide the tools to my team but I have what is hard to get, a team that fights the 90 minutes of the game. I’m very proud of my team and this is just the beginning.”
Style of MLS play: “Perhaps the difference is that here [MLS] they send the ball long over the top more. Unfortunately, nowadays soccer has gone more toward the physical side than the technical side. In other words, it seems like now the style of playing if lean toward the physical side all around the world.”
The importance of being relentless: “I thank God for the team that I do have, the objectives that I set myself with for today were accomplished. This is a team that fights all the way. However, this team still needs the necessary tools to score and the result was fair. They [Columbus] were better than us tonight. This team [Chivas USA], I’m sure is going to succeed. This team has what any team requires to succeed which is, they never stop fighting and never walks with their head down, they look ahead and fight.”
CHIVAS USA MIDFIELDER – EDGAR MEJIA
Thoughts of the game: “We didn´t win but is not the end of the world. It’s the first game of the season and we know that we have to do it better. It is important to win the next game.”
Style of MLS play: “It´s different, it´s not easy, but we are going to make it happen. In general the MLS has a very good level of play.”
About the result: “They [Columbus] capitalized on their opportunities, and we didn’t. They have players that made the difference, but now we have to think and be ready for the next match. This game served as a measuring stick. We need to improve for our match next week, stay grounded and not overreact over the result.”
CHIVAS USA GOALKEEPER – DAN KENNEDY
About the game: “I think we can be better at passing the ball and play a little bit better, everybody, including myself. We competed really well; I do think the score lines were definitely unfair because we created some opportunities throughout the game. I can’t say how disappointed I’m, I came in tonight really excited about this game wanting a win if not a tie. However, there is still plenty of soccer to be played.”
Style of MLS pace: “Hopefully we have a quick learning curve for all the guys who are new, and now they understand how physical and cruel this league can be. There is going to be an acclimation period for anyone who is new.”
On the outcome of the game: We were literally a bounce here or there to evening the game up so I’m not going to put too much emphasis on the score line. We need to make sure we can build on this going into our next home match.
COLUMBUS CREW HEAD COACH – ROBERT WARZYCHA
Thoughts of the game: “I think the first game on the road is always tough. Chivas has a new team, a new coach, and a lot of expectations. I wouldn’t say it wasn’t a very difficult game for us, we came in with a game plan and tactically the guys did very well.
On Chivas USA’s performance: “The first goal was a good shot from distance, but they also had a couple of crosses that could have led to a goal, so I give them credit. They were pushing, they were buzzing, but it didn’t seem like anything went their way tonight.”
On his team’s performance: “We brought some new players in who are good tactically and they have a good sense of where they are on the field. I have to say that in the first half we lost the ball probably once or twice in front of our box, which we gave an opportunity to Chivas, which should have made the match 1-0.”
COLUMBUS CREW FORWARD – FEDERICO HIGUAIN
Thoughts on his goal: “It was a pretty play, a combination between Arrieta and Eddie Gaven. I don’t remember which other teammate were involved. I received the ball from outside the box about 25, 30 yards and I had the confidence to shoot at the goal. I kicked it and, with luck, it went in.”
Thoughts on his team’s performance: “We enjoyed a good game on all levels. When we needed to be aggressive on offense we were. When we needed to provide pressure we did it well. When we needed to manage the game by dominating the ball we also did it well and we were consistent overall.”
On the team’s mentality: “We try to avoid conforming and worked hard during the preseason by playing lots of friendlies. I think that was a positive, but preparation games are not the same as season games. Today, I think that the team had a great game on all levels. We hope to continue getting better.”
COLUMBUS CREW DEFENDER – JOSH WILLIAMS
On his goal: “It was late in the game and I could see that they were dragging a little bit just from fatigue. The middle kind of opened up, it was a one-on-one battle, I baited my guy a little bit. Attacked the middle and Eddie [Gaven] played a good ball in and I made good contact.”
On season opening win: “It’s huge for us. We wanted to get out of the gates fast. We have been notorious for kind of coming out slow. We definitely wanted to come out and make a statement.”
On the team’s potential: “I actually don’t think we are even close to what we can be. We are still a little off, just as far as touch and creativity up front. We are going to take this game in stride, but I think we are a long way from where we want to be.”
Chivas USA (0-1-0) vs. Columbus Crew (1-0-0)
March 2, 2013 – The Home Depot Center
CLB – Federico Higuain 1 (Jairo Arrieta 1) 51
CLB – Josh Williams 1 (Eddie Gaven 1) 88
CLB – Dominic Oduro 1 (unassisted) 90+4
Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Walter Vilchez, Joaquin Velazquez, Mario de Luna, Laurent Courtois (Bobby Burling 56), Giovani Casillas (Miller Bolaños 46), Edgar Mejia, Marvin Iraheta, Eric Avila, Julio Morales (Juan Agudelo 46), Tristan Bowen
Subs not used:
Tim Melia, Josue Soto, Carlos Alvarez, Jose Correa
Columbus Crew – Andy Gruenebaum, Josh Williams, Chad Marshall, Gláuber, Tyson Wahl, Dominic Oduro, Danny O’Rourke, Agustín Viana, Eddie Gaven, Federico Higuaín (Tony Tchani, 76), Jairo Arrieta (Ryan Finley 76)
Subs not used:
Drew Beckle, Matias Sanchez, Ethan Finlay, Ben Speas, Matt Lampson
CHV – Julio Morales (yellow, foul) 8
CHV – Eric Avila (yellow, foul) 28
CHV – Tristan Bowen (yellow, foul) 75
CHV – Marvin Iraheta (yellow, foul) 79
CHV – Bobby Burling (yellow, foul) 90+1
Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert, Jeff Muschik
Time of Game: 1:53
Weather: Clear, 71 degrees