Chivas USA Game Notes – (2-3 loss vs. Philadelphia Union, PPL Park, Chester, PA, 6/25/11)
· Chivas USA fell by a score of 2-3 to the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night at PPL Park before 18,139 fans. Defender Michael Umaña scored his first goal of the season and gave the lead to the Red-and-White at the 28th minute. The equalizer came early in the second period through Veljko Paunovic at the 48th minute. Union’s forward Carlos “El Pescadito” Ruiz scored his fourth goal this season and put the score 1-2 in favor of the home team at the 69th minute. Chivas USA tied at the 77th minute through forward Justin Braun who now has a record of four goals, and second-half substitute Danny Mwanga scored the game-winner for the Union in the 82nd minute.
· With the loss, Chivas USA’s season record moves to 4-7-5 and occupies the eight place in the Western Conference with 17 points. Chivas USA now returns home to host the Chicago Fire on Saturday at The Home Depot Center.
· 1-0 – In an end-to-end first period, Chivas USA hit first in the 28th minute after Union’s goal keeper Faryd Mondragon struck away a corner kick, the soccer ball was hit twice, first by midfielder LaBroca and second by Ben Zemanski, before Goats defender Michael Umaña struck it inside the goal, all three players hit the ball with the head.
· 1-1 – The equalizer goal came early in the second period through Union’s midfielder Veljko Paunovic, who assisted by Justin Mapp controlled a cross and defeated Goat’s goal keeper Kennedy in the 48th minute.
· The Red-and-White were close to take the lead again when forward Marcos Mondaini struck the crossbar with a powerful free kick in the 65th minute.
· 1-2 – After been called outside position in two occasions, Union’s forward Carlos Ruiz caught a long ball from Paunovic, covered it, dribbled to his right, and shot. The soccer ball passed through Chivas USA goal keeper’s legs at the 69th minute.
· 2-2 – Eight minutes later Chivas USA tied the match when midfielder Jorge Flores served a brilliant through ball to forward Justin Braun who excelled Mondragon’s late arrival in the 77th minute.
· 2-3 – Minute 82nd started to run when second-half substitute Danny Mwanga scored the game-winner on a straight long-distance shoot (23 yards out) that beat Goat’s goal keeper. Philadelphia Union is now all alone in first place in the Eastern Conference with 26 points
· Chivas USA resumes practice on Tuesday in preparation to host Eastern Conference rival, the Chicago Fire on Saturday, July 2nd at The Home Depot Center at 7:00 p.m. PT (TV: Prime Ticket, Galavision. Radio: W Radio 690 AM)
· Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser about tonight’s match: “The biggest area of improvement for us is we’ve got to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. We’ve done it game in and game out. We’re giving up way too many leads and either tying or losing games that I think we should win.”
Philadelphia Union 3, Chivas USA 2
Chivas USA (4-7-5) vs. Philadelphia Union (7-4-5)
June 25, 2011 — PPL Park Attendance: 18,139
Scoring Summary: CHV — Michael Umaña 1 (Ben Zemanski 3) 28 PHI — Veljko Paunovic 1 (Justin Mapp 1) 48 PHI — Carlos Ruiz 4 (unassisted) 69 CHV — Justin Braun 4 (unassisted) 77 PHI — Danny Mwanga 5 (Sebastien Le Toux 5) 82
Chivas USA — Dan Kennedy, Zarek Valentin, Michael Umaña (Andrew Boyens 46), Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic, Paulo Nagamura, Ben Zemanski (Blair Gavin 76), Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores, Justin Braun, Marcos Mondaini (Chris Cortez 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Victor Estupiñan, Michael Lahoud, Mariano Trujillo, Zach Thornton.
Philadelphia Union — Faryd Mondragon, Sheanon Williams, Danny Califf, Carlos Valdes, Jordan Harvey (Danny Mwanga 46), Justin Mapp, Veljko Paunovic (Kyle Nakazawa 72), Brian Carroll, Sebastien Le Toux, Carlos Ruiz, Jack McInerney (Keon Daniel 46).
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Farfan, Amobi Okugo, Roger Torres, Zac MacMath.
Misconduct Summary: PHI — Carlos Valdes (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64
Referee: Jair Marrufo Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Corey Rockwell 4th Official: Jose Carlos Rivero Time of Game: 1:50 Weather: Cloudy-and-80-degrees