On Saturday night at The Home Depot Center, Chivas USA drew 1-1 with the New York Red Bulls, recording the Red-and-White’s first unbeaten streak since May and moving into sole position of fourth place in MLS’s Western Conference.
Southern California native Ante Razov (Los Angeles) scored his second goal of 2008 (and 111st of his regular-season MLS career) in first-half stoppage time (49+’) to earn the 1-1 draw for Chivas. Earlier, Red Bulls midfielder Dave van den Bergh had put New York ahead, on a 26th-minute free kick.
Chivas USA forward Justin Braun received five stitches above his left eye at halftime after receiving an elbow to the face from Andrew Boyens early in the first half.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on Saturday's match: “Obviously, [I’m] very disappointed with the result for us tonight. … We give up a goal in the first half and then we didn’t play well, we created nothing in the first half offensively and we went in at halftime 1-1. … In the second half I thought we were a little bit better. We pushed forward, we tried to pin them back, and we had a couple opportunities to score a goal. We didn’t, but overall I don’t think we created enough opportunities here tonight to give ourselves a real good chance of winning this game. I think 1-1 might have been a fair result.”
Chivas USA next travels to Seattle, where on Tuesday it faces the United Soccer Leagues First Division champion Seattle Sounders in the Third Round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – the same stage where upstart Seattle eliminated the Red-and-White in the 2007 Open Cup. Fans watch the game LIVE online at USLlive.com.
Next Saturday, Chivas USA offers fans a Double Dose of Independence Day when, on July 5, it presents a special postgame fireworks show following its game vs. the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center at 7:30 p.m. PT. Don’t miss birth of a new California Clásico!
For tickets or more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1, visit www.cdchivasusa.com or contact Chivas USA Communications.