On a cloudy Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium, Chivas USA fell 4-0 to the Houston Dynamo in front of 10,908 fans in Houston, Texas.
With the result, Chivas USA remains in sixth place in MLS’s Western Conference, with a record of 6-9-5 (W-L-T) and 23 points, while Houston now has 32 points and improves its record to 8-4-8 (W-L-T) in first place in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA allowed four goals in 24 minutes during the first half. Houston’s Stuart Holden scored in the 11th minute, Kei Kamara added another goal at the 22nd minute, Nate Jaqua scored one more six minutes later, and Kamara scored again (35’) for a 4-0 lead before halftime.
Chivas USA made two substitutions at the beginning of the second half: Kraig Chiles for Paulo Nagamura and Eric Ebert for Claudio Suarez, who played again after the head injury he suffered in Chicago on August 2nd. Midfielder Carey Talley left the game early (13th minute) with a thigh injury and was replaced by Keith Savage.
Due to World Cup qualifying games, midfielder Sacha Kljestan (U.S. National Team) missed the match, as well as three Houston players (Dwayne De Rosario, Pat Onstad, and Brian Ching). Chivas USA currently has a total of 11 players listed on its injury report, and was without several key players, including Justin Braun (R ankle sprain), Jesse Marsch (fractured jaw), Lawson Vaughn (R knee sprain), Raphaël Wicky (R ankle surgery), and Alex Zotinca (R knee ACL surgery).
The Red-and-White continues its winless streak at Robertson Stadium, where it has never won and owns now a record of 0-5-2 (W-L-T), including playoffs.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on the match: “They were sharp from the first minute. They came in the field, ready to play. They were aggressive. They played the game that they needed to play.”
The Red-and-White returns now to The Home Depot Center for the new California Clásico against the San Jose Earthquakes. Coming off a 4-0 win over the MLS-leading New England Revolution, the Earthquakes trail Chivas USA by just two points in the standings, setting up a vital match for both team’s playoffs hopes. The first 5000 fans through the gates on Saturday night will also receive a ‘Mystery Gift Card’ courtesy of The Home Depot. The match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PT, and tickets can be purchased by calling 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or by visiting https://22.214.171.124/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=https://126.96.36.199/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.cdchivasusa.com/.