Chivas USA fell 1-0 tonight at the Houston Dynamo in a battle between first- and second-place teams in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.
Houston forward Stuart Holden scored the game’s only goal, deep into in first-half injury time, following a long clearance by goalkeeper Pat Onstad that was headed on by Dynamo forward Cam Weaver.
Despite the result, Chivas USA remains in first place in MLS, with a record of 8-3-3 (W-L-T), good for 27 points, just three points ahead of the second-place Dynamo. However, the Dynamo have played three fewer games than Chivas USA.
In the four-year history of the Chivas USA vs. Houston Dynamo rivalry, the home team remains unbeaten in all 13 meetings (regular season and playoffs), with the Red-and-White posting a 0-6-2 record all-time (W-L-T) at Robertson Stadium, while the Dynamo are currently 0-2-3 vs. Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “I thought we were pretty decent in the first 30 minutes and basically controlled the tempo of the game. In the last 15 minutes [of the first half] we made a couple of mistakes, and they all of a sudden started feeling a little bit more comfortable. … And then, we give up the dumbest goal ever, from a goal kick.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit cdchivasusa.com.
For tonight’s match, Chivas USA was missing Southern California natives Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan, both currently in South Africa with the U.S. National Team for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as Mexican defender Mariano Trujillo, who was serving a one-game suspension for yellow-card accumulation. In addition, Chivas USA was missing six players due to injury.
Following Sunday’s game at Columbus, Chivas USA opens SuperLiga 2009 on Saturday, June 20 at The Home Depot Center, when it hosts Tigres UANL of Mexico at 7:00 p.m. For the second consecutive year, Chivas USA takes on top teams from Mexico and MLS in SuperLiga. For more information, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1, visit cdchivasusa.com.
Listen to post-game audios in English from:
Head Coach Preki
Defender Carey Talley
Midfielder Paulo Nagamura
Escuche las declaraciones después del partido en español de:
Delantero Maykel Galindo
Defensa Jorge Flores