Soccer News: CHIVAS USA FALLS 2-3 TO LA GALAXY
Michael Lahoud and trialist Tijuana native Cesar Romero scored their second goals of pre-season
Yesterday morning at 10:30 am (PT), Chivas USA played its sixth pre-season scrimmage against their front door rivals, the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center, University Field 1. While Michael Lahoud in the 53rd minute and Cesar Romero in the 77th each scored their second goals of the pre-season, the Red-and-White lost 2-3 and now has a 2-4-0 pre-season record.
Chivas USA kept the ball and set the pace for the first 20 minutes of the match. Michael Lahoud early in the game (minute 4) on an individual play attacked from the right side of the field and blasted a shot that barely missed Galaxy’s goalkeeper Bill Gaudette’s left post.
One minute after, Lahoud again assisted Goats’ new acquisition defender James Riley who didn’t have the space to finish the play.
At minute 9, Midfielder Laurent Courtois had his chance and shot from the left side of the box, but Gaudette timely blocked it. At minute 13, by intercepting a pass right outside the box, Red-and-White’s 2011 Golden Boot midfielder Nick LaBrocca shot and created another opportunity for his squad, unfortunately for him, Galaxy’s GK dove and barely deflected the ball with his left hand.
- 0-1 - The first goal of the match came in the 21st minute when Galaxy’s forward Adam Cristman, attacking from the left side of the pitch, assisted LA’s forward Pat Noonan with the score.
- 0-2 - Ten minutes later Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy and his defense line miscommunicated. Kennedy’s pass was intercepted by Cristman who was just outside the box, attentive, and scored the second goal for the Galacticos in the 31st minute.
- 0-3 - Before the end of the first half, Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Rafael Garcia, in an individual play inside the box, crossed to midfielder Dan Keat who pushed and placed the ball in the back of the net at the 40th minute.
- 1-3 – In a triangular play, Cesar Romero coming from the center of the field crossed to Laurent Courtois who assisted Michael Lahoud who confronted and beat Galaxy´s goalkeeper. After receiving the pass from Courtois, the native from Sierra Leone barely touched the ball that went slowly inside the net while he was tackled by Galaxy’s GK. The referee whistled and pointed toward the center of the pitch signaling the goal in the 53rd minute.
- 2-3 – Ryan Smith, Jorge Villafaña, and Cesar Romero, playing from the center of the field, elaborated another triangular play that resulted on a second goal for the Red-and-White squad in the 77th minute of the match. Midfielder Smith crossed to the left to “Sueño” who crossed back to the center for Romero who scored his second goal of the Goats’ pre-season.
- Chivas USA next scrimmage will be held at University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium against Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles (Xolos de Tijuana) from Mexico’s First Division scheduled for Wednesday, February 22, at 8:00 pm, in San Diego, CA.
- The Red-and-White will resume training tomorrow at 9:30 am (PT), and again Monday and Tuesday at 9:30 am (PT). For tickets or news about Chivas USA please visit cdchivasusa.com or call 1-877-CHIVAS-1
Chivas USA vs. Los Angeles Galaxy
February 16, 2012 – The Home Depot Center – University Field 1
Chivas USA 2 – 3 Los Angeles Galaxy
LA – Pat Noonan (Adam Cristman) 21; Adam Cristman 31; Dan Keat (Rafael Garcia) 40.
CHV – Michael Lahoud (Laurent Courtois, Cesar Romero) 53; Cesar Romero (Jorge Villafaña, Ryan Smith) 77.
CHV – Nick LaBrocca (caution, reckless tackle) 61
LA – Kyle Nakasawa (caution, reckless foul) 74
LA Galaxy – 38-Bill Gaudette (1-Nick Noble 40), 36-T.J. Murray (2-Todd Dunivant 82), 35-Bryan Gaul, 29-Andrew Boyens (31-Tommy Meyer 74), 27-Justin Davies, 11-Pat Noonan, 25-Rafael Garcia, 15-Dan Keat, 16-Hector Jimenez (26-Michael Stevens 65), 17-Adam Cristman, 32-Jack McBean (28-Kyle Nakazawa 74)
Chivas USA – 1-Dan Kennedy (28-Tim Melia 65), 13-Ante Jazic (19-Jorge Villafaña 58), 3-Heath Pearce, 5-John Valencia (77-David Lopes, 73), 7-James Riley, 15-Alejandro Moreno (17-Miller Bolaños 46); 10-Nick LaBrocca (6-Peter Vagenas 73); 21-Ben Zemanski (18-Blair Gavin 73); 16-Laurent Courtois (22-Ryan Smith 58); 11-Michael Lahoud; 9-Juan Pablo Angel (59-Cesar Romero 46).
Referee: Chris Penso
2nd Assistant Referee: Frank Anderson
3rd Assistant Referee: Ian Anderson
Time of Game: 1:46
Weather: Sunny with a breeze, 66 degrees