Chivas USA Notes (Goats fall 1-0 to D.C. UNITED @ RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 9/23/12) CD Chivas USA

Chivas USA Notes (Goats fall 1-0 to D.C. UNITED @ RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., 9/23/12)



  • ·        WASHINGTON – (Sunday, September 23, 2012) – Chivas USA (7-15-7) fell 1-0 Sunday night at RFK Stadium against D.C. United (15-10-5) before a crowd of 11,770. D.C. was able to knock-in the eventual game-winner on Branko Boskovic’s header in the 64th minute on a Lionard Pajoy assist.
  • ·        Both sides started the match battling for ball possession and neither defense allowed a shot on-goal in the first ten minutes. Red-and-White goalkeeper Dan Kennedy denied D.C. midway through the first-half on a number of strikes, including former Goat Maicon Santos’ shot from inside box. Goats’ midfielder Shalrie Joseph nearly put his side up a goal in the 36th minute, when he unleashed a strike from about 30 yards out. The ball was deflected and nearly got past United goalkeeper Bill Hamid’s left, but the ball bounced wide of the post.
  • ·        Ryan Smith, making his second consecutive start as a forward, possessed the ball effectively, making several defenders miss throughout the half and getting the ball into dangerous spots. In the 37th minute he worked the ball inside the right side of the box and floated a cross into the short area, where Hamid needed a last-second tip save. Ben Zemanski recovered the rebound and took a shot that again Hamid was able to deny.
  • ·        Locked in a scoreless match, Chivas USA continued to look for opportunities early in the second half. In the 49th minute, Smith placed a free kick deep from about 45 yards out and placed it into the box, where John Valencia attempted to head the ball in, but could not find the back of the net. In the 54th minute Miller Bolaños raced down the left sideline with the ball on a breakaway. The midfielder found Casey Townsend in the box, but the forward’s shot was blocked by the D.C. defense.
  • ·        In the 64th minute United was able to break the scoreless tie when Pajoy crossed a pass from outside the right side of the box to the cutting Boskovic, who entered as a sub in the 57th minute. The midfielder dove head first outside the short area and recorded the game’s only goal.
  • ·        The Rojiblancos had a dangerous look at equalizing inside the box. Bolaños worked the ball on the left flank and crossed it to sub Jose Correa, who gathered the pass with his back to the net, turned and fired, but the shot was deflected by the defense. The ball caromed to Jorge Villafaña, whose shot sailed over the cross bar towards the far post.
  • ·        Chivas USA returns home from its week-long road trip when it hosts Real Salt Lake at The Home Depot Center, Saturday, Sept. 29. The match kicks off at 7:30 pm PT and will broadcast on television, live on Prime Ticket in English and KWHY Channel 22 in Spanish. For more information please visit Follow us on Twitter @cdchivasusa and





On the positive aspects of Chivas’ game: “We kept a lot possession, especially for playing on the road. It’s one of the first times that we’ve done it. It was a good defensive effort and we limited their chances. We just have to use that possession in our advantage so that we can put one in the net. It was a positive adjustment for us. They came out firing and had us under a lot of pressure but we settled into the game and we were able to work our way in it and get that possession.”

On Chivas’ mentality for the last games of the season: “We definitely are taking the last games very seriously. We don’t want to end the season on the streak that we are on right now. We’re going to attack the next games and try to get a couple of wins so that we end the season on a positive note.”



On what Chivas lacked in order to get a positive result: “Conviction in the final third. I think we generally did alright. We had some clear chances in the second half and if we would have put them away, it would have been a different game. But overall I think we played well. Players have to take more pride in their game and try to get better results. It’s not just coaches, it’s players as well. We have got to go out and do our jobs better. It’s disappointing, but we have to keep on playing.”

On Chivas dominating possession: “It’s what we like to do anyways. Any team that dictates possession in a game generally creates more chances so today it’s good that we controlled the game and dominated possession, although we didn’t make anything of it. We should have won today, but we lacked clinical finishing in the final third. The coach gave us the game plan and in general we did well with it, but we lacked effectiveness.”

On the MLS’ versus England’s professional soccer: “The MLS is very physical, similar to England and some other countries in Europe. You have to be very fit to play here. In terms of play, the Premier League is definitely a level above but, like I’ve said to reporters before, I think the MLS is better than any division below the Premier League in England. I enjoy it and I hope to continue playing here next year.



On his role as a late substitute: “Well, it was obviously to add numbers at top with the objective of finding a goal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t score and the goal didn’t come, but we have to keep working in order to improve in the remaining games of the season.”

On whether the final result of the game was deserved: “This is soccer and in the end goals make the difference. Both teams had good chances, but it was D.C. who capitalized in the end. I think we had a good game, dominated possession, and could have won but unfortunately we just couldn’t finish.”

On his new life at Chivas USA after a successful stint in Colombian soccer: “I like it here. It’s only my first year in the United States but little by little I’m learning how things work over here. I’m working hard to make the best out of this opportunity and help my team improve. In terms of soccer, it’s pretty much the same thing than in Colombia and it has been easy to adapt. I guess the hardest part of moving here is the language barrier, but I hope that improves with time.”



On the successful week and week ahead: “We talked about getting nine points in three games as a goal, and you go about working towards it and then when you get it, it feels good. We’ve put ourselves in a pretty good position but now we have to go away for two games and that has been our Achilles heel. It was good to get the monkey off our back in Philly, but you’ve seen Portland. It’s a small field, tough crowd and tough atmosphere so that is going to be a big task but we’ll take a day or two to heal and rest up.  The guys earned a day or two to unwind and then we’ll be getting back to business for Portland and also Toronto.”

On Branko Boskovic: “He’s been great this week, he really has. I know you guys made a meal out of his comments earlier in the week but to me that’s just a guy that wants to be on the field and wants to win and I thought his attitude all week has been good. He helped out in the Philly game and I put him in a position he’s never played at in his life and I think he has excelled at it in both opportunities. Tonight, a goal from his head, a diving header, I’m sure that’s the first in his entire life, I’ll have to ask him. He’s committed, even though I’m sure he disagrees with me at times, he’s committed to the guys out there and he’s committed to this organization and he always has been so I’m happy he was the hero today.”

On bringing Boskovic off the bench as opposed to starting him: “Part of it is I wanted to get Marcelo [Saragosa] in there. I think he has done a good job when he’s been in there. He was fresh and Branko has had some travel and some games this week but it was more of a tactical decision. It was more Maicon [Santos] or him, I think they both do a good job of coming in off the bench and you don’t necessarily always want to have both in the starting spot because then you don’t necessarily have a huge impact piece on the bench in that role.”



On the game-winning goal: “The last time I scored was like two years ago. It’s a good feeling. Especially when you win 1-0. I think we deserve these three points, its very important for us and this goal was because we worked hard and it was good quality by the group. We help each other on the field and we deserve these three points.”

On how the goal happened: “I don’t know, I tried to go first to hit this ball and it was a little bit lucky. I don’t know, I’m very happy. I don’t know what else to say.”

On the overall effort: “Everybody played good, everybody take his chance. Last game, [Lewis] Neal take his chance and score, Maicon gives a good pass. This is good for the team. This is a victory of group. We have a good group and good quality and when you play, somebody always helps. Next game its going to be something else. When we play like this, this is group, and this is good. This is not only one game, it is multiple games. This is good.”



On the confidence of the team after the win: “It gave us a lot more confidence as well. The fact that we’ve gotten two shutouts in a row and it was two great games of defense and you have to take your hat off to the teammates in the defense, blocking everything.”

On the performance without Dwayne De Rosario: “DeRo is a special player, but when you are expecting things to happen throughout a season, you got to have a backup plan and different routes you want to take the team and the coaches have done a good job with that. We have figured out a way to get results without DeRo, even though DeRo is a special player and a complete game-changer.”

On the personality of the team heading into the final matches: “We were grinding at the beginning of the season. We were getting results at the beginning of the season. We knew we could do it. We just had a little fall off, but, like I said, we want the playoffs. We’re going to stay a team, stay together and do what we need to do to get there.”

Chivas USA (7-15-7) vs. D.C. United (15-10-5)

Sept. 23, 2012 – RFK Stadium


Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy, Ben Zemanski, Danny Califf (Jose Correa 81), John Valencia, Jorge Villafaña, Miller Bolaños, Shalrie Joseph ©, Nick LaBrocca, Peter Vagenas (Alejandro Moreno 61), Casey Townsend, Ryan Smith (Juan Agudelo 80).

Substitutes Not Used: Patrick McLain, Robert Burling, Ante Jazic, Tristan Bowen


DC United: Bill Hamid, Andy Najar, Brandon McDonald, Dejan Jakovic, Chris, Corb, Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen (Lewis Neal 77), Marcelo Saragosa, Chris Pontius, Lionard Pajoy, Maicon Santos (Branko Boskovic 57).

Substitutes Not Used: Joe Willis, Robbie Russell, Ethan White, Hamdi Salihi, Long Tan


Misconduct Summary:

DC – Marcelo Saragosa (caution, persistent infringement) 60

CHV – Nick LaBrocca (caution, foul) 68

DC – Andy Najar (caution, persistent infringement) 74

CHV – Casey Townsend (caution, foul) 90


Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor, Kevin Klinger 4th Official: Mark Kadlecik


Attendance: 11,770 Time of Game: 1:50 Weather: Clear, 70 degrees


About Chivas USA

Founded in 2004, Los Angeles-based Club Deportivo Chivas USA has achieved remarkable success in seven full seasons in Major League Soccer. From 2006-2009, the Mexican-owned club qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in four consecutive seasons, to the delight of its passionate supporters. In addition, Chivas USA’s innovative grassroots programs demonstrate its deep commitment to the Southern California community, while the club’s youth teams and Soccer Academies offer unprecedented opportunities to the region’s best young talent. For more information on Chivas USA, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit


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