Chivas USA 3, Red Bulls 2
Erick Torres scored two goals, the first on a penalty kick, and
Chivas USA upset the visiting New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Sunday.
Julio Morales also scored to help Chivas (5-14-6) win for the
first time in more than a month and for only the second time since
the end of March. Chivas had not scored more than one goal in a
game since April 27, a span of 16 games.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made two big saves and defenders Marky
Delgado and Bobby Burling saved shots off the goal line for
”For me, this was our best game of the season,” said Chivas
USA coach Jose Luis Real, who took charge in early June.
”I’ve only been here for half of the season, but this is
definitely the best game Chivas has played since I’ve been
Tim Cahill and Dax McCarty scored for the Red Bulls (11-9-6),
both from Thierry Henry assists. New York would have claimed the
top spot in the Eastern Conference with a victory.
”No disrespect to Chivas, but we’re a much better team than
they are,” New York coach Mike Petke said.
”This is MLS, the parity is proven. Any team can win on any
day. … We could have done better with our opportunities. It just
wasn’t the day to score.
Morales scored in the 30th minute for Chivas, but the Red Bulls
evened it a minute later, when Cahill headed Henry’s corner kick
into the net off the left post.
Chivas again went ahead in first-half stoppage time, with Torres
converting a penalty kick after he was barreled over in the Red
Bulls box by center back Ibrahim Sekagya.
Torres extended the lead in the 81st minute, turning on a
rebound after Kosuke Kimura blocked a Carlos Alvarez shot.
McCarty headed in a Henry free kick in the 86th minute, and
Cahill nearly evened the score deep into stoppage time, but Burling
saved his shot at the right post.
Kennedy made two one-on-one stops on Fabian Espindola in the
first half, both set up by Henry passes, and Delgado had a
goal-line save on a Cahill header off the corner kick that followed
the second of Kennedy’s big stops.
Torres nearly had a hat trick, but he hit the left post from
Carlos Bocanegra’s pass in the 69th minute.