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Vancouver Tops Chivas USA 1 To 0, Vancouver Earns First Road Victory

Chivas comes out in the second half strong but, goal by Hassli locks the win.

Chivas starts the second half with 7 attempts at goal in compare to Vancouver’s 2. Chivas is leading the game in all stats from passes at to possessions at 58.5% to Vancouver’s 41.5%. 

The rain stops but the goats continue the second half offensive woes as Vancouver increases there play on offensive. In just the few minutes in the second half Vancouver has been able to tie there shot attempts. At 56:30 in the match still have trouble finding an opening to the net. Suddenly an opening when Smith finds daylight and takes a hard shot at Knighton who denies Smith. The Whitecaps would return after the play with strong offense of there own but Eric Hassli header in front of the net is just short. Smith is then take out of the game at the 62min of play. Smith is replaced by Miller Bolanos.

As the game continues the play get sloppy on the field with the officials blowing the whistle three times in a span of two minutes. Then at 67:04 Hassli finds the net to put Vancouver on the board. Hassli gets his first score of the season and Vancouver’s first of this match to break the tie.

Chivas will keep finding good shots but the vigor of the first half was lost. Chivas playing  from behind makes a change to see if it helps fire up the team with Ben Zemanski coming in for Peter Vagenas as the PA announces the attendance for tonights match at 7,723.

79:17 David Junior Lopes tries to spear the attack launching a ball from midfield at the goal but Knighton stops the play in front of the box. As we get into the last minutes of regulation the intensity of the Chivas is just gone with turnover after turnover on the offense side. The impatient Chivas fans hoping the team could find a goal sound out in discuss over the calls on the plays. As the door is getting close to closing on the second game of the season Courtois continues the attempts but Knighton defense wall has not allowed anything passed him.

As regulation ends we get 4 min of stoppage time added as Chivas are unable to find the net with the rain starting again at Home Depot Center the game ends washing away the hopes of the Chivas first win of the season. Vancouver improves their record to 2 wins, no losses. This was the first road win for the Whitecaps in the franchises history. Coach Robin Fraser said about the team play tonight, “I just don’t think we were aggressive enough in finding ways to get to goal, and ultimately making ourself goal dangerous.” Fraser would clarify in more detail about the missed opportunities to score. Fraser said, “Something we need to address and look at. To score goals we really want to score goals and I just thought there were to many opportunities that with an aggressive move we might have been able to create a dangerous opportunity and we were not aggressive enough.”

Chivas Midfielder Ryan Smith who played so hard the first half and the second until pulled said about the goal, “We dominated the whole game. For a team that is not meant to be very good at soccer they did not create any clear chances. It hurts to work so hard during a game and have a decision like that change the game.” Smith describe the non foul call for the hit on James Riley which added in the Whitecaps goal.

The Chivas will be hitting the road next week Saturday, March 24 to Salt Lake City, Utah to face Real Salt Lake at 6:00pm PDT.

 

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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