Western Conference MLS Soccer Weekend Result: Chivas vs San Jose ended with 2-2 Draw

A Recap on Chivas USA (3-3-2) home game against the San Jose Earthquakes (2-3-4) – MLS Western Conference 2013 game

2nd Half of the game / From: L to R: Chivas mid-fielder Marco Delgado (12), San Jose defender Justin Morrow(15) and Chivas mid-fielder Eric Avila seen to the far right.(PHOTO BY L. JOHNSON)

CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, April 28, 2013) – The result from this weekend MLS Western Conference game landed Chivas USA in 4th spot at 11 points, after 8 games and San Jose in the 6th spot with 10 points after playing its 9th game.

Chivas USA played the San Jose Earthquakes ended with a 2-2 draw on Saturday night in front of a meager fans turn out at the Home Depot Center.  San Jose skipper Chris Wondolowski gave his team the early lead in the first half.

Into the 40th minute of the game, San Jose was awarded a spot kick that was taken by Shea Salinas (#2).  Salinas served the ball high dropping it inside Chivas’ 9 yard danger zone finding the quick thinking and speedy Captain Wondolowski, who swiftly delivered it to the back of Chivas’ net. Leaving the opposing goalkeeper–Captain Dan Kennedy and his defenders flat footed and stunned. This is the San Jose’s skipper 4th goal since the season.

At half time intermission the Goats left the pitch one goal down.

CaribPress reporter asked Chivas USA Head Coach and manager José Luis “El Chelis” Sanchez this question.  At half-time your team entered into the locker room with one goal down, what did you tell them going forward into the 2nd half?

The coach answered and said he told his team that everyone is searching for inspiration, don’t change, just stick to our game plan and keep going forward and find creative ways to put the ball into the San Jose’s net.

Just 2 minutes after referee Mark Geiger blew the whistle kicking off the 2nd half, Mario de Luna (#3) gave Chivas its equalizer. And 4 minutes later, Chivas striker Tristan Bowen (#7) delivered a second goal putting his team ahead of San Jose.  This is the Californian home grown player Tristan, first Chivas goal since joining the Goats in 2010.

Chelis made the first change by swapping out Marvin Iraheta (#31) for Josue Soto (#13) in the 65th minute.

Followed by San Jose head coach Frank Yallop subbing Marvin Chavez (#81) for the Trinidadian Cordell Cato (#7) in the 67th minutes.  Three minutes later, Coach Yallop replaced Steven Lenhart with Adam Jahn.

Chivas forward Jose Correa (27) chased by San Jose defender Morrow (15). Game ended 2-2 draw.
PHOTO BY L. JOHNSON

Further down into the game at the 80th minute, Chelis made another subbed by taking out Carlos Alvarez (#20) and putting in José Manuel Rivera (#6) and within the next 5 minutes replacing Tristan Bowen (#7) with Marco Delgado (#12).  Using all his 3 substitutions allowed in one game, according to MLS and FIFA rule.

Chivas hold on to the lead for the next half an hour trying to keep off the enduring San Jose goal seeking pressure, that were at its boiling point.

In the last quarter of the game, the San Jose squad kept the ball mostly in Chivas’ 18 yard box fishing for their equalizer.  Finally, in the 76th minute  Quakes defender Nana Attakora (#23) dribbled passed Chivas forward Jose Corres (#27); Passed the ball to Shea Salinas who wasted no time to send it across the Chivas goal triggering the quickness of Cato (#7) that awarded him the final kick sending the ball to the back of Chivas’ net for 2nd time.

Referee Geiger ended the 90 plus minutes game with Chivas USA – 2 and San Jose Earthquake – 2 posted on the scoreboard – game ended with a draw.

Next games scheduled for San Jose are two home matches, against Montreal on Saturday, May 4th and Toronto FC on Wednesday, May 8, while Chivas USA play their next two away matches at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, May 5 and at the Portland Timbers on Sunday, May 12.

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