This game was over by the 70th minute when Ante Razov scored Chivas USA’s third goal — and his eighth of the season — from the penalty spot after Red Bull defender Jeff Parke had foolishly pushed sub Laurent Merlin from behind. It was Chivas USA’s first penalty kick since last October when Claudio Suarez scored.
New York had the ball in the net in the 82nd minute, but it was disallowed.
That aside they never really stretched Chivas USA, which had the better of the attacking opportunities before a crowd of 10,292. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed Chivas USA’s dominance, letting out cries of “ole” toward the game’s end as Chivas USA strung passes together at one point.
Galindo had scored Chivas USA’s second in the 57th minute when he outmuscled Seth Stammler — some might say unfairly — to win the ball and score from an acute angle from eight yards.
Anaheim’s Jorge Flores, who won a reality show to win a spot on the roster, made his MLS debut a week shy of his 18th birthday when he came on as a sub in the 76th minute.
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This was a game Preki and his players managed deftly every step of the way.
As Preki pointed out, the win was all about organization and discipline.
“We got a (early) goal, we defended properly and that’s the big battle,” he said. “The guys came out with a great attitude, worked really hard, created things.”
Flores was a little overwhelmed as he stood in the locker room afterward surrounded by reporters.
“I’m happy, I’m a little bit nervous,” he said of his rapid rise from reality show winner to MLS pro. “From now on it’s just a question of working my hardest to make a good impression.
“It all happened fast — four months,” he added. “It’s hard to explain what I feel now.”
Preki said Flores’ debut was well-deserved.
“The kid comes in every day, works hard, he has a really good mentality and that’s how you become a good pro,” Preki said. “You’ve got to have your feet on the ground because things can get away from you really fast.”
Up next for the second place in the Western Conference and 12-6-4 Chivas USA: the Galaxy on Thursday. With a win they go top of the conference.
Game story is here.