This was a yawner of a scoreless game punctuated by a few – I stress few – scoring opportunities, mainly for Chivas USA who had the better of the play for much of the game.
Still, the Earthquakes probably had the best chance of the game, Chivas USA goalkeeper Zach Thornton saving with one hand a Ronnie O’Brien shot in the 86th minute from the top of the box that appeared destined for the back of the net.
Chivas USA’s best move came in the 76th minute, when a build-up that began deep in their own half produced two scoring opportunities one after another.
Goalkeeper Joe Cannon parried an initial Atiba Harris shot, while a Alecko Eskandarian follow-up shot went wide of the far post. Incidentally, it was only the third appearance of the season for Eskandarian, who nonetheless brought an attacking verve to the game when he came on as a substitute.
Chivas USA actually had the ball in the net in the 73rd minute, but the effort by Esky was ruled offside.
San Jose finally began to threaten at game’s end, but it was too little, too late.
An unfortunate 12,209 sat through this one.
There’s not many talking points in the game, so I don’t expect to write much in the way of post-game notes.
Besides, I’ll be collecting material for a CONCACAF Champions League preview for Tuesday’s column.