Halftime: Red Bulls at Chivas USA

Chivas USA 0 New York Red Bulls 0

This is a scrappy, disjointed affair with more errant passes and impotent runs than quality scoring opportunities.

Each side had just one half decent chance at goal.

Chivas USA’s came in the 11th minute, Brazilian Maicon Santos almost making the Red Bulls pay for a poor clearance, which fell to Paulo Nagamura. His shot hit Santos on his instep and the resultant ricochet flashed just wide of the post.

New York’s opportunity came from a Danleigh Borman corner kick, which Dane Richards almost turned in at the near post.

New York finished without a shot on target and Zach Thornton didn’t have to make a save. Chivas USA weren’t much better; they had one shot on target

BTW, I should note Gerson Mayen and Jorge Flores are missing for Chivas USA. Mayen played the full 90, while Flores was a 36th minute sub in the 3-0 U.S. loss to Germany today at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

And no, the game wasn’t as close as the score suggests; the U.S. were thoroughly outplayed by a team just as fit and strong as them, but far more skillful and tactically aware.

Updated: Striker Maykel Galindo has come in for midfielder Jesus Padilla as the second half begins, in what is an obvious attempt at trying to find more firepower.

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