Revs 0 Chivas USA 4
Despite how it looks, it was goalkeeper Zach Thornton (and midfielder Sacha Kljestan) and Chivas USA delivering the knockout blow to New England Wednesday (AP Photos).
This one was over within 30 minutes of the start, with Chivas USA two up and the Revs a man down.
In truth, this wasn’t a win by Chivas USA as much as it was a capitulation by New England.
The sight of concussion victim Taylor Twellman and former Assistant Coach Paul Mariner (relegated to League One in England as manager with Plymouth Argyle this term) yukking it up on the sideline on TV added to the surreal evening.
There was a dismal attendance of roughly 5,000 and a general feeling of helplessness about the Revs. With Shalrie Joseph out for personal reasons there’s really no there there for New England.
This comment below a YouTube video the Revs posted tonight pretty much summed it up:
“I have nothing against a bunch of guys who give 100% to the best of their abilities. That’s what this team is at the moment. The problem here is an apathetic and disinterested ownership that just doesn’t seem to get it.
It’s really sad for all the real fans who make the trek down to Foxboro. I sat amongst the few thousand that turned up for this game. And right from the first whistle, it was clear that the guys looked like they were infantry men forced at gunpoint to fight at the front.”
Still, Chivas USA did this evening what good soccer teams do; punish an outmanned team playing badly. Chivas tied their largest margin of victory ever this evening.
Padilla and Kljestan pulled the strings and looked threatening.
Akron rookies Zemanski and Gavin (who had a well-taken first MLS goal) belied their rookie status with assured performances in midfield.
The highlight: a confidently taken goal by Justin Braun, who beat two defenders.
Padilla doubled his fun Wednesday with two goals.
Notable: Newly-signed midfielder Jos Macotelo made his MLS debut, entering the match in the 67th minute for Jess Padilla. Macotelo joined the team in Chicago after signing on loan from Puntarenas F.C. in Costa Rica last week.
“[This game] gives you confidence, and we have to start preparing for Saturday,” said Chivas USA Coach Martin Vasquez of the game against the Dynamo at home. “It’s going to come fast and against one of our biggest opponents, we have to have our top game.”
Chivas USA lineup: Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Daro Delgado, Michael Umaa, Jonathan Bornstein, Jess Padilla (Jos Macotelo 67), Ben Zemanski (Marcelo Saragosa 60), Blair Gavin, Gerson Mayn, Sacha Kljestan, Justin Braun (Maicon Santos 73)
Subs not used: Kevin Guppy, Carlos Borja, Jorge Flores, Chukwudi Chijindu
Next for Chivas USA: Houston Saturday in Carson.
As for New England, this reaction pretty much sums it up:
Three tweets from Kljestan tonight:
“Shout out to my boy Gerson Mayen for ballin tonight on his first start of the season! he is the truth!”
“Congrats to the ROOK @bgav18 on his first MLS goal. dont worry ill give u a shout out too @zmnsk21 you played well tonight.”
“Great game tonight for us… 2 game road trip and took 4 points! Early flight home tomorrow morning to get ready for another game Saturday”.
Chivas USA midfielders Cesar Zamora of Sylmar and Bryan de la Fuente were named to the U.S. U-20 team for a tournament in the Netherlands later this month.