Final: Chivas USA at Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew 1 Chivas USA 0

A sickening way to lose a game for Chivas USA, striker Justin Braun conceding a wholly unnecessary penalty in the 89th minute at the end of a final 45 minutes Chivas USA not only dominated, but saw two Crew goal line clearances within a minute deny them a road win.

Chivas USA Coach Martn Vsquez sounded as if he’d been punched in the stomach:

“We had the ball, we had the possession, we had the tempo, and we had a couple of great chances at least to put on in. I’m happy about that, but the result obviously leaves you with a very empty feeling.”

Key stat: Chivas USA outshot the Crew 10-4 in the second half.

Columbus improved to 4-0-2, while Chivas USA dropped to 3-5-1.

Justin Braun’s eventful night ended even worse: he left the game with a left knee injury that will be evaluated back in LA.

Game story

Chivas USA XI: Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Daro Delgado, Michael Umaa, Jonathan Bornstein, Jess Padilla (Maicon Santos 90), Ben Zemanski, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud (Marcelo Saragosa 83), Sacha Kljestan, Justin Braun (Chukwudi Chijindu 90+)

Next for Chivas USA: defending MLS champion Real Salt Lake Saturday at Home Depot Center.

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  • PocketKings

    I didn’t see the game live. I had to watch it the next day on the DVR. And even though my brother-in-law blurted out the result, I was very entertained by the 1-2/give and go style that Chivas USA played (and on the road, too). We were clearly the better team that night. But, that’s how it goes.

    Gavin-o & Zemanski had a great game in the middle of the park. And Sasha’s looking better in that withdrawn striker/playmaker role.

    I am really enjoying the style of play. Pretty soon we’ll catch the bounce! Go Chivas USA!