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.
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.