Aly Moreno, left, and Fred, right, both scored first half goals for the Union Saturday against Chivas USA; here the pair celebrate after the former Galaxy striker’s conversion. (AP Photo).
At least Chivas USA and Galaxy fans have one thing in common heading into next Sunday’s SuperClasico: they both support teams who appear to be deteriorating rather than improving as the season wears on.
Faltering Chivas USA never had the look of a team that believed they had a rare opportunity for a road win in this one. The Union, in contrast, seem to believe their worst is behind them and looked far more confident going forward.
The attitude paid off with three set piece goals for the Union today. Le Toux’s third summed things up for Chivas USA as the ball squirted through a woefully inadequate wall and into the net.
This is basic, basic stuff.
But Chivas USA seem to take their level of ineptitude almost in shrugging stride judging by the rueful reaction to Alan Gordon’s stunningly badly taken second half shot that ended up closer to the corner flag than the goal.
“We gave up three goals on set pieces and that’s not acceptable, especially at this stage of the season where we have defended hundreds of set pieces,” said Coach Martin Vasquez. “We were soft, and I mean no disrespect to the Union, but I’m upset because I thought we could have done better.”
Chivas USA’s shambles of a season slides deeper into the mire.
Chivas USA lineup: Zach Thornton, Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado (Yamith Cuesta 46), Ante Jazic, Michael Lahoud, Paulo Nagamura, Sal Zizzo (Jesus Padilla 54), Rodolfo Espinoza (Jonathan Bornstein 49), Justin Braun, Alan Gordon.