Final: Chivas USA 0 Columbus Crew 0
Chivas USA is still looking for its first win under Robin Fraser, but at least got their first shutout. Baby steps.
Chivas USA improves to 0-2-2, but the scoreline is an accurate depiction of a game between two poor teams that never got started.
A brave 13,385 sat through this one.
An excellent save by a sprawling Dan Kennedy denied Eddie Gaven a goal in the 74th minute, the closest either team has come to a goal. Gaven had a nice breakaway that caught out a backpedaling Chivas USA defense, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Kennedy just got a hand to Gaven’s shot from 18 yards out and pushed the effort around the post.
After just over an hour played – we’re in the 67th minute – this half is only marginally better.
Zarek Valentin managed to get a boot to a ball and put it over the bar before Emilio Renteria, bearing down on the goal from close range, could reach it.
Chivas USA’s Jorge Flores received a yellow in the 65th minute.
It’s always a bad sign when your coach is more animated than the players on the field. Crew Coach Robert Warzycha, who has been up and down several times gesticulating over the first 45 minutes, was clearly as unimpressed with the play of his team as we were up in the press box.
This is not pretty stuff.
Allegedly each team had one shot on target.
Chivas USA’s Marcos Mondaini just got a yellow card in the 35th minute for elbowing Emilio Renteria. Maybe the most decisive move either team has made tonight in this snoozefest.
We’re 20 minutes in; nothing of any consequence has occurred. Really.
After getting their first point of the season last weekend in Toronto, Chivas USA will strive for their first win of the season in Carson tonight against the visiting Columbus Crew.
Andrew Boyens gives way on the back four for Zarek Valentin, back from U-20 duty, the only change in the starting XI for Coach Robin Fraser.
Chivas USA XI: Dan Kennedy-Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Michael Lahoud-Ben Zemanski, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores, Marcos Mondaini-Justin Braun, Alejandro Moreno.
Robbie Rogers of Rolling Hills Estates gets the start in midfield for the Crew.
Crew XI: William Hesmer-Sebastian Miranda, Julius James, Chad Marshall, Rich Balchan-Eddie Gaven, Dejan Rusmir, Kevin Burns, Robbie Rogers-Emilio Renteria, Emmanuel Ekpo
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