Golden goal or ghostly goal? Alejandro Moreno, left, and Simon Elliott celebrate Chivas USA’s equalizer – but did Moreno get a foot on the ball after Ante Jazic’s free kick or did it go straight in? Looked like the latter to me (AP Photo).
Chivas USA Coach Robin Fraser got his first MLS win – and Chivas their first victory since Oct. 9 – in the Bay Area Saturday afternoon with a Mariano Trujillo effort five minutes from time over the San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-2). Justin Braun played the role of creator, showing his strength by holding off two San Jose players to get the cross in so Trujillo could score his first-ever MLS goal.
The result allowed 1-2-3 Chivas USA to leapfrog their opponents and escape the bottom of the Western Conference.
San Jose looked unconvincing to say the least and Chivas USA played with growing conviction as the game wore on.
*Notable: Chivas USA now haven’t tasted defeat in their last four games.
“The win was going to come,” Fraser said. “I’m more happy for the guys because they’ve worked incredibly hard in the last four months so for them to come and to get the first win on the road it’s a huge a testament to what they have done.”
‘Quakes Coach Frank Yallop plans changes after what he witnessed:
“I’m a little bit lost for words to be honest. I was not happy from the opening whistle. I didn’t see commitment or fight from anyone. We will have to take a hard look at the team and make some decisions for next week. We need to come out with more energy. One thing that I always want to see is fight and that wasn’t there today.
“Chivas were way better than us to be honest, and they deserved it to win the game. We have to compete better than that at home and get some results. It was a really poor performance by us, collectively and individually.”
Next for Chivas USA: New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. Saturday Home Depot Center