Chivas USA 3 Houston Dynamo 0
Three and out: Chivas USA striker Justin Braun is subbed out by Coach Robin Fraser with just three minutes left after scoring three goals in a game for the second time this season in Saturday’s win over Houston (Photo by Getty Images).
Goals by Justin Braun this season are like British buses; you don’t see one for ages, then three come along all at once.
Staff Writer Phil Collin has the game story.
This was the sort of game that can potentially mark a turning point in a club’s season, as Fraser seemed to sense after the game.
We’re very excited, not only because of the result but the way we were able to play tonight,” Fraser said. “I thought that once we started connecting a bit at midfield in the first half then, I think you can see our confidence grow. As we started to get a little bit more confident, we gained more and more possession and we were able to turn those possessions into decent chances.
“At the end of the day, some of the goals were really good in terms of good service, great runs by Justin and very good finishing. For us it was a good night, and more so than just winning, we were able to play with confidence, which is something we’ve talked about in this team, and when we do play with confidence, we are a decent team.”
Houston Coach Dominic Kinnear had the opposite reaction:
“We didn’t play good. I’m not going to mistake any excuses. … When you don’t play good you lose more games than you win, so we deserve what we got.”
“(We’re going to) try and forget this as soon as possible, but realize the mistakes that we made.”
Notable: Francisco “Panchito” Mendoza tied Jonny Bornstein’s all-time Chivas USA appearance record when he made his 123rd appearance for the club as a 78th minute substitute.
Next for Chivas USA: At Dallas Sunday as the Goats start their longest road trip of the year.