Late goal, Long Beach’s Gordon dog Goats again

San Jose Earthquakes 1 Chivas USA 1

Former Chivas USA striker Alan Gordon likes playing against his old club.

For the second time in two years the lanky Gordon popped up to equalize for his new club against his old – last April it was for Toronto FC, this Sunday it was for San Jose — as the Earthquakes equalized in the 88th minute for a 1-1 draw at Buckshaw Stadium.

It was the third straight week that Chivas USA, winless in its last four outings, had allowed a goal in the final 10 minutes of the game.

It had all started so well, too, when Jose Correa, making his MLS debut, scored what was just Chivas USA’s sixth goal of the season in the fourth minute.

Chivas USA — who may or may not be eying former Galaxy defender Danny Califf – spent the rest of the game fending off San Jose, something they looked to be doing successfully until Gordon showed up to spoil things again.

Now Chivas USA faces the Galaxy — also winless in their last four outings – next weekend at Home Depot Center with just one point separating the clubs and only Portland keeping them both out of the basement.

Incidentally, the Galaxy finally made a statement Sunday afternoon regarding absent goalkeeper Josh Saunders, confirming what we already unofficially knew anyway:

“Josh Saunders is currently in the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program and will remain unavailable for the club indefinitely. That program is administered by medical professionals appointed jointly by the league and the Players Union. Those medical professionals independently evaluate, treat, and determine the length of time that he will be in the program. The team does not control it.”

Galaxy update to Saunders statement 3:30 p.m. Monday

“With the approval of the club, MLS and the medical professionals who are in charge of the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health program, Josh will be in attendance, along with a representative from the program, for the club’s White House visit on Tuesday before returning to the program that night.”

I’ll have more on the not so superclasico in Tuesday’s column.

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