Lightning strikes as the Galaxy win on the road, Chivas USA at home on same night

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Before Wednesday night, the Galaxy had won just once on the road, Chivas USA just once at home. By the end of it the respective clubs had doubled those totals.

The Galaxy clawed back from the two-goal deficit they were down within just 30 minutes to score three unanswered goals and defeat the best team in MLS at their own stadium.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA welcomed former midfield enforcer Jesse Marsch and his expansion Montreal Impact to Home Depot Center for the first-time ever and scored two goals there for the first time this season to win 2-1 on a late 82nd minute goal by veteran Juan Pablo Angel.

Before Galaxy fans get carried away with two consecutive wins for the first time this season, it should be pointed out that calamitous RSL defensive errors were to blame for their first two goals and while the third was old-school Donovan of a few years ago the defense didn’t cover itself with glory in that instance either.

Nor does Chivas USA’s unprecedented home goal outburst exactly signal the awakening of a mighty attacking force from its slumber either; the club needed a goal scoring angel late on and got it in Angel, whose positioning and sense of timing remain of Premier League quality.

Coach Robin Fraser’s substitutions looked inspired given the role Angel and Jorge Villafana played in the winning goal, but the team remains in need of more consistent offensive threats.

Net result: Both teams got much-needed confidence-building wins and accumulated sorely-needed points in an unlikely fashion.

Our sister newspaper, The Salt Lake Tribune, has the story of the Galaxy win from the other locker room.

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Next for the Galaxy Saturday at Home Depot Center: the Vancouver Whitecaps, who drew 1-1 tonight with New York.

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Staff Writer Phil Collin was at Home Depot Center to watch Chivas USA win and filed this report.

The dismal attendance incidentally: 10,376.

Quotable:

*Said Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser:

“You really can’t say enough about the three subs who came in. Jorge and Juan [Pablo ngel] combined for the goal and then Pete had some very intelligent minutes down the stretch. So overall it’s a performance that we feel certainly good about. We always feel like things could be better but certainly it was a performance and a result that we are happy with.”

*Montreal coach Jesse Marsch:

“For me, it’s a game that we 100% shouldn’t lose. We made critical mistakes, we’ve talked about dealing with set pieces and dealing with crosses, and that’s what hurt us. But for the most part, I felt like that game was under control. I thought we had that under control, and it was going to be a tie, or a win down the stretch. This is what we’re still trying to learn, because we’ve had a lot of games that look like this this year. We feel like we were good enough on the day to get a result, and we wind up somehow giving it away.”

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  • Inigo Montoya

    I’ll take superstitious credit for this win. It was the first game I couldn’t stand to watch, so I missed it. I guess they play better without me watching.