This was an excruciating game to watch for about 70 minutes.
As in deathly, tediously inexorably, dull. And in no way urgent.
Staff Writer Phil Collin has the game story.
Notable: Chivas USA are unbeaten in seven of the last eight matches.
“I thought we were probably a little too passive in the beginning of the game, not urgent enough,” Chivas USA coach Robin Fraser said. “First half I thought things were a little bit too slow, we didn’t move the ball quickly enough, we didn’t make it difficult for them at all. I felt in the second half our urgency was much better.
“Certainly the second half of the second half I thought it was very good. … More than anything we just come out of it as a group realizing that we have to [be urgent]. The urgency that we saw in the second half is what we need to see more of.
“The difference in our team when we play with urgency versus when we play with less urgency, it’s a stark difference. At the end of the day we have to do things better to win games, certainly a big part of that for us is just our approach and again, our urgency. I think we have quality players and in this league so many games are won really based on how urgently you approach a game. When you look at a lot of the teams that have been successful in this league over the years, it is a lot about concentration, focus, and urgency.”
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Next for Chivas USA: At Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup Wednesday.