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Played
April 21, 2012 10:30 PM EDT
Stubhub Center — Carson, California
Referee:‬ J. Guzmán‎
Attendance:‬ 14127‎
 
 
Freddy Adu 40′

Chivas USA 0-1 Philadelphia Union: Freddy Adu back-heel stands up for nine-man Philly

Philly jumped up to sixth in the East thanks to a Freddy Adu goal and Chivas USA not taking advantage of a two-man advantage.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Freddy Adu, Philadelphia Union, MLS
Drew Hallowell
Chivas USA's paradoxical record continues: The Goats have won every single away game and lost every home game this season. The Philadelphia Union were the latest beneficiaries of Chivas' hosting generosity, riding a Freddy Adu back-heel goal to a 1-0 win despite going down to nine men.

Adu kicked -- well, more flicked -- things off shortly before half. Michael Farfan zigged and zagged his way down the right, turning Ante Jazic in and out before laying the ball across the goalmouth. James Riley slipped as he attempted to clear, and Adu flicked the ball in off the post with his heel.

Adu's delicate finish juxtaposed with the brute power of his teammates' tackles late in the match. In the 75th minute Keon Daniels swung and upended Ryan Smith, earning a straight red. Ten minutes later Gabriel Farfan slid into James Riley with such shuddering force it broke Riley's shinguard. The benches dumped onto the field, shoving and hissyfitting, as the referee quickly recalled which pocket he'd slid the red card into a few short minutes earlier.

Still -- even with a two-man advantage, 66 percent of possession and 21 shots -- Chivas USA lost.

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Chivas USA

1
Dan Kennedy
Goalkeeper
87′
 - 
44
Heath Pearce
Defender
 - 
31
 - 
26
James Riley
Defender
 - 
6
Ante Jazic
Defender
 - 
51
M. Bolaños
Midfielder
 - 
-
Ryan Smith
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
30
O. Minda
Midfielder
55′
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
 - 
15
 - 

Philadelphia Union

 - 
18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
 - 
22
 - 
-
 - 
25
 - 
28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
 - 
-
G. Gómez
Midfielder
71′
 - 
7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
 - 
30
Freddy Adu
Striker
40′ 81′
 - 
26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
92′
 - 
26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
75′
 - 
-
L. Pajoy
Striker
70′

Substitutes

28
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
19
 - 
-
 - 
18
Blair Gavin
Midfielder
55′
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
C. Harrison
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
71′
 - 
9
 - 
55
 - 
17
 - 
23

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2