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  • April 30, 2011
  • • 10:37 PM
  • • Stubhub Center, Carson, California
  • Referee: M. Kadlecik
  • • Attendance: 14058

Chivas USA 3-0 New England Revolution: First home win for Chivas USA

Chivas USA 3-0 New England Revolution: First home win for Chivas USA

Stephen Dunn

The California squad overwhelmed the visitors.

Fresh off their first win on the season, Chivas USA added a first home victory by defeating the New England Revolution 3-0.

The scoring outburst was a welcome change for Chivas USAfans who had endured games in which the squad seemed unable to put the ball in the net.

First Half

Chivas USA started brightly, but the Revolution were able to hold at bay any threats until the 22nd minute.

In a play that showcased the persistance of forward Marcos Mondaini, he bulldogged a ball most players would have given up rolling out for a goal kick, finding a way to cross it into the box, where an aggressive Nick La Brocca out-jumped two Revolution defenders to put the ball into the net via a header.

The Revs were missing their stalwart starting goalkeeper, Matt Reis, to a slight injury and young Bobby Shuttleworth was gamely doing his best to take his place.

Shuttleworth did well a while after the goal to deny a nearly point-blank attempt from Ben Zemanski, who really should have done better when clear on goal with only the keeper to beat.

However, Chivas USA earned some breathing room when they scored near the end of the first half. This time, Mondaini turned finisher when a scrappy Moreno fought for the ball near the edge of the box and was able to send in a cross.

The ball fell at a bit of an awkward height for Mondaini. It was too low for a header, yet too high for a swinging kick.

Mondaini compensated while on the run. He kicked and leaned his body into a nearly horizontal position, simultanously scissoring the ball into the goal.

It wasn't just that Chivas USA scored a goal so close to halftime - it was also the spectacular nature of the goal that boosed both the home team and their adoring fans, while leaving the visitors demoralized and wilted.

Second Half

The euphoria for Chivas USA carried over to the last half of the match.

Even the odd incident of a penalty kick chance given and then denied after referee consultation, did not dampen the ardor of the fans or the performance of the squad.

A leaping Kenny Mansally couldn't stem the scoring tide of Chivas USA

The confident play of Chivas USA was eventually rewarded with a final goal.

Following the pattern of the provider of the previous goal becoming the finisher in the next, it was Moreno who scored in the 57th minute. The classic poacher had an unlikely boost from his opponents when Revolution's Shalrie Joseph made the poor choice to pass a ball back to defender Didier Domi while both were in their own goal area.

When Domi, perhaps surprised by the move, took a quick touch, Moreno swooped in and shot the ball without hesitation into the goal.

Chivas USA had a few more chances to pad their lead, but Shuttleworth did well to snuff out those opportunities.

With three goals already in hand, however, Chivas USA seemed content to know the club had definitely secured a home win and full points on the night.

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