There was an opportunity for Chivas to pick up its first win and Vancouver to record its first clean sheet, but neither happened in an uneventful scoreless draw.On a a beautiful day north of the border, there was an opportunity for Chivas to pick up its first win and Vancouver to record its first clean sheet. But neither happened in a scoreless draw.
The Whitecaps looked the better team early on as Chiumiento, Hassli, and Camilo caused major headaches for the Chivas back line but could never produce a goal.
Chivas came out more positively in the second and Simon Elliott did well for Chivas controlling the midfield.
Chivas looked for a quick start to the game when in the opening seconds Ante Jazic found Marcos Mondaini open from a corner but the header was cleared off the line by Jonathan Leather.
The Caps midfield quickly got their act together and was linking up nicely with the forwards. Kevin Harmse made a wonderful run from a deep lying position to get a shot off that sailed high and wide. Davide Chiumiento, Eric Hassli, and Camilo found some early chemistry with a 10 to 15 pass play that sprang Wes Knight on the right. Knight put his boot through it but could only find the post.
They stayed dangerous throughout the half linking up time and time again. Chiumiento and Hassli were giving fits to Nick LaBrocca and Mike Lahoud on the left side. The Caps should have gone up a goal in the 20th minute when Hassli got behind LaBrocca deep at the goal line and swung a low pass in. Knight again was the benefactor but couldn’t beat Chivas keeper Dan Kennedy or put the rebound in.
Chivas had no answer for Eric ‘The Red’ Hassli, as he’s now called. He was having a dominate performance and also behaving himself. He pulled out of a few tackles which in the past would have left him testing the ref’s patience.
In the 35th minute, again Chiumiento and Hassli linked up on the left springing Hassli, who had all sorts of time to settle the ball and get a quality shot off but pinged it off the right post. It was head in hands time.
Hassli kept dropping in to the space between the Chivas defense and midfield and they weren’t organized enough to pick him up. He was left all half with space to run and make plays to link with Chiumiento and Camilo and link they did.
As the half came to a close the Caps will be left wondering why they aren’t up a few goals and Chivas was left trying to figure out how to stop Eric 'The Red'.
Chivas started the second strong and looked dangerous from crosses and set plays. Alejandro Moreno got Chivas’ best chance of the game in the 49th minute as a deep cross found him alone eight yards out, but his volley skipped off his boot and into the advertising boards.
Chivas kept the pressure on and looked like a completely different team, but the Caps central pairing of Rochat and Boxall kept a clean area and any chances created were sucked up by Jay Nolly.
Simon Elliott had a much improved second half for Chivas. He was able to control Harmse and Brovsky in the middle of the park and force Vancouver to the wings or lobbing it up to Hassli. The big Frenchman was still dangerous but not to the extent of the first half.
Few chances were created in the second half with Chivas being the more dangerous. In the closing minutes the Caps put on MLS No. 1 draft pick Omar Salgado to get his first run around in his home park but could create anything.
Nizar Khalfan almost stole the points in the 89th minute but his well struck volley was pushed over the bar by Dan Kennedy.
The game ended a boring 0-0 draw and left the Caps rueing their missed chances in the first half.
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