Eduardo Lillingston, playing his second game for Chivas USA, and debutant Bojan Stepanovic scored second-half goals as Chivas USA beat FC Dallas 2-0 on Sunday.Newcomers Eduardo Lillingston and Bojan Stepanovic know how to make an impression.
Lillingston and Stepanovic each scored second-half goals Sunday as Chivas USA beat FC Dallas 2-0 at Pizza Hut Park and improved to 2-0 on the season. FC Dallas, meanwhile, lost for the second time in as many games.
Lillingston started the season opener but was replaced at halftime of Chivas' 2-1 win over Colorado on March 21. On Sunday, however, he hung onto his starting spot and stated a case to continue starting for the Red-and-White. In the 56th minute, Gerson Mayen found Lillingston inside the penalty area and Lillingston buried his attempt past a helpless Ray Burse, who started in place of the injured Dario Sala. Lillingston's goal was the first Chivas goal scored by a Mexican-born player since 2007.
In the 69th minute, Lillingston left the match in favor of Stepanovic. The Serbian-born Stepanovic had only signed with the club two days before the match but apparently impressed enough to be included in the team's 18-man roster. Stepanovic picked up a loose ball deep in FC Dallas' third of the field, slipped past the defense and knocked in a shot from inside the penalty area in just his sixth minute of action for his new club.
Chivas made the lead stand and walked away with their first road win of the season. The club played without Sacha Kljestan, who is with the United States national team.
FC Dallas had 13 shots and six on frame but Zach Thornton was solid in turning away all six attempts on goal.
Chivas return home on April 5 to host MLS Cup champion Columbus while FC Dallas travel to New England on Saturday.