CARSON, Calif. – Alejandro Moreno scored one goal and assisted on two others as Chivas USA rolled to a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center.
Nick LaBrocca and Marcos Mondaini also scored for Chivas USA (2-2-3, 9 pts.), which extended its unbeaten streak to five games since suffering back-to-back losses to start the season. The loss cut the Revolution’s (2-3-3, 9 pts.) momentum short after an emotional 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City last weekend.
The Revs have now dropped four straight games to Chivas USA dating back to 2009, all via shutout.
There were three changes to the Revolution lineup which defeated Sporting KC last weekend at Gillette Stadium. Third-year goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth started between the pipes as a left shoulder sprain forced Matt Reis to the bench, while Kenny Mansally took over for the injured Marko Perovic (L knee sprain) on the left wing. Zack Schilawski also returned to the starting lineup as Stephen McCarthy began the game on the bench for the first time this season.
The hosts scored with their first real chance in the 22nd minute to take a 1-0 lead. A throw-in down the right wing found Moreno, who laid a short pass into the corner for Ben Zemanski to corral. Zemanski dribbled past his defender to the end line before delivering a floated cross to the near post, where LaBrocca sent a glancing header inside the far post.
Chivas USA almost doubled its lead in the 35th minute when Zemanski was allowed to ghost into the box and get a free header on Mondaini’s cross, but Shuttleworth was alert and pushed the effort to safety.
The Goats eventually found their second goal ten minutes later to establish a 2-0 lead going into the halftime break. Moreno burst onto a through ball down the left wing and delivered a cross into the middle of the box, where Mondaini went airborne to convert an acrobatic side volley.
New England responded to the two-goal deficit by making one change at halftime, bringing on Sainey Nyassi in place of Mansally.
The two-goal deficit was soon stretched to three goals, however, as Moreno capitalized on a mistake at the back to hand Chivas USA a 3-0 lead in the 57th minute. Didier Domi couldn’t control Shalrie Joseph’s short back pass and Moreno pounced on the loose ball to lash home from six yards out.
Joseph almost pulled one back for the Revs in the 62nd minute, but his flashing header from Zak Boggs’ corner kick bounced just wide of the left post.
Shuttleworth made a brilliant double save in the 71st minute to prevent Chivas USA from stretching its lead even further, first denying an audacious back heel from Moreno before expertly kicking away Jorge Flores’ wide open follow-up attempt.
The Revs will return to Gillette Stadium for their next two matches, beginning with a showdown against the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids on Saturday, May 7. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
New England Revolution at Chivas USA
April 30, 2011 – The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.)
Chivas USA 3, New England Revolution 0
CHV – Nick LaBrocca (Ben Zemanski, Alejandro Moreno) 22
CHV – Marcos Mondaini (Alejandro Moreno, Ante Jazic) 45
CHV – Alejandro Moreno (unassisted) 57
New England Revolution: Bobby Shuttleworth, Didier Domi (Chris Tierney 76), A.J. Soares, Franco Coria, Kevin Alston, Kenny Mansally (Sainey Nyassi 46), Benny Feilhaber, Shalrie Joseph ©, Zak Boggs, Zack Schilawski, Rajko Lekic
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Reis, Kheli Dube, Darrius Barnes, Stephen McCarthy, Ryan Cochrane
STATS*: Shots: 11; Shots on Goal: 4; Saves: 5; Corner Kicks: 3; Offside: 2; Fouls Committed: 7
Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy, Ante Jazic, Heath Pearce, Andrew Boyens, Zarek Valentin, Jorge Flores (Francisco Mendoza 78), Nick LaBrocca, Simon Elliott, Ben Zemanski (Mariano Trujillo 70), Marcos Mondaini (Justin Braun 66), Alejandro Moreno ©
Substitutes Not Used: Zach Thornton, Michael Umana, Gerson Mayen, Victor Estupinan
STATS*: Shots: 13; Shots on Goal: 8; Saves: 3; Corner Kicks: 6; Offside: 3; Fouls Committed: 14
* Note that all statistics are unofficial
NE – Franco Coria (caution) 33
NE – Shalrie Joseph (caution) 39
CHV – Ben Zemanski (caution) 66
New England Revolution – 2-3-3, 9 pts.
Chivas USA – 2-2-3, 9 pts.
Referee: Mark Kadlecik
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd, Mike Kampmeinert
Fourth Official: Sorin Stoica
Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees
- With the loss, the Revs fell to 5-6-2 overall in MLS regular-season action against Chivas USA, and moved to 1-5-1 in road matches against the Goats
- The loss also extended Chivas USA’s winning streak against New England to four games, dating back to Sept. 13, 2009
- The Revs have now been shut out for the last 372 minutes of play against Chivas USA, spanning a total of five games and including shutouts in each of the last four meetings … the Revs entered with a 282 minute shutout stretch against Chivas USA dating back to the 78th minute in a 2-0 win on July 12, 2009, at Gillette Stadium
- Bobby Shuttleworth made his third start of the 2011 season, and his eighth start in his career
- Matt Reis did not start because of a left shoulder sprain, which he suffered in a collision in the Kansas City match last weekend … he did, however, make the trip to LA and was available on the bench if needed
- Benny Feilhaber, whom Chivas USA could have acquired with the first spot in the Allocation order instead of the Revolution at number three, made his MLS debut in his hometown of Los Angeles … he had almost 100 family and friends in the stands
- Kenny Mansally made his second start of the 2011 season … before tonight, only one of his previous six appearances had been starts (Real Salt Lake, April 9)
- For the second consecutive game, the Revs trotted out a 4-4-2 formation after starting the first six games of the season using a 4-3-3 set-up
- Stephen McCarthy, who played 90 minutes on Tuesday night in the 3-2 win at D.C. in the second round of MLS Play-In games for the U.S. Open Cup, missed his first start of the season when he was not in the starting 11 … he was the only member of the Revolution who, coming into this weekend, had started all of the team’s matches
- With his start, Zack Schilawski is now the only Revolution player to appear in all eight matches … he has started seven of the games and come on as a substitute in the other matches
- This weekend’s trip to LA was the team’s third trip to the Pacific time zone this season in only the first seven weeks of the season … the Revs are now 0-1-2 in those trips after going 0-4-0 in their four trips West in 2010
- When Sainey Nyassi came on for Kenny Mansally at the half, Zak Boggs moved from the right side of midfield to the left side, making way for Nyassi on the right
- The three goals the Revs surrendered to Chivas USA was the team’s highest goals against total so far in the 2011 season … the Revs had previously surrendered two goals twice in league play