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Chivas USA
MLS Regular Season
August 29, 2012
8:00pm EDT
Gillette Stadium

Preview: Homecoming for Shalrie as Revs, Chivas set to square off

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs CHIVAS USA
GILLETTE STADIUM, Foxborough, Mass.
August 29, 2012 (WEEK 26, MLS Game #245)
8 p.m. ET (CSN-NE; PT)

A pair of clubs needing to start to put together a late charge to pull themselves into playoff contention meet on Wednesday evening when the New England Revolution entertain Chivas USA at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution are riding an eight-game losing streak, 17 points out of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot following a 4-3 defeat in Columbus last weekend. Chivas USA are coming off a 6-2 home loss to Seattle that left them 10 adrift of the final postseason berth in the Western Conference.
 
REFEREE: Matthew Foerster. AR1 (bench): Adam Wienckowski; AR2 (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Mark Geiger
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 0; pens: 2
 
 
INJURY REPORT:
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION – OUT: MF Sainey Nyassi (R adductor strain); GK Bobby Shuttleworth (L knee sprain); DOUBTFUL: MF Blair Gavin (L hamstring tightness); PROBABLE: MF Lee Nguyen (L ankle sprain); FW Alec Purdie (L ankle sprain)
CHIVAS USA –OUT: MF Peter Vagenas (R hamstring strain); DOUBTFUL: MF Ryan Smith (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: MF Marvin Iraheta (L knee ACL)
 
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: none
 
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD:
CHV: Shalrie Joseph
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS:
NE: Benny Feilhaber, Chris Tierney, A.J. Soares
CHV: Oswaldo Minda, Ryan Smith
 
HEAD-TO-HEAD
  • ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Revolution 5 wins, 16 goals … Chivas USA 7 wins, 21 goals … Ties 2
  • AT NEW ENGLAND (7 meetings): Revolution 4 wins, 13 goals … Chivas USA 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 1
  • LAST YEAR (MLS)
  • 4/30: CHV 3, NE 0 (LaBrocca 22; Mondaini 45; Moreno 57)
  • 8/6: NE 2, CHV 3 (Joseph 69; Fagundez 86 – Moreno 31, 80; LaBrocca 59)
  • The teams are meeting for the only time this season.
  • It’s the first meeting since long-time Revolution icon Shalrie Joseph was traded to Chivas USA in exchange for midfielder Blair Gavin.
  • Chivas USA have won the last five meetings between the teams, dating back to the 2009 season. The Revolution had not scored vs. Chivas in four games, before the 3-2 loss in the second meeting last Aug. 6 at Gillette Stadium.
  • The current five-game Chivas winning streak in the series snapped a three-game Revolution winning streak vs. Chivas.
  • Coaches' records: Jay Heaps v CHV: first game … Robin Fraser vs. NE: P2 W2 L0 D0
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
The New England Revolution saw their winless run extended to eight games in cruel fashion, the Columbus Crew coming back from an early deficit and scoring the game-winner in the final minutes for a 4-3 victory Saturday evening at Crew Stadium. The Revolution are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference with 23 points from 25 games.
 
LAST MATCH
  • The Revolution jumped into the lead after just 17 minutes, when a deflected strike from Ryan Guy from outside the area found the bottom corner. Six minutes later it was 2-0 as Saer Sene rounded Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum at the corner of the area and rolled the ball off the post and into the goal.
  • But the Crew were level with two goals inside six minutes. In the 26th minute, Federico Higuain let fly with a free kick from 28 yards, putting it over the wall into the upper right corner past a diving Matt Reis. Then the Crew tied the match on a well-struck ball by Jairo Arrieta after a slick pass from Milovan Mirosevic sprung him behind the Revs’ backline.
  • Two minutes before halftime, the Crew nosed in front on another stellar free kick from Higuain. The second a bit further out on the left, but just as powerful a drive, and Reis was once again unable to stop the ball as it hugged the near post.
  • The Revolution pulled back level nine minutes from the end when substitute Julius James pulled down Diego Fagundez in the box as the pair battled for the ball, and Lee Nguyen calmly converted from the spot.
  • Yet five minutes later the Crew found the game-winner when Arrieta ran onto a clipped ball from Tony Tchani and slotted it past Reis.
  • Revolution head coach Jay Heaps made three changes to the team that dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park. Kelyn Rowe, Benny Feilhaber and Jerry Bengtson came into the team, in place of Fernando Cardenas, Lee Nguyen and Blake Brettschneider.
  • NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (4-4-2): Matt Reis - Kevin Alston, A.J. Soares, Stephen McCarthy, Chris Tierney - Kelyn Rowe, Clyde Simms (Lee Nguyen 62), Benny Feilhaber (Fernando Cardenas 80), Ryan Guy - Saer Sene (Diego Fagundez 65), Jerry Bengtson.
TEAM NEWS
  • The Revolution are now winless in eight consecutive games, one shy of the club record set four times previously, including last May 21-July 17.
  • “It was some of our best stuff and some of our worst stuff all wrapped into a first half and a game,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said. “Just looking at the stats, you give up three shots on goal and they all go in in the first half. You kind of scratch your head little, but tip of the hat [to the Crew], those free kicks were world class.”
  • The Revs also saw their losing slide extended to five games, their last victory coming July 8 vs. New York.
  • “Unfortunately it’s something that we’re used to at this point,” Ryan Guy said. “It’s a rut that we need to get out of. I think we showed a lot of good things tonight, but we also showed a lot of disappointing things. I think that there are things that are happening over and over that we need to change. As a squad, we need to concentrate on the positives.”
  • The four goals allowed by the Revolution where the most they’ve conceded in a game this season, and the most since a 4-4 draw with Philadelphia last Sept. 7.
  • The three goals scored by New England were the most in a game for the club since a 4-1 home win vs. Vancouver on May 12.
  • “It was a tough one, we did well going up two goals, unfortunately they got back into it. It was a crazy game,” said defender Chris Tierney. “Bottom line is, even though we are happy scoring three goals away from home, we have to avoid giving up four.”
  • Guy scored his first MLS goal since last Sept. 25, when he scored the only other two goals in his MLS career in a loss against the Chicago Fire.
  • “I think it was something of an ego boost and I think that was to our detriment tonight. I wouldn’t call it a mistake or a miscall but unfortunately they got a goal back,” said Guy. “It is unfortunately something of a regular thing for us, they [our opponents] get a goal and then another one and it just went from there.”
  • After coming off at halftime of the Chicago match at midweek with an ankle injury, Lee Nguyen was able to come on for the final half-hour, but still converted a penalty kick for his fifth goal of the season.
  • “I felt like we created a couple of chances in the second half. I think it was the right type of change at the right time,” said Heaps. “Unfortunately, when we got back into it, we turned off our play.”
  • Jerry Bengtson scored his second MLS goal in Major League Soccer – his first since returning from the Olympic Games. While with the Honduran Olympic team in England, Bengtson scored three goals.
  • On Tuesday, the Revolution announced the acquisition of Colombian international midfielder Juan Toja. After coming to MLS on loan to FC Dallas from Colombia’s Independiente de Santa Fe in 2007, Toja made 43 regular-season appearances between 2007 and 2008, scoring eight goals and adding three assists, before moving to Romanian side Steaua Bucuresti. He then moved to Greece’s Aris Thessaloniki in 2010, before returning to MLS.
CHIVAS USA
Chivas USA saw their winless streak extended to three matches, suffering a 6-2 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. Chivas USA are in seventh place in the Western Conference with 27 points from 23 games.
 
LAST MATCH
  • Sounders FC were up a goal after 10 minutes, when Fredy Montero slipped a ball to Brad Evans on the left side of the field, and he walked into the penalty area before easily beating goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.
  • Montero then struck twice within seven minutes. In the 27th minute, on the counter, Evans found Mauro Rosales, who knocked it into Montero, who made no mistake from inside the area. Then, Montero again received a lovely pass from Rosales as he cut into the area, and ran onto the ball and chipped it coolly past Kennedy.
  • Chivas pulled back into the match with goals on either side of halftime. In the 37th minute, Seattle defender Jeff Parke was whistled for a penalty kick, and Juan Agudelo easily beat Michael Gspurning from the spot. Then Miller Bolanos scored in the 64th minute, running at the Seattle defense before sending a blistering shot past Gspurning from 20 yards out.
  • But just three minutes later, Sounders FC made 4-2 on the night as Rosales again set up Montero for a finish inside the penalty area.
  • It was 5-2 to Seattle in the 80th minute when Sammy Ochoa buried a header from a Christian Tiffert cross from the left side, and in stoppage time the final margin was completed when Chivas USA's Ante Jazic headed a ball into his own net.
  • Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser made five changes to the team that got a late goal for a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Bobby Burling and Ante Jazic came into the back four for Danny Califf and Jorge Villafana, and Miller Bolanos, Nick LaBrocca and Tristan Bowen came into the midfield for Oswaldo Minda, Ben Zemanski and Alejandro Moreno.
  • CHIVAS USA (4-4-2): Dan Kennedy - James Riley, John Valencia, Bobby Burling, Ante Jazic - Miller Bolanos, Shalrie Joseph, Nick LaBrocca, Tristan Bowen (Jose Correa 69) - Casey Townsend (Juan Pablo Angel 86), Juan Agudelo.
TEAM NEWS
  • The six goals allowed by Chivas USA in the loss to Seattle Sounders FC were a club record. Chivas had allowed five goals on four previous occasions.
  • “The defending group did not play very well, a lot of individual mistakes or collectively not dealing with counter attacks well enough, but that’s what happens when you play against a good team, you give them opportunities and they are going to score goals,” said Chivas head coach Robin Fraser. “The other side of that is we were extremely dynamic on the attacking end and created a number of chances. This game could have ended a lot to a lot.”
  • Chivas USA did score a season-high two goals in the game, something they’d done twice earlier in league play. last on June 20 in a 2-1 win against Montréal.
  • “It’s the best attacking night we’ve had certainly all year,” Fraser said. “Any time you give up six goals at home, it certainly is not what you’re looking for. I keep referencing the attacking side and how good it was, but defensively we were extremely poor.”
  • Chivas USA tied their season-high with 21 total attempts at goal (also April 21, a 1-0 loss to Philadelphia), and had a season-high eight shots on target.
  • “We’ve got some good guys in the locker room who don’t give up, who like to fight and keep fighting. It showed but we’ve got to do better as a team defensively,” Shalrie Joseph said. “We can’t allow them to score so many goals and then try to come from a hole where it’s 2-0 and then 3-2.”
  • Coming off a midweek game with another midweek game ahead, Fraser opted to give center back Danny Califf the night off after 12 consecutive starts, as Bobby Burling started his first game since his return to the club.
  • "With how they executed their chances, I don’t know if it would have mattered who was in there,” goalkeeper Dan Kennedy said.
  • Making his first start with Chivas USA since returning from a loan in Belgium, Tristan Bowen recorded his second assist in as many games.
  • “He had a good night – very, very attack-minded, running at the defender all night long. He had a good showing and it’s only the second game in a long time and he is going to get better week in and week out if he continues to play with that confidence,” said Fraser. “Tristan has matured a lot in the last year and his time away with the Belgium team. He has come back with a renewed vigor. He is a good story of someone who has worked well in the reserves games and as a result has gotten the opportunity with the first team. He obviously did well last week and he earned a start tonight and did well with it.”