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    CHIVAS USA v NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
    LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL COLISEUM, Los Angeles, Calif.
    4 p.m. PT (FSN-NE)
    Aug. 6, 2006 (WEEK 18) / MLS Game #60

    The day after the Sierra Mist MLS All-Star Game the league battles begin quickly, with the New England Revolution heading to southern California to take on Chivas USA at the Los Angeles Coliseum as part of a doubleheader that also includes a CD Guadalajara-FC Barcelona match. Chivas are playing for the first time in 10 days after an incredibly congested stretch, while the Revolution head West looking for a little success: In 13 league games all-time in the Southland, they've won just one and drawn three.

    REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench):Steven Davidson; JAR (opposite): David Bragg; 4th: Baldomero Toledo
    MLS Career: 124 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 32; pens: 21
    MLS 2006: 5 games; FC/gm: 28.2 (avg: 28.9); Y/gm: 4.6 (avg: 3.44); R: 1 (MLS: 17); pens: 2 (MLS: 23)
    Games involving Chivas USA: P4 W0 L4 T0; FC/gm: 26.0; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 0; pens: 0
    Games involving Revolution: P15 W10 L4 T1; FC/gm: 28.6; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 4; pens: 2

    INJURY REPORT: CHIVAS USA - OUT: MF Ramón Ramírez (L knee MCL sprain); FW Mike Muñoz (R ankle tendonitis); QUESTIONABLE: MF John O'Brien (R patella tendonitis) ... NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION - OUT: DF Marshall Leonard (L Achilles tendon repair); QUESTIONABLE: MF Daniel Hernandez (L ankle sprain); MF Khano Smith (L knee); PROBABLE: FW Taylor Twellman (R ankle sprain); MF Clint Dempsey (R knee/foot)

    SUSPENDED: none
    SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: CHV: Jesse Marsch ... NE: Andy Dorman; Shalrie Joseph, James Riley
    SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CHV: Juan Pablo Garcia, Jason Hernandez, Sacha Kljestan, Francisco Mendoza, Tim Regan, Lawson Vaughn ... NE: Joe Franchino, Daniel Hernandez

    INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHV: Carlos Borja, Rodrigo López (U.S. U-20 national team) ... NE: Tony Lochhead (New Zealand; Aug. 5 v Charlton Athletic), Avery John (Trinidad & Tobago; Aug. 9 v Japan)

    LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD
    ALL-TIME (3 meetings): Chivas USA 1 win (0 shootout), 1 goals ... Revolution 2 wins (0 shootout), 4 goals ... 0 draws
    AT CHIVAS USA: (1 meeting): Chivas USA 1 wins (0 shootout), 1 goal ... Revolution 0 wins (0 shootout), 0 goals ... 0 draws

  • This is the second of two league meetings between the clubs this season, the only one as a Chivas USA home game, though the game will be played at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
  • A year ago, the teams split their two meetings in Chivas USA's inaugural season, each winning by the narrowest possible margin on their home ground.
  • Coaches record: Bob Bradley vs. NE: P25 W7 L11 D7 ... Steve Nicol v CHV: P3 W2 L1 D0 2006 (MLS)

    5/13: NE 3, CHV 1 (Dorman 23, Joseph 53, Twellman 86 - Mendoza 19)

  • In the first meeting on May 13 at Gillette Stadium, the Revolution continued to overcome their early-season attacking woes, defeating a Chivas USA side that came into the match having played just one match in nearly a month.
  • It was the West Coast club that opened the scoring in the match played in a driving rain, Francisco Mendoza taking a pass from Ante Razov, slipping through the heart of the Revolution penalty area and lashing home a low drive (19).
  • Yet just four minutes later New England drew level with a wonderful goal. Jose Cancela, from the other side of the midfield stripe, hit an inch-perfect pass that skimmed on the wet turf and split the Chivas back four for Andy Dorman to run onto. He rounded Brad Guzan and slipped the ball home to level the match.
  • Eight minutes after the second-half restart, the Revolution pulled ahead. Jay Heaps ran onto a quickly taken free kick on the right flank and whipped in a good cross, where Shalrie Joseph came steaming in from midfield to powerfully head home.
  • Then four minutes from the end Taylor Twellman put the finishing touches on the victory, eluding the challenge of Carlos Llamosa and firing home inside the far post from the right corner of the penalty area for his third goal in as many weeks.
  • Here's Nicol's team (3-4-2-1): Matt Reis - Jay Heaps, Michael Parkhurst, James Riley - Andy Dorman, Shalrie Joseph (Kyle Brown 89), Joe Franchino, Tony Lochhead (Willie Sims 46) - Steve Ralston, Jose Cancela (Jeff Larentowicz 79) - Taylor Twellman. [Substitutes Not Used: Pat Haggerty, Doug Warren]
  • Here's Bradley's team (4-4-2): Brad Guzan - Jason Hernandez, Tim Regan (Drew Helm 80), Carlos Llamosa, Jonathan Bornstein - Juan Pablo Garcia, Jesse Marsch (Brent Whitfield 72), Sacha Kljestan, Francisco Mendoza - Juan Francisco Palencia, Ante Razov. [Substitutes Not Used: Esteban Arias, Preston Burpo, Rodrigo Lopez, Orlando Perez, Lawson Vaughn]

    CHIVAS USA
    Chivas USA return to action for the first time in 10 days, after coming back with some late dramatics in their last match to snatch a 3-3 draw at Real Salt Lake on July 26. Chivas are in fourth place in the Western Conference with 26 points from 20 matches, two behind the third-place Colorado Rapids but six ahead of the fifth-place tie between Real and the Los Angeles Galaxy.

    LAST MATCH

  • Real Salt Lake had been shutout in their last three home games, and had won just once in their last eight league games, while Chivas USA also had just one victory in their eight matches, but had lost just once in that time.
  • It took Chivas just 90 seconds to open the scoring. Juan Francisco Palencia had a second chance at a through ball, and chipped it over the RSL defense for Ante Razov to run onto, and alone on Scott Garlick he knocked it through the 'keeper's legs for his league-leading 12th goal of the season.
  • RSL pulled level in the 33rd minute. Chris Klein swung in a free kick from the right, and it wasn't headed clear, falling to Jeff Cunningham. He chested down the ball and lashed home a volley inside the far side netting.
  • Just after the break, Real pulled ahead with a stunning goal. Carey Talley took a pass some 40 yards from goal and hit a wicked strike that rattled off the underside of the bar and into the upper right corner with Preston Burpo's dive well late.
  • But just four minutes later, Chivas pulled level. Jonathan Bornstein - though back in his left back role - took a pass at the top of the area, turned and hammered home his third goal in the last two games.
  • RSL again nosed in front with another highlight-reel goal. Cunningham played the ball into Kreis, who with two defenders on his back laid it back for Andy Williams. He hit a bending shot with the outside of his right boot that settled into the upper right corner for his first goal of the campaign.
  • Yet Chivas had one more answer. Jesse Marsch ran onto a pass on the left side of the area, took it to the byeline and pulled back a low cross into the six-yard box where Claudio Suarez steamed in to drive it into an unguarded goal four minutes into stoppage time and snatch a second 3-3 draw in as many games for Chivas.
  • Chivas USA head coach Bob Bradley made one change to the team that played to a 3-3 draw with the Colorado Rapids on May 20. Ante Razov returned from suspension, meaning Bradley returned to his first-choice lineup as Orlando Perez returned to the substitutes' bench.
  • Here's Bradley's team (4-4-2): Preston Burpo - Tim Regan (Drew Helm 89), Jason Hernandez, Claudio Suarez, Jonathan Bornstein - Juan Pablo Garcia, Sacha Kljestan, Jesse Marsch, Francisco Mendoza (Orlando Perez 46) - Juan Francisco Palencia, Ante Razov. [Substitutes Not Used: Rene Corona, Brad Guzan, Carlos Llamosa, Lawson Vaughn]

    TEAM NEWS

  • While Real definitely looked at the game as points lost, Chivas USA did as well. "The team's pretty frustrated because we think we can be a good team, but then again we keep making the same mistakes over and over," said Ante Razov. "Tonight we feel like this is a team, with their injuries and what not, that should have beat. This feels like points lost."
  • The result also came after a brutal stretch where Chivas played 12 matches in a span of 39 days from June 18 to July 26 -10 regular-season games, a U.S. Open Cup match and a friendly against Club America. When Chivas first met the Revolution, it came amidst a 41-day span where they played just four games.
  • "When you go through that, all you're doing is you are recovering and you are playing. In short training sessions, you try to look at certain things," Bradley said. "You try to look at video and make certain points but your ability to play in a week and prepare properly is very difficult."
  • Reviews of the Chivas performance over the tough stretch were mixed. "The last 10 games, six were away and four were home and we're 2-1-7. That sort of sums it all up," Bradley said. "In the most difficult stretch of the season, in terms of the number of games, the heat, playing away games, to have only lost one in the last 10 is good news. Yet to have only won two of those games is the bad news."
  • Had things gone a little differently, Chivas could have turned a few of those draws into victories. Against Colorado, Chivas took a 3-2 lead in stoppage time only to allow a late equalizer and tie 3-3. Also, Chivas scored first in five of those games yet went 2-1-2 those matches.
  • "For sure, our feeling is if you take those 10 games and if all of the sudden you're 4-1-5, where now some of those ties you finish games at the end and you take the full points and now you've kept the part where you've only lost one in 10 that would be a clearer sign of our progress," Bradley said.
  • The club might have run out of steam at the end. Though the offense scored three goals in each of the last two games, both on the road, the defense surrendered the same amount.
  • "The last few games, I don't know if fatigue factored into it but we obviously gave up a lot of goals and we were a little loose in the back," Chivas goalkeeper Preston Burpo said. "Hopefully with some rest and a good week of training we can kind of put it together a bit more in the back, myself included, and then tighten it up."
  • After scoring a pair of goals and winning MLS Player of the Week honors in the 3-3 draw against Colorado, Jonathan Bornstein returned to the left back role he's filled for much of the season. Still, the rookie from UCLA got forward to score his third goal in two games. "You're always happy if you're down and can get back," said Bornstein.

    NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
    The New England Revolution left it late, but finally beat the Kansas City Wizards to claim a 1-1 draw at Arrowhead Stadium last Saturday evening. The Revolution are still in second place in the Eastern Conference with 26 points from 20 matches, two ahead of the third-place New York Red Bulls and 19 behind MLS overall leader D.C. United.

    LAST MATCH

  • The Revolution, with just one victory in their previous four matches, came to Kansas City to face a Wizards club still in the throes of a seven-game losing streak.
  • But the Wizards came out storming, and went ahead after just 12 minutes. Davy Arnaud hit a low angled shot from the edge of the penalty area that Revolution goalkeeper Matt Reis couldn't hold, and the rebound fell invitingly for Josh Wolff to tap into the open goal.
  • Over the final 45 minutes, the match swung the other way as the Revolution piled on the pressure but couldn't find a way home - until a neat passing sequence in tight quarters saw Pat Noonan find Clint Dempsey, who poked a quick pass to Steve Ralston in the area, and on the half-turn he hit a rolling shot that nestled just inside Bo Oshoniyi's left-hand post nearly five minutes deep into second-half stoppage time for the equalizer.
  • Revolution head coach Steve Nicol made two changes to the team that drew 1-1 with Houston Dynamo the weekend before at Robertson Stadium. With Jay Heaps suspended, Avery John came back into the back three. Joe Franchino made his first start since June 11, coming wide on the left of midfield as Jeff Larentowicz was the odd man out.
  • Here's Nicol's team (3-4-1-2): Matt Reis - James Riley, Michael Parkhurst, Avery John - Steve Ralston, Andy Dorman, Shalrie Joseph, Joe Franchino - Clint Dempsey - Taylor Twellman (Willie Sims 69), Pat Noonan. [Substitutes Not Used: Kyle Brown, Jose Cancela, Jeff Larentowicz, Khano Smith, Doug Warren, Danny Wynn]
  • "When the game is going on and you are making chances, you feel as though it is not going to happen, and then a few surprises," Nicol said. "This team just keeps going. I think we deserved one [point] for the game. Matt Reis made some saves to stop it from going 2-0.

    TEAM NEWS

  • Of the Revolution's 26 goals in league play this season, seven have come from the 85th minute or later. Four of those have come in stoppage time, and three have produced a pair of draws against Eastern Conference opposition in Chicago (June 11) and in Kansas City, where they turned around the result from three points lost to instead a share of the spoils.
  • "When you lose a goal, which is rare for Reis, if that was the other way around we could have given up faith. For the rest of the 60 minutes we were in control of the game. Reis made a couple saves to keep it 1-0," Nicol said. "Capitalizing on the pressure we had and the saves we had we wanted to keep getting balls in the box. We moved Joey [Franchino] inside to try and get the ball wide to Andy [Dorman]. We got some good balls in the box and got some real good chances."
  • Without those two results, the Revolution would be on 24 points - level for second place in the Eastern Conference with the New York Red Bulls and the Chicago Fire, who would both also have 24 points, those clubs then just a single point ahead of the Wizards. The Revolution have also allowed a pair of equalizers after the 85th minute to deny victories.
  • The addition of Franchino on the left meant that Steve Ralston moved to his preferred spot wide on the right. In addition, Clint Dempsey reverted to a role in behind the front two, which was the scheme that worked so well for the Revolution a year ago.
  • "They had the better of us the first 15 minutes but then we started to play," Ralston said. "They were sitting back and trying to protect the lead but we had possession and were getting the ball wide. This was the first time we have been in the 3-5-2 with everyone back and it's our best formation."
  • Said Shalrie Joseph to The Boston Globe: "We were lethargic at the start and gave up an early goal. But we talked about it and in the second half we were better. We definitely got into a rhythm. We got Ralston and Joe Franchino involved and they were crossing the ball, and Clint was crashing the box, as always. It was a little frustrating. We had some great chances, but it didn't look like it was going to be our night and we kind of had our heads down, but we kept going. We looked effective with this formation and we will probably keep it for the rest of the year."
  • Avery John made his first Revolution start since July 8, his first game from the World Cup, playing on the left side of the back three. "We have the same bunch of players but when you switch it can get confusing," John said to The Globe. "But I adjusted all right. We all have to be professional about whatever happens."
  • On Wednesday, the Revolution survived their fourth-round U.S. Open Cup tie with the USL First Division (second tier) Rochester Raging Rhinos, advancing on penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless draw over 120 minutes.
  • In the penalty shootout, Scott Vallow stopped the first Revolution efforts while the Rhinos hit theirs, putting New England in a deep hole. But the Rhinos missed the target with their next two efforts while the Revolution hit theirs, and finally, in the seventh round of kicks, Frankie Sanfilippo shot high before Jeff Larentowicz saved the Revs' blushes by converting. In the quarterfinals, the Revolution will face the winner of the Chicago Fire-Kansas City Wizards match, postponed on Wednesday due to weather.
  • Here's Nicol's team: Matt Reis, James Riley, Michael Parkhurst, Avery John, Steve Ralston, Shalrie Joseph, Jeff Larentowicz, Joe Franchino (José Cancela 69), Andy Dorman, Pat Noonan (Kyle Brown 80), Taylor Twellman (Willie Sims 69)

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