Alan Gordon and Victor Estupiñan scored goals to lead Chivas USA to victory in its first preseason scrimmage, a 2-0 decision Tuesday morning over the Fresno Fuego in Templeton, north of San Luis Obispo.
Head coach Robin Fraser fielded different teams for each half. Starters were included on both teams, more of them in the first half. Mexican newcomer Sergio Arias was in the nets in the first half, and trialist Kevin Guppy (Chino Hills/Chino Hills HS and Cal State Northridge) took over in the second half.
Gordon headed in a cross from fellow former Galaxy forward Tristan Bowen (Van Nuys) cross to give Chivas a 31st-minute lead. Estupiñan, who entered the game in the 63rd minute, headed home a cross from Carlos Borja (Anaheim/Loara HS) in the 80th.
The Fuego play in the fourth-tier USL Premier Development League, a semipro/amateur outfit that features six L.A.-area clubs.
Reports lauded midfielder Gerson Mayen (Los Angeles/Manual Arts HS), who played in the first half, and the connection Estupiñan, a first-round draft choice, and newcomer Alejandro Moreno established up top in the second half. The Goats dominated possession throughout.
Top draft pick Zarek Valentin, expected to battle for the starting job at right back, partnered Jimmy Conrad in central defense during the first half, with returning starting outside backs Mariano Trujillo to the right and Ante Jazic to the left.
The Chivas lineups:
First half: Sergio Arias, Mariano Trujillo, Zarek Valentin, Jimmy Conrad, Ante Jazic, Paulo Nagamura, Ben Zemanski, Gerson Mayen (Jesús Padilla 31), Francisco Mendoza, Alan Gordon, Tristan Bowen.
Second half: Kevin Guppy, Carlos Borja, Michael Umaña, Yamith Cuesta, Jorge Flores (Bryan de la Fuente 70), Sal Zizzo, Michael Lahoud, Ernesto Carranza, Cesar Zamora, Jesús Padilla (Victor Estupiñan 63), Alejandro Moreno.