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Saturday, June 23, 2012
CHIVAS USA: Goats make their point

By Scott French


Chivas USA did what it needed to do and got a little help at the finish, braving the Texas heat and tiring legs in their third game in eight days to claim a point Saturday night.

Dan Kennedy made two big saves, Alejandro hit the post and referee Fotis Bazakos, making just his third Major League Soccer appearance, gave the Goats a gift in stoppage time of a scoreless draw at FC Dallas.

The Goats (5-7-4, 19 points) pulled even with fifth-place Colorado on points, although the Galaxy could vault past both and into the Western Conference playoff zone with a victory in a later game against Vancouver; L.A. led, 3-0, at halftime. Dallas (3-9-4, 13 points) climbed out of cellar, one point ahead of Portland, which plays Sunday.

Nick LaBrocca returned to action for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury a month ago, but Oswaldo Minda took a late yellow card for time-wasting after kicking away a ball following a foul -- his league-worst eighth of the season -- and will be suspended for the next league game, July 17 against Vancouver.

The Hoops, who outshot Chivas, 13-2 -- 9-0 in the second half -- deserved a penalty kick when defender Danny Califf spun around Fabian Castillo just inside the Goats' box four minutes into stoppage, but Bazakos, watching nearby, didn't make the call.

Chivas had plenty of first-half possession but just one legitimate chance at goal, with Kevin Hartman diving to stop a Juan Agudelo drive in the 12th minute and Moreno putting the rebound off the right post.

Kennedy notched his fourth shutout of the year thanks to a diving parry of Jackson Goncalves' 45-yard blast in the 28th minute, which nearly caught the goalkeeper too far off his line, and a stop in the 65th on Brek Shea, with Jackson putting the rebound over the bar.

WORTH NOTING: All seven players who had played 90 minutes in last weekend's loss to Real Salt Lake and Wednesday's victory over Montreal were in the starting lineup, and six of them -- all but Agudelo -- went the distance. ... Chivas plays its U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal Tuesday at Cal State Fullerton against the Charlotte Eagles, who beat Dallas in the third round. ... LaBrocca missed five first-team games while injured. ... Rookie Casey Townsend came on in the 77th minute, his initial first-team appearance since April 28. ... Shea, a U.S. national-teamer, was making his first appearance since May 12. ... The temperature at game time was 90 degrees with heavy humidity. ... Juan Pablo Angel, who has a calf strain, did not make the trip to Texas. ... Dallas' winless streak in all competitions is at 12, and the MLS skid reached 11. ... Hartman, a UCLA alum from Palos Verdes, extended his record to 399 MLS regular-season appearances. ... Dallas has not beaten a Western Conference rival this season. MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
FC Dallas Stadium (Frisco, Texas)

FC Dallas 0, Chivas USA 0

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman; Zach Loyd, Hernan Pertuz, Matt Hedges, Carlos Rodriguez; Jackson Goncalves, Jason Hernandez (Andrew Wiedeman, 75), Andrew Jacobson, Fabian Castillo; Brek Shea, Scott Sealy (James Marcelin, 65). Unused subs: Bruno Guarda, Brian Leyva, Ruben Luna, Chris Seitz, Victor Ulloa.

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; James Riley, Danny Califf, Rauwshan McKenzie, Ante Jazic; Ben Zemanski, Oswaldo Minda, Alejandro Moreno, Paolo Cardozo (Casey Townsend, 77); Cesar Romero (Laurent Courtois, 60), Juan Agudelo (Nick LaBrocca, 63). Unused subs: Blair Gavin, Tim Melia, Peter Vagenas, Jorge Villafaņa.

Yellow cards: Minda 92+.

Referee: Fotis Bazakos. Att.: 13,846.

Records: FC Dallas 3-9-5, 14 points; Chivas USA 5-7-4, 19 points.

Dan Kennedy
Chivas USA goalie Dan Kennedy made two big saves as he helped his team get a point at Dallas.