Los Angeles Soccer: Alex Caskey

CHIVAS USA: Goats claim another point

May, 26, 2012
5/26/12
11:53
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CARSON -- Chivas USA is four games into a five-game stretch against the best teams in Major League Soccer, and they've managed results in every one of them. Saturday night's was a 1-1 draw with visiting Seattle, and although the Goats might have wrested something more from it but for one error at the back, theirs was one satisfied locker room when it was over.

Juan Agudelo scored his first goal with Chivas, and it might have stood up for a full three points had John Alexander Valencia not whiffed on a ball sent into the Goats' goalmouth just four minutes later. That's three times this season, and twice this week, they've taken a lead and given it right back.

That's on the list of things that still need to be corrected, and if it's a long list, it's getting shorter all the time.

“We would have liked to close the week with three points tonight. I think that goes without saying,” captain Alejandro Moreno said. “Listen, we had an emotional game against the Galaxy last week, we go to New York, a long trip, and get a [tie] there in a very physical and demanding game, and we were able to put together a decent performance tonight. In the end, I think we'll take whatever we got out of this week, but most of all, I think we'll take the fact that we seem to be taking steps forward, the way we're playing. There's more consistency to what we're trying to do on the field.”

Chivas had most of the ball, with 61 percent possession, but created only so many chances -- a recurring theme -- but they put away the best of the lot, maybe their best sequence all season, just 12 minutes into the second half.

Moreno played a ball back to Peter Vagenas, who sent it to James Riley -- outstanding all game, our choice as man of the match -- on the right flank. Riley had plenty of time to look up and pick out Agudelo, who got behind Jhon Kennedy Hurtado to head the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Bryan Meredith.

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