Los Angeles Soccer: Ruben Lara
August, 1, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Chivas USA has been hot lately -- no more so than in last weekend's romp over Houston -- but this was something else.
The Goats wilted Sunday in the blistering heat of Frisco, Texas, and their five-game unbeaten streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss against FC Dallas.
Marvin Chavez got the goal, in the 26th minute, his shot ricocheting in off Chivas defender Heath Pearce, with goalkeeper Dan Kennedy going the other way.
That was all the Hoops (12-5-6) needed in temperatures that hit 112 degrees -- that's heat index -- on the field, conditions that clearly bothered both sides, sapping everybody of energy.
Pearce, who played a season plus two months in Dallas, ought to know North Texas heat.
“I don't even remember this heat,” he told reporters after the game. “I don't know if I ever played in this heat when I was there.”
He said Chivas didn't come out “particularly strong, like we did the last couple games, but we hung in there. The turnovers are what eventually cost us the match. That many turnovers in this kind of heat is going to drain you pretty quick.”
The loss dropped the Goats (6-8-8) out of playoff territory, a point behind Houston for the final spot, but there's plenty of time to sort that out. Chivas has a dozen league games remaining.
A quick look at Chivas' loss:
BEST PLAYER: We've got two. Mexican U-20 national teamer Ruben Lana, positioned up top, was terrific in key moments for the Hoops and played the pivotal role in the goal. Dallas defender George John was solid at the back and nearly doubled the advantage in the 39th minute, heading Ricardo Villar's free kick off the post.