Chivas USA suffers from a similar syndrome as another Los Angeles franchise. Like the Clippers in the NBA, Chivas USA plays second fiddle in their own home stadium to a more storied franchise. For the Clippers, it is the Lakers; for Chivas USA, it is the two-time defending MLS champion Galaxy. But the Clippers have gained notoriety in recent years as they have shed their inept past to find on-court success, and Chivas might finally start seeing similar benefits if their team continues to gel as they did Sunday evening against FC Dallas at the Home Depot Center.
For nearly an hour, the game was a defensive duel waiting for one side to blink. Chivas USA blinked first, when they allowed David Ferreira to beat goalkeeper Dan Kennedy with a wicked right-footed blast from a tight angle in the 57th minute. The goal put the home side behind, but it also seemed to awaken them like a slap across the face.
Eleven minutes later, Juan Agudelo — who missed last week’s home opener with a foot injury — broke through the Dallas defense to strike the equalizer past visiting keeper Raul Fernandez. With the score level again, Chivas redoubled its attacking efforts as FC Dallas bled momentum.
The home side would take the lead in front of the 6800 loyalists in the stands eight minutes after Agudelo’s equalizer. Oswaldo Minda, finding himself alone in the box, stole away the ball from George John and blasted the ball past Fernandez for the go-ahead strike. Dallas was looking increasingly frustrated, unable to crack the 4-4-2 of Chivas for an equalizer of their own.
Giovani Casillas would clean up a 3-on-1 opportunity in stoppage time, doubling the margin of victory. The win broke a winless streak of 15 games dating back to Chivas USA’s 1-0 victory in Portland on July 28, 2012.
FC DALLAS @ CHIVAS USA
Home Depot Center
March 10, 2013
- 57′ — DAL/David Ferreira (Fabian Castillo)
- 68′ — CHV/Juan Agudelo (Walter Vilchez)
- 76′ — CHV/Oswaldo Minda (unassisted)
- 93′ — CHV/Giovani Casillas (Edgar Mejia, Eric Avila)
- CHV (4-4-2): Dan Kennedy; Walter Vilchez, Joaquin Velasquez, Bobby Burling, Mario de Luna; Laurent Courtois (Eric Avila/57′), Oswaldo Minda, Edgar Mejia, Miller Bolaños (Giovani Casillas/64′); Tristan Bowen (Jose Correa/45′), Juan Agudelo
- DAL (4-2-3-1): Raul Fernandez; Michel, Matt Hedges, George John, Zach Loyd; Andrew Jacobsen, Bobby Warshaw (Je-Vaughn Watson/45′); Jackson, David Ferreira, Fabian Castillo (Jair Benitez/68′); Kenny Cooper (Eric Hassli/74′)