Chivas USA had another preseason match this morning, this time against their Home Depot Center stadiummates (or landlords, if we're being completely honest) and the LA Galaxy prevailed 3-2. As I noted ahead of the match, I don't care if Chivas lose preseason games 10-0, if they can parlay their preseason preparation into positive results during the season. Still, another loss, even in a exhibition context, is a bit of a bummer. But it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
As the Galaxy blog LAG Confidential noted, the starting lineups were essentially the Galaxy B squad against the Chivas A squad, which makes the result a bit worse, but again, not a big deal overall. The Galaxy looked like they were going to run away with the match, as they went on a 3-0 lead with goals from Pat Noonan (21st minute, 30th minute) and Dan Keat (40th minute). Chivas tried a comeback with goals from Michael Lahoud (51st minute) and trialist Cesar Romero (77th minute), but they couldn't get an equalizer.Here was the starting lineup for Chivas today: Dan Kennedy; James Riley, John Valencia, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic; Ben Zemanski, Alejandro Moreno, Nick LaBrocca; Michael Lahoud, Juan Pablo Angel, Laurent Courtois
I was pleased to see that Zemanski has played as the starting defensive midfielder for the preseason matches this week, so perhaps my hope that he gets extensive first team action this season may come true.
At the restart, Romero and Miller Bolanos entered for JPA and Moreno. Jorge Villafana came on for Laurent Courtois in the 62nd minute, and he set up Romero's goal, while Ryan Smith entered at the same time for Jazic. I assume Villafana went to left back while Smith played higher up on the left. A few minutes later, Tim Melia entered the match for Kennedy.
In the 70th minute, Zemanski, LaBrocca and Valencia came off and Blair Gavin, Peter Vagenas, and David Junior Lopes entered the match. It seems like Valencia will be starting center back heading into the season, while Lopes will likely be the first reserve center back in the squad.
All in all, the squad is starting to shape up nicely. Be sure to read Adam Serrano's match recap on the league website if you want to learn more about the match.
Chivas are currently 2-4 for the preseason (all losses have been by one goal), and their next test will be a tough one, as they will take on Club Tijuana in San Diego next Wednesday. I doubt the Xolos will play their first team, but still, it will be a tough task in an environment that will likely be very pro-TJ.
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