Chivas USA had another MLS Reserve League game Monday, this time hosting the Colorado Rapids following last night's crazy 1-1 draw in regular season play. In the reserve match, the Goats fell 2-1, with two late goals by Colorado sealing the win for the visitors.
Chivas got on the board in the 25th minute when Gabriel Farfan (yep, him) hit a volley off Martin Ponce's cross. Chivas sat on that lead for the rest of the game, and it looked like they might squeak it out, but rookie Dillon Serna scored off a Jamie Smith assist in the 83rd minute, followed by new Rapids DP and forward Gabriel Torres notching the winner off a Chivas' turnover in the 84th minute. Torres shared the Golden Boot at the recently-concluded Gold Cup, so he looks to be in form and will likely be scoring with regularity for the first team. Chivas are probably pretty fortunate he wasn't ready to go yesterday.
Here's the starting lineup for Chivas in the reserve match:
Patrick McLain, Marvin Iraheta, Bobby Burling, Edgar Mejia, Jaime Frias, Adrian Moreno, Martin Ponce, Oswaldo Minda, Gabriel Farfan, Jorge Villafana, Jose Manuel Rivera
Moreno, 17, just joined Chivas' U-18 Academy team, according to this article on the club's website.
Minda was out with the reserves again. Wonder if he's ever going to feature for the first team again, or if they're just going to let him waste his talent on the bench.
James Alawine entered the game in the 81st minute for Burling. Alawine has played in a number of reserve games for Chivas recently.
Paul Salcedo came on in the 69th minute for Farfan. He is listed as a forward with Strikers FC on Top Drawer Soccer. It's unclear if he was just helping out or if he's moved to Chivas' Academy.
The result gives Chivas their third straight loss in MLS Reserve League action, giving them a 2-3-1 record and puts them in fifth place out of six in their division. Their next game in the reserve league will be August 27, against Colorado once again.
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