Would you believe it, Chivas USA have not completely given up on what appears to be their final season. On Sunday, they hosted Real Salt Lake, welcomed an announced crowd of more than 12,000 (and the stands appeared to be much more occupied than usual) and won 1-0 behind Felix Borja's (finally) first official goal for the Goats. All this, and Erick Torres had a penalty saved and they still won. A staggering result.
Let's hope CUSA can get more results in the final three games, but if they cannot, this is a win that must be treasured. The magnitude cannot be overstated - this might be Chivas USA's final win, ever.
After a first half where starting center back Chris Schuler had to exit early after colliding with teammate Nat Borchers, the teams played to a stalemate, and the Goats looked up to the task. However, the difference was that in this one, they held firm in the second half as well, and notched the go-ahead goal early in the 2nd half. Torres sent a long chip attempt on goal from the edge of the box in the 47th minute, but it bounced off the crossbar and back into play. Borja made a late run in the box, and buried the rebound past Nick Rimando.
Chivas could have doubled their lead, incredibly, in the 64th minute, after Cubo was brought down on the edge of the box in a 50-50 PK call, honestly. He stepped up to take the shot, but it was tame and Rimando dived low to block it easily.
The Goats had yet another chance to extend the lead in the 79th minute, when Bobby Burling had a header off a free kick that caromed off the post and was batted out by Rimando.
In the end, the Goats hung on. And they mustered a paltry 25.8 percent possession for the game overall. However, they managed to keep RSL to a single shot on goal, which clearly helped their chances.
The result means CUSA have 27 points for the season, which betters their awful 2013 total and puts them one behind their horrible 2010 total. This doesn't turn the whole season around, but it does mean the losing streak, which had stretched to seven games, is halted, as is the 12-game winless stretch. They also got another shutout, improbably, breaking their run of letting in at least three goals per game, which had gone on for six games. And it's their second win over RSL this season, meaning they take the season series with one game left to play between the clubs.
And Borja finally gets credit for a goal, something he should have gotten last week, and showing his quick adjustment to MLS and to getting regular minutes on this team. I think he's been a bright spot late in the season, and it's good to see him get something for all his efforts.
We will have more coverage of this game in the coming days. For now, treat yourself, high five your pals, hug your parents and/or kids, and enjoy this strange feeling...a win! A real f@#%ing win!
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