For 93 minutes, Chivas USA looked like they would limp across the finish line to a scoreless draw at the StubHub Center against the Montreal Impact. But once again, CUSA striker Erick Torres came to the Goats' rescue, scoring the winning goal off an acrobatic shot in the 94th minute to give Chivas a 1-0 victory on Saturday night. The stunning turn of events gives CUSA their third straight win, the first time they've won three league games in a row since 2009, and maintains their all-time unbeaten streak against the Montreal Impact.
The goal extends Cubo's current scoring streak to three games, and brings him up to 12 goals on the season, tied for second-best goals total in a season in club history, matching Maykel Galindo's 12 goals in 2007. He also has 20 goals in his MLS career, now 10 behind all-time leader Ante Razov.
On the other side of the balance sheet, Chivas have now notched their third clean sheet in a row, this after going the first 14 games of the season without a shutout.
All in all, it's a pretty impressive run CUSA are racking up. And this, despite not playing very well in any of the games. Certainly, they played well enough to get three points, and for a team as wins-starved as this one, that's really the most important thing. But it also shows they have perhaps gotten a touch of long-overdue luck, and have done just what they must in order to get points. And maybe they can use this newfound confidence to actually continue to improve as a team. I know, heady stuff, but we're in rarefied air right now for this team.
The latest win puts Chivas at 20 points, just five behind the last team in the playoff position, Vancouver, who they coincidentally will play next weekend. It's probably not worth getting too worked up about the revival of this team's season at this point -- instead, it's a better idea to ride out the good moments right now and see how long they can keep it going.
We'll have plenty more coverage of this game coming up in the next few days. In the meantime, what do you think? Leave a comment below!