The first game of the post-playmaker era for Chivas USA led to a similar result, as the Goats fell 1-0 to the New England Revolution on Saturday in Foxborough, Massachusetts. A second half goal from Lee Ngyuen was the difference, as Chivas couldn't find a way to get back in the goals column and therefore head home from their latest road trip empty-handed.
Let's go over some of the talking points from the game:
Too soon for the new arrivals: While Felix Borja got the start for the second straight week, other newcomers were nowhere to be found in the 18. Nigel Reo-Coker and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado were not with the team out east for this game, probably due to the timing of their respective trades coming down late in the week, and Luis Bolanos still hasn't made it in the matchday squad yet. Add to that Bobby Burling sitting out again after an injury layoff, and Wilmer Cabrera apparently wanting to give the defense that got a shutout last week another run out, and the big changes I was expecting didn't happen. Regarding the newcomers, I don't think you can really blame Cabrera for not putting any of them out in this game, as the timing of it just didn't work out.
Scoreless streak drags on: It's now been 456 minutes since CUSA scored. We're starting to get in panic mode, approaching that 600-minute team record set a couple years ago. While service to the strikers is still a problem, one that appears to be compounded by Mauro Rosales' departure, the good news is that Borja and Erick Torres looked pretty decent again, and Cubo is playing in different positions than he previously did, due to Borja's skill set as a target forward. The big question is whether it will result in goals. Time's running out for this club, and while there were some very close calls and a couple of big saves by Bobby Shuttleworth, it wasn't enough.
Could have used a pick-me-up for next week: At this point, next week's game against the LA Galaxy is probably the biggest of the season. Heading into that one on a six-game winless streak, after picking up just one point in that span, on a 4+ game scoreless streak, isn't the stuff derby dreams are made of. Here's hoping the Goats can really summon everything they have in order to grab an unlikely win in "The Last Clasico."
We'll have more coverage of this game in the coming days. In the meantime, what do you think? Leave a comment below!