Chelís, Chivas Adjust to Beat FC DallasDespite heavy criticism from opening loss, Chivas responds with victory over FC Dallas
by Omar Avalos | Tuesday, March 12, 2013
In its second match of the season, Chivas USA came through against FC Dallas, winning 3-1. Despite all the criticism the team received after being ousted 3-0 by the Columbus Crew in the first week, the Goats have come back stronger with this win.
Coaching changes paid off for Chelís
Chivas USA manager Chelís made three crucial changes to this week’s starting lineup. Juan Agudelo and Miller Bolaños replaced last week’s strike force of Julio Morales and Giovani Casillas, and Oswaldo Minda started in midfield in place of Marvin Iraheta. Eric Ávila also did not start, but came in later to provide speed in attack.
FC Dallas opened up the scoring in the 57th minute on a well-placed angled shot by David Ferreira, who got past Chivas defender Joaquín Velásquez, to put Dallas up 1-0.
Chivas defender Walter Vílchez then placed a precise overhead pass to Agudelo, who chested the ball down and back healed to his left inside the box and fired a left-footed shot to tie the score at 1-1 in the 68th minute. It was the first goal of the season for rebuilt Chivas USA.
New starter Oswaldo Minda then showed his hustle and why he got the starting job by winning the ball in the Dallas backline, then knocking one in to put Chivas up 2-1 in the 76th minute.
Chivas capitalized on a desperate Dallas offense that tried to even the score in the 93rd minute on a corner kick. Chivas broke away in a counterattack with a 3v1 advantage led by Eric Ávila. Ávila passed left to Chivas de Guadalajara reinforcement Edgar “Chore” Mejía, who then passed right to assist U-17 World Champion Giovani Casillas, who came on in place of Miller Bolaños, to put the game away with a score of 3-1.
Room for improvement
Chivas is still not gelling in the midfield as was evident by a number of inconsistent passes that resulted in turnovers. The Goats were troubled on the right side of the defense, where Dallas kept threatening consistently early on.
The club did create clear scoring opportunities in the first half but failed to change the scoreline, leaving it 0-0 going into halftime.
The Chivas attack, though, already looks better two games into the season than the very predictable, non-existing offense of last season.
Another area that surely needs improvement is in attendance for this ailing MLS side. In its season opener, Chivas brought in an official attendance of 7,121. This past weekend against FC Dallas, a mere 6,801 were said to have attended. These numbers are usually based on ticket sales, rather than actual numbers. We’ll see if the team will improve on this moving forward.
NEXT UP: March 17 – Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center, Los Angeles. 5 p.m. EST, UniMas.