Chivas USA Notes : 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City

Chivas USA scored two second-half goals but came up just short in a match with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center. Defender Jimmy Conrad scored a goal on his debut with the Red-and-White, and Ben Zemanski added another, but Chivas USA could not find the equalizer.
·         Sporting Kansas City got off to a great start under its new name and with its new star player, with Omar Bravo scoring twice for the team. Kei Kamara assisted on both of Bravo’s goals.

·         The Red-and-White made two defensive lapses at the beginning and end of the first half, giving up a goal to C.J. Sapong in just the second minute, and then to Bravo late into first-half stoppage time. Aside from those moments, Chivas USA played well in the first session, holding possession and earning a few chances.

·         The goal by Sapong was the quickest by a rookie beginning his MLS career. Sapong opened his MLS account just 1:45 into his career in the league.

·         The second half began with the Red-and-White coming out strong, and the team was rewarded in minute 56 when Jimmy Conrad finished after a corner kick was knocked down in the box. It was Conrad’s debut for the team, and came in front of a group of more than 200 friends and family in attendance to see him. “It was my 20th career goal,” said Conrad after the match. “I’m averaging like 1.7 a season… I don’t if my math’s right.”
·         After Bravo’s second goal in minute 74 on a counterattack, Chivas pulled within one again when Nick LaBrocca played a cleared corner kick back over the defense to Zemanski, who scored from close range. It was Zemanski’s first career MLS goal.

·         Many Chivas USA players made their debuts for the club, with the starting 11 sharing just one player (Ante Jazic) from the group that started the 2010 MLS season a year ago. Conrad, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Nick LaBrocca, Marcos Mondaini and Alejandro Moreno made their first appearances with the Red-and-White, and Francisco Mendoza returned to the team after two years away.

·         Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser, on tonight’s match: “I feel like when you play at home you should win, end of story, so we’re disappointed about not winning. But I was very, very encouraged by a lot of the soccer that we saw tonight. I thought that at times, for good portions of the match, we played very good soccer, got into the attacking end.” More from players and coach Fraser can be found on
·         Next home game: Chivas USA hosts the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids next Saturday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or for tickets to any Chivas USA match, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit