Quick on the heels of the first team loss Saturday night, the Chivas USA reserves played UC Riverside Sunday morning and cruised to a 7-1 victory. It's safe to say Chivas reserves are of a better quality than local college and lower league sides, judging by the reserve matches the last two weeks.
Cesar Romero got a hat trick in this match after playing in the second half Saturday (37th, 61st, 85th minutes). Trialist John Owoeri also got a hat trick (60th, 62nd, 67th minutes), as well as an assist. Miller Bolanos, who also came on as a sub against Vancouver, got the scoring started in the 24th minute. When will he get a chance over 90 minutes for the first team? Folks are starting to get anxious about him, truthfully. Chivas USA Academy player Marky Delgado got an assist while new signing Scott Gordon added an assist of his own. And new trialist Kevin Huezo also contributed an assist on the day. Meanwhile, UCR got a goal on a PK after new goalkeeper signing Patrick McLain brought Otis Earle down.Here was the starting lineup for Chivas: Tim Melia, Scott Gordon, John Valencia, David Junior Lopes, Kevin Huezo; Marky Delgado, Ben Zemanski, Rodrigo Lopez, Miller Bolanos; John Owoeri, Cesar Romero.
Another trialist, Patrick Kanyuka, came on for Valencia in the 31st minute. Coming in the restart was McLain for Melia, while another trialist, Ernesto Hutchinson, replaced Lopez in the 58th minute. Yet another trialist, Cameron Artigliere, came on for Zemanski in the 69th minute, longtime trialist Mario Ledezma replaced Lopes in the 70th, and Blair Gavin replaced Bolanos in the 77th minute.
So that makes several new trialists: Huezo, Lopez, Kanyuka, Hutchinson, and Artigliere have all joined the club within the past couple weeks. In his report of the match, Scott French on ESPN said that Huezo and Lopez were most impressive on the day, and Owoeri finally found his scoring touch after looking pretty dire last week against the LA Blues. Lopez is an MLS veteran of sorts, as he was with Chivas a couple years back and was on the Timbers' roster last season, although he didn't play any first team minutes.
It seems Robin Fraser is looking to add depth all over the field, as there are defenders, midfielders and forwards among the trialists. While there's no chance all of these trialists will be signed, one or two of this group may get the nod and get a contract. With the season underway, most attention needs to be paid to the first team, but obviously building depth is not insignificant. We'll keep you posted on upcoming personnel decisions as we hear them.
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