Chivas USA played their third MLS Reserve League match Monday, and drew 1-1 against the San Jose Earthquakes up in San Jose. In a mirror image of the first team performance Sunday, the Quakes went up early courtesy of a second minute goal by Cesar Diaz Pizarro, while Chivas got an equalizer in the 93rd minute from Cesar Romero. How many MLS games, reserve or otherwise, have there been with both scorers named Cesar? At any rate, the result gives the Goats a 1-1-1 record and four points in the reserve league, while San Jose moves to 1-1-2.
Rauwshan McKenzie, who served as captain in the match for Chivas, called Romero's goal a "golazo" on twitter today. It's Romero's fourth goal in three reserve league matches this year. He took a free kick at the very end of the match from the right, and put enough force on it to get it past San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham in the top right corner. Considering Chivas' inability to take a truly dangerous free kick, can Romero blossom into a free kick specialist for the first team?Here was the starting lineup for Chivas today: Tim Melia, Marky Delgado, Rauwshan McKenzie, Scott Gordon, Jorge Villafana, Ryan Smith, Blair Gavin, Oswaldo Minda, Paolo Cardozo, Laurent Courtois, Casey Townsend
Gavin was able to finish yesterday's match after receiving an elbow to the head by Alan Gordon, so he was apparently not seriously injured, but he is apparently has no lingering effects as he played 61 minutes today. Good news, to be sure.
Romero replaced Smith in the 34th minute, while trialists Jorge Marquez entered in the 61st minute (for Gavin) and Javier Mena replaced Courtois in the 74th.
All in all, a decent performance for Chivas to battle back and get a draw. It's important to remember, however, that reserves games are mainly preparation for the main event of the first team matches.
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