Well, the cards on the night weren't excessive after all, but my prediction of a draw held, as Chivas USA and the San Jose Earthquakes tied 2-2 Saturday at the HDC. Chivas were able to score for the first time all month, got their first positive result of the month, and held firm enough to notch a draw, keeping them in 4th place in the Western Conference.
San Jose dominated on the shots count, with an edge of 21 attempts on goal to Chivas' 7 (only 3 shots on goal for the Goats). The visitors took the lead in the 40th minute, as Golden Boot holder Chris Wondolowski beat Mario de Luna to a free kick into Chivas' box and slotted it past an exasperated Dan Kennedy.
Chivas got back into the game in a big way early in the second half, as de Luna made up for his earlier mistake by scoring his first goal in MLS play off a cross from Jorge Villafana that ricocheted off of Quakes' keeper Jon Busch before going in in the 47th minute.
Tristan Bowen gave Chivas their first lead in nearly a month in the 51st minute when a ball fell well to him in the box and he one-timed it past Busch. Not only was it his first goal of the season, it was Bowen's first goal as a Chivas USA player, across three seasons (though to be fair, he's only made 15 league appearances during that stretch). For a player who has gotten plenty of playing time this season but has struggled, it's good to see him get off the mark.
Alas, the lead wasn't durable for the remainder of the match, as San Jose barraged Chivas' goal, forcing more than one desperate goal-line clearance, before substitute Cordell Cato hit a cross on a run in the box to get the tying goal. It is also Cato's first goal of the season and first MLS goal in his career, so it was a night of firsts on that front.
We'll continue the discussion of this game tomorrow. In the meantime, it was good to see the Goats get back on track. Hopefully May will be more like March than April.
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