MLS Reserve League: Chivas USA beats Real Salt Lake 3-2 in league opener

McLain saved a PK today for the reserves - Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Chivas USA win! It's the Reserve League, but still.

Chivas USA opened their MLS Reserve League campaign Monday, two months after some teams, and with some teams in the league playing as many as six Reserve League games to this point. At any rate, Chivas played Real Salt Lake's reserves, and won 3-2 at the HDC complex.

Carlos Alvarez opened the scoring for the Goats with a tally in the 8th minute. Hopefully, the two-game suspension gave him some time to rest and refresh, and he'll be raring to go in the first team match Saturday. They followed that up with a goal by newest Goat Gabriel Farfan, in the 22nd minute, and Jose Manuel Rivera gave Chivas a commanding 3-0 lead in the 28th minute.

RSL tried to make their way back in the game in the second half, and nearly succeeded, as David Viana failed to convert a penalty in the 53rd minute, but followed up Patrick McLain's save with a tap-in.

Chivas then had a PK of their own, in the 76th minute, but Giovani Casillas' attempt was saved by Josh Saunders, keeping the score to 3-1. RSL then narrowed the margin, as Abdoulie Mansally notched a goal in the 91st minute, but it wasn't enough, as Chivas was able to hang on for the win.

Chivas USA starting lineup: Patrick McLain; Mario de Luna, Carlos Borja, Josue Soto, Cesar Zamora; Marvin Iraheta, Carlos Alvarez, Laurent Courtois, Gabriel Farfan; Adonis Amaya, Jose Manuel Rivera

I'm not sure who Zamora is, I'll have to wait and see if the club mentions him. Zamora is a former Chivas USA Academy player and will apparently be part of the U-23 team that's being organized. Amaya is a current member of the Chivas USA Academy, playing this season for the U-16 team, and set up Alvarez's goal in the game.

Former Chivas Academy player Omar Elmasri, who has bounced around in Mexico and MLS the past few years, replaced Farfan to start the second half. Former Chivas Academy player Eric Gonzalez, currently at UC Riverside, replaced Amaya in the 62nd minute. Casillas evidently entered the match at some point, but no word of when and for whom. There may have been other subs as well, so we'll update this as we find out more. in the 69th minute, replacing Zamora.

It's nice to see a win for the Goats, although it's tempered with the very tough losses for the first team as of late. Hopefully, if nothing else, the reserves can get some traction, and get some confidence to take with them to the first team in competitive matches.

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