CARSON - For Chivas USA it was a different year, but the same result.
Chivas, a team that had trouble putting opponents away and scoring at opportune times a season ago, ran into the same problem in its opener March 10 against the Houston Dynamo, losing, 1-0, on a second half stoppage time goal at The Home Depot Center.
The loss must have been hard for goalkeeper Dan Kennedy to take as the Orange County native made several spectacular saves - some back-to-back - to keep his team in the game.
But despite the loss, Chivas coach Robyn Fraser was quite pleased with the way the Goats performed.
"It was a good start for us," Fraser said. "We were able to get on the front foot and control the tempo early. In the second half we had some good moments, had some good chances, but turnovers put us in trouble."
He added the team can't let up at any time during a match.
"Just when you think we put some fresh attacking players on, we had a disappointing loss," he said. "You have to finish out plays. You have to finish out games."
But he said it was just one game with an entire season yet to play.
"With 33 games to go we did a number of things well," Fraser said. "For long spells in the game we did well. But you do look at the fact you didn't finish the game out. Obviously, we have to address the end. But I feel we did a lot of things well and we did things to build on."
And Fraser spoke positively about Kennedy's performance.
"It was a good night for Dan," Fraser said. "He made some great saves and he came off his line quickly. It was impressive. We have a good goalkeeper. We are a relatively new team and we're sorting out things offensively and defensively, and from that, Dan did well."
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