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Chivas USA Plays Solid Defense But Can't Score

  • By Shel Segal
CARSON - It looks like they've mastered playing defense. Now, if they could just get the offense going.
For the second straight match, Chivas USA failed to score or give up any goals and played the Vancouver Whitecaps to a scoreless draw Saturday night at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas also played FC Dallas to a 0-0 game a week earlier on the road.
Chivas coach Robyn Fraser said after Saturday night's match that his team did not come out with any passion.
"I thought we were a bit too passive in the beginning of the game, not urgent enough," he said. "First half things were a little bit too slow. In the second half our urgency was much better. We created a number of chances and we're pleased with that, but we need to do more than that."
Fraser added he was happy how the Goats played defensively.
"Certainly, we've seen this group grow defensively," Fraser said. "As you look at the second half the entire team was defensively playing very well. We're happy to have two shutouts, but we need to win some games."
And although the offense has been lackluster for the past 180 minutes, Fraser said he is not all that concerned, especially as Chivas outshot the Whitecaps, 16-11.
"We feel like we have quality attacking players, but a lot of it is confidence, attacking, urgency and within our group we've seen these things grow," he said.
Chivas' best chance for a goal came within the 73rd minute. Following a handball on a Vancouver defender, Chivas midfielder kicked an indirect free kick from about 25 yards out that was going right into the upper right hand corner of the goal. However, Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon dove through the air to knock the ball away.
Chivas had two other good chances off the foot of forward Jose Correa at the 54th and 68th minute. Both times he drove the ball right into the left side of the goal and both times Cannon came up with the diving save.
"At the end of the day we have to do things better to win games," Fraser said. "Just our approach, we need more urgency. You continue to stress it. You continue to highlight the differences between seeing an urgent performance and on that's not. You know it's in the players. These are players who have been successful at other levels to get to this level."
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and followed via Twitter @wvjournalsports.)

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