A week removed from any matches, Chivas USA bounced back to defeat the impressive New York side, 3-2.
Chivas, who managed a winless streak of 14 consecutive games earlier this season, snapped a four-game drought with their victory over the Red Bulls. New York on the other hand, despite being recognized as one of the powerhouses of Major League Soccer, has failed to win away from home against a Western Conference opponent yet this season and dropped to a .500 record on the road in 14 games.
Julio Morales netted his first professional goal in the 30th minute to break a scoreless tie. His left-footed strike found the back of the net just past the outstretched arm of Luis Robles.
New York did not take long to respond after falling behind 1-0. Shortly afterward, Tim Cahill managed to head Thierry Henry’s corner kick past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy for the equalizer. Cahill’s goal was his seventh of the season.
Despite most of the chances being in favor of the Red Bulls early on, Kennedy was able to keep his team in the game with two big saves on Fabian Espindola.
Just moments from halftime, Erick Torres was awarded a penalty kick after being brought down in the box by New York’s Ibrahim Sekagya. Torres was able to bury the penalty, giving Chivas a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
Torres netted his second of the match on a rebound opportunity in the 81st minute to give his side the two-goal advantage. Dax McCarthy brought the game back to within one just five minutes later with a goal of his own. After a few late opportunities for New York, including a dangerous shot from Cahill in stoppage time, Chivas was able to hang on for just their fifth victory of the season.