Wilmer Cabrera’s Chivas USA and Carl Robinson’s Vancouver Whitecaps battled to a 1-1 draw at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Sunday. Here are six things we learned, followed by Player Ratings for Chivas USA and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
1. Chivas down to 10 early
The match started with wide-open football from the start, with both teams even in the battle for possession. A chance for Darren Mattocks in the 11th minute was swept by Dan Kennedy after that ball had too much pace. In the 13th minute, Agustin Pelletieri was sent off for a red card after a very hard tackle on Pedro Morales’s right shin.
2. Bad luck for Kenny Miller
The middle stretch of the first half saw few major chances for both teams. In the 17th minute, Andy O’Brien was booked for a challenge on Erick “Cubo” Torres. Sebastian Fernandez could have been awarded a penalty in the 19th minute but it was not given due to apparent simulation. A chance for Kenny Miller was wasted in the 20th minute of play. Miller nearly broke loose in the 25th minute but was called back for offsides.
3. Torres and 10-man Chivas stand tall
Despite being down a man, the hosts stood tall for the rest of the first half. A chance for Chivas USA’s Thomas McNamara in the 31st minute was cleared. Leandro Barrera broke loose in the 32nd minute but couldn’t make the most of his opportunity.
Darren Mattocks was offsides in the 34th on his first big chance for the Caps. A shot from Barrera in the 35th minute was deflected for a corner that was cleared by David Ousted and Fernandez. In the 39th minute, Mattocks was offsides again. In the 45th minute, Torres took advantage of a mistake by Nigel Reo-Coker to give Chivas USA a 1-0 lead.
Chivas USA Vancouver Whitecaps
5 Attempts on Goal 0
2 Shots on Target 0
1 Shots off Target 0
2 Blocked Shots 0
2 Corner Kicks 0
10 Fouls 7
6 Open Play Crosses 4
1 Offsides 4
0 First Yellow Cards 1
0 Second Yellow Cards 0
1 Red Cards 0
29 Duels Won 30
49% Duels Won % 51%
218 Total Pass 203
68% Passing Accuracy % 78%
52.2% Possession 47.8%
4. Cards piling up for Chivas
Chivas weren’t satisfied with their advantage. A shot from Torres in the 49th minute went over the bar. In the 51st minute, Ousted made a save on Barrera, forcing a corner. A challenge from Osvaldo Minda resulted in a yellow card in the 52nd minute of play. A shot from Fernandez in the 53rd minute of play was sweeped after Kenny Miller failed to finish. Bobby Burling also received a yellow in the 56th minute of play for a challenge on Darren Mattocks.
O’Brien delivered a sweeping clearance on Torres and Reo-Coker also had to clean up before getting subbed at the hour mark for Kekuta Manneh.
5. Wide open play heading into the stretch
A shot from Pedro Morales in the 61st minute just missed wide left for Vancouver. Laba earned a caution in the 63rd minute for a foul on Barrera. Kekuta Manneh made a meal of the transition in the 64th minute. Bobby Burling delivered a massive clearance at the line in the 66th minute of play, although there was little pace on that ball. Kennedy made a massive save in the 70th minute of play on Mattocks. Ousted made another save, this time on Burling in the 71st. Torres won another corner in the 73rd minute of play.
6. Late show in front of sparse crowd at StubHub
Chivas USA seemed to be content to hold on to their lead at the 75-minute mark, and despite the entrance of rookie Christian Dean, Vancouver could not win a set piece. In the 81st minute, Mattocks and Kekuta Manneh teamed up to put the match on level terms. Kenny Miller hit the side netting in the 83rd minute but was offsides anyway.
Ousted made another massive save, this time in the 85th minute to preserve the draw. Erik Hurtado could have finished off the play by Manneh in the 86th minute but made a meal of it. Vancouver continued to press, but Chivas stood tall in stoppage time to make it 1-1 at StubHub Center.
Attendance for the match: 6,684.