CHIVAS USA: Michael Lahoud returns in Reserve loss

Michael Lahoud played 90 minutes for Chivas USA on Monday. Nobody seems certain whether he should have been allowed to.

The third-year veteran from Wake Forest, out since suffering a concussion April 16 at Vancouver, was stationed at right back for the Goats' MLS Reserve League clash against the Seattle Sounders in Tukwila, Wash. A team spokesman acknowledged it was uncertain if Lahoud had been cleared to play.

Reserve coach Carlos Llamosa, who took the side to Washington following Chivas' loss Saturday at Real Salt Lake in a Major League Soccer match, said through a spokesman that Lahoud trained Friday and Saturday without any symptoms, so it was decided that he could play.

MLS, after several players were forced to retire because of concussion issues, this year implemented a protocol in which players may train after a full week without symptoms, then must see a neurologist and be cleared before returning to the field. Lahoud, team officials said last week, had not been asymptomatic.

A club spokesman's attempt to get clarification from a team doctor Monday night was not successful. Head coach Robin Fraser had remained in Utah, where his family still lives, after Saturday's game; he was due to return to Southern California late Monday night.

Chivas central defender Jimmy Conrad, who suffered a concussion March 26 against Colorado, is still dealing with symptoms.

Seattle won the match, 3-2, to improve to 2-0-0 in the MLS Reserve League's Western Division. The Goats are 1-2-1.

Trialist Chris Cortez (Mission Viejo/Trabuco Hills HS) scored both Chivas goals, his second and third in as many Reserve League matches, and narrowly missed a hat trick. He netted the first in the 22nd minute, a bullet from 20 yards to the right corner after a mistaken goal kick by Seattle goalkeeper Terry Boss, and scored the second from Bryan de la Fuente's cross in the 69th minute. He also hit the left post in stoppage.

Academy defender Ian Hines-Ike was the only other non-roster player to see action for the Goats.

Mike Fucito, Lamar Neagle (on a penalty kick) and Miguel Montano tallied for the Sounders.


Starfire Sports Stadium (Tukwila, Wash.)

Seattle Sounders 3, Chivas USA 2

C -- Chris Cortez 22

S -- Mike Fucito (Nate Jaqua, David Estrada) 25

S -- Lamar Neagle pen. 52

S -- Miguel Montano (Pat Noonan) 60

C -- Chris Cortez (Bryan de la Fuente) 69

Seattle Sounders: Terry Boss; Zach Scott, Taylor Graham, Tyson Wahl (Kevin Sakuda, 46), Michael Tetteh; Lamar Neagle, Michael Seamon, David Estrada, Miguel Montano; Mike Fucito (Sinisa Ubiparipovic, 63), Nate Jaqua (Pat Noonan, 46).

Chivas USA: Sergio Arias; Michael Lahoud, Michael Umaña, Ian Hines-Ike, Bryan de la Fuente; Chris Rodriguez, Gerson Mayen, Mariano Trujillo, Francisco Mendoza; Chris Cortez, Victor Estupiñan. Unused subs: Artur Aghasyan, Danny Castro, Kevin Guppy, Edson Lemus, Pedro Velazquez.

Yellow cards: Scott 76, Mendoza 78.

Referee: Josh Wilkins. Att.: 920.