CHIVAS USA: No blood in red-card drama

CARSON -- The most amazing thing about Chivas USA's 1-1 MLS Reserve League draw Tuesday against San Jose is that Earthquakes midfielder Brad Ring escaped unharmed.

Ring's over-the-ball tackle cost the Goats a man with nearly an hour to go, and when referee Hector Perez decided yellow was a deep enough hue for the card, he was in danger.

One of the true joys of Reserve League action, especially when played on Chivas' training field at the Home Depot Center complex, is that it can be like watching a game at the park. A game with very fine, professional players. And you can hear nearly everything said on the field.

The Goats' eruption after Ring's mistimed tackle was worth the admission price. (Oh, wait. It was free.)

“He does that all the time,” goalkeeper Zach Thornton bellowed at Perez as he marched from his box to the midfield circle. “He's got to go.”

Perez instead sent off Paulo Nagamura, the tackle's victim, for a retaliation swipe at Ring that appeared to miss. Plenty of F-bombs directed Perez's way at that point, and one defensive player pleaded, loud enough for everyone to hear, “Please let [Ring] have the ball.”

Ring did see the ball again, but there was no overt payback, and that's no surprise. It's not Goats coach Robin Fraser's style -- Chivas keeps things pretty classy.

Trialist Georges Ba, an Ivorian striker who has been playing in the fifth tier of French soccer, gave the Quakes a 65th minute lead from Ellis McLoughlin's pass, and Marcos Mondaini converted a penalty kick in the 70th after a hand ball in the box by defender Nana Attakora, who was acquired in a trade nearly two weeks ago from Toronto FC.

Chivas is 1-2-2 in Reserve League play.

WORTH NOTING: Former Loyola Marymount star Rafael Baca (Lawndale/Animo Leadership HS) kissed the top of the crossbar for San Jose with a 48th-minute rebound off a free kick. ... Attakora handled a shot by Chris Cortez. ... Academy defender Ian Hines-Ike, a regular in Chivas reserve games and first-team training sessions, went the full 90 in central defense. ... Alejandro Moreno returned to training Tuesday after missing most of the last two months while with Venezuela's national team. Moreno and the Vinotinto were surprise semifinalists at Copa America, South America's nations championship. ... Former Cal Poly (that's SLO) defender Daniel Gray, also on trial, played the full 90 for the Quakes.


Home Depot Center, Field 6 (Carson)

Chivas USA 1, San Jose Earthquakes 1

SJ -- Georges Ba (Ellis McLoughlin) 65

C -- Marcos Mondaini pen. 70

Chivas USA: Zach Thornton (Sergio Arias, 46); Mariano Trujillo, Andy Boyens, Ian Hines-Ike, Bryan de la Fuente; Tristan Bowen, Paulo Nagamura, Francisco Mendoza, Marcos Mondaini (E. Manello, 75); Chris Cortez, Victor EstupiƱan. Unused subs: Peter Chodas, Dominic Escobar, J. Gutierrez.

San Jose Earthquakes: David Bingham; Joey Gjertsen, Nana Attakora, Bobby Burling, Justin Morrow; Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Daniel Gray, Brad Ring, Rafael Baca (Travis Pillon, 56); Ellis McLoughlin, Scott Sealy (Georges Ba, 46).

Yellow cards: Ring 33, Trujillo 48, Attakora 70. Red card: Nagamura 33.

Referee: Hector Perez. Att.: c. 100.

Western Division Standings

Seattle 7-0-0, 21 points

San Jose 3-2-1, 10

Portland 2-2-0, 6

Chivas USA 1-2-2, 5

Galaxy 1-5-0, 3

Vancouver 0-3-1, 1