CHIVAS USA: Nearly perfect not enough

CARSON -- Chivas USA held most of the possession and played superb defense all over the field Saturday night, but -- as with its fine effort in last weekend's Major League Soccer opener -- it wasn't enough.

Vancouver scored from a 68th-minute corner kick and held on for a 1-0 triumph over the Goats, the second-year club's first MLS road victory, to join Real Salt Lake atop the Western Conference with six points from two games.

The match, played on a cold, rainy night, drew an announced 7,723 to Home Depot Center.

Chivas (0-2-0) was better than in last week's 1-0 loss to Houston: better organized, with more possession and a defensive effort that neutralized Whitecaps stars Eric Hassli and Sebastien Le Toux up front. But the Goats managed little offense, just like last week, and came close to scoring just once, when rookie Casey Townsend, starting when Juan Pablo Angel pulled out with a head injury, bent a ball from just beyond the box toward the upper-right corner in the 32nd minute. Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon stretched to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Chivas was denied a late penalty kick after Alain Rochat wrestled Nick LaBrocca to the turf as the midfielder tracked a ball over the top. An Oswaldo Minda header in traffic sailed wide in second-half stoppage.

Vancouver, like the Goats, struggled to turn penetration into opportunities, but it got the only chance it needed after an extended foray in which Dan Kennedy knocked aside a Lee Young-Pyo blast and James Riley headed away a subsequent Lee chip meant for Hassli. One-time U.S. national-teamer Jay DeMerit nodded home Camilo's's ensuing corner kick when Minda, marking the defender, slipped on the run.

Cannon, who spent a season with the Galaxy, departed near the end of the first half with a quadriceps strain he apparently suffered coming out to grab a cross meant for Ryan Smith in the ninth minute. He twice sat down for medical attention before departing in the 41st.

Chivas signed defender Scott Gordon on Friday, and he was on the 18-man game roster but did not play.


Home Depot Center (Carson)

Chivas USA 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

V -- Jay DeMerit (Camilo) 68

Chivas USA: Dan Kennedy; James Riley, Rauwshan McKenzie, Heath Pearce, Ante Jazic; Peter Vagenas (Ben Zemanski, 74), Oswaldo Minda; Ryan Smith (Miller Bolaños, 62), Nick LaBrocca, Laurent Courtois; Casey Townsend (Cesar Romero, 62). Unused subs: Scott Gordon, David Junior Lopes, Tim Melia, John Alexander Valencia.

Vancouver Whitecaps: Joe Cannon (Brad Knighton, 41); Lee Young-Pyo, Martin Bonjour, Jay DeMerit, Alain Rochat; Jun Marques Davidson; Camilo (Jordan Harvey, 71), Sebastien Le Toux, Matt Watson, Davide Chiumiento (Floyd Franks, 82); Eric Hassli. Unused subs: Gershon Koffie, Darren Mattocks, Carlyle Mitchell, Long Tan.

Yellow cards: Minda 35, Davidson 63, Hassli 89.

Referee: Jair Marrufo. Att.: 7,723.