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New York looks for payback at Chivas USA

The New York Red Bulls again make a cross-country trip to face Chivas USA on Saturday evening at The Home Depot Center. Chivas are returning home after a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City last weekend. The Red Bulls returned home for two games last week after a four-game road swing, their last match a 1-0 loss to D.C. United.


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REFEREE: Mark Kadlecik. SAR (bench): Jeff Hosking; JAR (opposite): Matthew Kreitzer; 4th: Baldomero Toledo
Kadlecik's MLS Career: 7 games; FC/gm: 23.6; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 2; pens: 2

INJURY REPORT: CHIVAS USA – DOUBTFUL: DF Jimmy Conrad (concussion); DF Ante Jazic (R calf strain); PROBABLE: MF Paulo Nagamura (L quad strain)

NEW YORK RED BULLS – OUT: MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); DF Rafael Marquez (R hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: FW Luke Rodgers (plantar fasciitis)

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: CHV: Alejandro Moreno (Venezuela)
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: CHV: Justin Braun, Nick LaBrocca, Michael Lahoud, Zarek Valentin … NY: Carlos Mendes

ALL-TIME (13 meetings): Chivas USA 5 wins, 21 goals … Red Bulls 4 wins, 16 goals … Ties 4
AT CHIVAS USA (6 meetings): Chivas USA 2 wins, 7 goals … Red Bulls 1 wins, 4 goals … Ties 3

• Justin Braun scored a hat trick to lead Chivas USA to a 3-2 win against the Red Bulls on May 15 in their first encounter this season.

• New York hasn’t defeated Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center since the first meeting there between the clubs, a 2-0 win in 2005. Chivas USA have won two of the five games since, with three draws.

• New York’s win in the second meeting a year ago, the first between the clubs at Red Bull Arena, was their first against Chivas USA since June 5, 2008. Chivas won two of the four intervening meetings, with two draws.

• Coaches record: Robin Fraser v NY: P1 W1 L0 D0 … Hans Backe vs. CHV: P3 W1 L2 D0

LAST MEETING: 5/15 - NY 2, CHV 3 (Henry 21, De Rosario 35 pen – Braun 5, 31, 56)

• After a power outage delayed kickoff, Justin Braun got the match off to a flying start after five minutes. Taking a pass from Nick LaBrocca on the left, he cut across the penalty area and curled a right-footed shot into the back of the net.

• The Red Bulls responded in the 21st minute. Defender Rafa Márquez looped a long ball over the top to Thierry Henry, who took two touches and coolly slotted a right-footed shot past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

• But Chivas, and Braun, restored their lead shortly afterward. Heath Pearce floated a free kick beyond the far post in the 31st minute, but Ante Jazic got in a touch to keep the ball in play and found Braun, who squeezed the ball between New York goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul’s legs.

• New York again answered quickly, this time when Luke Rodgers was tugged to the ground by Pearce while making a run in the box, and Dwayne De Rosario thumped the resulting penalty kick into the back of the net in the 35th minute.

• Yet Braun and Chivas had one final answer. In the 56th minute, Simon Elliott sent a free kick towards the top of the six-yard box, and an unmarked Alejandro Moreno snapped a header off the post. It bounced directly to Braun, who tapped home the rebound to complete his hat trick.

• NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-2): Bouna Coundoul - Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Rafael Marquez, Roy Miller (Stephen Keel 89) - Teemu Tainio (Mehdi Ballouchy 71) - Dane Richards (Juan Agudelo 71), Dwayne De Rosario, Joel Lindpere - Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers.

• CHIVAS USA (4-1-3-2): Dan Kennedy - Michael Lahoud (Mariano Trujillo 30), Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin, Ante Jazic - Simon Elliott - Ben Zemanski, Nick LaBrocca, Jorge Flores (Francisco Mendoza 84) - Justin Braun (Chris Cortez 69), Alejandro Moreno.

The New York Red Bulls couldn’t build upon their big midweek win, falling 1-0 to D.C. United on Saturday evening at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls have 28 points from 20 games, tied atop the Eastern Conference.

• The game’s lone goal came in the 61st minute. Andy Najar played the ball square toward Dwayne De Rosario, who dummied the ball and raced into the box. Josh Wolff was behind the stepover and fed De Rosario on the run, and the recent United acquisition drove a left-footed shot off the far post and in against his former club.
• United coach Ben Olsen made no changes to the team that was pegged back by a late goal for a 2-2 draw with Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium.
• Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe made one change to the team that defeated Toronto FC 5-0 at Red Bull Arena. Mehdi Ballouchy started in midfield for Teemu Tainio.
• NEW YORK RED BULLS (4-1-3-1-1): Greg Sutton - Jan Gunnar Solli, Tim Ream, Carlos Mendes, Roy Miller - Dax McCarty - Dane Richards (Austin da Luz 83), Joel Lindpere, Mehdi Ballouchy (Juan Agudelo 66) - Thierry Henry - Luke Rodgers.

• The Red Bulls were shut out for the first time since April 9 in their 1-0 home loss to D.C. United, still leading the league with 34 goals scored on the season.
• “When you don’t have your best day you should be so good that you defend well enough and get the tie. But you shouldn’t lose the game like this. We had three, four, perhaps five decent chances to score,” said Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe.
• The Red Bulls lost for a second time at home this season, after the first meeting with Chivas (May 15), and were also shut out on their home ground for a first time this season.
• “It was absolutely not good enough, the defending game from our midfield and sometimes even from the back four,” said Backe. “When I talk about the goal we conceded it’s absolutely too easy in today’s football.”
• With Teemu Tainio out of the lineup, Joel Lindpere moved into a central midfield role with Mehdi Ballouchy coming in at a wide midfield spot.
• “But we could see normally it’s only Teemu Tainio who’s winning 50-50 for us. Of course we miss him, but we just have to live with that. We will have players injured, suspended, and the other guy just has to step up,” Backe said.
• Red Bulls right back Jan Gunnar Solli leads all defenders with six assists, after recoring two in last week’s 5-0 win vs. Toronto FC, his second two-assist game of the season (the first coming in the 4-0 win vs. D.C. United on April 21). Houston’s Brad Davis still leads the league with nine.
• The Red Bulls announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Frank Rost on Wednesday, and he could be available for selection if his visa and ITC are received. Rost was last with Hamburger SV of the Bundesliga, part of runner-up sides in 1995 and 2005. He also played for Werder Bremen and Schalke 04.
• On Tuesday, the Red Bulls were dumped out of the U.S. Open Cup in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire in a quarterfinal match at Toyota Park. Dominic Oduro put the Fire ahead after just seven minutes, defender Yamith Cuesta doubled it shortly after the start of the second half, then Orr Barouch scored twice (51, 69) to put the game away.
• Here’s the Red Bulls team: Bouna Coundoul – Chris Albright (Marcos Paullo 60), Stephen Keel, Tyler Lassiter, Mike Jones, Teddy Schneider (Sacir Hot 72), Matt Kassel, John Rooney, Austin da Luz, Mehdi Ballouchy, Corey Hertzog

Chivas USA were pegged back into a late draw, playing to a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening at Livestrong Sporting Park. Chivas USA have 22 points from 19 games on the season, in a tie for sixth place in the Western Conference.


• Chivas took the lead after a nifty passing sequence in the 30th minute. Ben Zemanski and Justin Braun both split the Kansas City defense with precise passes to find Nick LaBrocca at the top of the area, and he side-footed the ball into the bottom left corner.

• But Sporting once again found some late heroics at home. Matt Besler knocked the ball forward, Birahim Diop and Aurélien Collin battled to help the ball on and a bad clearance from in front of goal fell to Omar Bravo, who nodded home from close range for the stoppage-time leveler.

• Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser made two changes to the team that got two second-half goals for a 2-0 win against the San Jose Earthquakes at The Home Depot Center. Ben Zemanski and Marcos Mondaini came back into the team, for Jorge Flores and Victor Estupiñan.

• CHIVAS USA (4-3-1-2): Dan Kennedy - Michael Lahoud, Michael Umana, Heath Pearce, Zarek Valentin - Ben Zemanski, Simon Elliott (Francisco Mendoza 68), Blair Gavin (Jorge Flores 63), Nick LaBrocca - Marcos Mondaini (Mariano Trujillo 79), Justin Braun


• For the third time in five games, Chivas USA allowed a goal after the 80th minute to cost them points. FC Dallas scored the game-winner in the 82nd minute on June 18, then Philadelphia hit for an 85th-minute winner the following week.

• "Anytime you give up a goal in stoppage time it’s definitely a letdown. We were expecting to get the three points. We were playing really well and unfortunately in the second half kind of got away from that and came under some pressure and then we broke,” Justin Braun said.

• Nick LaBrocca scored for a third consecutive game in giving Chivas the lead in their 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City. LaBrocca has surpassing his career total for goals in this season alone, now with six; in his first four MLS seasons (three with Colorado, one with Toronto FC), LaBrocca scored five goals total.

• “I’m very excited about the fact that I feel that we have the best young emerging player in the league. He’s such an intelligent player and he gets himself shots,” said Chivas head coach Robin Fraser.

• Fraser tried to protect the lead with a change of tactics in the second half, bringing on wingers Francisco Mendoza and Jorge Flores for Simon Elliott and Blair Gavin, then taking off striker Marcos Mondaini for Mariano Trujillo.

• “We just felt that their outside players were getting too much time and freedom, so we tried to increase pressure with a new formation,” Fraser said. “At times it worked well, but I think we’re still a young team that’s growing and there are always decisions that have to be made in tight games and tough situations.”

• Chivas USA will be without striker Alejandro Moreno for another weekend, after Venezuela reached the knockout stage at Copa America.