Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rough results on the road for MLS representatives
by Ridge Mahoney, August 27th, 2008 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Both MLS teams will have to make up deficits in the home legs of their CONCACAF Champions' League preliminary series after losing on the road Tuesday night. New England fell, 2-1, to Joe Public FC in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, and Chivas USA lost, 2-0, in Panama to Tauro FC. The second legs will be played next Tuesday at Gillette Stadium and Home Depot Center, respectively.

In neither case is the opposition daunting, yet both MLS teams were hard-pressed to convert opportunities during the periods they controlled play.

The Revs, playing on a FieldTurf surface similar to their home turf at Gillette, battled back in the second half after being outhustled and outshot, 11-2, in the first 45 minutes. Reon Nelson fluffed two chances to open the scoring in the first half, during which Revs captain Steve Ralston suffered back spasms and had to be replaced. A well-struck free kick by Jeff Larentowicz forced a good save from Joe Public keeper Alejandro Figueroa.

Joe Public pressed again at the outset of the second half and scored in the 51st minute when Kerry Baptiste got free down the right and centered a ball that Nelson guided into the net past goalie Doug Warren. Eighteen minutes later, again Baptiste rolled down the right flank and Jamal Gay, who had replaced Nelson moments earlier, tucked away a shot with his first touch of the match.

Wasted possessions and poor touches had plagued New England since the opening kickoff, yet trailing two goals, the Revs persisted and in the 76th minute, a Taylor Twellman through ball and run from Shalrie Joseph yielded a foul by Carlyle Mitchell. Mauricio Castro converted the penalty kick.

Sub Joe Germanese came on in the 80th minute and from the right flank led a few spirited charges that Joe Public fended off to preserve its 2-1 win.

TAURO TRIUMPHANT. Heavy rains prevented Chivas USA from training the day before its match at Rod Carew Stadium, located just outside Panama City and named for the former major league infielder and hitter extraordinaire.

Had baseball been the game of choice, it might have been postponed. A chewed-up, soft, and uneven surface hampered Chivas USA's passing game, yet it finished the match two goals down because of its own ineptitude after falling behind early.

In the sixth minute, Luis Escobar got free down the left and cut a ball back from the goal line that Edwin Aguilar steered into the net from close range. Chivas USA pushed into the attack, and Atiba Harris glanced a header wide of the near post from a Sacha Kljestan cross.

Jean Mclean nearly scored from out near the touchline midway through the half but his looping shot/cross clanged off the crossbar, and Escobar hit the same frame with a free kick a few minutes later. Harris then squandered a great chance when Kljestan's through ball matched him one-v-one with goalie Willington Dominguez, who charged out to block Harris' tame effort with his chest.

Aguilar doubled Tauro's lead in the 65th minute when he dribbled up the left side and then veered inside past hobbling defender Shavar Thomas to lift a lazy chip over keeper Zach Thornton.

Free kicks from Alecko Eskandarian and Paulo Nagamura in the final minutes failed to beat the defensive wall and Chivas USA headed home hopeful its scoring touch returns in time for a home date with Toronto in league play Saturday as well as the second leg against Tauro. It has scored just one goal in three games since tying the Galaxy, 2-2, on Aug. 14.

On Wednesday, Canadian representative Montreal Impact opens its preliminary series against Real Esteli FC of Nicaragua (8 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel), and Puerto Rico Islanders of the USL play Costa Rican powerhouse Alajuelense (10 p.m., Fox Soccer Channel).

GAME SUMMARIES:
Aug. 26 in Macoya

Joe Public 2 New England Revolution 1. Goal: Richardson 51, Gay 70; Castro pen. 76.
Joe Public -- Figueroa, Springer, Thomas, Harvey, Mitchell, Wolfe (Noray, 81), Saunders, Dwarika (Andrews, 83), Baptiste, Nelson (Gay, 69), Richardson.
New England -- Warren, Tierney, Larentowicz, Parkhurst, Heaps, Castro (Germanese, 80), Joseph, Phelan, Nyassi (Igwe 65), Ralston (Thompson 25), Twellman.
Referee: Courtney Campbell (Jamaica).

Aug. 26 in Panama City

Tauro FC 2 Chivas USA 0. Goals: Aguilar 5, 67.
Tauro FC -- Dominguez, Moreno, Morelos, Parris (Dasent, 79), Vega, Aguilar, Manotas, Palma, Escobar, Maclean (Avila, 56), Canales (Amores, 66), Rojas.
Chivas USA - Thornton, Bornstein, Suarez (Curtin, 46), Thomas, Mendoza, Chiles (Vaughn, 62), Nagamura, Paladini (Eskandarian, 46), Flores, Kljestan, Harris.
Referee: Elmar Rodas (Guatemala).



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Louis van Gaal    
"[I] have transformed the Dutch school from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2 and, depending on the opponent, it ...
A costly miss from two yards out    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Robert Herrera of Uruguayan club Defensor Sporting managed to hit the ...
Seattle clinches regular-season title    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Seattle Reign FC clinched the 2014 NWSL regular-season title with four games ...
D.C. United and New England go for three    
[MLS: Wednesday] D.C. United confirmed its credentials and New England broke an eight-game losing streak in ...
Liverpool rallies to win clash of EPL's top teams    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] Stevan Jovetic twice scored to put Manchester City ahead, but Liverpool got goals from ...
2014 PDL All-League Team    
[AWARDS] The Michigan Bucks and FC Tucson led all teams with two selections apiece on the ...
Grondona dies after 35 years as Argentine boss    
[OBITUARY] Julio Grondona, FIFA senior vice president, died on Wednesday after being admitted to a Buenos ...
Philly acquisition of Mbolhi 'no-brainer'    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Philadelphia Union already has Zac MacMath, who at the age of 22 is ...
Montreal dismisses De Santis as sporting director    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Halfway through what is shaping up to be one of the worst seasons in ...
Rubin likes FC Utrecht's ambitions    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Rubio Rubin had to wait until he turned 18 in March to be eligible ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives