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Chivas Ends Long Scoring Drought

Saturday's game against the last-place New York Red Bulls came at a good time for Chivas USA. Before Saturday, Chivas hadn't scored since June 14, in 335 minutes of play. Maykel Galindo's first half goal ended the dry spell for Chivas, which won, 2-0. "We found a way to get a goal after a long, long time," said Preki, the Chivas coach. "I don't even remember the last time we scored a goal."

Chivas has 20 goals in 2009, the second-worst production in the MLS. Only the Red Bulls have scored fewer goals, 16. Preki couldn't point to any specific reasons for his team's lack of offense. "We haven't played the right way I guess," he said. "We haven't created enough opportunities and when we have we haven't put them away."

Chivas, however, has played stifling defense on the other side of the ball. Saturday's clean sheet marked the team's eighth of the season. Chivas knows how to protect a lead. On Saturday, Preki adjusted tactics accordingly, removing striker Chukwudi Chijindu -- who had set up Galindo's game-winner -- and replacing him with midfielder Michael Lahoud at the hour mark. "In the second half, we changed the formation a little bit and we weathered the storm," the coach said. "I thought the last 10-15 minutes we were pretty solid." Lahoud then helped set up the second goal deep into stoppage time, linking passes with Sacha Kljestan and Chivas' two other substitutes, midfielder Gerson Mayen and forward Eduardo Lillingston, who finished off the play with a close-range tap-in to seal the win.

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