Chivas USA defeats Real Salt Lake, 1-0

October 6, 2014

Led by forward Felix Borja’s game-winner and goalkeeper Dan Kennedy’s clean sheet, Chivas USA shutout Real Salt Lake, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center to clinch the season series over the defending Western Conference champs.

Chivas took a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute after striker Erick Torres got into range and attempted a chip shot over goalkeeper Nick Rimando that bounced off the crossbar. Trailing the play, Borja then cut toward the loose ball and drilled his right-footed shot to the back of the net as the ball was coming down.

The Rojiblancos had a golden opportunity to double their lead in the 62nd minute when a penalty was called on RSL after Torres was brought down from behind as he made his run into the box. However, Rimando was able to deny Torres with a diving stop to his left to keep his side within one.

Chivas continued to generate dangerous plays in their attacking third and came within inches of tallying their second score in the 79th minute off a free kick. As the ball was played in from the left side, center back Bobby Burling headed the ball down toward the near post but sent it crashing off the woodwork, allowing Rimando to secure the threat.

The Red-and-White later brought on their final two substitutions off the bench and kept RSL’s offense in check to go on to secure the zero in the back in front of a home crowd.

Chivas improved to 7-18-6 with the win, while Real Salt Lake dropped to 13-8-10 on the season.

Chivas USA will now begin preparations to host the Colorado Rapids in the third and final leg of the season series next Saturday at the StubHub Center. The match will be televised on Time Warner Cable Deportes beginning at 7:30 p.m. (PT) and can also be heard on ESPN Deportes Radio KWKW 1330 AM.

By Staff of and news services

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