Chivas USA: Unbeaten on the Road, and the Impressive and Magical Dan Kennedy
Chivas USA hit two records this weekend. First, with a 1-0 win against Toronto FC, the team went 3-0 in road matches, which equals their total road wins from the entire 2011 season.
A 31st minute header from Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda was the difference, which is also striking considering their poor set piece performance last season. The team continued to press, and saw great chances from Ben Zemanski and Ryan Smith. One of the major players in this match for both sides was the wind: it seemed that whichever team played against the wind sat back more, and had very little control of the ball. Chivas USA controlled the game for the entire first half; yet they found themselves on the defensive for basically the entire second half.
The defense may not have always been composed, but they got the job done. From Heath Pearce’s stunning body block clearance on the line to Dan Kennedy’s repeated magical saves, they got another three points on the road. While the team is 3-0 on the road, they have yet to secure a win at home. They face the Philadelphia Union this weekend at the Home Depot Center, and hopefully, they can finally find their bearings and get three points. With this win, they sit at fifth in the Western conference.
The second record comes less from team efforts and more towards the individual work done by none other than goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. Kennedy’s efforts earned the MLS Player of the Week award for week 6, displacing Thierry Henry who took the title three weeks running. He is the first Goalkeeper to ever take this title. If you didn’t already know, I’ve been trying to get Dan Kennedy as a household MLS name since mid-last season. The guy has been consistent, amazing, huge, and an integral part to the minimal success Chivas USA has seen since last year. He continues to be the base for this team, and is demonstrating MLS Goalkeeper of the Year performances week in and week out. I would love to see his form continue, not only for results for the team, but so that he can continue to receive the praise and accolades he deserves. Who knows, maybe he could even receive a look at a future National Team camp.