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DC United Kick off there season against newbies Chivas USA. First question is, will DC have the drawing capacity of last season? Or is the love affair with ADU over?
 

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Well hopefully we can retain our title, however it will be difficult without the services of Ryan Nelson who is now a great defender for Blackburn in the EPL. It will be interesting to see what sort of role Adu will take in the team, and hopefully he will become a starter this year and mature into a top player.
 

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Well hopefully we can retain our title, however it will be difficult without the services of Ryan Nelson who is now a great defender for Blackburn in the EPL. It will be interesting to see what sort of role Adu will take in the team, and hopefully he will become a starter this year and mature into a top player.
I thought he matured a bit by the end of the season, and with the presure of a "The young Superstar" somewhat gone he should be able to be more productive.
 

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DC United 2, Chivas USA 0

Saturday April 02, 2005
By KEN PETERS
AP Sports Writer


CARSON, Calif. (AP) Joshua Gros and Christian Gomez scored, and D.C. United played aggressive defense in a 2-0 victory Saturday that spoiled the Major League Soccer debut of Chivas USA.

With Chivas' first crowd a festive array of fans clad in red-and-white-striped shirts, blowing horns and banging noisemakers, the home team was unable to mount many serious scoring threats.

United capitalized on its chances.

Gros scored in the 32nd minute off Brian Carroll's perfect pass across the box. Gomez fought his way through traffic in the box to give United a two-goal lead in the 76th minute.

Freddy Adu, United's 15-year-old forward, came on as a substitute in the 74th minute. He had one slashing run with the ball and threaded a fine pass to Jaime Moreno alone on the wing in the 87th minute, but Moreno's shot sailed wide of the goal.

Attendance was less than anticipated, with an announced crowd of 18,493, or about two-thirds of the stadium's 27,000-seat capacity. :undecide:

United goalkeeper Nick Rimando got the shutout, with only two saves. On two of Chivas' best chances, Rimando dived to his right to swat Hector Cuadros' free kick outside the post in the 17th minute, then make an almost identical dive to his left to tip away Francisco Mendoza's curling shot from 25 yards away early in the second half.

Moreno began the sequence that led to Gros' goal, controlling the ball after Chivas defender Ryan Suarez's turnover near midfield.

Carroll dribbled down near the left post, then rolled a perfectly paced pass across the mouth of the goal. Gros was charging down on the right side and easily beat goalkeeper Brad Guzen, who was trying to scramble over from the far post.

Gomez made a gritty individual effort on his goal, outfighting two defenders for the ball in the box, then breaking free and chipping the ball over Guzen.

Guzen, a 20-year-old former standout for the University of South Carolina, got the start because Martin Zuniga is out with a knee injury. Guzen faced three shots on goal and had one save.

The game had a distinctive flair, with mariachi music, a ``Guadalajara-style'' food court outside the stadium, and even a halftime wedding uniting two Chivas fans the bride wearing bright red, the groom in all white.


(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 

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The game today was pre empted by the news coverage of the Popes death. With the loss and the chance to see their team on natl telivision thwarted one will have to wonder if this is a sign of things to come for Chivas.
 

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Also moved from ABC to ESPN ... Its at least encouraging to know a Pope dont die every weekend .. :mute:
 

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Also moved from ABC to ESPN ... Its at least encouraging to know a Pope dont die every weekend .. :mute:
Didnt they have a couple die in a row before this one if I remember correctly. :nervous:
 

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True....but a quarter of a century did go by since then .... Italians had to do without calcio this weekend .... Maybe they're watchinn the MLS :thmbup:
 

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Good match for United, and for losing Nelson in January we do not look all that bad in defense.

And is it me, or does Chivas look like whipping boys of the MLS this year?
 

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I hope so....'cause I dont want my boys to be the ones.....eveyone looks forward to beattin !!!!!
Lets pounce on those filthy Goats !!!!!!!!! :cool:
 

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Not a bad match against the Crew even though we lost. That was also the best game I have seen Adu play thus far in his MLS career.
 

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Yeah he was not bad. Shame we had to start all the youngsters or we might have won that game. Razov was no where to be found last night.
 

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Post here.
 

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Well playing in almost any other league in the world it would be over. They're very good this year with a very good mix of experience and youth and a surprisingly good coach in Novak.

Unfortunately, all this success is going to get them is home field advantage in the playoffs and that's not a guarantee of winning it all in the end (see NE Revs)

If this was just a regular points league they'd have it by the nuts right now.
 

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