BY ADAM SERRANO
Chivas USA received their first victory of the Martin Vasquez era with the club's 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls at the Home Depot Center on Saturday afternoon. Vasquez can thank the stellar play of Jesus Padilla for his very first MLS coaching victory.
Coming on as a sub for the injured Ante Jazic, Padilla was immediately active in the offense at upon entering the game. The forward with a speculative shot that careened off a Red Bulls defender. The deflection took a bounce off the cross bar of Goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, who misplayed the hop and pushed the ball into his own net.
Padilla put the game away in the 90th minute off a goal kick from Chivas USA Goalkeeper Zach Thornton. The Chivas goalkeeper's effort took a lucky bounce and fell to the forward who was able to shake defender Jeremy Hall and slotted his shot past Coundoul.
New York struggled throughout the match to generate the offense that the team enjoyed in the club's first two matches. Red Bulls captain Juan Pablo Angel was made a non factor by the impressive play of Chivas' Costa Rican defender tandem of Michael Umana and Dario Delgado. The Red Bulls did have a chance to break the deadlock early in the 18th minute when forward Mac Kandji saw his effort cleared off the line by Umana.
Chivas USA will now head to Houston with a record of 1-2 while the Red Bulls leave Los Angeles with a 2-1 record and will return to the friendly confines of Red Bull Arena for a date with FC Dallas.
Keep checking SBI for more analysis and reaction from both locker rooms.