BY ADAM SERRANO
CARSON, CALIF–On Sunday night, the Kansas City Wizards dreams of the playoffs grew a little brighter while Chivas USA's slim hopes were all but extinguished.
Kei Kamara put in a fantastic performance notching a goal and assist as the red hot Wizards defeated Chivas USA, 2-0 in front of 15,382 at the Home Depot Center. While Kansas City maintained its torrid run of 5-1-3 in their last nine matches, the Rojiblancos dreams of making the playoffs were ended. For Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes, maintaining the clubs current run is all that matters.
"In the end of the day, we have to go play everywhere and get results andthe guys realize that we have a mission ahead of us but destiny is in our own hands," said Vermes. "If we just do our job, that is where we need to keep our focus."
Kamara's ninth goal of the season came in the 70th minute and provided shades of Roger Milla's effort for Cameroon during the 1990 World Cup for as the forward was receive a cross by Michael Harrington, head the ball up into the air and than confidently bury the second chance into the Chivas net. To cap off the amazing effort, Kamara completed his goal with Milla's infamous dance at the corner flag.
The Wizards striker would play distributor once again in the 83rd minute, this time to one of his teammates. A Kamara pass down the right side of the field allowed rookie Teal Bunbury to get alone on the keeper and fire home his third career MLS goal. After struggling in the early parts of the season, Kamara is proud of how far that he and his club has come.
"Now that we're able to play this type of games and get the results that we deserve, its very good." said Kamara. "And to score a goal like I did in front of my friends and family is just a dream come true."
The Rojiblancos struggled throughout the night to generate any semblance of offense. While both clubs only tallied three shots on goals combined, Chivas USA did not earn their first shot on goal until the 93rd minute of play. The shot came when Alan Gordon fired a ball from about 10 yards out that Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen easily handled.
After a pair of impressive performances against Chivas de Guadalajara in San Diego during the midweek and a victory against the New England Revolution last week, Chivas once again struggled to find consistency. Forwards Justin Braun and Alan Gordon struggled to find the ball in threatening parts of the field against a stiff Wizards defense. Once again failing to find consistency doomed the Rojiblancos.
"It was just a bad performance overall, offensively we were bad and defensively we were bad," said Braun. "It comes down to consistency, tonight wasn't our night and we were poor and we did not deserve to win."
Chivas USA had been pressing for a playoff position despite being at the bottom of the table and with this loss, the club is now mired with 25 points, 11 points outside of a playoff spot.
While Chivas remains a young club with a first year manager, the Rojiblancos will now need to resort to building for the future. Following the match, Chivas USA's captain Mariano Trujillo was blunt whether or not this loss ended any hope that Chivas had to make the playoffs.
"Yes definitely, our goal was to win the seven games that we had remaining and we weren't able to win tonight," said Trujillo. "Its tough, but we still have six games and we're going to play the six remaining games like a final and at the end of the season, we'll see where we're at."
The Wizards are now the first club in MLS to sweep both matches at the Home Depot Center this year. Kansas City will continue their playoff push against the Houston Dynamo next week while Chivas USA will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union.