BY ADAM SERRANO
A pair of clubs striving for a playoff berth face off in a must win match at the Home Depot Center as the Kansas City Wizards take on Chivas USA.
Both clubs come into the match red hot and will need a victory in order to keep their slim dreams of a playoff berth alive. The Wizards are 4-3-1 since July and find themselves nine points outside of a postseason spot. Chivas USA enter the match fresh off a victory in the ChivaClásico over Chivas de Guadalajara hoping to continue a run that will keep the Rojiblancos playoff run on life support.
I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump)
FINAL – The whistle is blown and Chivas USA's slim hopes of making the playoffs are over thanks to a 2-0 victory by the Kansas City Wizards. In what was a mundane match up, the Wizards were able to capitalize off a pair of Chivas USA mistakes thanks to their star Kei Kamara. The forward added an assist and a beautiful goal that will keep his club's playoff dreams to play.
The Wizards still have seven games left to play and may be very dangerous heading into the final weeks of the season. That's all for me tonight, thank you for following along and check back to SBI for more coverage of tonight's game later. This has been Adam Serrano, thank you for following.
92nd Minute – Chivas USA's first shot on goal goes to Alan Gordon. His effort is easily saved by Nielsen.
89th Minute – Crowd has made a dash for the exits as the victory is now assured for the Wizards.
87th Minute – The dreams that Chivas USA had of making the playoffs are over, but Kansas City's are still alive and well.
83rd Minute – GOAL!! TEAL BUNBURY PUTS THE WIZARDS UP 2-0! Red and White dreams of the playoffs are effectively ended.
79th Minute – Chivas earn a corner and then remove Braun for Padilla. The striker did not look happy to get removed there.
77th Minute – Jesus Padilla getting ready to come on. May come on for Gordon or Braun "zilla", both have been ineffective tonight.
75th Minute – KC picking up the intensity as they look to bury Chivas for good. A loss here would effectively end any hopes that the Rojiblancos have for the playoffs.
72nd Minute – Harrington sends in a cross that Kamara heads to himself before burying the shot near post on Thornton. Goal of the week candidate right there. Just a beautiful goal that Kamara closes with what can only be called a "Stripper Pole" celebration. Wow.
70th Minute – GOAL!! KEI KAMARA!KC up 1-0.
66th Minute – Chivas USA SUB: Jonathan Bornstein returns to action for Chivas USA coming on for Espionza. Bornstein's first action since August 29th.
62nd Minute – CHIVAS USA SUB: Sal Zizzo enters for Ben Zemanski
61st Minute – Dangerous free kick for Kansas City oes just wide of the net.
58th Minute – If you're following along, let me hear you from you and where you are following along.
56th Minute – KC SUB: Bunbury on for Diop.
53rd Minute – Chivas goal called back for Offsides. Confetti cannons go off but Zemanski will not get his first career MLS goal after handling the ball with his arm.
49th Minute – Back underway. Interestin side by the Chivas USA end. Proclaiming that Justin Braun be called "Braunzilla." If he is Braunzilla does that make Jimmy Conrad, "King Conrad'?
HT – 0-0 at the half. A cagey half for the Wizards and Chivas, both sides need a victory here.
44th Minute – Apologies for the infrequent commentary. The match is not amounting to much so far.
35th Minute – Chivas earn a corner after some more impressive work by Lahoud. the pacy midfielder is enjoying a fine game so far.
30th Minute – Diop goes head against Thornton, but the keeper makes the save before the forward knocks the ball out of bounce.
23rd Minute – MISS! Lahoud comes close, but can not hit his shot on frame. Chivas coming close but little action so far.
16th Minute – A little scuffle between the two clubs as Zemanski tries to start a little bit of a discussion with a member of the Wizards. Cagey so far.
15th Minute – Chivas had been dominating possession, but Kamara picks up a knock and is slow to get up after a collision.
8th Minute – Chivas USA earn a corner kick. Espionza takes a short corner that Kansas City clears.
6th Minute – Kansas City dominating possession early in front a late arriving crowd at the HDC
1st Minute – We're underway. Chivas attacking to the left side of the field.
PREGAME: Kansas City looked impressive during their last trip to the Home Depot Center, defeating the Galaxy 2-0.
PREGAME: Chivas USA may be 11 points out of a playoff berth, but with a victory over the Wizards today, the Rojiblancos will allow their arch rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy to clinch a playoff spot.
PREGAME: Here are the line ups:
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
good win, ugly game, both goals very nice though
Following from Boston, but KC’s my second team. Stick it to ’em, whizzers!
Excellent pre-game interview by Sasha Victorine with Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsi showed just how much he is a strategist, thinking holistically and applying a European(German) perspective of the American player and game. He knows what is best to move US soccer to the next level. It’s an absolute shame we could not garner his signature for the USMNT job.
KC commentators = incredibly biased (they don’t even know the other team’s players’ names most of the time)