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Robin Fraser's Chivas USA are on the rise. They defeated the New England Revolution 3-0 at the Home Depot Center last weekend.
Nick LaBrocca opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, Marcos Mondaini added a second in the 45th minute and Alejandro Moreno benefitted from a mistake by New England's Shalrie Joseph in the 57th minute to make it 3-0.
"I’m very pleased about the result," Fraser told CDChivasUSA.com. "We’ve talked about not being aggressive enough, and not being aggressive in the attacking third and it’s something that we’ve worked tirelessly for the last couple of weeks and we have been improving and we’ve been creating more and more chances. To have it come together tonight with a lot of guys making good aggressive runs, getting some goals, getting some results, obviously I’m very excited about that. Still though, there are a lot of things that we need to clean up and get better at. The perfectionist in me will never relax in until it’s perfect, so more than likely I’ll never relax.
"It was definitely a game where I felt like a lot of things were coming together for us. It wasn’t just this game; it’s been the last series of games,. If you look at how we’ve played, we’ve actually played better than we did tonight. I felt like in terms of things in final third and this aggressive mindset and we’ve gotten better at that and as a result, we scored quite a few goals and overall we did a good job controlling most of the game."
So did this victory make a statement to MLS?
"More than anything, we want to make a statement to ourselves," Fraser said. "We feel like we’re a better team than maybe some of our results have shown and we’re a better team than maybe what has been said about us. At the end of the day, we’re much more concerned about the process and we feel like we’re taking steps in the right direction. It’s really important to us to come into a game like this and come out with a result like this. I mean, to score three goals and get another shutout against a good New England team, I think it’s great for us and it further enhances our belief in what we’re doing."
"Today, we were able to create good opportunities; we got numbers in the box and guys in from the midfield into the box, late runs into the box, and runs to the near post," Moreno said. "It was a through performance by us in the final third. Not only did we score three goals but created a few more chances after that. It’s one of those nights were you got to feel very good about and continue to build on things that we’re doing and we look forward to a big challenge ahead of us next week."
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy noted that this win could spark a surge of momentum in May.
"It’s going to be a big month," Kennedy admitted. "I think the important thing for us is that we take it one at a time, no reason to get overwhelmed with it. Next we’re off to Salt Lake- we’ll have a great week of preparation and if anyone knows Salt Lake, I think our coaching staff has a pretty good idea of how we’re going to get at them so that we’ll prepare for it and it’ll be a great game.
"You talk about momentum, you talk about character and these games can gain some momentum in this league. In just two weeks, in terms of where we are in the league, standings wise, how much it can help. We just got to keep going in the right direction."
Perhaps Chivas USA could follow the footsteps of certain club from Nuevo Leon, Mexico and defeat now-struggling Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 1:00 p.m. PT/4:00 p.m. ET and will be televised by Telefutura.