July 14, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Club Deportivo Chivas USA
He might be one of the youngest player on the squad with 18 years of age, but midfielder Marky Delgado has been a part of Chivas USA's starting line-up for the past four consecutive games. On Friday evening, Delgado went the whole 90 minutes in the Red-and-White's 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park, closing their 10-day road trip.
"First half, I thought we played good. We were very organized, solid, and we played with heart. We had the 1-0 lead and that extra confidence. Second half, we came out, and they got a goal on us and we just put ourselves down after that," Delgado said after the game. "We really beat ourselves; it's a disappointment but we just gotta look forward and getting three points in our next game against Toronto."
Although the Red-and-White closed their international tour with a loss, previous to Friday's game, the team had earned three consecutive draws against the top teams of each conference; turning around their seven-game losing streak, something that Delgado says is thanks to Coach Jose Luis Real.
"Our confidence is really high right now as a team. We have faith in the way we play, what our coach has in us and we have faith in him. We're playing for each other, it's a team. There's no one by themselves, we're all a team together," the Glendora native said.
Delgado and the rest of the Goats will return to Los Angeles on Saturday morning, and will have Sunday off before returning to training on Monday morning to begin preparing for Wednesday's home match against Toronto FC at the StubHub Center.
"We have a game on Wednesday; we get a day off, a day to recover and then we're back to training. Our mindset is set to Wednesday and we're gonna get those three points," Delgado finalized.
Recap: U23 reach six victories
Chivas USA's U23 Team earned a 4-0 victory over Genova International FC on Saturday evening at John Anson Ford Park in the City of Bell Gardens. The win assures the young Red-and-White squad the first position in the SoCal Premier League, since the Goats hold a six-game unbeaten streak.
With a clear domination over Genova International, the Red-and-White opened the scoreboard in the 10th minute of the match. After getting past Genova defenders, Anthony Dheming gave Bryan de la Fuente a pass, and from 20 yards away from goal, de la Fuente shot on goal, scoring the first of the match. Before the end of the first half, Javier Castro would score his second of the season, pushing the ball past Genova's keeper off a pass by Christian Gonzalez.
Coming back into the second half, the Goats remained dominant over Genova, having the most attempts at goal. In the 53rd minute, Jose Gomez crossed a ball, and even with a defender on him, Christian Gonzalez was able to dive to push the ball into the back of the net. Gomez would score his goal in the 85th minute via penalty kick after a foul inside the box for the final 4-0 victory.
Chivas USA U23's will play their final game of the SoCal Premier League regular season next Saturday, July 20 against Chula Vista Premier FC before heading to the semi-final round. For all the latest news and updates regarding Chivas USA's U23 Team, follow us on Twitter: @cdchivasusa & @ChivasUSAYouth .
Chivas USA U23 line-up vs. Genova International FC: Abalos (45, Waleed); Giron, Morad, Elmasri; A. Gonzalez, E. Gonzalez (59, Franco), GÃ"mez, Dheming (49, Ledezma); C. Gonzalez, Castro, De La Fuente
Purdy and La Selecta remain in contention in Gold Cup
Coming off their draw with Trinidad & Tobago in their opening match in CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B play, Chivas USA defender Steven Purdy and El Salvador were unable to follow up the tie with a second result. Purdy and La Selecta fell on Friday, 1-0, to Honduras on a goal in the 91st minute at Miami's SunLife Stadium and will now face Haiti on Monday in search of qualifying to the next round of play.
El Salvador currently sits tied for the third-most points in the group, and with a win over Haiti, could position itself with four points and a solid shot at advancing. Should the Soca Warriors also defeat Honduras and bring their point total to four, the sides will have to rely on tie-breakers to determine which team would advance as the group's second-best team.
READ: Purdy and El Salvador draw with Trinidad & Tobago
Purdy, a Northern California native, was in the 18 but did not see action Friday night. The first-year Goat went the full 90 minutes in their 2-2 tie against T & T to help record La Selecta's only point in the tournament thus far at New Jersey's Red Bull Arena. The Cal Berkeley product has been concentrated with El Salvador since late June.