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CHIVAS USA (1) – TORONTO FC (0) POST GAME SUMMARY

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Scoring Summary
CHV – Erick Torres 79’

Misconduct Summary
CHV – Carlos Bocanegra 17’ (caution)
CHV – Eric Avila 25’ (ejection)
TFC – Gale Agbossoumonde 44’ (caution)
TFC – Justin Braun 55’ (caution)

TORONTO FC RECORD: 2-10-7   13 POINTS
CHIVAS USA RECORD: 4-11-5  17 POINTS

Lineups
Toronto FC – Joe Bendik; Richard Eckersley, Steven Caldwell ©, Gale Agbossoumonde, Ashtone Morgan; Jonathan Osorio, Darel Russel (Kyle Bekker 68’) Matias Laba, Bobby Convey; Jeremy Brockie, Robert Earnshaw (Justin Braun 45’)
Substitutes Not Used: Stefan Frei, Ryan Richter, Jeremy Hall, Michael Thomas, Andrew Wiedeman

Chivas USA – Dan Kennedy; Walter Vilchez, Mario de Luna, Carlos Borja (Jorge Villafana 45’), Carlos Bocanegra; Tristan Bowen (Julio Morales 90’), Carlos Alvare (Gabriel Farfan 71’), Marco Delgado, Eric Avila, Edgar Mejia; Erick Torres
Substitutes Not Used: Patrick McLain, Jose Manuel Rivera, Oswaldo Minda, Jose Correa

Ryan Nelsen – Head Coach, Toronto FC

On team’s performance in the game:
“I think we had it for most of the first half. It’s very disappointing, obviously, but I think overall, we were the stronger team and it was going according to plan and when Chivas lost the man, it put them into a shell and they got numbers behind the ball, and defended very well, and made it hard for us to break them down. You always run on a mistake or counterattack. If the game continued in the fashion it did in the first 15-20 minutes, I think it would’ve been a lot easier because they would’ve committed more guys forward and we would’ve been allowed to attack and move on. They got numbers behind the ball and they made it hard for us.”

On performance overall:
“It’s obviously a completely different game. I feel that if we would’ve gotten that one in the first half, it would’ve been a golden chance. But we couldn’t get the first goal, the guys’ effort, they tried to harvest. When a team’s down to one, and there’s always a chance when you’re called to a counter or a bad mistake, and we’re overcommitted and we’ve got caught for sucker punch. I’ve seen many goals like this and been on the end of them and been on the other. Obviously, we’re very disappointed.”

On team’s offensive problems:
“I think it hasn’t been too bad. In the beginning I said. It’s tough, it’s getting people behind the ball and you have to try to break them down. They guys played on Saturday and they got the Canadian guys back but they had a played on Sunday. It was just a game that if we got one, like any team seems to be getting, we would’ve gotten one point pretty easy. But these games are sucker punches.”

On Toronto’s next match against New York Red Bulls:
“It’s a quick turnaround but obviously the guys are looking forward to the game. They want to get back in the field as quick as possible. As we are, we’ll get back to Toronto and we’ll get recovered and we’ll look forward to a good game against New York.”

Justin Braun – Forward, Toronto FC

Thoughts on the game:
“Obviously, we’re extremely disappointed. When you go up a man like that, you gotta go out with three points, or at least a tie. For them [Chivas] to walk out with the three points and us nothing is devastating. We just gotta put it behind us; we have another game coming up on Saturday and hope we can get some points there.”

On facing his old team:
“It’s always fun coming back. The fans here are great to me; they were all pretty excited to see me here, so that’s cool. I would’ve liked to walk away with a win but, now we have to keep moving forward. The team is coming along, guys aren’t putting their heads down and now we have to keep pushing for it.”

Gale Agbossoumonde – Defender, Toronto FC

Thoughts on the game: “It was devastating really. We were a man up early in the game, so we expected to win. We were knocking on the door with nothing. Basically, that’s our season in a nutshell really. Things have not been going our way. It’s the perfect game to sum up our season.”

Jose Luis Real – Head Coach, Chivas USA

Thoughts on the match:
“Today is a special day for me. I don’t know how many games we had without a win, but all the players are happy because with this result all the players are going to have much better security and be much better mentally. The most important thing in this game was the victory.”

On the role Bocanegra and Torres played in their debuts:
“A big difference from the last games. Because Toronto, for about 60 minutes or more, had one more player and Chivas had to play defense. Bocanegra is a superstar for me. ‘Cubo’ [Torres] was playing against two or three opponents the whole game and scored the goal.”

Thoughts on Avila’s red card:
“I need to watch the video because I’m not sure about the intention of Avila. We are losing one of the most important players for Chivas [for the next match]. To play without Avila is not easy. We had to change our idea in the game [after his expulsion]. We were waiting back with more security. Toronto was attacking. Not only did our defenders defend, but our forwards too. ‘Cubo’ [Torres], [Tristan] Bowen, [Jorge] Villafaña, all the players had a very good defensive game. We lost [Josue] Soto last week, and now Avila, but we won the game and this moment it’s the most important thing.”

Erick Torres – Forward, Chivas USA

Thoughts on the match:
“I think the win belongs to the team and the coaching staff. We played with a man less. The team never lost faith and never stopped working and I think the result is a testament to the coaching staff and the players who never lost the faith. It was a draining match because it was played with a man less and I think the coach knew how to adjust and move his pieces to keep the zero intact and counterattack the opponent.”

On his adjustments to a new league:
“It’s a different soccer than in the Mexican League. You have to battle defenders that are very strong and physical. I have to keep working and adapting myself more each time to get into the rhythm of play in this league.”

Carlos Bocanegra – Defender, Chivas USA

On his first game:
“First of all it’s nice to be back in Los Angeles and in the StubHub Center. It’s a very nice place. It’s very nice to be back home playing in my hometown and obviously with the win, it made it pretty good as well. Personally it was a very nice experience.”

On feeling very accustomed to the back line:
“The guys have been working very hard, and obviously the new coach has come in and has been teaching, and teaching, and teaching. We’ve been doing a lot of tactical staff, and you know they had two ties in the road trip and the loss in Philadelphia. They have been playing better, and better organized and I think it showed. Today we built on that and for me I thought it was great. They showed a lot of character after we hadn’t won in a long time and we were down a man, and the guys still kept on fighting. So for me that was very good to see that all the guys kind of stuck together and fought for each other. We had a bit of luck here and there but we kept going and we got the win so hopefully now we can build on it and we know it’s one win, but it’s one win and little steps and I hope we can keep going in the right direction.”

On playing down a man and changing the strategy:
“We had to pull back a little bit a do some changes.  It’s tough as well, it is a big field, but the guys worked hard and stuck in there. The first half Toronto didn’t give us too many problems, even when we were down a man. But then they changed it a bit and in the second half they put some pressure on us but we held up and got the win.

-TORONTO FOOTBALL CLUB-

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