Leads are difficult to acquire and especially difficult to stay.
In Home Depot Center it came about once more in a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday night.
This was regardless of Chivas playing up a man for the final 23 minutes of the match following the Whitecaps’ Eric Hassli was provided a questionable red card for his foul on Chivas’ Chris Cortez.
The bigger picture? Chivas (3-4-5) was triumphant once at home.
Robin Fraser, Chivas Coach said, “Something missing? Yeah, wins. I don’t have an answer for you.”
However, he did have several proposals, more or less.
Fraser said, “Just mental mistakes, mental mistakes that allow the other team to get into good dangerous opportunities and they’re obviously finishing their chances. But, for the most part, it just comes down to being a little more mentally aware and alert.”
Since they changes coaches, this was the first game for the Whitecaps (1-5-6), well known Teitur Thordarson replaced by Tom Soehn and play was submissive in the first half.
Only in 22 seconds Chivas scored into the second half, on a sharp left-footed hit from Nick LaBrocca, the midfielder.
Some kind of festive vibe evaporated below two minutes afterward when the Whitecaps equalized, getting benefit of several bewilderment in the penalty area.
Shot of Davide Chiumiento deflected off Chivas defender Heath Pearce and bounds to an exposed Camilo, who was off to his left and strike the upper right corner with an appealing beat.
Justin Braun of Chivas said, “Probably coming away with a tie in that game is the most disappointing thing. Any time you’re playing at home, you’re just trying to get three points, especially when you’re up a man for 20 minutes.”
He said, “Going up a goal and not being able to close out a lead, that’s two games in a row we’ve let a lead slip away, especially being up a man the last 25 minutes or whatever, certainly that’s disappointing.”
“It wasn’t good enough for the first 45 minutes, it was passive, moving the ball sideways around the back and not going anywhere.”
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