Clint Irwin

Highlights and context: Chivas USA missing finishers against visiting Colorado

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Another match, and two more penalty kicks, though unlike today’s game in Frisco, one of these actually found the back of the net.

On Saturday night in Carson, Deshorn Brown’s seventh minute conversion gave the visiting Rapids an early lead, but with Chivas USA’s flare of the dramatic, this was setting up like another match El Chelís’s team could steal late.

Little did we know Jose Correa’s own penalty kick later in the half would be the closest Chivas would come to equalizer. When the young Colombia’s try went off the cross-bar and back into play, Clint Irwin was on his way to a second straight shutout, with the Rapids taking a 1-0 win out of Los Angeles.

Losing at home to a still hamstrung Colorado, Chivas USA may see some of those preseason doubts resurface, even if they still sit near the top of the Western Conference. Though they suffered their second loss of the season (their first since opening night), Chivas sit in second place, six back of league-leading Dallas.

Colorado, on the other hand, extended their unbeaten streak to three with another 1-0 victory. They pulled the saem trick last week against Real Salt Lake, though you have to wonder how long Irwin can keep up these heroics.

But may he’ll turn into this year’s Andy Greunebaum – a backup vaulted into the starting XI who goes on to be one of the league’s best goalkeepers. Even if he doesn’t meet those high standards, Irwin looks capable of buying Oscar Pareja time until the rest of his squad returns to health.

For now, Colorado sits fifth in the West, one of five teams that have collected eight points through the league’s first month-and-a-half.

Here are the highlights of their late Saturday match in Carson:

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Hilarious “Friends” spoof video ‘starring’ Messi, Ronaldo (video)

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Given the rivalry surrounding the two megawatt superstars plying their trade in Spain, you may be surprised to learn that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the best of friends.

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At least that’s what this spoof video conveys, as the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars help each other navigate tax season and toilet troubles.

Brilliant stuff, from FootbOle:

Top USMNT-Mexico moments: Looking back ahead of Saturday

PASADENA, CA - JUNE 25:  Landon Donovan #10 of United States celebrates his goal with teammates Carlos Bocanegra #3 and Alejandro Bedoya #22  against Mexico during the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship at the Rose Bowl on June 25, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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You could argue its the biggest match between the U.S. and Mexico outside of the 2002 World Cup’s Round of 16, and there would be few arguments against you.

The United States and Mexico will tangle on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, with the winner advancing to the 2017 Confederations Cup finals in Russia.

It’s only so often that these rivals match up in a “do or die” match. Sure World Cup qualifiers carry critical import, but they don’t always become the decisive moment in the qualifying cycle.

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Aside from the aforementioned World Cup match and the first match in the rivalry — see 1934 below — no other match has carried as much international weight as Saturday.

So with anticipation high, let’s dance backward in time to the Yanks’ best moments in the rivalry. And let’s also imagine what would have to happen to put Saturday in the mix.

(Of course, our apologies to Mexican fans. We aren’t including the times you slapped American soccer in the face).

2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 — “Dos a Cero” to the fourth power

There is no more celebrated score line in USMNT history than the 2-0 hurting it put on Mexico in four successive home World Cup qualifiers.

2002 — World Cup Round of 16

Goals from Brian McBride and Landon Donovan prodded an upset of the world’s then-No. 7 ranked nation, as the USMNT carried a feel of destiny through its best World Cup.

1934 — World Cup qualifier

Aldo Donnelli scored all four goals as the States won the first recorded match against Mexico, and it was a big one. The winner would go on to the 1934 tournament in Italy, while the loser would go on a tour of European friendlies. The States won, and wouldn’t win again until the qualifiers for the 1982 tournament.

2012 — First win at Azteca

It may’ve been a friendly, but Michael Orozco’s finish will go down as the Yanks’ first ever winner in the fortress of Mexico City.

1980 — World Cup qualifier

Though it meant little to the Yanks’ fate in the 1982 tournament — the U.S. finished last in a group with Mexico and Canada — it was the first win over El Tri in 46 years.