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August 5, 2013
Chivas USA U-23s take title

Chivas USA's U-23 Team were crowned State Champions on Sunday evening after defeating Corinthians USA Pomona United at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The win represents the Academy's first big title since the club’s founding in 2005.

Chivas USA's U23 team earned their spot in the Final State Championship after defeating North Cal Premier League side Vacaville Premier 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in the Semifinal. The goals came early in the game. In the sixth minute, the referee called a foul in favor of the Goats at the 18-yard line. Jose Gomez took the shot and chipped it over the wall and into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead for Chivas.

Just before the end of the first half, Christopher Santana gave the Goats a two goal lead. A few minutes into the second half, another foul outside the box allowed Chivas USA to score their final goal. Gomez put the ball into the box, where Tarek Morad headed the ball into the back of the net, sealing a spot in the final game.

After going scoreless for 44 minutes in the Final match, the first goal came in the dying minutes of the first half when Javier Castro sent in a ball that was deflected in by a Corinthians defender. In the 84th minute, Bryan de la Fuente received a great pass at the 18-yard line, and his shot became the second goal of the game. In the last minute of the match, a foul inside the box gave Chivas USA a penalty kick that Anthony Dheming buried in for the final 3-0 win.

The win extended the Goats unbeaten streak to 12 games

“It was a game that the guys had been waiting for for a while. They concentrated on the game, they did what they had talked about, give 100% in the final game. I think we dominated 60-70% of the game, created a lot of opportunities and I think the guys deserve this. They played good soccer and I thought that they did their best to earn it,” Coach Sammy Rivas said after the game.

“The first half was hard because the other team was well organized, strong, they had good players, created good opportunities and it cost us to adapt to their system. We were able to recognize their weaknesses and we used that to our advantage and that’s what led the guys to succeed,” the U23 coach added.

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