It wasn't pretty but Chivas USA beat DC United 1-0 on Monday afternoon. The goal was scored in the second half by Arnolfo Salazar.
Probably the most memorable thing from the game, at least for me, was Jesse Marsch's altercation with Luciano Emilio. Well, it wasn't much of an altercation really. Emilio tackled Marsch visciously from behind, a challenge that easily would have drawn a red card had the game been a regular-season match. Instead, it drew only a yellow card from the referee.
But it drew quite an agitated response from Marsch. After Emilio tackled Marsch, the Chivas USA midfielder stood up, pushed Emilio away and yelled, quite loudly "motherf***er!"
Emilio didn't really do much but stand there. Marsch immediately hobbled to the bench, where he promptly picked up a Gatorade bottle and threw it at Emilio. Marsch was some 20 yards from him and the bottle didn't come close to do enough damage, but the point was made.
Soon after that, Brad Guzan told the referee that that should have been a red card and the referee yelled back to him "Quiet."
A little later in the half, Emilio ran into the box after a loose ball but Guzan knocked him down and snatched the ball. I was half-expecting, though, for one of Chivas' field players to take a run at Emilio and maybe tackle him from behind to see how he likes it but nothing came of it. If this were a regular-season game, perhaps it would have been different. If it were the NHL, gloves would have most certainly dropped.
Anyway, Chivas USA ran out this lineup:
Brad Guzan; Jorge Flores, Claudio Suarez, Jim Curtain, Alex Zotinca; John Cunliffe, Jesse Marsch, Gerson Mayen, Sacha Kljestan; Atiba Harris, Ante Razov.
Only Flores played the whole game. He moved to left mid for the second half and did okay. There were a few times he could have shown a bit more creativity but overall he held his own out there.
DC United had the following lineups (they too made wholesale changes in the second half):
First half: Jose Carvallo, Marc Burch, Domenic Mediate, Bryan Namoff, Clyde Simms, Quavas Kirk, Ryan Cordeiro, Marcelo Gallardo, Luciano Emilio, Jerson Monteiro, Patrick Carroll.
Second half: Zach Wells, Devon McTavish, Gonzalo Martinez, Brandon Owens, Josh Gardner, Justin Moose, Grady Renfrow, Daniel Stratford, Fred, Jamil Walker, Jaime Moreno.
Chivas USA played all subs and trailists in the second half yet they outplayed DC United for large stretches of the half. Arnolfo Salazar scored the goal on a counter. Chukwudi Chijinju got the assist.
After the game, Marsch had his ankle taped and was his otherwise usual self and I even joked with him about throwing the Gatorade bottle. I told him he couldn't have made it as a baseball player with that sort of arm and accuracy.