Sunday's 3-1 defeat at the hands of D.C. United may have ended Chivas USA's four game winning streak but Erick "Cubo" Torres extended his scoring streak by converting an 85th minute penalty. While Erick Torres has surged into the Golden Boot race earned a berth in the 2014 MLS All-Star game, Gabriel Torres hasn't quite progressed to the heights expected of him since he became the Rapids first DP signing.
In May, the Rapids pulled an out-of-shape Torres away from competitive action to work on his conditioning. Initial returns suggest this was a prudent move as Torres had an assist and very nearly a goal in the Rapids 3-3 draw at Philadelphia. He's still not quite on level though as he struggled through the end of his 25 minute stint against the Portland Timbers on Friday.
Chivas USA Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera can commiserate as his team has five days to recover from a "sluggish" performance on Sunday in D.C. to Sunday's match in the high altitude of Commerce City.
Assessing the team's performance on Sunday, Cabrera was candid in his remarks to the media following the match. "We weren't sharp, we didn’t look good with the ball, we didn't look aggressive enough and they took advantage with the set pieces," Cabrera remarked. "We think that they carried over a little bit of a heavy load due to a lot of games and traveling from west [coast] to east [coast]. It was heavy and then a little bit humid and that could have affected us."
In remarks to the media following the match, Chivas USA defender Carlos Bocanegra was reflective. "We won four in a row and unbeaten in five, and it had to end at some point."
"I thought D.C. did a good job today, passing and moving," Bocanegra said. "They got their fullbacks into the attack very well and made it difficult for us. You know, it was a tough game for us."
"I don’t think we played one of our better games tonight. And then, like I said, D.C. did a good job as well, so that combination did not end in such a good result for us. Yeah, but credit to D.C., you know, they came out and they played well."
Friday's match will be the first tie the team faces former teammate Carlos Alvarez. Opinion was mixed on his first start on Friday against Portland.