Chivas USA's depth, tactics tested as injuries mount
Compounding the heavy legs of playing three matches in the course of a week, Chivas USA announced on Tuesday that midfielder Martin Rivero (right ACL) and defender Bobby Burling (medial meniscus tear) both underwent successful procedures for their respective injuries.
Rivero, injured against Real Salt Lake on June 28, joins Thomas MacNamara as a promising, versatile attacking player who will be watching the remainder of the season from the sidelines. Chivas USA announced that Rivero will be out for a minimum of six months and will be added to the league's disabled list.
Burling suffered a medial meniscus tear against the Montreal Impact on July 5. According to the post-surgical report, Burling will be out of action for an estimated three to four weeks.
Chivas USA has able reserves in Eriq Zavaleta and Andrew Jean-Baptiste to replace Burling. Rivero, a play making center-of-the-field midfielder is a little harder for the team to replace particularly as Marco Delgado is away from the squad partaking in the US U-20 call-up.
Mauro Rosales started in the center of the field on Saturday's match against Vancouver. However the team had very little in chance creation until a halftime tweak put Rosales onto the right flank.
It is not outside the realm of possibility that Chivas USA could deploy three defensive midfielders (Oswaldo Minda, Agustin Pelletieri, and Nathan Sturgis) so as to keep Rosales on the right flank against D.C. United.