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Highlights and context: Chivas USA missing finishers against visiting Colorado

Apr 14, 2013, 2:34 AM EDT

Clint Irwin AP

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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