Braun hat-trick propels Chivas USA past Houston

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BY JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – Chivas USA endured their worst month in June, but after a series of ties, a few wins, and an epic hat-trick by Justin Braun, the Goats are starting to get on the right track.

Braun scored twice in the first half and once in the latter for his second hat-trick of the season to help lift Chivas USA to a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo at Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

Braun's first goal was a volley toe poke from an Ante Jazic cross from the left flank in the 31st minute.  

Nine minutes later Braun scored again with a chip shot over All-Star selectee Tally Hall, and in the second half closed the show with a sliding goal inside the six in the 86th minute. Jazic assisted again. 

“It’s cool to get a hat-trick,” Braun said. “I kind of went through a dry spell there and it’s great to get that weight off my shoulders. But the most important thing is that the team came out, played well collectively and got three points, which we needed.”

“Justin was extremely focused on being in dangerous positions and he was on several occasions and as a result was able to capitalize on some very good service,” Fraser said.

Another big surprise for the night was the performance of Jazic. The midfielder had been sidelined with an injury for some time now but played as if he was perfectly fine.

“Certainly you’d expect him to not be so sharp from the layoff, but right away he got calm and was mature in his decision making and his timing of going forward was very good," Fraser said. "Obviously to get two assists – what a great way to come back."

The last time the Rojiblancos beat Houston was on August 26th, 2006 at the Home Depot Center. So it felt great to get that monkey off their back. However, this victory meant so much more than any statistic. For the next month, the Red-and-Whites will be playing on the road.

“Essentially, it’s our biggest win of the season,” admitted Heath Pearce. “We got a really important road stretch coming up and to be able to get three points before we hit the road is great for our confidence.”

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8 Responses to Braun hat-trick propels Chivas USA past Houston

  1. Leones says:

    Tally hall is an all-star but nick rimando isn’t?huh?

  2. Pepe says:

    I don’t really get what’s wrong with Houston. I think maybe we’re just mediocre in all areas.

  3. Cheswick says:

    Who knew the old man had such great pace?

  4. hogatroge says:

    +1

    The team I watched play SKC last week looked like a high school squad compared to the team that whipped DC and Vancouver in April.

  5. hogatroge says:

    That said, I want to see Braun in camp for the CONCACAF friendlies later this year.

  6. jonk says:

    Which goal exactly should Hall have saved during that game that would have made you think he was all-star deserving? The one where his defense left him out to dry…or other other one where his defense let him down…or maybe the other one where…
    Anyway, there are several GKs that are very talented and all-star deserving in this league, but they can’t all make it.

  7. Brent McD says:

    I was at the game. Houston was never going to score during the run of play. Their only chance was a Brad Davis service off a set piece. Pathetic display.

    Braun was impressive. Cap him.

  8. Dlewis says:

    He is impressive but streaky, would like to see a little bit more consistency before he gets called up.