Jul 3, 2014 at 3.30am UK at ​Buck Shaw Stadium
EarthquakesSan Jose Earthquakes
0-1
Chivas USA

Stewart (21'), Pierazzi (62')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Torres (53')
Toia (42'), Rosales (76'), Burling (90')

Result: Erick Torres strike edges Chivas USA past San Jose Earthquakes

Erick Torres (L) of Mexican Chivas vies for the ball with Fernando Ortiz of Argentinain Velez Sarsfield during their Copa Libertadores 2012 football match in Guadalajara, Mexico on April 11, 2012
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Erick Torres scores the winner as Chivas USA beats San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in the battle between the two bottom sides in the Western Conference.

Erick Torres scored the only goal of the game as Chivas USA picked up a crucial 1-0 win over fellow Western Conference strugglers the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Chivas started the match strongly, and came agonisingly close to opening the scoring inside the first minute when Torres collected an inch-perfect pass from Eric Avila before firing just wide of the target.

San Jose improved as the first half progressed in Santa Clara, but it was Chivas who created the best chance before the break as Ryan Finley finished a fluent passing move by seeing a low strike tipped wide by Jon Busch.

Dan Kennedy was forced into action just five minutes prior to the interval when Steven Lenhart's towering header threatened to creep into the top corner.

It took just eight minutes for Chivas to break the deadlock in the second half thanks to Torres, who took full advantage of two unsuccessful clearances in the box to slot the ball past Busch.

San Jose dominated possession after falling behind, but the hosts found it difficult to create openings as Chivas held firm at the back.

Kennedy made one final vital contribution for the visitors to keep out Ty Harden's powerful header in the closing stages of an important win for Chivas.

Portuguese's forward Yannick Djalo, who joined Toulouse football club from Benfica Lisbon on a season-long loan attends a press conference, at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse, southwestern France, on September 1, 2012
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