CARSON - Two seconds, and everything was golden.
Two seconds, and Chivas USA would have erased its five-game winless streak.
Two seconds, and the team's offseason acquisition of Alecko Eskandarian would have made all the sense in the world.
That's all it took for an offsides call to shatter Chivas' hopes for a win Saturday after Eskandarian's would-be game-winning goal in the 72nd minute was reversed.
Chivas wound up having to settle for a 0-0 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes in front of 12,209 at Home Depot Center.
The goal would've been Eskandarian's second of the season in just his third appearance for Chivas, after recently recovering from a groin injury.
Less than five minutes after the offsides call, Eskandarian had another chance for a goal, but a shot from roughly 12 yards out veered three feet left.
Eskandarian grimaced after the referee flagged him for offsides on the first near-goal. He shook his head and sighed after the second.
Chivas missed another good chance in the 77th minute, when Atiba Harris rifled a shot that San Jose goalkeeper Joe Cannon saved with a dive to his right.
Not to say that San Jose didn't have some close calls of its own.
In the 85th minute, Chivas USA goalie Zach Thornton made a diving one-handed save of a Ronnie O'Brien left-footer.
Thornton had little to do for the first 85 minutes, as San Jose didn't attempt a shot until the 63rd minute.