MLS Down To The Wire
In contrast to the Galaxy’s muddled playoff picture, Chivas USA must simply avoid losing tonight to the Houston Dyanamo at Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA beat writer Ivan Orozco has more on Chivas USA’s motivation.
I have another commitment tonight so Ivan will guest-blog from the HDC.
The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy doesn’t play today, but it’s still the most important day of their season, too. Galaxy beat writer Billy Witz will spend the day following the Galaxy’s playoff fate on MLSnet.com
He breaks down what needs to happen (and what doesn’t) here.
The U.S. plays the final game of its post-World Cup three-match series against Mexico today in Albuquerque, N.M.
Estranged former first-choice goalkeeper Hope Solo didn’t dress for the first game (in a supposed gesture of reconciliation), and third-choice Nicole Barnhart got the start in the second, so it will be interesting to see what happens today.
Cynical observers might say Coach Greg Ryan will get fired after the final whistle no matter who plays in goal, but U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati isn’t known for pulling the trigger quickly.
Still, the soap opera gives extra resonance to the accompanying magazine cover as well as the fact that before the tournament Ryan told me he thought Solo would be the most likely player on the U.S. team to emerge from the tournament as a star. I’m guessing he didn’t mean like this.
The USA has outscored Mexico, 9-1, in the previous two games so there’s unlikely to be much suspense about the outcome.
Still, since there’s no TV, the curious can check out the MatchTracker at ussoccer.com
Kick off is at 3:30 p.m.
A summary of Friday’s local college action is here.
In another college game, the Cal State Northridge womens team (3-9-1) defeated UC Riverside (8-6-1), 3-1, Friday afternoon at the UCR Soccer Stadium in Riverside.
A frightening collision between Northridge goalkeeper Ivette Esqueda and Riversides Jill Del Rosario delayed the final 12 minutes of the game for nearly half an hour.
Esqueda, making her fourth start of the season for the Matadors, left the field under her own power; Del Rosario had to be carted off the field by ambulance.
The win snapped the Matadors five-game losing streak and was their first win in 2007 on the road and in the Big West Conference.
The Matadors wrap up the road portion of their 2007 schedule at 6 p.m. Sunday against Cal State Fullerton.