The season is now a maximum of four games long for Chivas USA, which begins its MLS Cup quest at 5 p.m. this afternoon in Kansas City. The game is on Prime.
Ahead of the game beat writer Ivan Orozco catches up with one of the few Mexicans to succeed in MLS, Chivas USA midfielder Panchito Mendoza. He’s also one of only three players, (goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Orlando Perez are the others) to remain from Chivas USA’s awful inaugural season. Check out Mendoza’s stats here.
By the way, Chivas USA has a viewing party set at El Gordito restauarant, 11655 Valley Blvd., El Monte.
One More Galaxy Game
The Galaxy and celebrity team Hollywood United play a benefit match for victims of the recent wildfires at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Home Depot Center.
Here’s the (edited) Galaxy press release:
All proceeds from the match, including donations collected on the day of the game, will go to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to aid in their efforts to assist those affected by the wildfires.
Weve all witnessed the destruction these wildfires have caused throughout Southern California, Galaxy President and General Manager Alexi Lalas said. Through soccer, we have the ability to help those who have been impacted by this disaster, and thanks to the support of the Herbalife Family Foundation, were proud to say that 100% of the proceeds generated will go directly to the relief effort. We encourage all Galaxy fans and soccer fans everywhere to come out and support this worthy cause.
All tickets for the match will be $20 general admission seats, available on a first come, first serve basis, with the exception of a limited number of luxury seats available for $60.
Additionally, all firefighters will receive free admission to the match by showing their badge at The Home Depot Center box office starting on Monday.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Galaxy at 877-3GALAXY or online at www.lagalaxy.com and www.ticketmaster.com with funds being donated directly to the participating charities. In conjunction with the Galaxy, Ticketmaster has waived its service fees for all tickets purchased for this charity match.
Additionally, parking for the game will be free to all spectators.
The top-ranked UCLA women prevailed 2-0 in their local derby against USC on Friday, while the Pepperdine and CSUN women also won, as did the UCLA men.
A quick note on the Bruins’ games (the event was a doubleheader): the 3,345 fans in attendance was the second-largest crowd in UCLA history and the largest in six years.
In other games:
*The Loyola Marymount men (2-10-1, 0-6 WCC) scored first, but lost 2-1 to San Diego (7-6-1, 4-1-1 WCC) in a West Coast Conference match at Sullivan Field that was moved from San Diego because of the wildfires. The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Monday in San Diego.
*Freshman Lily Sorentino’s 35-yard strike in overtime gave the LMU women a 2-1 victory over visiting Saint Mary’s in a WCC game Friday at Sullivan Field. The Lions snapped their two-match losing streak while posting their eighth straight victory at home.
The 10-5-1, 2-2-0 WCC Lions go for win number 11 on the season at 11 a.m. Sunday against San Francisco.
*The Cal State Dominguez Hills men won their sixth-straight game 3-1 over visiting Cal Poly Pomona on Friday night at Toro Stadium, in their penultimate game of the season.
The 15-3, 11-2 CCAA Toros concludes the regular season with a 5 p.m. game Sunday against Cal State San Bernardino in Carson.
The Cal State Dominguez Hills women’s 2-2 draw with Cal Poly Pomona at Toro Stadium Friday keeps CSUDH in post-season limbo.
CSUDH (12-3-4, 7-3-3 CCAA) is assured a berth in the CCAA Tournament with a win on Sunday against Cal State San Bernadino in Carson, or if Cal State Stanislaus either ties or loses against Chico State today.