Chivas USA-Galaxy Post-Game

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Photo by Scott Varley

Cobi Jones’ MLS coaching debut sadly became a footnote on a night when former U.S. National Team coach Bruce Arena emerged as the next likely Galaxy coach.

So largely did the game, which included an 89th minute Mike Randolph shot that crashed off the bar after a long David Beckham pass, a dramatic stoppage time equalizer from Alan Gordon and a fractured jaw from a Sean Franklin elbow to veteran Chivas USA midfielder Jesse Marsch that Preki was understandably not at all happy about:

“Sean Franklin elbows Jess Marsch. The refereee stands three yards away he doesn’t do anything. … That’s very disappointing instead of playing 15 minutes with them a man down we play the last 15 minutes with a man down.”

“I inadvertantly hit him in the face,” Franklin said. “I just came up with my arm. Hopefully there’s no hard feelings.”

Noted: there was also a brutal Atiba Harris thigh high challenge on David Beckham late in the game (that Preki claimed he didn’t know anything about) that was likely an effort to settle a score.

Chivas USA was without 10 players – said Preki:

“At the end of the day, I’m really, really proud of my group. We played like 10 lions, or like 10 hurt lions, and I’ve got to tip my hat to them. I’m really, really happy for them, just unhappy that at the end we didn’t take three points.”

A full game report is here.

Cobi had the quote of the night when he walked in the Galaxy locker room and exclaimed to no-one in particular: “Where’s that (Superclasico) trophy? I’m taking it home with me.”

Highlights:

More photos here.

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  • cristobal

    Didn’t see the game, just these highlights, but can we actually be rooting for an underdog? Nah, Klesten wasn’t there. But I for one want Cobi to stay. If AEG’s management replaces him, they’re fools. Cobi was a star in the Olympics for the USA when they were much less esteemed.

    Keep Cobi, or I turn against you.

  • cristobal

    Oh yeah, Beckham couldn’t have looked less impressed with that plastic cup.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    It’s unfair for anybody to assess Cobi as a coach, for good or ill, right now. It’s one thing to react to the game as a player. It’s another to react to it as an assistant coach. It’s a whole different universe to react to it as a head coach — especially since Cobi was teammates with half the current roster last year. Not only does he have to learn when to make substitutions, how to develop a tactical approach and how to make tactical adjustments mid-game, he has to learn how to deal with players who were his teammates less than a year ago. That’s not easy for anybody. Then you have to add Leiweke’s command to “just win baby!” Like Gullit, Cobi got dealt a bad hand. Unlike Gullit, Cobi is not lazy. I hope AEG cuts him some slack. Unfortunately, I doubt it.

    More and more, the Galaxy is resembling the Oakland Raiders of MLS, with Leiweke doing his best Al Davis impression.