Chivas USA announced that last year’s top scorer Maykel Galindo went under the knife for the third time this season today in yet another bid to tackle his nagging sports hernia issue.
The Cuban will be out up to three months, effectively ending a season that had never really begun anyway.
Galindo scored 12 goals and added five assists last year, but this season his hernia issues restricted him to just one goal and two assists in 10 games and only five starts.
The successful (although that’s what was believed after the other two surgeries in January and June as well) “bilateral sports hernia” surgery was performed in Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, the Union Ultras fan group will hold a viewing party for the Chivas USA playoff opener Saturday in Sylmar. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. The party is at the Red Vest Pub & Pizza, 12639 Glenoaks Blvd.
Incidentally, the fan group has chartered a 50-seat bus to travel to the game, one of its members (and a loyal blog reader) e-mailed me today. All the seats were sold. Thinking optimistically, the Union Ultras have also purchased 50 tickets for MLS Cup.
Wonder what they’re thinking in Salt Lake City about the series? Read this.
The return leg is Nov. 8 in Carson. Tickets are still available.
Finally, here’s a couple of fast facts about the series:
*Chivas USA Coach Preki is looking for his first career playoff win. Last year Chivas USA went 0-1-1 in the playoffs.
*The 2005 expansion teams have faced each other 14 times. Chivas USA holds the edge with a 8-3-3 record.