Chivas USA Playoff Update & More

Busy riffing on the MLS Playoffs and Chivas USA for Tuesday’s column, but wanted to pass along:

*Real Salt Lake is confident and wary and unshackled and confident.

*But if die-hard fans were goals, Chivas USA will win Saturday.

*What to do when you need a column? Bash Becks.

Sunday College Soccer Roundup
*The UCLA men (8-4-6) clinched the Pac-10 title and the automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament that comes with it Sunday with a 2-0 win over Stanford. Senior Maxwell Griffin scored both goals for the Bruins in the second half, and goalkeeper Brian Perk recorded UCLA’s sixth consecutive shutout. UCLA, unbeaten in 12 of their last 13 games, won its sixth conference title in nine years.

*The UCLA women (16-0-2, 7-0 Pac-10) defeated Cal 3-0. UCLA out-shot Cal 26-6.

*USC (13-4-1, 3-3-1, Pac-10) fell 2-0 to Stanford at the Coliseum.

*The Cal State Northridge women beat Cal State Fullerton, 3-1, in their final game of the season.

*The Loyola Marymount women (9-6-3, 4-2, WCC) shut out San Francisco, 2-0. LMU finishes its season next weekend and can finish no worse than third in the conference.

*Pepperdine (8-9-2 3-3, WCC) got its biggest win of the season, demolishing St. Mary’s, 4-0. Pepperdine finishes up the season at home Saturday against San Francisco.

*Long Beach State (13-4-3, 7-0-1, Big West) edged Cal Poly 3-2. Long Beach hosts its Big West Conference Tournament semifinal Thursday afternoon.

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  • Townendpaul

    As a die hard football fan from England who has and still does his traveling to away games – IE Swindon to Scunthorpe on Saturday (250 miles) I Bow to my Fellow Fans Of Chivas USA The Union Ultras for the epic away Journey to Salt Lake for the first leg of the play-offs!!

    Now that’s what you call real SUPPORTERS. Shame that the clubs haven’t cottoned on to away fans by sticking them as far away as possible like they wished they were not there! The clubs had better realise that fans home and away are the lifeblood of any club plus away fans can really add to the atmosphere of any game. So MLS clubs for next season look after away fans, they are spending money at your club, then maybe you will start to get more people coming to games, and more entertainment for the fans. And one final point – just look at the comments from the Chivas players. It means a lot to players when playing from home to SEE and HEAR their own fans.

    Regards,

    Townend Paul far away Chivas Fan
    Swindon, England

  • Michoacano

    Thank you very much for the kind words Townend Paul!!!

    If all MLS clubs had Away Supporters in a specific section on the first tier instead of the second, like most do it, more Away Supporters would want to travel. I also read that the Real Salt Lake Front Office did not include Playoff tickets with Season Ticket Packages, what a way to show confidence in your team making the playoffs and appreciate your fan’s support. I called Real Salt Lake FO to get pricing for tickets for our road trip. When the the person answered, I told them that I wanted to get all the info for Away Supporters since I knew they would advance instead of Colorado, and their answer was, “We still need to play Colorado!” LMFAO!!! NO CONFIDENCE WHATSOEVER!!! To add insult to injury, Real Salt Lake FO increased the prices for tickets by 50% that made many Home Supporters stay home. BIG MISTAKE!!! That beautiful stadium could have been sold out if they would have looked after their loyal fans! I can’t wait for Chivas USA to get our own stadium and know that we will not have to deal with that kind of BS from our FO.

    Michoacano