Galaxy-Chivas USA Post-Game

This was a 0-0 tie that felt like a Chivas USA win.

They’re undefeated and atop MLS; the Galaxy are winless and tied for second from bottom.

Game story.

The common refrain tonight from Galaxy players and coaches was that they’re steadily improving, but you didn’t get the feeling anyone was ecstatic with the alleged progress.

Galaxy front office staff wore team scarves tonight in a show of solidarity with a team that seems to need the reassurance.

These were the first words out of Coach Bruce Arena’s mouth at the post-game press conference and pretty much summed things up from a Galaxy perspective:

“I think it was a fair result for both teams. There’s not much more to say than that.”

Translation: “We were lucky to escape with a point.”

For those so inclined there are more Galaxy quotes here (no point in me transcribing when it’s already done for me).

Reporter Phil Collin headed to the Chivas USA locker room, while I headed to the Galaxy quarters.

Here’s what Gregg Berhalter said about his red card, observing that he didn’t have much of a choice:

“I thought it was something that needed to be done quickly. … Instead of waiting (to see) if (defender) Omar (Gonzalez) could get across I just figured it was now or never. I was trying to convince the referee it was a yellow card, but I knew it was a red card.”

Berhalter on the fact that 31 fouls were called in the game:

“I like to see that in a derby game. It shows passion. It shows that players want to win the game and players want to get stuck in and that’s good to see, I think. Both teams showed passion and the will to win.”

Donovan had a different view of the cards:

“We clearly have to be disciplined better in certain areas. Gordo knows what he did, but those are mistakes we can’t make.”

Here’s Donovan on the overall performance:

“I thought we played quite well tonight. We’ve been getting better – you can see it every week in training, you can see guys getting more comfortable, more confident, becoming more vocal – even the young guys becoming better in the system. But now you need that win to get that confidence, to really believe it. Tonight a few guys were saying ‘gosh, I just want to get that first win under our belt.’ We’ve just got to keep going, we’re getting better I think everyone can see that.”

MLS Standings.

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  • Caasi gohd

    I haven’t a complaint to make about the reds against us, but I’m cursing up a storm about the reds that were forgiven for Chivas USA in the first half.

    Where do they find these refs?

    Shavar Thomas on one yellow gets a piggy back ride from Donovan on a potential breakaway and the ref doesn’t show a second card?

    Sacha Kljestan on one yellow takes a dive, that the ref acknowledges and tells him to get up but pockets the card. Then, minutes later, Sacha hacks down a Galaxy player and the ref pulls him aside for some diplomatic resolution.

    Gordon needs to keep his head, but in all fairness, he was wearing a Chivas backpack on every set play in the first half. Where was the ref’s happy whistle on those?

    I like the progress so far, I can see where the team’s going with this. We just need to get there sooner rather than later and establish some cohesion before “his majesty” gets here and we have to rebuild team chemistry.

  • Howard

    Nick: I complete disagree with the Galaxy fan. I would say seen how many fouls were committed against Chivas USA players during the game, and were ignored by the refer, I’d say were even.

    We got cheated out of a penalty when a Galaxy player push one of our players down inside the penalty box.

    When Kljestan got fouled, that was a free kick, which we got rob out off. I can’t see how someone can say he dived, since he was pushed by Lewis.

  • The Wolf

    Gordon’s second card was foolish any way you look at it.
    This leaves the Galaxy with Kirovski and Bowen as the only other options at forward against SJ.
    This doesn’t help with the already anemic attack that is currently taking the field.
    Hey Nick- Do you have any word on a timetable for Buddle’s return? Seems like a long time out for a quad strain…

    Nick replies: I was thinking the same thing about Buddle. But then, Chivas USA’s Maykel Galindo seems to be taking forever to recover from hernia surgery. I keep being assured Buddle is day to day…

  • The Wolf

    The Galaxy don’t divulge much do they? I’m hoping Gordon’s absence somehow expedites Buddle’s recovery time.
    At least in Galindo’s case, there is an actual “surgery” involved.
    Thanks Nick.