Soccer Saturday Gameday Previews – & John Carver Resigns

The Galaxy, Chivas USA and Sol are all in action today, but the big news of the morning just landed in my e-mail: Toronto FC Coach John Carver has resigned, the club announced this morning.

Slightly curious timing.

Toronto became the first MLS team to beat Chivas USA in midweek and faces Kansas City Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s games in Mexico City involving Club America and CD Guadalajara have fallen victim to a potential swine flu pandemic.

And there is a Galaxy-Chivas USA derby this weekend locally: the SuperClasiquito.

Onward to the local (brief) previews:

Chivas USA Preview
First-place Chivas USA (4-1-1) hosts FC Dallas (1-3-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center today where kids get in free with an adult ticket purchase.

No doubt it will be the club’s sixth straight game with the sixth different lineup.

Defender Ante Jazic, 33, unable to shake off the effects of a March 11 concussion, has been placed on the disabled list, meaning he’ll miss the next six games.

The key for Dallas: Dave van den Bergh.

TV: KAZA (live), delayed 9 p.m. Prime.

Galaxy Preview

The omens aren’t good for the Galaxy (0-1-3) today in Colorado where they haven’t scored a goal against the Rapids (2-2-1) in more than five years, are 0-8-3 in 11 games there and haven’t beaten their opponents in two games this season.

(Updated: 9:55 a.m. – The Galaxy’s official blog is reporting this morning that striker Edson Buddle made the trip and could make his first appearance of the season tonight. More here.)

BTW, the Galaxy have put spots on the grass berm for the July 19 game against AC Milan in Carson on sale. Cost: $50.

TV: Delayed 10 p.m. FSN.

Sol Preview
The (3-0) Sol, who haven’t conceded a goal yet this season play (0-2) St. Louis Athletica, the only WPS team yet to score one.

TV: None.

The Sol are without strikers Marta, Camille Abily and Han Duan who have obligations overseas with their respective homelands this weekend.

Game preview.

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