Saturday Kicks: MLS strike averted & Chivas USA lose to the Dynamo

i-4b8c14ed61e2ec74a8978fa7a670d7b3-landongarber.jpgThe Galaxy’s Landon Donovan and MLS Commish Don Garber shake hands after the league and the players reached agreement Saturday on a new labor agreement (AP Photo)

Said Donovan:

“We have a deep appreciation for the commitment shown by the owners both historically and through this process to make MLS one of the top leagues in the world.”

It appears the players got rid of some of those rules that, frankly, resembled feudalism.

The first game is Thursday, when the Seattle Sounders and Philadelphia Union open the season; Chivas USA opens at home Friday against the Colorado Rapids and the Galaxy play Saturday at Home Depot Center.

Details here.

And the new agreement means Galaxy player reps Donovan, Chris Klein and Todd Dunivant are expected to play Sunday in the friendly against El Salvador’s CD Aguila at 5 p.m. at Home Depot Center, the Galaxy announced today.

Chivas USA lost 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo this evening in Santa Barbara. Center back Yamith Cuesta, one of four subs Chivas USA sent on in the 64th minute, got the lone Goats goal, heading home a Gerson Mayen corner in the 83rd minute.

Attendance: 1,657.

Chivas USA lineup: Jose Miranda, Ante Jazic, Jonathan Bornstein, Michael Umaa, Mariano Trujillo (Yamith Cuesta ’59), Jorge Flores (Gerson Mayn ’76), Marcelo Saragosa (Chukwudi Chijindu ’67), Sacha Kljestan, Michael Lahoud (Blair Gavin ’59), Osael Romero (Jesus Padilla ’59), Maykel Galindo (Justin Braun ’59).

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  • Studs Up

    Captain, oh my captain!

    That image of Donovan in a business suit shaking hands with Garber is 100 more times meaningful to me that any picture of him in an Everton get-up.