Thursday Kicks: Chivas V. Chivas friendly in San Diego & more

*For the second consecutive year Chivas USA and parent club CD Guadalajara will meet in a friendly, this time at PetCo Park in San Diego. Brazil’s Internacional won the Copa Libertadores Wednesday after defeating CD Guadalajara 5-3 on aggregate.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. Sept. 14 game go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets start at $20.

*Galaxy youth player Alan Rovira of Simi Valley High has been called up to the El Salvador national team for its September friendly in LA against Honduras (and no, I have no idea whether the game is on Sept. 3 as AP reports or Sept. 4 as the Galaxy claims).

Updated

It’s on Sept. 4. Tickets are $25. Here’s a link with more information.

*Read the latest outlandish David Beckham rumor here.

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  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    This Ahsan (aka Ashcan?) Aly Syed who wants to buy Blackburn sounds like one of these tycoons who expects that money will buy everything. He has no clue. First, Beckham doesn’t need the money. Second, we have no idea whether or how well he would play after his Achilles injury. Third, if he can play, does anybody think he would subject himself to the rigors of the Premier League just to satisfy some Arab tycoon’s fantasies?

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, do you think the game in San Diego is to test that city as a potential market for Chivas USA? Let’s face it; the Goats have never done well here in terms of attendance, and Garber originally tried to persuade Vergara to put Chivas USA in San Diego. “SuperClasico” notwithstanding, it’s obvious that Los Angeles cannot support two MLS teams.

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    It’s possible, but I doubt it. The problem with San Diego is that there’s no suitable 20,000-25,000 seat stadium for MLS teams. One would have to be built. And that’s a massive investment given the crummy economy.

    Plus, Chivas USA would still face the same credibility problem it has in LA among Mexican-Americans who just don’t like the domestic product and favor the “real” Chivas.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Nick, Chivas USA could use USD temporarily until Vergara gets a stadium built…that is, if he’s still interested in the team as anything more than a tax writeoff. That’s really the problem. The fact that Chivas USA made no effort to get Nery Castillo or Omar Bravo (either of whom would have filled HDC, though perhaps Bravo and his agent didn’t want to deal w/Vergara again) tells me that Vergara/Cue have lost serious interest in building this team. Now that team’s can sign up to three DPs, Chivas USA’s DP problems (stemming from Amado Guevara’s trade) seem to be settled. Vergara/Cue are more interested in running the team on the cheap, and I think the fans know that.