Chivas USA: Just add fanaticism (AP Photo).
I remember talking to a colleague at the Home Depot Center press box at one of Chivas USA’s first games watching a section of their fans – the Legion 1908 group – going bananas in a frenetic display of color and smoke and noise.
“The whole stadium will look like that in five to 10 years,” he predicted.
Well, six years in it hasn’t happened yet. And I don’t see many signs it will. Even the numbers of Legion 1908 members, a group that has had issues not only with Galaxy fans, but other Chivas USA supporters, has dwindled.
Their allegiance first is to CD Guadalajara, not the MLS off-shoot.
And that is Chivas USA’s problem as I point out in today’s column.
By the way, striker Justin Braun did indeed sustain a concussion on the weekend and is listed as questionable for Friday’s game in Seattle.
In other soccer news today:
*The soccer soap opera continues south of the border:
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A top Mexican soccer official has quit after a group of players he disciplined sought his resignation.
Nestor De La Torre was the head of national team selections and the third-highest official in the Mexican Football Federation.
A month ago, he handed down fines and suspended 13 players involved in a late-night party following an exhibition game against Colombia.
The players, led by former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez, who now plays in New York, requested De La Torre’s resignation as a condition to drop their threat to boycott upcoming games.
Mexico plays at home at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against Venezuela in Ciudad Juarez. The game is live on Univision.
*In other televised games of local interest today:
U.S.-Colombia 5 p.m. ESPN2 & Univision
England-Montenegro, noon Fox Soccer Plus, Euro 2012 qualifier
Seattle Sounders-CD Guadalajara, 7 p.m. Telefutura
For a complete listing of all games, click the Live Soccer TV link at top right.