Tuesday Kicks: Chivas USA beat Galaxy & more

*Well, it was only in a reserve league game, but this is another sign of progress under Coach Robin Fraser.

Notable: The Chivas USA team featured seven Chivas USA Youth Academy products.

Galaxy officials will also undoubtedly be happy to see veteran central defender Gregg Berhalter, yet to play a game for the senior squad this season, get some valuable minutes, especially with the recent injury to Leonardo.

The relevant date to circle on the calendar: May 21 when the Galaxy “visit” Chivas USA.

*Speaking of youngsters, new Galaxy Academy director Chris Klein talks about some of the changes he has instituted since he began heading up the program.

*Tottenham Hotspur fans will be especially happy to hear FIFA is still committed to goal-line technology before the next World Cup (even if Chelsea’s Frank Lampard won’t be):

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has set a target date of July 2012 to approve goal-line technology systems that could be introduced before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Soccer’s governing organization said Tuesday that candidates must pass two more rounds of tests at a stadium of their choice. FIFA said the results will be presented to its
rules-making body in July 2012.

The goal-line debate reignited days earlier with another major error by match officials.
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard scored against Tottenham on Saturday, with replays showing the ball had not completely crossed the line. Chelsea won 2-1 to keep alive its Premier League title hopes.

It was Lampard’s “ghost goal” against Germany at the 2010 World Cup — his shot not counting for England despite bouncing down off the cross bar beyond the goal line — that persuaded FIFA President Sepp Blatter to end his long-standing opposition to technology. Blatter apologized to English officials after watching Germany’s 4-1 win in South Africa.

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  • The USA soccer team will definitely enter the qualify match-up in World Cup. Nice Post!