Friday Football: Waiting for the weekend

*The Galaxy face Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center (live on FSN), while Chivas USA travel to New York to face the Red Bulls at 5 p.m. Sunday (Galavision). The latter game is also on tape-delay at 5 p.m. on Prime.

*Apparently the next player decision Chivas USA may have to make (they are top of the MLS allocation order, remember, after deciding to pass on Benny Feilhaber) is whether to grab injury-prone, aging (I know he’s only 28, but he’s been around forever without actually doing much it seems) and little-used DaMarcus Beasley, who is apparently exploring returning to MLS after lo these many years picking up big paychecks (and little else of note) in Europe. Personally, I’d say pass if I were Chivas USA – he’ll be expensive and his career has seemingly been on a downward spiral since the 2006 World Cup. Full details here.

*Incidentally, former Galaxy and Chivas USA player Alecko Eskandarian is apparently on the verge of returning to MLS in a coaching capacity.

*I’ll be honest: It’s one of those rare weekends where I’m looking forward to games on TV this weekend more than anything else.

Manchester United are likely to clinch the EPL title (their nineteenth) against Blackburn Rovers (4:30 a.m. Saturday ESPN2), while forthcoming Galaxy opponents Manchester City play Stoke City in the FA Cup at 7 a.m. Saturday on Fox Soccer Channel. Kinda sad to see the way the league is over-shadowing the tradition-filled cup, though.

if you are a United fan you’ll want to watch the game here, which is where local supporters will gather.

Then, in what should be a fascinating spectacle on TV, Pacific Northwest rivals Seattle and Portland collide at 8 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. Actually, the most fascinating part may be watching the fans rather than the teams in a rivalry that has been stoked all week long.

*Lastly, the Castrol Index, as long-promised, has finally come to MLS.

The Galaxy’s best player:Omar Gonzalez, closely followed by Donovan Ricketts. David Beckham is supposedly only the fifth best Galaxy player (behind Mike Magee and Leonardo), while Landon Donovan is the 104th-ranked player in the league and Juan Pablo Angel 147th. Hmmm.

Chivas USA’s top-ranked player is Ben Zemanski.

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