Chivas USA 0 Galaxy 1
Fall guy: Simon Elliott and Chivas USA fell hard to David Beckham and the Galaxy Saturday in Carson (AP Photo).
The loss wasn’t the end of the world for Chivas USA, but Coach Robin Fraser appeared to take the home defeat to their closest rivals to heart.
This wasn’t a game that told him how far his team had come; this was a game his team told him how far they have to go.
“There’s really not much to say,” Fraser said. “We didn’t play as well as we would’ve liked to.
“We need to possess the ball better and not turn it over as much. A fair amount of their opportunities in the first half came off our turnovers. … Our lack of ability to possess was our undoing.”
Still, Chivas is getting closer to the Galaxy. Encouragement came from an unlikely source:
“This is as good a game as they’ve given us over the past three years,” said Landon Donovan.
Yet, neither team was at its best, as both coaches acknowledged.
Notable: In the second half Chivas had one shot on goal, the Galaxy none.
Meanwhile, David Beckham is off to England to play for his best friend in a meaningless game. He goes with Arena’s blessing. But not columnist Jill Painter’s.
“I know it looks like he’s going off to do his own thing, but nobody in this locker room has any issue with it,” Donovan said.
Even if plenty outside of it do.
Next for the Galaxy: at home to Houston Wednesday.
Next for Chivas USA: at the Columbus Crew Saturday.