Tonight’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Home Depot Center (live on Fox Sports West) with both teams hoping to do better than the scoreless draw they managed to accomplish last month in Canada.
It will be an uphill battle for the Whitecaps, the game coming a day after Vancouver fired their coach.
Here’s the Chivas USA perspective:
The missing players Coach Robin Fraser mentioned: Joint leading scorer Alejandro Moreno as well as Andrew Boyens and Simon Elliott, who are all on international duty. Jorge Flores misses the game through suspension.
Notable: Defender Heath Pearce is the only Chivas USA player to have played every minute of every MLS game so far this season.
In other local soccer news:
*Striker Charlie Davies will likely start on the bench when D.C. United takes on the Galaxy Friday night in Carson (7:30 p.m. live on Fox Soccer Channel). The Western Conference-leading Galaxy are seeking their fifth straight win.
*Reminder: Tickets starting at $30 are on sale for the Galaxy’s 1 p.m. July 24 friendly against FA Cup winners Manchester City at Home Depot Center.
*Santa Clarita resident Paula Berriz was elected to a four-year term as the first woman president in the 47-year history of the Harbor Gateway-based American Youth Soccer Organization. She is a 27-year volunteer with the nonprofit that touts itself as “the largest single-entity youth soccer association in the U.S. with nearly 600,000 players and 225,000 volunteers.”
*Speaking of recreational soccer, Southern California soccer blog From A left Wing talks about the angry white men stalking local soccer fields.