Soccer Saturday: Chivas USA-RSL showdown & more

Good morning on an already sobering day for soccer that saw Chelsea’s Didier Drogba sustain a sickening concussion this morning (he looked unconscious before he hit the ground judging by the way his head grotesquely bounced off the turf) in a nonetheless entertaining televised game against Norwich City that was sadly also marred by a harsh penalty and an even harsher red card to the Canary’s goalkeeper that in my opinion meant the outcome was decided by the ref rather than the players.

Still, my thoughts are with Drogba during a week where I have unfortunately spent far too much time writing about concussions.

The most important game of the season for Chivas USA sees Robin Fraser’s men take on a faltering Real Salt Lake City today, who are five points ahead of the Goats in the standings, at Home Depot Center (live 7:30 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel).

Van Nuys’ Tristan Bowen of Chivas USA went out on a year-long loan this week, while RSL could see the return of “The Eraser.”

There wasn’t much between the two teams when they played each other earlier this season and another tight match is likely tonight

*In college soccer Friday:

The Loyola Marymount women have opened their season 3-0.

The UCLA women beat Tennessee 2-1

Pepperdine defeated Cal State Fullerton in dramatic come from behind fashion.

Cal State Northridge men’s coach Terry Davila got win No. 100.

The CSUN women lost to Baylor.

USC is an unthinkable 0-3.

Long Beach State suffered their first loss of the season.

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group columnist and blogger Nick Green writes about soccer at the 100 Percent Soccer blog at www.insidesocal.com/soccer and craft beer at the Beer Goggles blog at www.insidesocal.com/beer. Cheers!