It’s a good thing the Galaxy have wrapped up the Supporters’ Shield, right, with two MLS games remaining before the playoffs start in the first week of October because the word out of Europe this morning is that striker Robbie Keane could be out four weeks, which would have him returning for the Galaxy right around the time they open their playoff campaign.
Still, this year’s version of the Galaxy are so dominant, not only do they have the chance to set the MLS record for points in a season, they are one shutout away from a record 17 on the year, too.
Oh, and if they avoid defeat against Chivas USA Sunday they will also become only the third MLS team to go through a season undefeated at home.
How good are they at Home Depot Center?
From the Galaxy:
In 16 MLS regular season home games this year, the Galaxy are 11-0-5 for 38 of their league-best 64 points. They have won each of their last seven home games in the league and have outscored opponents 27-8 at Home Depot Center this season, keeping nine clean sheets while allowing more than one goal just once.
The Galaxy, who are 29-9-13 at home in the regular season under Bruce Arena, are now unbeaten in their last 17 home regular season games, equaling a club record.
So you’ll excuse the gushing in today’s column.
Given that record is it any sort of omen that the Chivas USA reserves beat their Galaxy counterparts Monday 2-1 at the HDC with Victor Estupinan and Marcos Mondaini netting two goals in three minutes for the Goats to overcome the Galaxy opener via Hector Jimenez?
Nah, didn’t think so.
The 1-6-2 Galaxy reserves play their final game of the season Oct. 25 against the San Jose Earthquakes at Home Depot Center.
Also, there’s plenty of soccer on TV today including:
Germany-Belgium (10 a.m. ESPN2)
U.S.-Ecuador 4 p.m. ESPN2 and Univisin).
Mexico-Brazil (6 p.m ESPN2 and Univisin)
Finally, wondering what Robbie Keane did to console himself with his injury after the Andorra game?
One correction to the column today: the Galaxy’s Todd Dunivant will turn a youthful 31 on Boxing Day (if you don’t know what day of the year that is I sentence you to a remedial lesson in English holidays) rather than the aged 32 I incorrectly wrote.