Weekly column: Did Chivas USA’s acquisition of playmaker Joseph shift the balance of MLS power in Southern California?

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Man in the middle: New Chivas USA midfield general Shalrie Joseph was already directing traffic at his first practice with his new club since being traded by the New England Revolution. Chivas USA midfielder Blair Gavin, a draft pick and cash went in the other direction (Photo courtesy Olivia Cervantes/Chivas USA).

The trade for Shalrie Joseph certainly has made this weekend’s game against the Galaxy an even more competitive affair.

Chivas USA have a stagnant offense, the Galaxy a sieve-like defense and Joseph is expected to have a major effect on both, a topic explored in this week’s column.

Wonder if he will get a few minutes on the field today when Chivas USA reserves play their Galaxy counterparts at 11 a.m. on Field 4 at Home Depot Center?

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South Bay-based Los Angeles News Group soccer columnist and blogger Nick Green writes 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!
  • Inigo Montoya

    Nick, no mention of Agudelo?

    It’s the Joseph-Agudelo combination that worries me, not the Joseph-Angel combination. Given the way Seattle carved up the G’s back line last weekend, the Goats may score a half-dozen. If Keane, Donovan and Magee get back on track, this could be a ten-goal game…

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Point taken. Joseph called Agudelo a “beautiful talent” and yes, I should have used that in the column.

  • studs Up

    not so fast people, a blown game played on the carpet in Seattle where Omar should not have played to beguin with, and an addition of an aging midfiedler to Goats line up is strickly a last ditch effort by Fraser to save his job. An eratic Galaxy is still going to run over them this weekend.