Seasons in the Balance for Galaxy and Chivas USA

That’s a good thing for the Galaxy, potentially bad for Chivas USA.

The Galaxy can advance to the next round of the CONCACAF Champions League tonight without kicking a ball.

Chivas USA, on the other hand, could be done in MLS for the year if the 7-15-7 Goats fall to Western Conference powerhouse Salt Lake City (15-11-4) Saturday night at Home Depot Center and the 10-12-8 Vancouver Whitecaps lose to the 13-7-9 Seattle Sounders, who sit 10 points above the Canadian team in the standings, on the same day (live at 6 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network).

Chivas USA fans devoted enough (or should that be brave enough?) to watch can see the RSL-Goats game live at 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports West (with the possibility of a slight delay at the conclusion of the prior sports program, the club said) in English and KWHY Channel 22 in Spanish.

Speaking of Chivas USA, who like to call themselves the only Mexican -owned U.S. sports franchise, that’s a distinction that’s utterly irrelevant when it comes to the success Club Tijuana is finding in the U.S. compared to the Goats.

Incidentally, I’ll throw out a question that will likely be the subject of a future column: have we moved beyond asking whether Chivas USA is an experiment that should end to asking whether the franchise is actually hurting the rest of MLS?

Discuss.

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  • LAAztecsFan

    Rebrand to LOS ANGELES AZTECS and MOST of your problems are solved.

  • Anonymous

    “Incidentally, I’ll throw out a question that will likely be the subject of a future column: have we moved beyond asking whether Chivas USA is an experiment that should end to asking whether the franchise is actually hurting the rest of MLS?”

    I agree MOST of the problems will be solved with a rebrand. At the very least change the name to CLUB DEPORTIVO LOS ANGELES but preferably rebrand to LOS ANGELES AZTECS.

  • Anonymous

    From the very beginning the name Chivas USA was and is absolutely unequivocally ridiculous. Rebrand now or see the same fate of other teams that have perished.

  • studs up

    Pack’em up and move’m out to another market. The MLS franchise fee is quite high now and Vergara is smart enough to sell and easily erase their losses and make a nice profit to boot.

    Any attempt to align with a certain ethnic group is inherently wrong and I am glad the Goats experiment has failed in that respect. Embrace a city by name and reap the rewards of a community’s support.

    Unfortunately the LA Aztecs legacy is non-existant in this town and it will not bring in the level of support that would be any different than the Goats get now. They have a better chance to succeed by morphing into the NY Cosmos.