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?


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