And while the Chicago Fire capitulated pitifully Sunday, Chivas USA still had to take their chances in the 4-1 win before fewer than 10,000 — and did so admirably (Juan Agudelo’s international class goal that showcased his timing, strength and finesse is especially worth checking out below).
Chivas USA coach Chelis appreciated the gift: “We had a lot of luck. We won because we scored goals, it is as simple as that. I never thought I would have told you this but we won because we scored two goals. They played with a lot of bad luck, a lot of bad luck. They did a lot to try and score the first half and nothing. We had five opportunities, and scored on four.”
Back home, below are the farcical scenes that greeted Costa Rica in Denver, where it was the Americans that scored the lucky and deciding goal Friday of the World Cup qualifier, as our sister newspaper, The Denver Post, reports. Watch:
As expected MLS has moved the Galaxy’s scheduled April 6 home game against the Montral Impact to Oct. 16, ensuring the club have the weekend off between their two-leg CONCACAF Champions League semifinal April 3 and 10 against Monterrey. The Galaxy also plan to move their reserve league opener against the LA Blues to an as yet unspecified date.
For the same reason, Chivas USA’s April 7 match at Seattle was moved to 7 p.m. Sept. 4 because of the Sounders’ participation in the competition (Chivas USA plays in Vancouver Sept. 1, by the way, raising the possibility for Goats fans of a two-game road trip the week of Labor Day).
Finally, Chivas USA’s May 12 road game against the Portland Timbers has been moved up an hour to 2 p.m.
Harbor Gateway-based AYSO will sponsor the city of Torrance’s Rose Float entry after raising $100,000.
Want to ask Galaxy officials why after 10 years Home Depot Center still sports a “jumbo” screen smaller than those most of us have at home? Or why after a decade concession lines and parking jams are still common and often caused by HDC employees and/or practices? Me too. You have your chance at 1 p.m. Thursday when Galaxy President Chris Klein and coach Bruce Arena take questions on line and via Twitter. Details here.
Some Canadian guy named Steve Nash who purports to play basketball with the Lakers (ahem) announced his annual “break a leg” charitable soccer event is coming to LA. this July. Details here.
Former Galaxy and Chivas USA midfielder Alejandro Moreno has joined ESPN as a soccer analyst. His duties include Mexican national team and Liga MX games on ESPN’s English-language television channels.
The slew of forthcoming international fixtures gets off to a good start Thursday when BeIn Sport hosts Brazil verses Italy. Kickoff is at 12:25 p.m.
(Updated) Chivas USA and the mothership played to a 3-3 tie in a friendly Wednesday. Highlights.