Not a single ticket had been sold for the charity tournament scheduled to start Wednesday at Citrus College and continue this weekend at the LA Memorial Coliseum with four games involving Mexico’s Queretero among other teams.
The official reason for the postponement is that it was “due to a combination of logistical and scheduling matters.”
From a Chivas USA press release:
In their attempt to reorganize this event, the organizers will seek to bring the mentioned teams together again in an international tournament at a date and venue yet to be arranged
The MLS schedule takes a break this weekend for the final qualifying rounds of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The U.S. play their final two qualifiers, although they are already through to Brazil, of course.
More on the U.S. status is in this week’s column, which was written before the Galaxy’s Omar Gonzalez withdrew from the U.S. roster this morning because of a strained hip sustained in Sunday’s SuperClasico. The injury could be a blessing in disguise for the Galaxy: it means the dominating defender could be available for next Wednesday’s visit by the Montreal Impact.
A goalkeeper-less XI of players have appeared for both the Goats and the Galaxy in a SuperClasico, according to Galaxy stats whiz Justin Pearson.
That includes Sunday’s Galaxy sub Laurent Courtois.
The others: defenders Ante Jazic, Michael Umana and David Junior Lopes; midfielders Paolo Cardozo, Paolo Nagamura and Marcelo Saragosa; strikers Juan Pablo Angel, Alan Gordon, Alecko Eskandarian and Tristan Bowen.
The game not only had five goals, but Hawthorne’s Gyasi Zardes had the kind of game he has hinted at all year, Landon Donovan reached yet another MLS milestone and Dave Sarachan went 2-0 as Galaxy coach (ahem).
Colorado’s slaughter of Seattle Sunday has left the Galaxy hanging grimly on to a playoff spot by the slimmest of margins and made a victory in today’s 2 p.m. derby in Carson imperative if LA are merely to keep pace in MLS, as beat writer Phil Collin reports.
The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee upheld an automatic one-game suspension today for the Galaxy coach after Bruce Arena entered the field during second half stoppage time of last Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Timbers in Portland.
*The Galaxy play tonight at 7 o’clock in their second CONCACAF Champions League group game in Carson.
*Meanwhile, Saturday’s opponents have a surplus of options for their starting XI.
*Chivas USA President Jose David, a non-soccer guy much reviled by the club’s hardcore supporters, is out after just 11 months in the job where he was better known for spawning racial discrimination lawsuits than success on the field, replaced by a lawyer and bean counter from the mothership. Ho hum.