*To mark Landon Donovan re-upping his MLS contract today, the Galaxy are offering fans $10 grass berm tickets for Saturday’s game against the San Jose Earthquakes (well, that and the fact LA clears out of a long holiday weekend, so the club has to figure out a way to goose attendance). Call 877-3GALAXY (342-5299).
*Irish striker Robbie Keane and Panamanian goalkeeper Jaime Penedo received call-ups from their respective nations today for two upcoming World Cup qualifiers, meaning the pair will miss the Galaxy’s Sept. 7 contest at home against the Colorado Rapids. The two will leave after Saturday’s game, which not so coincidentally is Robbie Keane bobblehead night. Presumably they will rejoin the club in time for the Sept. 14 road game against D.C. United.
*Chivas USA (5-14-6) have belatedly found TV stations willing to televise seven of their remaining, yet totally meaningless games. Spanish-language KHY-TV (Channel 22) and English-language KDOC-TV (Channel 56) have stepped up.
Carlo Chueca, 20, will join Chivas USA from Belgian club Mons, where he failed to crack the starting lineup, although he did appear for that team’s reserves over the last two seasons, the Goats said in a news release today.
Here’s how Chivas USA described Chueca in the press release:
During his stint in European soccer, the 20-year-old left-footed attacker stood out with his high performance on the attacking end and his possession skills. Chueca is also known for his talents on set pieces, as he demonstrates a powerful and accurate strike. In addition, Chivas’ new signing has the ability to distribute the ball from long distances and change the run of play across the field.
Dallas haven’t won in 11 games and have failed to beat Chivas USA on the last five occasions the teams have met.
Chivas USA, however, have nothing to crow about either.
The only teams Chivas USA have managed to beat since March 30 are hapless Toronto, which has as many victories — four — on the season as the Goats, and minor league LA Blues.
So the club is reduced to promoting this game by issuing a press release that observes Chivas USA “will try to extend their current solid run at home, as they have come away with points in three consecutive games at the StubHub Center under Head Coach Jose Luis Real.”
Yes, fans you could be treated to a scoreless draw and Chivas USA will consider that an extension of its “solid” home form of late.
Oh boy. Jorge Vergara interviews are more exciting than that.
Your alternative: live coverage of Chicago Fire (9-10-4, 31 points) vs. Sporting Kansas City (11-8-6, 39 points), which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
Mercifully, Chivas USA still doesn’t have a local TV contract.
The club signed Colombian forward Jose Erik Correa today on loan, according to Chivas USA.
Guess a sparse total of three goals in 32 appearances over two seasons gets you an MLS exit.
Chivas USA are off this weekend and play FC Dallas Wednesday in Carson.
Meanwhile, MLS handed down additional one-game suspensions to Gabe Farfan and Tristan Bowen Friday after the pair were sent off against Colorado, meaning they will miss two games apiece instead of one. Both will be eligible to play again in the Sept. 1 game against the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Chivas USA has said they intend to discipline players after a rash of red cards.
Just to refresh your memory, here’s the previous story on the first lawsuit filed this spring.
And here’s the club statement released in the wake of stories about that lawsuit:
Chivas USA is and has always been an organization that respects everyone without any distinction, and knows that its employees are the most valuable asset the company has. That is why it implements the best practices in terms of equality and respect and it stands against any sort of discrimination in terms of gender, health, religion, opinion or physical disabilities.
Chivas USA, however, continue to plod along with very little return in another MLS season spiraling into irrelevance and without defensive inspiration Carlos Bocanegra tonight in Carson there are few signs things will be any different against a resurgent Rapids.
The MLS Players Union this afternoon released a second, updated list of their members’ salaries for 2013 that includes just how much newcomers like Carlos Bocanegra and Clint Dempsey are pulling down, figures that are put in perspective by this Sports Illustrated story.
The Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers is making $90,000 this season, BTW.
Word Wednesday that MLS will expand to 24 teams, naturally prompted speculation that struggling Chivas USA could move from Los Angeles, an idea Commissioner Don Garber quickly moved to scuttle during the half time show of the MLS All-Star Game.
“There is no plan whatsoever to move any clubs,” he said flatly after addressing the failed effort at branding the club after its Mexican mothership.
“Every league is going to have clubs that are at the top … and every league is going to have clubs that are at the bottom and Chivas USA is an example of that,” Garber said. “This was an idea to create a Hispanic brand connected with (CD) Guadalajara and that idea hasn’t worked. We’ve got to find ways to work with (co-owners) Jorge Vergara and his wife and figure out a solution.”
What Garber didn’t say is that he said some months ago that if Chivas USA’s marketing efforts didn’t show some signs of life by July the league would act.
Well, it’s now August, Chivas USA continues to be a disaster on and off the field and MLS has done zilch.