“Martin is a very talented player who already knows the league,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “His personality, technical ability and energy will help us a lot. He is a hard and relentless worker on the field, always looking to gain and maintain possession, an area we need to improve. Once settled, he will blend in well with our current players and make us a better team.”
Rivero, 24, who also made more than 50 appearances for Argentine club Rosario Central, joins Mauro Rosales, Leandro Barrera and Agustin Pelletieri on the Chivas USA roster and is available for Saturday’s game against the Timbers in Portland.
Chivas USA has also waived two fringe players: midfielder Daniel Fragoso, 31, a Spaniard who was only signed by the club last month and defender Andrew Ribeiro, 23, who has yet to make his MLS debut.
For the first of two consecutive games against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday in Carson, the Galaxy have released the above poster available for purchase on gameday for $25 with the proceeds going to charity.
Meanwhile, ‘Caps star Nigel Reo-Coker has recovered from a self-inflicted concussion and is available for the game. Vancouver is trying to win for the first time ever against the Galaxy in Southern California and early season MLS hotshot Pedro Morales may have something to do with that.
Finally, is the Galaxy’s Landon Donovan entering a new phase of his career?
Los Angeles News Group beat writer Phil Collin has the (same old, same old) SuperClasico game story.
Galaxy coach Bruce arena on the team’s good day -
“I suspected we win a game at some point this year, I think we have such an awkward schedule it’s been difficult. It’s just good to get back playing again and winning a game. You know you have to win a game, that’s the name of the game. That’s why you play. It’s important, it’s our first win. It has to establish some confidence in the team, and it’s good to just be playing again. If we had to do another two weeks of training, I think we’d kill each other, we wouldn’t have a team ready for the next game.”
Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera on his team’s bad day:
“Today, since I’ve been here, today we played the worst game. As a team, individually and collectively, we didn’t play well from the beginning. It didn’t feel good and the team never looked good and today’s game is not a game that you can take lightly, especially against the LA Galaxy. They overplayed us, we were never a threat, we never came back. Today was a very bad day for all of us.”
I’ll have more on the game and what it means for both teams in Tuesday’s column.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy II plays Oklahoma City Energy FC in USL Pro action tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Cal State Dominguez Hills track and field stadium. The game will be shown live on the Galaxy’s YouTube channel.
Los Angeles Nres Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin breaks down the rivalry (such as it is) here.
Read my take on the occasion here.
Lastly, here’s the SuperClasico by the numbers.
I’ll see you at the game @lasoccerblog on Twitter.
An allegedly nationally televised game few English language soccer fans could see on Spanish-language cable channel Unimas was summed up this way by Red Bulls coach Mike Petke –
“Let’s put things in perspective: We tied Chivas in the (95th) minute at home.”
Well, even if 1-1-2 Chivas USA still isn’t getting any respect from around MLS, noodle on this: the team boasts the league’s joint top scorer, they almost beat a New York team on the road that many pundits forecast could go all the way to MLS Cup and now, almost unnoticed, may have their best chance in some years of seeing off the winless Galaxy (0-1-1) this Sunday in the first of the final three SuperClasicos between the two clubs ever.