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).
— Adam Serrano (@LAGalaxyInsider) October 3, 2013
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.
Arena will not be permitted on the bench or locker room during Sunday’s SuperClasico.
Read the column here.
*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.
Seattle’s 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake Friday night also catapulted them to the top of the standings over their defeated opponents and made a Galaxy win at 1 p.m. on Unimas against lowly D.C. United imperative. The Galaxy have the confidence-boosting opportunity to cut in half the Sounders’ six-point lead in with just seven games left.
Incidentally, granted it’s only a matter of time, but anything less than a Chivas USA win over Portland today at StubHub Center and the Goats’ season is toast.
*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.
The game between the two worst clubs in the Western Conference has all the makings of stinker.
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.