We’ll let the blunt Robbie Keane lay it on the line an explain what the sputtering Galaxy need to do to stop losing and start winning in a season threatening to go nowhere before it has really started:
“Just stop making mistakes, that’s how you lose games, you make mistakes and then you lose games. We just can’t make mistakes, the mistakes we’ve made are ones that can’t be made, and it’s fairly simple. If you we keep making mistakes like that we can forget about even making the playoffs.”
After just 148 minutes on the field in MLS over seven games with just one assist, Mexican striker Adolfo Bautista has become the latest player to wash out at Chivas USA, which is picking up and discarding players at a seemingly increasing rate.
Bautista, 34, who played for El Tri during the 2010 World Cup made his Chivas USA debut March 9, but barely lasted two months before the club and player mutually agreed to part ways.
“We want to thank Adolfo Bautista for his dedication, commitment and professionalism during his time with our club,” said coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He is a respected leader on and off the field, and we wish him the best of luck in all his endeavors moving forward.”
Chivas USA, already watching its MLS season dissolve on the back of a eight game winless streak, dumped goalless English striker Luke Moore today after just two starts and picked up Honduran international Martin Chavez from the Colorado Rapids and 23-year-old forward Ryan Finley from the Columbus Crew.
The Goats also sent a second round draft pick to the Crew; the 28-year-old Moore, if you care, was immediately traded to Toronto by the Rapids in exchange for 22-year-old defender Gale Agbossoumonde.
“We are very happy to add Marvin Chavez and Ryan Finley to our club as they will immediately bolster our attack,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “Chavez is one of the best wide midfielders in the League and is very versatile at creating scoring opportunities. Finley will fit perfectly in our plan as a center forward, as his mobility and approach to the game will support and complement Erick Torres’ skills up top.”
The prize for Chivas USA is most certainly Chavez, 30, who has also played for the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Dallas in MLS, but will be lost to Chivas USA for a month or so because he will represent Honduras at the World Cup.
Finley, who was most recently on loan with USL Pro outfit Dayton Dutch Lions, scored one goal and had one assist in 14 games in his rookie MLS season last year.
The tournament also gave Toronto the motivation to acquire Moore:
“With our current depth in defence we felt that the opportunity to acquire an attacking player like Luke Moore was the right decision to make at this time for the club as we approach the World Cup break,” said Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “With Luke’s experience, he will be a welcome addition to our squad and provide more options for us upfront.”
An unimpressed Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee has fined Canadian Galaxy forward Rob Friend an undisclosed amount for this embellishment against Colorado. Ah well, justice (as it so often is in these circumstances) was done. Robbie Keane muissed the ensuring penalty. Badly.
Could former Chivas USA midfielder Sacha Kljestan return to Southern California from Belgium as a Galaxy player? That’s the unattributed claim of this Dutch newspaper report. Here’s the Google translation, which in best tabloid tradition cites no sources:
Sacha Kljestan, who has only played six matches with Anderlecht in 2014, is expected to leave the Belgian Championship this summer. The U.S. median of 28 years, recently became a father, could restart with Los Angeles Galaxy.
Sacha Kljestan, put on a siding for many months, is no longer happy at Anderlecht. It should go this summer, despite his contract binding Mallows, explain our colleagues in the DH. They add that the Californian could raise with the Los Angeles Galaxy, David Beckham’s former club which now play the Irishman Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan star U.S.
Finally, has Galaxy coach Bruce Arena given up on would-be male model Robbie Rogers as an attacking wide midfielder and instead is mulling converting him into a left back?
If you missed how the two local MLS teams performed over the weekend, you didn’t frankly miss anything.
But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s Galaxy coach Bruce Arena in the wake of the road loss in Colorado Saturday on a team seemingly adrift in a season that itself has yet to find much rhythm and seems to already be slipping away from LA:
“We just blew this game. There’s no excuses for us. We should’ve won this game. Very least get a point. We get a chance early in the game, we miss a penalty kick early in the second half, have a lot of possession, we don’t put a shot on goal, I don’t think for the game. I think Ishizaki’s, it was maybe blocked off the line, that was about the only shot on goal. It was terrible execution on our part in the final third of the field.”
Lame duck Chivas USA, winless in their last eight, were even worse in an almost literal pedestrian loss to Houston that even an early lead from the penalty spot could not prevent as coach Wilmer Cabrera fumed afterward:
“Then we started just to walk, we didn’t even put pressure on them, we didn’t figure it out, and it was a wake-up for Houston and they reacted very well, and they showed character and personality, and we didn’t.”
The next loss for Chivas USA: against Colorado Sunday.
Next Galaxy game: 11:30 a.m. Sunday in Portland against the Timbers on NBCSN.
Oh, and Omar Gonzalez, taken off injured midway through the game Saturday should be “fine” for the game in Oregon, Arena said.
Finally, from the Galaxy press release:
The LA Galaxy II (4-1-2, 14 points) will host the Charlotte Eagles FC (2-3-0, 6 points) in USL PRO Week 7 at the StubHub Center Track and Field Stadium at 7:30 p.m. today. Watch live via lagalaxy.com and the club’s YouTube channel with play-by-play commentary from LA Galaxy broadcast veteran Joe Tutino.
Without prompting, Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera threw caution to the wind in his postgame press conference after the Goats fell to Seattle, 2-1 Saturday at StubHub Center.
Cabrera did give credit to the Sounders, he did lament the mistakes Chivas made, then got to the heart of his argument with a couple of statements that will reach the MLS principal’s office.
“We’re trying to to play evenly with every team at home but we’re making some mistakes that cost us too much, so we have to improve that mentality,” Cabrera said. “And then we don’t receive the respect, and we don’t receive fair consideration from the guys that run the refereeing part. We know that.
“Even at home, it’s the second game we finish with 10 men and that’s not right. Every 50-50 foul was for the other team. They’re a very good team and they won this because they scored two goals and we only scored one, but it’s a little frustrating, those calls, those issues, that red card.
“At this point it’s fair to (say) that we feel, the players feel they don’t receive respect from the guys in yellow tonight.”
But wait, there’s more, starting with the red card Marky Delgado drew in the 73rd minute:
“Both players went for the ball (but) because Marky, a young player, Chivas USA, let’s take him out. Simple,” Cabrera said Nobody’s going to complain, nobody’s going to defend Chivas USA, nobody’s going to say anything.
“It’s easy to take advantage of us because nobody complains. That’s not right.
“Yes, we know that everyone looks at us and it’s like nothing is going to happen this team, it’s going to be (the team’s) last year, they don’t have too many fans, they don’t have power so we can do whatever we want with them,. That’s our mentality. We go into every game thinking that way. We know we cannot make any mistake and we know that every 50-50 call is going to be against us.”
Rookie striker Thomas McNamara, who has been keeping veteran Mexican star Bofo Bautista out of the starting XI, won’t get to face former Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid and leading MLS goal scorer Clint Dempsey tonight in Carson after Chivas USA announced Friday he would need knee surgery and could well miss the rest of the season (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).
Los Angeles News Group reporter Phil Collin has the capsule game preview.
Chivas USA striker Thomas McNamara, a first team regular in his rookie year, will undergo knee surgery the club announced today, after picking up the injury in Portland last weekend against the Timbers.
Two former Sounders — Mauro Rosales and Eriq Zavaleta — are on the Chivas USA roster, but only one of them will play this weekend.
Here’s more on the Galaxy II game Saturday at the track and field stadium on the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus.
Meanwhile, Saturday is a homecoming for British Columbia native and Galaxy striker Rob Friend.