A no-brainer when the 21-year-old Mexican striker has nine of the 13 goals Chivas USA has managed so far this season, the second-fewest in MLS.
Erick Torres scored against the Galaxy last weekend and will now remain with the team at least through the end of the season, although MLS could exercise an option to extend his contract still more.
The product of the CD Guadalajara youth system led Chivas USA with seven goals last year.
Notable: The forward has 16 goals in 29 appearances since joining Chivas USA last July and is tied with Cuauhtémoc Blanco as the league’s all-time leading scorer among Mexican-born players.
Check out his goal-scoring exploits in the above video.
Chivas USA travel to North Carolina to face the Carolina RailHawks Saturday in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup.
Croatia-Mali is on live as I write this for those of you with GOLTV, while other viewing options this weekend include:
- 11:30 a.m. Saturday ESPN Deportes Portugal-Greece
- Noon Saturday BeIN Sports Italy-Ireland
- Noon Saturday Univision and ESPN News Mexico-Ecuador
- 11 a.m. Sunday ESPN2 USA-Turkey
- 11:30 a.m. Sunday Univision Deportes and ESPN3 Germany-Cameroon
- 2 p.m. Sunday Univision Deportes and ESPN3 France-Paraguay
With Landon Donovan pretty much the senior member of the U.S. Men’s National Team these days and perhaps on the brink of international retirement after the World Cup, who better to look back on his long history of World Cup participation and reminisce.
- Two goals by Travis Bowen and strikes from former Cal State Dominguez Hills midfielder Alejandro Covarrubias, Bradley Diallo, Jack McBean and Aleksandar Đoković gave the LA Galaxy II an easy 6-1 U.S. Open Cup victory Wednesday over Thousand Oaks-based amateur team Cal FC at the StubHub Center track and field stadium before a crowd of just over 400. The Galaxy’s reserve squad advances to the third round of the knockout tournament May 28 in Carson against PSA Elite, which progressed when the San Diego Flash forfeited its game.
- Also USL Pro side Sacramento Republic defeated the Ventura County Fusion 2-1 Wednesday and will meet Fresno Fuego in the next round.
- CD Guadalajara and Cruz Azul play a preseason Liga MX game at 8 p.m. July 9 at StubHub Center, it was announced today. Tickets go on sale May 22.
- Vegas remains a long-shot MLS expansion market.
Assorted news and nuggets:
- The Xolos play Cruz Azul at 5 o’clock tonight (live on Fox Sports 1) up a goal from last week’s first leg with a place in the CONCACAF Champions league final against Toluca at stake.
- Independent promoters of soccer games have had a spotty history at best in Southern California, but the Galaxy have joined forces with one to stage the 2014 Legends Cup featuring retired Mexican and U.S. players at 4 p.m. June 1 at StubHub Center. Participating players include Paco Palencia, Luis Hernandez, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Jorge Campos, Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda, Brian Ching, and John O’Brien.
- Next for MLS: Atlanta
But with all the MLS clubs eliminated from the tournament, a Liga MX team with a raft of Americans on their roster who are watched regularly by thousands of U.S.-based fans who cross the border are the closest thing we’ve got to a local club still in the CONCACAF Champions League.
Club Tijuana plays Cruz Azul at 7 o’clock tonight on Fox Sports 2, FoxSoccer2go.com and on Univision Deportes (Fox Soccer Plus shows the game on delay at 9 p.m..).
Alajuelense-Toluca is on Galavision at 5 p.m., BTW.
So it was a soft goal for Tijuana to concede and a lucky one for the Galaxy to score, but the Galaxy have a slim one-goal cushion after last week’s first leg win in Carson as American clubs look to best their Mexican counterparts this weekend in the oft-overlooked CONCACAF Champions League.
I take a look at the U.S. chances in this week’s column.
*Exhibition games involving Latin American clubs and players have a spotty history of actually happening (to put it mildly) in Los Angeles, so buyer beware, but an April 26 indoor game featuring retired stars from Mexico and El Salvador was announced today at a press conference at the Coliseum.
Players will include former Galaxy greats Jorge Campos and Mauricio Cienfuegos, former Chivas USA stars Claudio Suarez and Ramon Ramirez and former D.C. United striker Raul Diaz Arce.
Tickets to ShowGoal Los Angeles, as it’s called, go on sale Thursday starting at $25.
*The Galaxy made their opponents look good this weekend on the field and off it. After Real Salt Lake left Southern California with a 1-0 Saturday, goalscorer Joao Plata earned the top spot in the Castrol Index and RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando was ranked third after saving Robbie Keane’s penalty kick.
Chivas USA defender Bobby Burling, who scored the winner over the Chicago Fire Sunday, checked in at No. 6. The Castrol Index is here.
*Finally, Galaxy President Chris Klein was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 40 under 40 list.