“Guys are in good spirits – all just getting back from dinner,” Chivas USA Tweeted earlier Monday evening. “They’re excited for the match and eager to get a win.”
*Game coverage: The game kicks off at 7 p.m. There is no TV or radio. The truly dedicated can follow the game on the @Chivas USA Twitter feed. An audio stream of the game is “likely,” the club said. The best place to follow along is here.
*International update: forward Alejandro Moreno scored the second goal in Venezuela’s 2-0 win Friday over Jamaica; defender Michael Umaa played 90 minutes in Costa Rica’s 2-2 draw with China.
Ten of the 11 Galaxy starters did not start in Saturday’s MLS game against Seattle.
Galaxy lineup: Josh Saunders; A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo (Sean Franklin 71′), Omar Gonzalez, Eddie Lewis; Chris Klein (Dema Kovalenko 69′), Bryan Jordan, Jovan Kirovski (Juninho 72′), Alex Cazumba; Clint Mathis, Alan Gordon.
“To me these games don’t make sense,” said Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena. “Essentially it was a reserve game tonight. I think the timing of this competition isn’t right for MLS teams; it’s a difficult time to try and play these games. … The competition is watered down due to the fact that each team is juggling players.”
There was a stunning atmosphere there last Saturday for the Argentina-Germany game and it could well be similar today (I’ll be there covering the event, incidentally) while the Galaxy-Sounders game will be streamed live tonight at 7 o’clock and shown on their projector TV in the upstairs loft.
Jovan Kirovski almost scored a long-range third for the Galaxy in the final minutes after spotting AC goalkeeper Alec Dufty off his line, but he just managed to get back in time.
The Galaxy plays the winner of Wednesday’s game between the Portland Timbers and defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders. If the Sounders win the game is in Seattle July 7; the Timbers will visit Carson July 7 if they triumph.
Incidentally, Chivas USA beat the Austin Aztex in Fullerton 1-0 on a first half Jesus Padilla goal. That ends a string of six straight defeats even if it is the U.S. Open Cup. Next for Chivas: the Dynamo next week in Houston.
More on both games a little later including full match reports, quotes and stats.
Veteran midfielder Chris Klein just scored his first goal since May 2008 to put the Galaxy ahead.
Clint Mathis started the move, pushing the ball out wide to Tristan Bowen whose short pass to Klein, standing a couple of yards outside the penalty box, ended up being curled into the far corner of the net. A pretty and succinct move in the 69th minute.
It’s an overcast, if humid South Bay evening here in Carson where the field looks good and the stands empty.
It looks like striker Alan Gordon found a magic lantern that made a wish come true – a third start of the season. Landon Donovan is making the rounds of television shows and won’t return until the weekend. As is customary with these games, Coach Bruce Arena gives some regulars a rest.
Here’s the Galaxy XI: Josh Saunders, Bryan Jordan, A.J. DeLaGarza, Leonardo, Alex Cazumba, Chris Klein, Jovan Kirovski, Clint Mathis, Eddie Lewis, Alan Gordon, Tristan Bowen.
On the bench is the likes of Todd Dunivant, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Chris Birchall, Juninho and Michael Stephens.