Chivas USA, however, continue to plod along with very little return in another MLS season spiraling into irrelevance and without defensive inspiration Carlos Bocanegra tonight in Carson there are few signs things will be any different against a resurgent Rapids.
If you’re a young American striker looking to make his mark on the game, there are few better clubs to score against even in a losing effort in a exhibition game. Check out his goal above and his fearless attitude below that speaks volumes for his potential.
Seattle provides a thoughtful video preview for Sunday’s 8 p.m. contest against the Goats while the Galaxy throw their usual melange of sound bites together (Pablo Mastroeni doesn’t have anything more insightful to say about a club he spent so many years at, really?) ahead of their 4 p.m. game in Colorado that’s live on ESPN2.
In related news:
*The Galaxy announced Friday that the club has agreed to loan defender Bryan Gaul and midfielder Kenney Walker to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL through the end of the year. Neither has played an MLS minute for the Galaxy this season.
*The arrival of Carlos Bocanegra at Chivas USA has made 31-year-old Peruvian center back Walter Vilchez, whose contract expires at the end of the month, surplus to requirements, the club announced Friday.He made 11 apperarances this season in that terrible back three (or four).
*Look what familiar former Chivas USA face is training with the Sounders.
“After the result on [Saturday] it’s important to get a win, no matter which way we did it,” he said. “I’m looking at the ball and someone comes into the back of (me). If someone runs into the back of you without you knowing the fact is you’re going to fall over.”
Look, I’m not necessarily faulting Keane’s professionalism.
As he said, he did what he needed to do to secure a win for a frankly substandard (yet again) Galaxy team that outplayed a poor Crew, but once again failed to put them away until Keane belatedly sealed the victory.
But the reality is, he dived, cheated if you like, because if he hadn’t the Galaxy would have left StubHub Center without a victory.
While I will add links to this blog post when I’m not clutching a cold beverage, posting will be even more spotty than usual on a holiday weekend.
Before I go there’s time to note that:
*Four goals in four MLS games since joining the Chicago Fire has earned former Galaxy cult figure Mike Magee the MLS Player of the Month award. The MLS leading scorer led the Fire to an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in June since joining the club May 25. In contrast the Galaxy lost four games last month and only managed to beat lowly Chivas USA.
*If you’ll be in San Diego for the holiday, check out the free U.S. national team training session open to the public ahead of Friday’s 8 p.m. friendly against Guatemala. Gate H at Qualcomm Stadium opens at 4:30 p.m. Thursday for the public.
*Heading to Pasadena Sunday for the Gold Cup opening doubleheader that includes Mexico? Don’t forget to wave:
I don’t think I can recall a less anticipated SuperClasico than the one scheduled for 8 o’clock tonight in Carson, for reasons MLS beat writer Phil Collin recounts in today’s game preview.
Of course, this is more than two teams going through an increasingly long poor patch of form.
The hosts of today’s game are more a car wreck than a soccer team, as Phil Collin observes in a lengthy feature piece today that sums up what must be a candidate for one of the most poorly run American sports organizations of all time.
In one respect, the article lets MLS off easy when they clearly must shoulder a great deal of the blame for allowing this debacle to go on as long as it has, exhibiting zero leadership and allowing the league and sport to become a laughing stock in one of the nation’s largest soccer markets. It is, frankly, little short of disgraceful.
Incidentally, I thought this rather clueless article from MLS’ propoganda arm summed up Chivas USA almost insurmountable issues.
Hire Steve Sampson? Make a signing that will raise eyebrows? Get their own stadium? My, my, those are novel ideas.
Given that Chivas USA are in a class by themselves when it comes weird moves (Eric Avila, a player not even a regular in MLS before he signed for Chivas USA is Liga MX material with CD Guadalajara, really?) more are really not needed (just ask Juan Agudelo).
And getting owner Jorge Vergara to actually invest in the future of a clearly flailing and failing franchise is not only unlikely to occur, but is far too late at this stage to rescue a team with no identity and few fans anyway.
Chivas USA are on borrowed time, even while the powers that be don’t seem to accept or grasp that simple concept.
Having sat through the Galaxy’s largely flat and uninteresting 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers Wednesday in Carson it’s perhaps best, if you must know more, to read the account by staff writer Phil Collin and skip the video lowlights.
Not so coincidentally no one had much interesting to say afterward either, coach Bruce Arena conducting a post-game press conference all of two minutes long.
I asked him what his team had discussed in the locker room after the game about their (largely invisible) offense. He said they hadn’t really talked about it. I asked him to elaborate and he said he couldn’t because, well, they hadn’t talked about it.
Seemed reasonable based on the game. One of those games when you look forward more to the beer afterward than a substantive post-game discussion, frankly, or find more than a degree of empathy with this sort of lawsuit (why are soccer fans forced to subsidize the Dodgers and Lakers anyway)?
Let’s hope Passback Pete hides that game video from the kids in the Academy. And not much of an ad for the upcoming less than SuperClasico lately against host Chivas USA at the rather late hour of 8 p.m. on Sunday. Will it be a stinker of a game…?
Speaking of Chivas USA, they lost again so I’m sure most of us from Southern California don’t want to see that, even you hardy, but dwindling number of Goats fans out there. Van Nuys’ Tristan Bowen had a great opener against the Whitecaps in Vancouver though that sadly will become largely a footnote in the loss. Cool goal though by the former Galaxy forward:
And, while we’re on the subject of a play worth seeing again, check out one Neymar today for Brazil against Mexico in the Confederations Cup: