Weekly Soccer Column: How Will the next MLS team in Los Angeles Succeed Where Chivas USA Failed?

1.30.14 Training-17(Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA is embarking on one final MLS season before dissolving even as new coach Wilmer Cabrera, above, has the team firmly set on course for a solid pre-season.

What will it take for Chivas USA’s successor to win over fans? Read today’s column here.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Does New Coach, New Season Equal Different Results for Chivas USA?

1.31.14 Training-15The way forward: New Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera is under no illusions about the magnitude of the task he faces (Photo courtesy Chivas USA).

Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera has enough to worry about on the field, but he is also cognizant of the on-going debate surrounding the club and its fan base given recent clumsy efforts to emphasize its Mexican heritage:

“Chivas USA is not exclusively for Mexican Americans,” he said Monday. “Chivas USA is an American team in MLS, which is an American league and it is open to everyone.

 

“No one wants to support a really bad team, that’s normal,” he added. “The only way is to try and change the mentality and little by little we’re going to reach out, but were not going to reach out to one small group of people, we want everyone.”

For more from Cabrera and his plans at Chivas USA, read this week’s column.

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Weekly Soccer Column: LA Galaxy gets Older to get Better

GalaxyThe Galaxy and MLS have focused most recently on improving their youth development systems as competition heats up for potential future professionals (Mexican clubs are increasingly poaching promising U.S. youngsters, for instance) with the latest example being the merger of club teams LA Galaxy South bay (formerly the South Bay Force) and Exiles SC into a Southern California superclub of sorts.

Yet the Galaxy have concentrated so far on experience rather than youth ahead of the 2014 MLS season.

Read this week’s column to find out why.

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Weekly Soccer Column: Galaxy failings, 2014 MLS Schedule and more

MLS-LogoMLS released its 2014 schedule today, the earliest I can recall the league getting organized so we can plan our calendars.

No obvious 2014 vroad trips for Galaxy or Chivas USA fans, however.

The Galaxy schedule is here.

The Chivas USA schedule is here.

And against this backdrop is this week’s column.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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Video highlights: SuperClasico Showdown Set after Galaxy Fall to Timbers, Chivas Crumble to ‘Quakes

Southern California’s MLS teams were twin losers last weekend heading into Sunday’s SuperClasico, with the Galaxy dropping valuable road points and Chivas USA all but waving a white flag in the MLS standings.

For more on the upcoming SuperClasico, read this week’s soccer column.

 

 

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Weekly Soccer Column: Season on line as Galaxy face Sounders Saturday in Carson

The likely Southern California debut of Clint Dempsey. A visit by the No. 1 team in the Western Conference coached by a South Bay favorite son. The Galaxy season on the line.

Regular season MLS games don’t get much bigger or more significant.

Read more about this Saturday’s showdown in Carson in this week’s column.

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