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 will be up bright and early to greet its final MLS season with a noon kickoff on Unimas for the game against the Chicago Fire at StubHub Center, which apparently is being met with great anticipation in Pakistan.
Quite who will bother to show up for this one locally is unknown, however. Last year, at the handful of games I could bring myself to witness in person, you could literally drive straight in without any delay whatsoever just a few minutes before kickoff.
On the field though, Chivas USA actually look more promising in theory than they have in years and are still adding players — SuperDraft third-round pick Kristopher Tyrpak, 21, — out of Houston Baptist University was the latest on Saturday.
“Kris is an extremely talented left-footed attacker who has a set of very special and uncommon skills for a player that young,” said Chivas USA coach Wilmer Cabrera. “He has tremendous speed and is an excellent dribbler. He loves to score and is well aware of where the goal is. Kris has great potential and will be a very good addition to our team.”
For more, read the preview by Los Angeles News Group MLS beat writer Phil Collin here.
At least the game gave us a Tweet of the Week candidate:
Captain American will sky dive into Chivas USA’s opener tomorrow at HT. If they’d only thought of his sooner, they wouldn’t need to rebrand
Could under the radar Chivas USA quietly put together a surprising final season before MLS sells the club off to the highest bidder with a veteran league executive joining a seasoned MLS coach and the club gradually getting rid of the influx of sub-par players seen in recent seasons with seldom-used young Peruvian midfielder Carlo Chueca being shown the door today.