Major League Soccer Preview: Seattle Sounders and smoking hot Clint Dempsey crash Carson to play Chivas USA tonight

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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.

Here’s how the game breaks down by the numbers.

Here’s the view from the Pacific Northwest.

How many in the crowd will be going to the game primarily to see Dempsey, I wonder? And what odds could you have gotten in preseason that this game would feature the league’s top two scorers?

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Major League Soccer Preview: Chivas USA hosts Chicago Fire Sunday in Carson

You reset your clocks, right?

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:

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Chivas USA Season Preview: MLS Veteran Nelson Rodriguez Appointed Club President, Midfielder Carlo Chueca waived

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.

Meanwhile, Chivas USA drew 0-0 with the Colorado Rapids Wednesday at the Desert Diamond Cup:

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