LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA (7/21)

LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA

 Saturday, July 21, 2012

Home Depot Center

Kick-off: 7:00 p.m


After allowing two goals less than a half hour into the first half, the LA Galaxy was able to rescue a point from BC Place as late goals from David Beckham and rookie Jose Villareal tied the game at 2. The game against Vancouver culminated a successful road trip for LA, who came back home with seven points after three games. The Galaxy returns to the Home Depot Center this Saturday for the first time since July 4th. The Galaxy, unbeaten in the past three games, looks to keep up with the top four teams in the Western Conference. At the moment, both Seattle and Vancouver are four points above LA.

The last meeting between the Galaxy and Chivas USA turned out to be the defending champion’s first loss against the goats in almost five years. A penalty kick proved to be the difference that game, as Chivas defeated the Galaxy 1-0. When they meet again on Saturday, it will be a battle for fifth place, the last playoff spot at the end of the season. Currently at 27 points, the Galaxy can solidify themselves in fifth place with a win, as the goats are sixth place with 23 points and a loss would widen the gap between the two. After picking up yellow cards against Vancouver, Landon Donovan and David Junior Lopes are now a yellow card away from having to serve a one-game suspension.

Since the acquisition of Juan Agudelo and Danny Califf the goats have lost only one out of their last eight league games, with Dan Kennedy maintaining a clean sheet in his last three games. Oswaldo Minda will not be available for the goats, as a dislocated shoulder will keep him off the pitch indefinitely.

LA Galaxy:

27 points, 35 GF, 34 GA

8-10-3, 5th in Western Conference

Home Record: 4-5-1

Away Record: 4-5-2

Chivas USA:

23 points, 12 GF, 18 GA

6-7-5, 6th in Western Conference

Home Record: 3-6-2

Away Record: 3-1-3


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