LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA (3/17)

LA Galaxy vs Chivas USA

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Home Depot Center

Kick-off: 2:00 p.m

Week 3 of the MLS season has been dubbed “Rivalry Week” by the league, and it would only seem right that the Galaxy would be facing great rivals…Chivas USA? What makes this rivalry so great, you ask? Probably the fact that the goats have just one victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy since 2007. The “rivalry” does not exist; it’s just another attempt by MLS to keep Chivas USA relevant since the club has had nothing going for them in about five years.

The Galaxy did not have a game in week two of the campaign, as the back-to-back defending MLS Cup champions had CONCACAF Champions League duty to take care of. The Galaxy is 1-0-0 so far this season, their only appearance being the dominant 4-0 victory over Chicago in the opening week.

On the other hand, the 2013 Chivas USA has already given people plenty to talk about, and not for good reasons. The offseason for the goats was full of controversy and several players coming in and going out of the club. With the arrival of “El Chelis”, Chivas USA has gone back to their “old” roots, letting go of some players and not re-signing others who didn’t fit their “Mexican-American” profile, such as Shalrie Joseph, Peter Vagenas, Juan Pablo Angel, Danny Califf, Alejandro Moreno, and James Riley. With Chelis came several new players to the goats, all of Hispanic heritage. Players include Carlos Alvarez, Erica Avila, Steve Purdy, Edgar Mejia, Giovani Casillas, and Mario de Luna. With all the offseason changes and new “profile”, Chivas USA got off to what they’ve been familiar with for the past number of years; a loss. In their home opener, in front of an announced crowd of just over 7,000, the goats fell 3-0 to the Columbus Crew. The game against Columbus would be the first appearance in MLS for seven of the goats’ players. In their second game the goats hosted FC Dallas, where they came back from a 0-1 deficit and defeated the hoops 3-1. Dating back to last season, the win against Dallas was the first victory for Chivas USA in 16 games.

On short rest, the Galaxy will host Chivas USA in the first of three “SuperClasico” meetings this season.  On Wednesday night the Galaxy played a quarterfinal match in the Champions League against Herediano, winning 4-1 and advancing to semifinals where they will meet Monterrey.

Be sure to head out to “La Barra Clasico” on Saturday afternoon. More information can be found on the ACB’s facebook page.

LA Galaxy:

3 points, 4 GF, 0 GA

1-0-0, 2nd in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-0-0

Away Record: 0-0-0

Previous Games:

(3/3) LA Galaxy 4-0 Chicago Fire

Chivas USA:

3 points, 3 GF, 4 GA

1-1-0, 3rd in Western Conference

Home Record: 1-1-0

Away Record: 0-0-0

Previous Games:

(3/10) Chivas USA 3-1 FC Dallas

(3/2) Chivas USA 0-3 Columbus Crew


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