MLS Prime-Time Preview

MLS Prime-Time Preview

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 13, 2007

Another prime-time clash between the two LA clubs this week. Nothing really prime-time about the game however if you are in the central or eastern part of the country. That’s my only gripe about the game being labeled prime-time, the majority of the viewers (east coast) won’t stay up and watch this sadly and it will probably be delayed by another college football game.

Anyways. On to the task at hand, its the final SuperClasico meeting of the season.

LA Galaxy – at – Chivas USA

No real home side in this one I think. Chivas will be the home side but in my mind its really LA that is the home side. Kinda funny in a way to think that LA gets two more home games each season (or Chivas gets two more, whatever). But it is true. Thankfully though this series has turned into an actual rivalry between the two Home Depot Center clubs.

However both clubs are in two totally different places at the moment. Chivas is one of the hottest clubs in the league with the best home record to date and LA is in need of points at any cost as they are well behind in the playoff race.

Chivas has never won the season series with the Galaxy and could very well end up winning it for the first time this season. LA has won it each of the last two seasons but will need to win this rubber match to keep that streak alive. The somewhat blowout of the first meeting back at the start of the season seems like years away after the second match was a blowout in the return favor for Chivas. There was a random draw between the two games that ended up 1-1, though I had to do a double take because I forgot that the league went out of their way to give these rivals four games instead of three like most season series between conference foes.

This game will be missing a lot of heat that was in the last meeting. Yes that’s right, no David Beckham and no crazy fight to end the half in this one I think. I would say that is a safe bet if anything in this one. The Galaxy injury list is still a mile long and only continues to look longer with each passing game. I mean check it out:

LOS ANGELES GALAXY – OUT: DF Chris Albright (R hamstring); MF David Beckham (R knee); DOUBTFUL: MF Kelly Gray (R calf); QUESTIONABLE: FW Edson Buddle (L Achilles); FW Alan Gordon (L foot); DF Ty Harden (R hip); DF Ante Jazic (R ankle); MF Cobi Jones (R hip); DF Quavas Kirk (L foot); DF Kyle Veris (R hip); DF Abel Xavier (L knee); PROBABLE: DF Troy Roberts (R ankle); MF Peter Vagenas (R quadriceps)

I really have never seen an injury report in soccer that long before for a club or national squad. Kind of looks like a NFL injury report or even a baseball one.

Chivas will be missing a couple players due to suspension (Alex Zotinca) and international call-up (Ramon Nunez).

I think for the Galaxy to be successful in this they have to lean on Landon Donovan in this one as much as possible. Also they have to show up with the same confidence that they always have against Chivas. Up until the last game that they lost against the Goats, LA would always dominate Chivas and really beat them around like a little brother. They cannot allow Chivas to play their style of soccer in the middle of the pitch or else guys like Razov and Galindo will run all over them tonight.

I think Chivas has the chance to become the best home side that the league has ever seen. Better than the side in San Jose a couple seasons ago and better than and LA side a couple years before that. It all really will lay on this “home” game here for them if they want to do that.

The Goats should win this game but it won’t be pretty in my mind. I think it will be the closest game these two clubs have seen in their short history.

WVH Prediction: Chivas 1, LA Galaxy 0