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LA-Chivas at 2 on ESPN2; rooting interest?

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2009 at 10:30 am with 9 Comments »
November 1, 2009 10:33 am

mlschivasmlslaColumbus-Real was interesting enough, but the real “other” MLS series goes today: Los Angeles and Chivas USA. Fortunately, this one will not only be on basic cable — ESPN2 — but it will be on after the Seahawks game — 2 p.m.

(Here’s a preview from MLSnet.com.)

Any rooting interest here … on the chance that the Sounders advance and will then meet this series survivor in the next round?

Certainly the Sounders have gotten better results against the Galaxy (1-0-1) than against Chivas (0-2-1 without scoring a goal). But the Sounders would have to travel to LA to play the Galaxy, while Chivas would come here.

“For us the only advantage is if Chivas wins, then if we beat Houston then we’d … be at home,” coach Sigi Schmid said. “That’s the only reason. But in terms of do we prefer to play one team or the other, there’s no preference. It’s just if we get the home game, we’d want that. But first we have to take care of business in Houston.”

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  1. joepublic says:

    Crowd of exactly 7 people in the stands for the Revolution-Fire matchup, and laboring through it on TV, I can’t blame the no-shows. These teams are poor.

  2. Don Ruiz says:

    Yes, I meant to add that up top: Chicago at New England is on FSC right now. Pathetic crowd, but very good game. Revs just went up, 2-1.

  3. joepublic says:

    Ras Shalrie puts the Revs up 2-1 after 75 with an ugly scrum in front of the goal. Then he shoves an opponent two hands in the chest during a stoppage, yells and accidentally spits in another guy’s face, and Toledo yells at him.

  4. joepublic says:

    It’s an ugly, scrappy game.

  5. jimkingjr says:

    Not having FSC at home, so not seeing the broadcast. But the Revolution only open one side of Gillette. Is it genuinely poor attendance, or are the cameras showing the essentially empty side of the stadium?

    And I’m asking about poor attendance by MLS standards, not Seattle standards.

    And did the shoving incident parallel what happened at Qwest?

  6. Don Ruiz says:

    Interesting little moment in the second half, when the announcers said that despite the 0-0 score, Houston and Seattle set the right standard for aggressive attacking soccer in the first game of an aggregate-goal series.

  7. derekyoung says:

    I think I’d like to see the Sounders play Beckham even if it means they don’t return home until the Cup. It’d be worth it to see Ljunberg embarrass him one time on the dribble.

  8. joepublic says:

    DY, we see eye-to-eye on most things footy, but on this point I have to part company. Ljungberg is not in Beckham’s class, not now, not ever.

    And I would think that Beckham-to-Donovan is a far more dangerous combo than anything Chivas could throw at the Sounders.

  9. derekyoung says:

    Oh no, I don’t think they the same caliber player (obviously different strengths even at that.) I’m just not a fan of Beckham at all, never have been, and I would love to see him get burned. Pretty much one guy in the league I can see doing it with the exception of his own teammate (Donovan).

    Beckham’s obviously a fine player. I could just do without all the crap that comes with him.

    Chivas makes me nervous just because they’ve had our number, but it just occured to me that it was mostly when SSFC’s form was off in that midseason slump/red card/injury section.

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