Chivas USA play the LA Galaxy on Sunday. It will be the second meeting between the teams this season. Things haven't been going great for the Goats lately, it must be said, as they've lost five of their last seven, including a disastrous pair last week.
Ok, so let's look on the bright side, give a little hope, be thankful for a few breaks, ahead of the match:
- Hey, this is MLS - Any team can beat any other team: For a good dose of this, the Montreal Impact, the only team to be consistently worse than Chivas this season, beat the high-flying New England Revolution 2-0 over the weekend, then followed that up by winning the 2014 Canadian Championship on Wednesday. After playing the Galaxy on Sunday, CUSA will play in the U.S. Open Cup the following Saturday. Can they get the ball rolling with a good showing against their archrivals on Sunday? The wins have to come sooner or later, right? Right?
- Dan Kennedy will break the Chivas USA all-time appearances mark: So long as nothing happens to him prior to the start of the game, Dan Kennedy will surpass Jonathan Bornstein and Panchito Mendoza on the all-time list of league appearances for Chivas USA. Considering the fact that DK has long been one of the only bright spots for this club, the mark is fantastic, well-deserved for him. And unless one of the old guard returns at some point, he'll be safe in holding that record for years to come, considering the constant roster churn in recent years.
- Robbie Keane isn't playing: The Galaxy will be missing two DPs in this game -- Omar Gonzalez is on World Cup duty with the USMNT, while Robbie Keane will play in a couple of friendlies for Ireland. So we don't have to worry about Keano's dumb goal celebration in this game.
- Landon Donovan can't break the MLS scoring record vs. Chivas USA: That's because he already did it! So thank goodness for that, because I was just assuming he was going to do it back in April when these teams played. And think about this: if Jurgen Klinsmann had waited until the deadline to drop Donovan from the USMNT for the World Cup, his first game back in MLS would have probably been this one. And he probably would have been out for blood to score ASAP. So even if he hangs eleventy-billion goals on the Goats in this one, none of them will be the record breaker! Thanks Klinsmann!