Anticipation was high walking into the stadium on Sunday, as the crowd was as big as it's been for a Chivas USA home game all year, but the result was sadly familiar, as the Goats lost 3-0 to the LA Galaxy in the final Clasico Angelino under the current brand. Goals from Gyasi Zardes in each half and Robbie Keane in the second half clinched the result for the "visitors," who simply don't have the talent to keep up with their Los Angeles rivals.
Despite starting Nigel Reo-Coker and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado for their club debuts, the result was sadly the same. Both players showed some reasons as to why they are MLS veterans, but NRC seemed upset as his teammates' sluggish playing style all day, and Hurtado was completely schooled on Keane's goal, as the Irishman came off the bench, danced past the Colombian, and nutmegged him to boot.
To make matters worse, Erick Torres was given a straight red card in the 75th minute for a wild challenge on Husidic. He's set to be out of the lineup at least three games between the red card suspension and his time away with the Mexican national team, so Chivas are screwed on that count. When he was given the red, he raced straight off the field, without arguing the call, which looked pretty cut and dry.
On top of all of this, the Goats' scoreless streak extends to 546 minutes. That means they can break their club record of 600 minutes on Wednesday against the Seattle Sounders (a team that, not coincidentally, Chivas have been awful against the past few years). Just goes to show how dead this attack is at the moment, that even with an elite scorer they are still close to matching 2012's futility.
Thus ends the game I billed earlier this week as "Chivas USA's most significant game left." Let's hope there are better results ahead, that there are reasons to be pleased with this club still in 2014.
Emotions are running high (or low, as the case may be). There's no other word to describe this result other than brutal. We'll have much more coverage of this game in the next few days.
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