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Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA: Match Day Commentary

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BY ADAM SERRANO

The Super Clasico kicks off as the Chivas USA host their cross hall rivals the Los Angeles Galaxy.

This match has major implications for the playoffs as the Galaxy find themselves in second in the league table to Real Salt Lake. The Galaxy will need a win tonight to regain their spot at the top of the table. Chivas USA's dreams of the playoffs are all but over, but the Rojiblancos will look to avoid being eliminated by their hated rival.

I will be providing commentary throughout the match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.  

  Enjoy the action (Commentary is after the jump)

FINAL – The man of the match will need to go to Beckham who was dominant in his performance in midfield tonight. That's all for now. This has been Adam Serrano for Soccer By Ives. The Galaxy win 2-1 over Chivas USA.

Stay tuned for more coverage of the SuperClasico later tonight. Thank you.

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FINAL – Timely finishing by LA proved too much for the Rojiblancos to handle. Edson Buddle and David Beckham put in a pair of fantastic goals that gave LA another victory over their rivals. The win will put the Galaxy back in the pole position for the Supporters Shield.

Donovan takes the trophy to the "LAX" a combined Supporters Group of the Riot Squad and Angel City Brigade. Great Salute to the fans.

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FINAL – There is the final whistle, The Galaxy will once again take home the Doug Hamilton Trophy — named for the late LA Galaxy official — with a 2-1 victory over their arch rivals, Chivas USA.

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93rd Minute – Horrible connection problems in the Press box have put my computer out of comission for a few minutes. The Rojiblancos are failing to challenge Ricketts net and the final whistle should blow any moment now.

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84th Minute – Galaxy sub: Cazumba comes in for Birchall. 

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83rd Minute – The band at the Chivas USA match is playing "Baby" by Justin Bieber. A lot of cheers from the crowd. Chivas USA earns a corner kick as they push to equalize. 

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79th Minute – Horribly reckless tackle (from behind) by Espionza, but a completely careless moment by Lewis to stomp on the Mexican winger. The SuperClasico maintains its fire in this match. 

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78th Minute – A straight red for Lewis after stomping on Espionza who also picks up a yellow card after a little discussion with Donovan and Dunivant. 

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68th Minute – Back to the Gordon goal once more, the forward was at least a few yards offside on that play but a bad no call leads to the goal. 

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66th Minute – The gap in FK ability from Juninho and Beckham is a tad wide. The Brazilian skys it into the 20th row. Beckham had just come off for Eddie Lewis.

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64th Minute – Gordon with a nice header that Ricketts nearly saved and then played into the goal. On the other end the Galaxy earn another free kick on another Borja foul.

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63rd Minute – CHIVAS USA GOAL!! ALAN GORDON!

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57th Minute – Chivas USA trying desperately to push forward. They earn a corner, but Ricketts comes up with the ball. Another failed attempt for Vasquez's men. 

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51st Minute – Interesting subplot. A Real Salt Lake affiliated team from Arizona is taking in the game. No word about who they're cheering for. 

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48th Minute – Two Chivas USA Subs at the half: Sueno Flores for Zemanski and Rodolofo Espinoza for Maldonado.

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47th Minute – Gordon forces Ricketts to make a great save, but the forward is seriously injured. He's limping off the field, but no replacement is lined up yet. 

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HALFTIME – The whistle blows on a VERY entertaining first half. The Galaxy head into the locker room up 2-0 after a goal by their version of the "Killer B's" Beckham and Buddle. Chivas will need to do a better job of controlling possession and put away their chances if they are going to get back in the match. If you are following along, let me hear from you and where you're coming from.

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45th Minute – One minute of stoppage time.

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44th Minute – The goal is Beckham's first MLS goal since last September against Toronto FC. His last free kick goal came in a friendly with Barcelona last August. 

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42nd Minute – Right after the goal, Chvias tried to strike back, but Ricketts came up with the big save. They are going to need to strike early or its another big Chivas defeat. 

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40th Minute – Beckham with a pretty standard goal from 22 yards out. Borja made the big mistake right there and Beckham punished him. It's the Englishman's first goal of the season and surely the nail in the coffin for Chivas. 

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39th Minute – GOAL!!! DAVID BECKHAM!!

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38th Minute – Borja picks up a yellow card after clutching on Buddle. VERY dangerous spot for a free kick.  

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31st Minute – Truly been everything that you would expect from a rivalry so far. A lot of chances. Some crushing tackles. A very entertaining match. 

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28th Minute – Stephens has been on the bench for the past few games and has been an immediate contributor tonight. Perhaps the midfielder should have been playing in the NY match. Chivas USA earn a dangerous free kick, but the effort is cleared. 

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25th Minute – Juninho with a fantastic strip off a Chivas USA midfielder. He plays the ball to Michael Stephens who sends a great ball into Buddle on the right side. Buddle easily finishes. How's this for a little stat: The Galaxy are 9-0-1 when Buddle scores. 

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24th Minute – GALAXY GOAL!! EDSON BUDDLE!

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22nd Minute – If you are following along. Let me hear from you and where you are coming in from. 

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21st Minute – LA earns a corner, but Thornton is able to punch away. LA Gets the rebound, but Thornton holds on.

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18th Minute – A fairly nice crowd on hand tonight. It is a very nice atmosphere with the sounds of four supporters groups all drumming at the same time.

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17th Minute – Both teams have hit the cross bar twice and gone wide as well. Former LA Galaxy forward Alan Gordon may of had the best chance already in the 11th minute that led to chants of "LA Reject" from the "traveling" Galaxy fans.

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15th Minute – Miserable traffic has been the reason for the delay of this MDC. 

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Here are the Line Ups:

LOS ANGELES GALAXY

———Donovan—————Buddle————–

Stephens—–Juninho——Birchall——-Beckham

Dunivant—-DeLaGarza—–Gonzalez—Franklin

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CHIVAS USA
 

————Braun——–Gordon————–

Maldonado—–Nagamura—–Zemanski—-Lahoud

Bornstein———Borja———-Jazic—–Trujillo

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Comments

  1. MLS needs to seriously look at this ref and linesman, they were total crap and seem completely bias and influenced the game!

    The red card was horrible, Lewis gets a stud up tackle and he jumps out of the way to avoid a potentially serious injury and lands on Espinoza’s chest and gets a red card. The league needs to look at it and change the decision to a possible yellow. This all was because of Espinoza poor choice.

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  2. RE: Lack of posts.

    My Apologies Edwin. Massively bad computer night for me. The comp crashed (for the third time) and I couldn’t get a replacement till just near the final whistle.

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  3. No all that is is fans sour grapes. Any other non-star not getting carded and people don’t whine like little babies, or even remember 90% of the time. Like I said there is no conspiracy with MLS and treatment of certain players.

    Are refs bad, yes and they miss calls all the time. I suppose since Espinoza didn’t get a red the MLS protects it Mexican players as well. The star treatment arguments weakens everything else you say, and that’s too bad cause I agree with everything else you pointed out.

    Anyways have a goodnight, it’s late on the East coast.

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  4. Rob, not saying it’s a proven science but you know that the league will be lenient where it needs to, example was Henry, I don’t think you need to nit pick EVERY SINGLE RULE in the book, for example the Dominic Kinnear & Ben Olsen incident should of never been addressed with 2 red? WTF?

    I think in this instance the teams CLEARED their benches so by rule, EVERYONE should of been ejected.

    I was at the game and at the speed, there’s no way you can blame Lewis to the point where Espinoza is the “Victim”

    Game should of had 2 CLEAR scoring chances for the Galaxy in the 1st half allowed, maybe it would of been 3-0 or 4-0?

    The Goal was CLEARY not legit

    I was about 10 yards or less to the right and I could see!

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  5. Yeah I think a stud in the chest is what you get if you try and snap a guy in half and he’s quick enough to avoid it. You tried hurting him so its only karma if you get a chest full of 6 studs as you slide under him.

    Oh and yeah, protecting stars is standard MLS treatment, remember Henry booting Hartmann a few weeks back? Same stuff.

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  6. Stop the protecting their stars bs… Beckham has received two straight reds… Get over it.

    And I agree that play, both players should have gotten red cards. The ref crew was bad tonight.

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  7. Adam, just wondering why you didn’t mentioned much for 10 minutes after the red?

    No mention of how Bias the ref was?

    How do you figure Lewis “Stomped” The man almost had his legs taken from under him? I should know I was there?

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  8. I’m with you but aside from the fact that the League will protect it’s stars, you know he ref knew he was F-ing up on that, Eddie Lewis almost got the Arsenal treatment of Eduardo and Ramsey, and because he somehow wanted to come down he decides that Lewis “Stomped” Espinoza, if anything both of them should of been ejected. The ref tried really hard to add some drama to this game, which if you ask me was unnecessary with Gordon starting vs his Old team and Chivas coming close as it was. The 2 offsides on Buddle and Donovan were made up, specially Donovan he must of been 3-5 yards behind the defender, there was a tackle from behind in the 1st half, and then the Goal was a good 3 yards maybe 5 as well OFFSIDES! This was horrible!

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  9. I’m just saying enforce the rule evenly. At least there should be fines issued for leaving the bench similar to what has happened in the NBA with players leaving the bench.

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  10. So Ben Olsen and Dominic Kinnear get ejected for leaving the technical area to shake hands last week but Beckham runs in front of the opponents bench and gets nothing?!

    What a joke these refs have become!

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  11. He is definitely the star of the team. His calmness and composure is anti-MLS, and it sets them on another level offensively.

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