The LA Galaxy and Chivas USA came into week four at the bottom of the Western Conference standings, and at the end of week four they are both still at the bottom. With the Galaxy losing to the New England Revolution on Saturday, and Chivas losing to Sporting Kansas City on Sunday, the two LA MLS clubs only managed 3 points through the entire month of March. The teams are tied on goal differential, with both teams at -2.
Despite the appearance of a mirror image, the two teams could not have arrived at the same point from more disparate paths. Amazingly, the Galaxy lost 1-3 then won 3-1 and finally lost 1-3to end up with five goals for and seven goals against. While the Galaxy have been consistently manic, Chivas have been steadily consistent. In four matches they've seen the 1-0 scoreline four times, losing every match at home and losing the one on the road.
The Galaxy do have a game in hand on the three other clubs that find themselves at the bottom of the West with just one victory (FC Dallas and Portland Timbers FC do have a draw to go with their victory), but won't get to take advantage of it just yet. Galaxy and Chivas both go on the road this weekend, after there was a match at The Home Depot Center every week of March.
LA heads to Kansas City to take on the team that just beat Chivas 0-1. Chivas will head up to Portland to take on the Timbers, then head east to Toronto.
CARSON, Calif -- Chivas USA and Sporting Kansas City faced off at The Home Depot Center, on a clear and sunny Sunday evening, with Kansas City prevailing 0-1 and C.J. Sapong scoring the winning goal for Kansas City. Chivas USA had lost their previous three home matches, making this the first time they've lost more than three in a row at home since way back in 2005. Chivas USA are still yet to score a goal at home this season.
Sporting Kansas City broke open in the second half, one minute after kickoff. Graham Zusi fired a shot from outside the box that clanged against the top crossbar. Zusi was able to get underneath his rebound which shot ten feet in the air. He headed it to the left, where C.J. Sapong was waiting to head it goal ward. It was Sapong's third goal of the year, and Zusi's fifth assist.
Chivas had a chance to draw level minutes later when Frenchman Laurent Courtois found a barely onside Nick LaBrocca in the box. LaBrocca's shot clanged off the far post and out harmlessly wide. It was Chivas' best chance of the night.
The rest of the second half continued on in much the same fashion. Chivas USA did enough to keep the middle of the pitch clogged, but didn't have people who could finish once they were in position to do so. Sporting Kansas City seemed content with this arrangement, understandable considering the status quo favored them.
Thirty minutes into the match neither team had a shot on goal, as things took some time to warm up. Chivas USA looked the better side, as to that point Kanas City hadn't taken any shots of any kind. Kansas City did take advantage of some passing miscues by Chivas, but was unable to turn them into attempts. Chivas USA and their 4-5-1 were able to get numbers behind Sporting's 4-3-3, clogging up the midfield.
Ryan Smith went down hard in the first half, trying to split Meyers and Kumara. They banged knees, and it was a solid minute before Smith could get himself back in the match. He would return after a short break.
For Chivas, they'll next travel to Portland to take on the Timbers next week. Sporting Kansas City will return home where they'll await the LA Galaxy next weekend. Both LA teams currently occupy the bottom sport in the Western Conference, hopefully next week they can begin their crawl out of last place.
TV: KDOC, Christian Miles and Allen Hopkins on the broadcast.
Goals Per Match: Chivas 0.33; Sporting 2.00
Goals Allowed Per Match: Chivas 0.67; Sporting 0.33
Home vs. Road: Chivas are winless at home this season and are yet to score a goal at home. Kansas City have had one road match, which they won 1-0.
Series History: Chivas lost last year's matchup with SKC at HDC, but was able to manage a draw on the road. Sporting leads the series all time 6-4-4.
Saturday-Sunday: With the Galaxy and Chivas both scheduled for three home matches in March, it's meant some busy weekends at The Home Depot Center. For two of the three weekends, including this one, the Galaxy have taken the Saturday night match with Chivas playing on Sunday. Two weeks ago the teams switched, with Chivas taking Saturday night. Chivas had to play a dreary match in the rain at HDC as a result, while Galaxy had a windy but sunny Sunday matchup.
In The Gutter Looking Up: Chivas find themselves tied with their stadium-mates in the standings, each with three points earning the last place spot in the West.