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 -- The LA Galaxy (1-2-0) continued what has been a wacky beginning to the MLS season, allowing a New England Revolution (2-2-0) team that had only scored one goal in three matches to score three on the West Coast; where New England hadn't won since August 2009. LA lost 1-3, with only a late Robbie Keane goal to get those of the 21,324 home fans who stuck around through the rain excited.
The New England Revolution got two early goals, and got both of them just by being fundamentally sound. AJ DeLaGarza was able to clear a dangerous ball of the line, but New England kept pressing. Shalrie Joseph sent a cross in that was controlled by Kelyn Rowe. Rowe shot it directly at Saunders, but when the LA keeper was unable to corral it he lobbed the rebound over Saunders' head in the 10'.
The second goal came just as easily in the 13'. Joseph and Kevin Alston had a give an go to get Alston in the box, and then Alston sent in a hopeful rolling cross. Chris Tierney and Paolo Cardozo were in a footrace for the ball, and with the pitch nice and slippery Tierney slid in to put the Revs up 2-0 with less than fifteen minutes played.
The Galaxy had their first real chance of the night just under the 40' mark, when David Beckham took a free kick ten yards outside the box. Beckham slipped taking the attempt, but it required a great save from Matt Reis to stay out. The subsequent corner kick came to nothing.
With three minutes of stoppage time added in the first half, the Galaxy were gifted one more chance when a New England defender slipped on the ball. Robbie Keane poked the ball over to Edson Buddle, whose attempt on goal went comically wide.
The second half kicked off with the Galaxy making two big changes. David Beckham and Marcelo Sarvas were taken out, and replaced by Michael Stephens and Mike Magee respectively. Both substitutions were called coaches decisions and not injury related. New England took out Alston with hamstring tightness, a precautionary move with the weather.
New England's third goal came int eh 65' minute, and it came completely against the run of play. Saer Sene, right in front of Josh Saunders, headed in a cross sent in by Ryan Guy. Saunders got a hand on it, but not enough to stop the ball's momentum. Todd Dunivant was marking Guy, and got completely turned around. Sean Franklin and Andrew Boyens were in the box, and were split by Sene.
Robbie Keane's goal came in the 78', when he received a ball from Edson Buddle (who received the ball from Todd Dunivant) just outside the box. He dribbled around Matt Reis, who had gone to ground, and rolled it in for a morale boosting goal.
TV: NBC Sports Network, with Arlo White and Kyle Martino on the call.
Goals Per Match: Galaxy 2.00; Revolution 0.33
Goals Allowed Per Match: Galaxy 2.00; Revolution 1.33
Home vs. Road: The Galaxy are 1-1-0 at home this season after going undefeated at The Home Depot Center last season. The Revs are 0-2-0 on the road, and haven't won in the Pacific or Mountain time zone since August 2009 (17 matches).
Series History: The Galaxy won the last meeting between the two clubs, with Miguel Lopez scoring his only goal during his loan with LA. In the last 18 meeting in Los Angeles, the Galaxy are 10-4-4.
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. This gave the Galaxy an extra day of rest after the CCL match with Toronto, and it showed in a favorable result.
In The Gutter Looking Up: The Galaxy find themselves in unfamiliar territory, currently tied with Chivas with three points for the last place spot in the West. The last two Supporters' Shield winning years, the Galaxy were at the top the entire way. There are three Eastern Conference teams still looking for their first victory.