Oct. 3rd 5 p.m. Home Depot Center, Carson CA (ESPN2)
The Los Angeles Galaxy (15-6-5, 50 pts.) come into what may well be the last match of the Honda SuperClassico as the top team in the league. Chivas USA (7-14-4, 25 pts.) sit on the edge of elimination, and may already be out of the running after Saturday's slate of games. But while this match may not mean too much to those outside Los Angeles, Chivas are going to be fighting for the only piece of hardware they can qualify for this year, and that means there are going to be fireworks at Home Depot Center on Sunday.
Missing for Chivas will be Michael Umana with a yellow card accumulation, and Dario Delgado is listed as questionable.
LA Galaxy won the first leg of the Classico 2-0 back in April. They lead the all time series 11-3-5. Chivas USA won back-to-back victories in 2007, but they haven't beaten the Galaxy since. The Galaxy has won 4 of those matchups, with four draws, including a 1-0 victory and a 2-2 draw in last years MLS Cup. The two teams met in three league matches last year, being shut out in all three. Edson Buddle was the man of the match last time, scoring a header off a Landon Donovan cross, then in the 87' he knocked home a Landon Donovan pass in close range.
Chivas USA have been shut out in their last two matches. They currently sit in 8th place in the west with 25 points. They've scored just three goals in their last seven games. The goats have also given up eight goals in their last four games. Alan Gordon, a fan favorite not known for his speed but his knowledge and his personality was traded from Galaxy to Chivas near the transfer deadline, and will be appearing in his first Classico in the red and white jersey.