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17 March 5:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. – Bruce Arena held no punches on the LA Galaxy’s 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday afternoon.

The Galaxy boss described his team’s performance as poor on the day and admitted that the Galaxy did a “terrible” job of closing out the game as an 89th minute goal by Carlos Alvarez negated a goal from Jack McBean that was scored six minutes earlier.

Below are Arena’s thoughts on the Galaxy’s 1-1 draw…

(On his general thoughts on the performance…)

ARENA: “I think it was a poor performance on our part today. Bad game, a lot of fouls, a lot of time wasting. Not well played on our part, and a terrible effort in closing the game out at the end."

(On whether fitness was a reason for the poor showing…)

ARENA: “No.”

(On the performance of referee Ricardo Salazar…)

ARENA: “He could have done a little bit better job understanding the game from the beginning, with the fouling and the time wasting and that. He punished them for some of the fouling, so we certainly can't point to the referee.”

(On what he attributed the poor play to…)

ARENA: “Not playing well. It has nothing to do with fitness, we played a game Wednesday obviously it's a little bit difficult week for us this time of year, but we didn't play well. Our passing was poor, we didn't play well today.”

(On why the team played poorly….)

ARENA: “Certainly give [Chivas USA] credit, they played real hard they got in on every play. There was a lot of fouling, I don't even know what the fouls would be, but he didn't get all of them either. They fouled us as much as they could, and got away with as much as they could. That's all part of the game, it's not surprising. Going into the game, their style of play, that's what we anticipated. There’s no excuse on our part.”

(On if the players took the victory for granted…)

ARENA: “Yeah I would say that and it was just a sloppy effort right there at the end of the game. I don't think...I don't even know if our goalkeeper faced a shot all day to be honest with you, until the end there. We didn't do well.”

(On Jack McBean's play…)

ARENA: “Jack did well. It was going to take an ugly goal, in all honesty. They had everyone behind the ball; it wasn't going to be easy. Our passing wasn't good today and our play in and around the penalty area wasn't good. Not surprising that the goal was going to look like that at the end.”

(On the reason for the Colin Clark substitution…)

ARENA: “I didn't think he was effective and I made that change. The way we looked to start the second half is the way we played the other night, in all honesty.”

(On the change at Chivas USA between 2012 and 2013…)

ARENA: “I think it's too early in the year to say that. That's not for me to even comment on.”

17 March 5:02 pm

At the request of The Home Depot Center pool reporter, referee Ricardo Salazar issued a response for his decision to award a straight red card to Chivas USA defender Joaquin Velasquez for a foul on LA Galaxy midfielder Colin Clark in the 40th minute of Sunday's SuperClasico. 

The referee awarded four yellow cards (three to LA and one to Chivas) and called 30 fouls (22 for Civas and eight for the Galaxy). 

Salazar's statement is below...

"On the foul committed by Joaquin Velazquez, was deemed by the referee as serious foul play; therefore the referee showed him the red card and sent him off."

17 March 3:43 pm

You make the call: was Ricardo Salazar just to award a straight red card to Joaquin Velazquez for a challenge on Colin Clark in the 40th minute.

Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments section below...

17 March 2:43 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- Robbie Keane has been named to Ireland's squad for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Sweden in Stockholm on March 22 and Austria in Dublin on March 26. 

This call-up will cause the Galaxy captain to miss the club's match against the Colorado Rapids on March 23. Keane will travel to Ireland after Sunday's SuperClasico match up against Chivas USA. 

The complete Ireland squad is below...

David Forde, Keiren Westwood, Darren Randolph, John O’Shea, Sean St Ledger, Ciaran Clark, Marc Wilson, Seamus Coleman, Stephen Kelly, Darren O’Dea, Glenn Whelan, James McCarthy, Paul Green, Wes Hoolahan, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Andy Keogh, Robbie Brady, Robbie Keane, Shane Long, Conor Sammon, Jon Walters, Simon Cox.

17 March 11:27 am

CARSON, Calif. -- The SuperClasico is upon us. 

Before you begin your pregame preparations, check out my look ahead to the game...

LINKS

*The conversations are far less cordial this week between the LA Galaxy and the Chivas USA players in the halls of The Home Depot Center...actually, there are no conversations at all

*There will be plenty of mystery and tension ahead of this year's SuperClasico.

*Could Tommy Meyer play a role in the SuperClasico? If he is called upon, he thinks that he will be ready.

*Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on colorful new Chivas USA manager Jose Luis Sanchez Sola also known as "Chelis."

*LAGalaxy.com writer Larry Morgan provided this preview to the game.

*Lastly my Three Points to the game. 

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

JUNINHO/MARCELO SARVAS vs. OSWALDO MINDA/EDGAR MEJIA

The most important battle of the game -- in my opinion -- will come down to which midfield is able to set the tempo. Will it be the Galaxy's possession-oriented Brazilians or Chivas' rough-and-tumble midfielders in Minda and Mejia, who will look to create frustrate the Galaxy early on with their physical play. Ultimately, if the Galaxy is able to hold possession and avoid getting drawn into a physical battle, they should be able to control the midfield. 

ROBBIE KEANE vs. CHIVAS BACK LINE

Keane will have a significant advantage matching up against 37-year-old center back Joaquin Velasquez, but it will be up to LA's flank players to open up space for the Irishman to operate. Expect the Galaxy to use their width to stretch Chivas' back line and open up space for Keane up front. If the Irishman gets that space, then he may put Chivas' goalkeeper Dan Kennedy under considerable pressure. 

OMAR GONZALEZ vs. JUAN AGUDELO

Agudelo enjoyed one of his best games in a Chivas USA uniform in Chivas' 3-1 win over FC Dallas last week, but he'll a much larger test this week in Omar Gonzalez. The Galaxy center back has been in form as of late and did well to wrap up Costa Rican leading scorer Yendrick Ruiz during LA's CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals series against C.S. Herediano. Against Agudelo, Gonzalez's height and physicality will be needed as he looks to stifle the speedy Agudelo.

PREDICTED LINEUPS

GALAXY: Cudicini; DeLaGarza, Gonzalez, Leonardo, Dunivant; Franklin, Sarvas, Juninho, Magee; Villarreal, Keane

CHIVAS USA: Kennedy; de Luna, Velasquez, Burling, Courtois; Bolanos, Mejia, Minda, Avila; Agudelo, Correa

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Share your thoughts below.

16 March 9:11 pm

The LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC may have a little schedule relief in their future as they prepare for the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals according to MLS Commissioner Don Garber. 

When speaking to reporters at Red Bull Arena during the halftime of Saturday's scoreless draw between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls, Garber said that the league is looking for a way to relieve schedule congestion on LA and Seattle.

“We are talking about having a schedule change to provide Seattle and LA a little more of a window," Garber said. “We haven’t talked about that publicly yet, but we’re trying to make that work.”

Seattle opens their series against Santos Laguna on April 2 at CenturyLink Field while the Galaxy begin their own series against Monterrey on April 3 at The Home Center. A week later, Seattle travels Estadio Corona for the second leg on while Monterrey hosts LA  on  In between the CCL series, the Galaxy will host the Montreal Impact on April 6 while the Sounders host Chivas USA on April 7.

Currently the Galaxy's next six matches are as follows:

3/17 vs. Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center

3/22 vs. Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center

3/30 vs. Toronto FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada

4/3 vs. C.F. Monterrey at The Home Depot Center

4/6 vs. Montreal Impact at The Home Depot Center

4/9 vs. C.F. Monterrey at Estadio Tecnológico in Monterrey, Mexico

16 March 6:41 pm

One of the most colorful traditions of the SuperClasico, the BarraClasico -- a series of matches between the LA Galaxy Supporters Groups and Chivas USA Supporters -- ended in a pair of wins for the Galaxy groups on Saturday.

The first match featured the LA Riot Squad defeated the Black Army 1850 4-0 spearheaded by a hat-trick performance from Andres Arzate-Engels and a goal from Nate Herraro. 

In the nightcap, the Angel City Brigade defeated the Union Ultras 3-1 as Michael Gray bagged two goals while Jonathan Cory Gray rounded out the scoring for the ACB.

16 March 6:08 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The SuperClasico match up between the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA is always a spirited affair and Sunday's match will be no different. 

My "Three Points" to the SuperClasico are below...

Three Points: Galaxy ready for the 'Battle for The HDC'

16 March 4:13 pm

CARSON,Calif. – Tensions will be high when the SuperClasico kicks off on Sunday, but what has the mood been like this week around The Home Depot Center?

 I provided this piece on the banter –or lack thereof—around The HDC this week

But what do the Galaxy expect from a Chivas USA side that underwent a significant reformatting during the offseason? That remains to be seen.

“Our meetings have been sort of 'We don't know what formation they're playing' and 'They've been kind of hard to read,' ” defender Omar Gonzalez said. “They won their last game, but having said that, I don't think Dallas had their best game. It's a whole bunch of new players, a new coach, and so we're really just going in there not blind, but, you know, unsure.”

Although Chivas are something of a mystery, one thing is for sure, the Galaxy will be in for a battle.

“We’re not sure to what to expect. There’s a lot of guys that we’re not sure of and the coach is obviously an animated guy who is definitely going to get his team up for this game,” said Mike Magee. “We’re definitely well-aware that this is a pretty big game for them and we can’t take it lightly.”

16 March 12:34 pm

LAGalaxy.com videographer Paolo Ferrari caught up with LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena, captain Robbie Keane and center back Omar Gonzalez to preview Sunday's SuperClasico after Friday's training session.

Check out the video below..