MLS Update: Chivas USA surging, Galaxy may miss Donovan, Revolution’s Feilhaber is out, Red Bulls again receive bad news
In a turn of usual events, Chivas USA is the one team that has received good news. Not even their stadium neighbors can claim that. Nor can the Revolution or the Red Bulls, but that’s not a surprise, right?
Let’s take a look at each of those teams:
CHIVAS USA (1-2)
Squad report: The good news keeps coming for Chivas USA, which earned its first win last weekend. Midfield playmaker Blair Gavin, who has missed much of the preseason and the team’s first three games of the regular season due to a hamstring injury, could play this Sunday vs. Sporting Kansas City. The news also comes after another positive update on fellow injured midfielder Michael Lahoud, who strained his hamstring just before the season opener but is close to becoming 100 percent healthy.
Up next: Chivas USA hopes the momentum coming from its surprise 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium carries over to Sunday’s match at Home Depot Center vs. Sporting Kansas City, MLS’ hottest team. A loss is more likely but at least Chivas USA’s home attendance could hit five digits this time after averaging less than 8,000 in its first two home games.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY (1-1)
Squad report: Landon Donovan is having health problems yet again. Donovan didn’t train at all through the last week and may miss Saturday’s home game vs. the New England Revolution. Donovan has played through the flu and bronchitis for much of the last two months. But now, he’s dealing with a quadriceps strain.
Up next: The Galaxy welcome a confident New England Revolution to Home Depot Center Saturday night, a game that will be shown live on the fantastic NBC Sports. The Galaxy, though, will likely bring the Revolution back down to earth with or without Donovan. Its attack is again hungry, and most importantly, scoring.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (1-2)
Squad report: After starting the season being outscored 4-0, the Revolution opened its home schedule with a solid 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium. But things will only get tougher. Midfield maestro Benny Feilhaber is listed as “out” on New England’s most recent injury report. Feilhaber has a left “peroneal strain.” Google says it’s a type of ankle injury. Forward/midfielder Sainey Nyassi is also out with a hamstring strain.
Up next: The Revolution will look to get its first win streak of the season when it travels to Home Depot Center to face the Galaxy. But without Feilhaber, New England will have to wait a little while longer.
NEW YORK RED BULLS (1-2)
Squad report: Not all is well in Red Bulls land. Is it ever? The franchise’s curse continues. The team on a high after thrashing Colorado, 4-1, last week. But news came down on Friday that English forward Luke Rodgers, who was the catalyst to many of New York’s goals and offensive attacks last season, was denied a work visa by the US Government. Rodgers’ Red Bulls contract has been terminated.
Up next: Even without Rodgers, the Red Bulls should still hit .500 with a win over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. But then again this is the Red Bulls right? A total meltdown may just be what is expected.