CARSON, CA - JULY 02: Nick LaBrocca #10 of Chivas USA controls the ball against the Chicago Fire at The Home Depot Center on July 2, 2011 in Carson California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
From time to time for whatever reason, I may not be able to watch the Goats live and in person. It's on that day that I'll contribute to s new column I'd like to call: Thoughts from the couch.
As recently as 2009, Soccer fans throughout Los Angeles would mark this match on their calendars. Of course The Goats were a bit more competitive then, and the Fire always brought with them what this journalist would consider the best Designated Player in MLS history, Cuauhtémoc Blanco. Things have changed since as Blanco now plies his trade in Mexico’s 2nd division with Irapuato, and the Goats keep “learning lessons” each and every week. Gone are the days when Chivas USA and Chicago could put a (or near to) sellout crowd on display to TV audiences.
Happy 2nd of July by the way.
For all the lessons learned in the world, the fact of the matter is that this team is on a 4 match winless streak. Not since beating Portland 1-0 a month ago have the Goats gone into the win column. While goals have been plentiful, the results have been not. 2-1 loss to Houston. 2-1 loss to Dallas. 3-2 loss to Philadelphia. And yesterdays draw. If that isn’t bad enough, the Goats have been blowing leads left and right. Matches that could have been won were lost.
If anything good has come out of this season so far, it’s Nick LaBrocca. Having been dealt for in the preseason, LaBrocca has brought 4 goals this season (including tonight’s 25-yard rocket from outside the box) to go along with 3 assists. Unfortunately his exploits haven’t been in the limelight as the Goats aren’t getting the job done on the field and scoreboard.
Up next for the Goats is a mid-week encounter against the San Jose Earthquakes who look to avenge a 2-1 loss to our Goats on April 23rd.
And lastly, Goats forward Alejandro Moreno kicks off his participation in the 2011 CONMEBOL Copa America today as he and his fellow Venezuelans take on reigning Copa America champs, Brazil live on Univision (local Los Angeles Ch. 34).