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  • May 21, 2011
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Stubhub Center, Carson, California
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
  • • Attendance: 27000
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  • That will be all from me, Steven Streff tonight. But for more MLS and US Soccer commentary, follow me on Twitter @streffsoccer.
  • LA consolidate their spot atop the MLS rankings, while Chivas end their streak of three wins in four games with the loss.
  • Not a great El SuperClasico. Neither team played well, but the Galaxy did enough to get all three points.
  • 90' + 5'
    And there is the final whistle! Los Angeles have won 1-0, thanks to a first half goal from Chad Barrett.
  • 90' + 2'
    Of course not though, as LA easily clear the corner.
  • 90' + 2'
    Late, late, corner here for Chivas. Can they make it count?
  • 90' + 1'
    Lopez with a chance to finish the game off, but his shot after a nice cut back bends away from the goal. Still 1-0 here late on for the Galaxy.
  • 90' + 1'
    Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at HDC.
  • 88'
    SubstitutionDavid Beckham Michael Stephens
  • 88'
    Uninspired stuff here from Chivas, as Stephens comes on for Beckham. Chivas not looking good for a goal, which would wrap up all three points for LA.
  • 83'
    And Ricketts is lost on the corner, and LA is sloppy in clearing the ball, but the ball is ruled out before Chivas can have another crack at goal.
  • 82'
    What in the world? LaBrocca with an effort from range, but Ricketts bobbles the shot and LA clear for a corner. Shaky, shaky from Ricketts.
  • 82'
    Cortez gets on the end of a cross and tries to find a teammate in the box, but Ricketts is out to claim the ball.
  • 80'
    Wishful thinking that. Pearce's free kick flies over everyone in the box.
  • 80'
    Another corner for Chivas. Would love to see a decent effort here though from Pearce. His delivery has been woeful tonight.
  • 77'
    Ouch. Heath man, why did you have to do that to us.
  • 77'
    Mendoza takes the free kick, but it is into the way, and out for a Chivas corner kick.
  • 76'
    Questionable free kick given to Chivas, about 20 yards out from goal.
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Zarek Valentin
  • 71'
    SubstitutionChad Barrett Miguel López
  • 71'
    And the goal scorer Barrett is sacrificed, as Miguel Lopez comes on for the striker.
  • 69'
    Whoops, nevermind. The balloon is popped on the field, much to the dismay of the fans in the stands.
  • 68'
    There is a huge red balloon on the field. No joke, and there it is again. Just rolling down the field, no one has thought to pop it. It's actually in danger of altering the game now.
  • 67'
    And Bekcham's corner is nearly turned in by Pearce for an own goal. The ball in took a deflection, and Pearce knew little about it before he sent it wide of the goal.
  • 66'
    SubstitutionJustin Braun Chris Cortez
  • 66'
    Chris Cortez comes on for Chivas now, as Justin Braun makes way. A bit surprising, for me at least.
  • 65'
    Post! A cross in falls to Zemanski at the top of the box, but Zemanski's effort is sliced into the post and out. Unlucky for the youngster and Chivas.
  • 64'
    SubstitutionMike Magee Chris Birchall
  • 64'
    Arena makes a change to help shore up his side, as Birchall comes on for Magee.
  • 63'
    Another chance for LA, as Donovan is played in behind the Chivas defense, but his cross for Angel is cut out by the defense.
  • 59'
    Juninho loves his efforts from range, and he has a go from 30 yards out, but his effort bounces wide of the goal. Not his best effort this season.
  • 58'
    Chivas make the first change of the next, bringing on Mendoza for 'Sueno MLS' winner, Flores.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionJorge Villafana J. Francisco Mendoza
  • 56'
    Little header there from LaBrocca, but it is wide of the mark. Decent half chance, but just could not direct it on target.
  • 53'
    Still looking for a sign of life from Chivas. Have yet to see it, unfortunately.
  • 50'
    Yellow Card Simon Elliott
  • 49'
    That would have been the game right there, but instead, Barrett has given Chivas a chance. Now, of course, Chivas has to get back into the game.
  • 49'
    Scandalous! Barrett is played in behind the defense by Angel, and he rounds Kennedy, but puts the ball into the side netting.
  • 46'
    Second half underway, with both teams coming out as they left. No subs to speak of at the moment.
  • I expect Chivas to go for it in the second half, which should open up the game a bit more. Donovan has been just okay in the first half, but Beckham had another solid performance. His perfect delivery is the difference in the game right now.
  • And truthfully, Chivas have looked off the pace of the game for the duration. Braun's effort in the first minute was the exception, not the rule. Moreno had a decent look, but Chivas were always second best in the first half.
  • Not much in the first half. Hard to tell that it is a rivalry match. The players seem to be concentrated on the game. What gives? They should be focused on kicking lumps out of each other. There wasn't even a yellow card in the first half.
  • 45' + 1'
    And there is the end of the first half. As the teams head into halftime, it is Chivas USA 0 - 1 Los Angeles Galaxy.
  • 45' + 1'
    One minute of stoppage to be played at the Home Depot Center in the first half.
  • 42'
    Angel played in by Barrett, but his trapped effort is too close to Kennedy, who is off his line quickly to cover the ball before Angel can get a shot off.
  • 41'
    About ten people down in the box while Beckham sends a cross in, and the ball falls to Franklin outside of the box, but the defender sails his effort over the bar.
  • 40'
    Dunivant gets on the end of the delivery, but he is turned the wrong way, and sends it over the bar from eight yards out.
  • 39'
    Another free kick for LA. This time about 40 yards out from goal for Beckham.
  • 35'
    Elliott gets a volley in from the corner, but it is blocked out. Nicely worked corner, but LA did well to protect Ricketts.
  • 35'
    Chivas hasn't really recovered from the goal yet. Los Angeles still on top, although Chivas now have a corner.
  • 28'
    Flores wins a free kick against Donovan, to the left of the LA box. Simon Elliott will take it for Chivas.
  • 27'
    Barrett is wide open at the near post, and Barrett gets the slightest touch with a header, and redirects it to the far post. 1-0 to the Galaxy in El SuperClasico.
  • 26'
    Goal Chad Barrett
  • 26'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL Barrett!
  • 26'
    Another free kick for LA, again for Beckham.
  • 25'
    Donovan with a sweet move down the right to break into the box, and he finds Magee at the far post, but his attempt is blocked out. Great little move by Donovan there, but Magee took too long to get a shot on target.
  • 22'
    But Chivas get the ball back into the middle, and Moreno has a shot at goal that Ricketts just gets a hand to. Close there, as the Galaxy fail to clear, but Moreno was just denied by the Jamaican keeper, Ricketts.
  • 22'
    Say, not saw that, mind you. Apologies. Chivas now with a free kick opportunity, but the Galaxy clear it out.
  • 19'
    And just as I saw that, Angel gets a chance, but Kennedy is equal to the effort. Donovan plays Angel in, and Heath Pearce slides in, but Angel rounds him, but tries a shot from a tight angle, which Kennedy easily covers.
  • 18'
    Galaxy on top possession wise, but other than the Gonzalez header, they have not been able to create anything in front of goal. Chivas is managing well right now.
  • 15'
    But headed just over from Gonzalez. Good delivery from Beckham, but Gonzalez was in front of the ball, and sent it wide of the mark.
  • 14'
    Dangerous free kick for Los Angeles about 25 yards out from goal. This is Beckham's range...
  • 7'
    Dunivant with a cross in from the left that is caught by Kennedy. Decent attempt there, but Kennedy was quick to claim it.
  • 4'
    Chad Barrett gets on the end of a flick on from Angel, but his volley comes under pressure, and the shot is well wide of the mark.
  • 1'
    Braun took a little bump, but he found some free space to win the header from the corner, but sent it just wide. A bit disappointing from the man who scored a hat trick last weekend.
  • 1'
    Game underway, and Chivas already earns a corner kick. And Braun sends it just wide!
  • Just moments from starting now. I've gone for a slight victory for Los Angeles, but Chivas will give them a good match tonight.
  • Adrian Healey and John Harkes are the commentators tonight, and the game is on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Of course, I will bring all the humor and fun that the game might lack because of the rivalry.
  • I don't have Chivas' bench yet, but I am on that. Let's hear some predictions though. Does Chivas build off their shocking win over NY last week, or does LA continue their hot streak?
  • Chivas' lineup looks a little something like this: Kennedy, Jazic, Pearce, Boyens, Valentin, Elliott, Flores, Zemanski, LaBrocca, Braun, Moreno
  • The Galaxy bench looks as such: Saunders, Hejduk, Berhalter, Birchall, Stephens, Cardozo, Lopez
  • And I have the lineup for Los Angeles right here. Ricketts; Dunivant, Gonzalez, DeLAGarza, Franklin; Magee, Juninho, Beckham, Donovan; Angel, Barrett
  • Hey all! Steven Streff here to bring you coverage of El SuperClasico for Goal.com. Chivas USA hosts the Los Angeles Galaxy in the matchup of the two teams from Los Angeles.