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Chivas who? Galaxy dominant in win over riva

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The LA Galaxy played the other MLS team that plays in Los Angeles on Sunday night and crushed them 4-0. If it wasn't for some miraculous play from promising U.S. keeper Dan Kennedy the score could have been much worse. The Galaxy featured their championship backline for the first time this season, Donovan assisted all four goals, Juninho scored a pair, Keane was doing somersaults, and Omar Gonzalez added a goal on a corner as 17,000+ and some colorful tarps watched on at the Home Depot Center.

DUSTIN PAYNE

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The win was quite possibly the most impressive showing by the Galaxy this season. David Beckham missed the game due to the Olympics Closing Ceremony and the Galaxy had not played well without Beckham this year. The fact that the central midfield of Sarvas and Junino played well is a great sign as depth will be vital during the stretch run. Landon Donovan was on a mission and took this game over.

The starting defense of De La Garza, Dunivant, Gonzalez, and Franklin resumed the dominant play that we had become accustomed to in 2011. If the group can stay healthy, expect the Galaxy to keep rising through the Western Conference standings.

The win puts the Galaxy in fifth place in the West with 36 points. LA trails Seattle and Vancouver by a single point and second place RSL by 6. They find themselves 11 points back from first place San Jose.

WHO IS CHIVAS USA?

Yes, there is another MLS team in the LA area in case you didn't know. They even play "home games" at the same Home Depot Center that the Galaxy call home. If Chivas USA is LA's team they have an odd way of showing it.

Since Chivas USA's first season in 2005 they have wanted to be the sister of parent Chivas Guadalajara, counting on the fact that the large Chivas fan base in Southern California would adopt the new MLS version. The only problem is that it appears Guadalajara fans haven't adopted the team and view it as an inferior, copycat of the team South of the border. The team has naturally shunned any Mexican soccer fan that doesn't cheer for Chivas. MLS fans in LA have tended to adopt the team that has their hometown listed in the team name and the squad that is quite frankly a much superior product, the LA Galaxy. All of these factors have Chivas USA on a downward spiral.

The question has to be asked, what are they trying to accomplish? They sell themselves as the anti-Galaxy and at the moment that isn't a good thing. While MLS is experiencing unprecedented growth and popularity, Chivas USA is clearly headed in the opposite direction. The fan base, if there ever really was one, has dwindled to the point that the team decided to tarp off the upper level and one end of the Home Depot Center. How long can they keep on the current path?

I would like nothing more than to see another strong team in Southern California with a rabid fan base. I just do not see how a "Chivas USA" will ever be embraced. It has been said that Jorge Vergara established Chivas USA as a way to spread the Chivas brand. It is not working.