Saturday, July 2, 2011
CHIVAS USA: Red Bulls clash will not move
By Scott French
Major League Soccer looked into moving Chivas USA's game July 16 against the New York Red Bulls because it conflicted with the Galaxy's friendly against Real Madrid about a dozen miles up the Harbor Freeway.
The Goats weren't interested.
Club co-owner and president Antonio Cué said Saturday night that Chivas would keep its date with the Red Bulls and he hoped the game, one of the big draws on the team's calendar, would draw an ample crowd.
“We need to do what we need to do,” Cué said after Chivas' 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire at Home Depot Center. “I'm sure Real Madrid will draw a lot of people, but we just have to continue and have more fans come in.”
The conflict means fans -- and media, too -- must decide between heading to the Coliseum to see the Spanish giant and its stars, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaká, in a preseason game against the Galaxy for the second straight year or coming to HDC to watch Thierry Henry's second L.A. visit since joining New York last summer.
The Galaxy game begins at 7 p.m., and Chivas' kicks off at 7:30. It's not an ideal situation, surely, and the Goats seem certain to lose more than a few spectators to the game up the 110.
“Unfortunately, it came at the same time that day. [The league] thought about moving it,” Cué said. “I said: 'If you want to move, you can move the other game.' Why would we move our game? ... So, hopefully, we draw some people, and, more than that, hopefully, we'll get three points.”