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Saturday, May 19, 2012 (All times Eastern)
Los Angeles (3-5-2) at Chivas USA (3-6-1), 10:30 p.m.
Carson, CA (Sports Network) - One of the most anticipated fixtures of the Major League Soccer season is slated for Saturday night as the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA get set to do battle in California's Super Clasico.
The clash is shaping up to be much more intriguing than in years past. Chivas has lived in the Galaxy's shadow since joining MLS in 2005, qualifying for the playoffs four times but failing to make it past the quarterfinals.
But Chivas made headlines this week with a couple of personnel moves, acquiring striker Juan Agudelo from Red Bull New York in exchange for defender Heath Pearce in addition to getting Danny Califf from the Philadelphia Union for Michael Lahoud.
"I am certainly excited to have Juan Agudelo joining our team, he's a dynamic young forward who has an incredible future ahead of him," said Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser. "Obviously, losing Heath, our thoughts were to acquire a center back and we had the ability to get Danny Califf who's a player who has played in a lot of places, he has some good experiences, he's a very experienced and hard-nosed defender."
Agudelo and Califf could be thrown into the fire on Saturday by immediately getting time on the pitch, but that fire won't be quite as hot as normal.
The Galaxy have not fared well this season, a far cry from the title-winning form in 2011 that saw them stay atop the MLS table for much of the season. Bruce Arena's men enter Saturday's tilt third from bottom in the West, just one point better than the Goats.
Arena could have second-guessed his tactics for Saturday's match when he caught wind of Chivas USA's dealings on Thursday, but the Galaxy head coach remained defiant in simply focusing on his team.
"It doesn't affect mine at all," Arena told reporters on Thursday about the team's planning. "It must affect their's a little bit.
"They can trade all of them or keep all of them, it doesn't impact us at all. Our focus is on the 11 we're getting on the field."
Some of the Galaxy players will need to share that same level of focus despite reason for distraction. The Super Clasico will be Robbie Keane's last club match before joining up with the Irish national team for the European Championships while Landon Donovan is likely to begin preparation for World Cup qualifiers with the United States national team.
With Chivas strengthening its squad and Los Angeles struggling to get going, Saturday's Super Clasico could be tighter than previous derby contests between the two sides.
05/18 17:53:31 ET
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