Today I was covering the Chivas USA/Galaxy match for MLSnet in Spanish.
Nothing unusual about that.
But I was writing about it from Chivas USA's angle, specifically, although my usual assignment is Galaxy games. Jaime Cardenas, the Chivas USA beat writer, couldn't make it today, so the task fell to me.
It was a little weird, trying to focus on the other team when I'm used to watching what the Galaxy are doing.
Despite the Landon Donovan/Brad Guzan duel, I'd have to say that this latest match lacked some of the energy of previous encounters. All of the players I mentioned this to said that the heat played a part. It was hot on the field and that sapped energy.
That makes sense, but I also wonder if it is difficult for the teams to get motivated when they're not really in any battle for points at the top of the league. Or, to put it another way, assuming the players want to win badly no matter their standing in the table - what about the fans? I just don't see them getting that excited when neither team is contending for the league leadership.