Thursday's win was memorable for Chivas USA. There were so many storylines, it was hard to choose just one to focus on. So I saved some for another story, which I just filed, and used most in the MLSnet sidebar.
Obviously when David Beckham plays these days, that's the big allure but we needn't have worried about getting some response from him because he wasn't made available after the match. It actually saved me a bit of a dilemma because I had planned on going to Chivas' locker room and hopefully catching some of Beckham later.
Anyway, the game was more than just about Beckham, which is exactly what Jesse Marsch had told me earlier this week. Chivas is now in a good position to seriously challenge FC Dallas and Houston for the top of the Western Conference table. Had they lost or even tied, I don't know if that would have been the case.
Also, Chivas is now 19 points ahead of the Galaxy in the table with having played just two more games. I don't know that there has been such a disparity before in Chivas' favor. I think the first year the Galaxy had something like 45 points at year's end while Chivas had 18. Those days are over.
As far as the Riot Squad wearing the sombreros, that didn't exactly sit well with Pancho Mendoza and Claudio Suarez and by proxy Maykel Galindo. That's why both Galindo and Mendoza celebrated goals by walking toward Section 138.
I'll save their reactions for the game story but I will tell you what Antonio Cue had to say about it here. He said he wasn't offended by it and said something to the affect of 'If that's the way they choose to celebrate, so be it.'