Although Chivas USA lost out on the perfect home record, they're starting to remind me of the 2005 Earthquakes in other ways.
The 2005 Earthquakes were the Good News Bears, a collection of not-so-big-name players, some which had been rejected from other teams, that really melded as a unit. Dom Kinnear didn't have a lot of coaching experience, but he seemed to really understand players and was making all the right moves that year.
Until the very end, that is. In the final regular-season game, the Earthquakes defeated their main rivals, scoring 3 goals on the LA Galaxy. I was fuming after that match, though. Since the Earthquakes had clinched the playoffs and the top spot in the West for some time, I thought Kinnear should rest his starters, especially a couple who were a bit gimpy, like Wade Barrett.
Now maybe some people don't consider an injured Barrett a big deal, but he's one of those overlooked players that does a lot.
I felt a similar irritation when Preki put Razov out on the field versus FC Dallas.
It's hard to overlook a guy who scores like Ante Razov, but I'm sure that some people assume, oh, the team has already won without Ante a few times this year.
Sure enough, that 2005 Earthquake squad went down in flames to the Galaxy. It didn't help that in the first playoff game, Kinnear had his players push hard for a tying goal rather than simply minimize the goal disadvantage. His team tried so hard to score that they left themselves exposed on defense (sound familiar to CDCUSA versus Colorado) Landon Donovan tore up the Earthquake defense on a counter, and the deficit was too much to overcome at Spartan.