If you watched the Chivas USA-New England match, you may have noticed the large number of empty seats at the match. While this is nothing new - empty seats commonly outnumber filled ones at Chivas home games - what was different from this particular match was the absence of a certain fan group.
Legion 1908 was not present at the match, and no the Mexican Chivas did not have a reserve-laden match within driving distance on Sunday.
Apparently, a member of Legion and a member of the new Chivas USA supporters group Union Ultras were involved in some sort of altercation. A Chivas staffer told us that one member of each group committed an "act of violence" at the last Chivas USA match at HDC, on April 26 against the Galaxy. Apparently, there was one altercation inside the stadium and a retaliatory one outside.
Chivas USA banned the fans involved, one from each group, for two games - Sunday's match against New England and Saturday's game against DC United. Apparently in solidarity for the banned Legion member, the bulk of Legion chose to sit the games out as well. Union Ultras, a fledgling and hearty band of supporters, were present and did their best to support their club. I heard there were some members of Legion at the match but went on their own and not as part of the supporters club.
That Chivas USA banned a member of Legion is a positive sign. Violence won't and shouldn't be tolerated no matter the circumstances and the club is apparently not turning a blind eye toward such nonsense. As is often the case, several bad apples can tarnish the rest of the bunch, and from what I could tell at the stadium today there weren't anything but stand-up Chivas USA fans there, albeit a small band of them.
If Legion chose to support themselves over the club and the players, so be it. At least those who do go and do care about Chivas USA can rest easy that there won't be any threats of violence in next Saturday's match.