Among the players who have surprised for Chivas USA this season is Bobby Burling, who few could have predicted would have become so valuable for the club this season.
How long has Burling come this season? When the Galaxy and Chivas met for the first time this season, he wasn't even in uniform. On Thursday, he played in his 10th consecutive game and has become an indispensable part of the club's defense.
And he also played against the Galaxy for the first time.
Burling rose to the occasion as he put forth one of his best efforts of the season. Even though he was no match for Landon Donovan's speed, Donovan had problems getting around Burling. On several occasions, Burling knocked Donovan off the ball and disrupted the Galaxy attack.
I had the chance to talk to Bobby after the match. Here's audio of our chat.