As always, the Super Clasico brings forth quite a bit of emotions from players on both sides. The games themselves are heated and intense but after the match is when the emotions can sometimes spill over.
Chivas' locker room after April's 5-2 loss was very quiet. It was quiet there a lot during April and early May but that match was particularly quiet. Not much to say.
And not much at all like the Galaxy's. Tom Cruise was there to celebrate the victory with his good buddy David Beckham. Landon Donovan was on a hot streak and Alan Gordon - yes, that Alan Gordon - scored two goals off the bench to punctuate the rout.
But it was what happened during the game and what was said afterward that could bring a different sort of element to this latest edition of the Super Clasico.
What happened? Landon Donovan celebrated in front of Chivas USA's bench. Whether he meant it as disrespect or not is pretty much moot. Even though many Chivas USA players didn't think it was a big deal, Preki did. And he took offense. And he had things to say about it after the match.
What was said? Preki called the celebration "crap" and said it showed "a lot of disrespect." Listen for yourself.
Shortly afterward, Landon was asked about the incident and how Preki had called it "crap." Among other things, Landon said Preki was "not a big enough man" to accept his apology. Here's what he said in his own words.
I took the opportunity on Tuesday to talk to Preki as well as several Chivas USA players about it and also asked Alexi Lalas about it. There were, of course, some interesting comments made from both sides. It's the topic of my Press-Enterprise feature for Thursday, so I'll save the exact quotes for then. But keep an eye out for the story (I'll try to post a link as early as I can on Thursday) as well as some of the audio.