Chivas USA-Galaxy is a big game. We all are pretty much aware of that.
But it's also a game that can cost people their jobs. History dictates as much.
In trying to figure out a different angle for this match, I decided to pursue the high-stakes angle. There are probably lots of stories written about Cobi Jones in the papers this morning but I chose to look at Jones' arrival in terms of him being the latest person affected by this rivalry. Actually, it was his predecessor Ruud Gullit and former teammate/boss Alexi Lalas who were affected the most as they were both removed from their jobs this week.
And it wasn't exactly a coincidence that Chivas USA was on the schedule either. A win over Chivas and things might not seem so bad. Maybe it gives the Galaxy confidence that they can right the ship and then if they do it becomes more difficult to remove the coach and/or GM.
That was the case with Steve Sampson. He had been twisting in the wind for weeks and the Galaxy had their early season struggles in 2006, not being able to score or win much in the first part of the season. It was before a Chivas game that he met his fate. It was easier to fire him before a Chivas game than after a possible win over Chivas.
On the other side of the field, Thomas Rongen was fired after a loss to the Galaxy. Amado Guevara was removed from the team after a loss to the Galaxy. And Shawn Hunter was presented the day before a game against the Galaxy.
Those are lots of big moves from both sides. That they happened to come before or after a Clasico is no coincidence.