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How have the other MLS teams done in the off-season Part 3: The West Coast

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The West Coast teams no doubt have a great amount of talent and continued to add to it throughout the offseason. Defending MLS Cup champions and Supporters' Shield winners LA Galaxy enter the season on top, but the West is filled with teams ready to take the crown for themselves. After the jump is the final installment of my off-season transaction review as we look at Chivas USA, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, San Jose, and Vancouver.

Grading The Offseason: Western Conference

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Portland and Vancouver have done well in preparing for their sophomore seasons. (Getty Images)

Yesterday I took a look at the 10 clubs from the Eastern Conference in how they've done so far this winter. Naturally right after the post was put up one of those clubs went out and signed a DP.

Today, we'll look at the nine clubs from the Western Conference to see how they've been doing so far this winter.

Tuesday's Column: Galaxy make all the right moves

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It's a good thing the Galaxy have wrapped up the Supporters' Shield, right, with two MLS games remaining before the playoffs start in the first week of October because the word out of Europe this morning is that striker Robbie Keane could be out four weeks, which would have him returning for the Galaxy right around the time they open their playoff campaign.

Morales poised for RSL return vs. Fire

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Donning a substitute's bib, Javier Morales went through the motions. Medically cleared to return to action for the first time in months, Morales paced up and down the sidelines at RFK Stadium, staying warm in case he was called upon to try and light a spark under Real Salt Lake.

Live: Toronto FC (6-12-12) at Chivas USA (7-12-11) from Home Depot Center

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Chivas USA 1 Toronto 0

Juan Pablo Angel scored his sixth goal in five games for Chivas USA in the 12th minute, heading home an Ante Jazic cross from seven yards after Justin Braun picked up a loose ball in the Toronto half.

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It took me just 30 minutes to get from my Torrance driveway to my press box seat tonight at Home Depot Center where a rather subdued atmosphere has greeted two struggling teams.

Chivas Force 2-2 Draw with United

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Fans who saw the scoreline of September 10th's 3-0 win by DC United over Chivas would assume that DCU would win handily against the Goats at home and, with New York's loss, would move into the driver's seat with their ...

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Morales travels with RSL, inches closer to comeback from broken ankle

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Few teams in Major League Soccer are as in-form as Real Salt Lake, which is on a four-game winning streak and is within striking distance of catching the Los Angeles Galaxy and capturing the Supporters' Shield. The club is also on the verge of getting its playmaker back.

Seattle Sounders Vs. Chivas USA: Highlights, Quotes, Statistics

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I hate to admit it, but I was at a conference on Saturday and was left to follow the Seattle Sounders-Chivas USA match via Twitter. I've now watched the highlights (and promise to watch the full game) and can safely say that the frustration I felt while not watching the game would have probably been even worse if I had watched.

Live: San Jose Earthquakes (5-5-6) at Chivas USA (4-7-6) from Home Depot Center

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Chivas USA's second Wednesday night game of the season did not prove a crowd crushing experience driving into Home Depot Center tonight.

And if it hadn't been for the way to many parking lot attendants and unnecessary barriers preventing you from finding a spot easily and quickly I would have been through the gates even quicker.

Philadelphia 3–2 Chivas USA: Paunovic Settles Into Nowak’s System

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The Philadelphia Union had gone nearly a month since their previous victory. The home side overcame a halftime deficit to defeat Chivas USA 3-2.

For the second match in a row, manager Peter Nowak fielded a combination 4-1-4-1/4-1-3-2 shape, with Carlos Ruiz as the lone forward when out of possession.

Mwanga, Union Come Back to Beat Chivas USA 3-2

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In a back-and-forth encounter on Saturday night at PPL Park, a moment of brilliance from Danny Mwanga was the difference as the Philadelphia Union beat Chivas USA 3-2. The result preserved the Union's undefeated record at home and snapped a winless streak of five games.

Peter Nowak stuck to his guns with the strange formation that was used in the team's 0-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City as Jack McInerney and Veljko Paunovic were once again part of the starting lineup.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Chivas USA

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Game time: Saturday, 8 p.m.

TV: 6abc

Philadelphia Union will aim to end a miserable week with a win against a Chivas USA squad that limps into Chester with one win in its last six matches.

Chivas (4-6-5), which plays in Los Angeles (for those unaware), dropped a tough 2-1 loss last week against Dallas, thanks to two killer assists by former Union midfielder Andrew Jacobson, including one in the 85th minute.

Preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Real Salt Lake

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Game time: Saturday, 4 p..m.

TV: 6abc (likely ABC 6.2)

Philadelphia Union will host a depleted Real Salt Lake squad this Saturday at PPL Park.

RSL (6-3-2) comes in having won just one of four games without playmaker Javier Morales, who broke his ankle May 8 on a brutal tackle from behind by Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Jean Alexandre

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With Alvaro Saborio away on international duty, Real Salt Lake needed a striker to step in and fill the void and Jean Alexandre did just that, registering a goal and assist in an RSL win. The performance made Alexandre the clear choice for SBI MLS Player of the Week honors.

Mondaini leads Chivas USA past Portland

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by JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – Marcos Mondaini's second-half goal was enough to earn Chivas USA the 1-0 win over the visiting Portland Timbers (5-4-2) at the Home Depot Center.

Chivas USA had a better showing than they did in their midweek clash against Vancouver.

Mondaini leads Chivas USA past Portland

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by JONATHAN VERA

CARSON, Calif – Marcos Mondaini's second-half goal was enough to earn Chivas USA the 1-0 win over the visiting Portland Timbers (5-4-2) at the Home Depot Center.

Chivas USA had a better showing than they did in their midweek clash against Vancouver.

Chivas USA vs. Portland Timbers: Match Night Commentary

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There is a great deal to prove in tonight's match between the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA.

The Timbers are eager to improve a poor road record against a Chivas USA side that has MLS' worst home record. The Rojiblancos will be boosted tonight by the return of Marcos Mondaini, who returns from a four-game suspension after a tackle that injured Javier Morales.

Western Conference Notes: Domene clarifies "all-SoCal" Chivas plans, Angel out for NE and more

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BY ADAM SERRANO

Chivas USA may be looking to develop the best youth program in MLS, but plans for a potential "All-Southern California" Chivas USA appear to be overblown.Â

Following a pair of recent reports that have come out in the last week stating that the Rojiblancos are intending to field an "All-SoCal" team, General Manager Jose Domene clairified the statements in an interview with MLSsoccer.

TALKING POINTS - Monday 16th May

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EQUILIBRIUM AT QUARTER MARK
Justin Braun destroyed New York with a hat-trick.
Week nine marked the quarter mark of this 36-game MLS season. There's still a long way to go, but what's the early analysis? This league is very, very close.

With no one team outright dominating and few falling too far behind, it's fair to say that everything is still up for grabs.

Braun tabbed as player of the week

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Chivas USA's Justin Braun has accomplished what even New York's Thierry Henry could not.

The American forward became the first player to net a hat trick at Red Bull Arena on Sunday night and the performance earned him his second career Player of the Week honors for Week 9 of the MLS regular season as voted by the North American Soccer Reporters.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Justin Braun

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In one of the easier awards to select, Chivas USA's Justin Braun earned SBI's MLS Player of the Week honors after scoring a hat-trick in the Goats' 3-2 victory against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday.

Braun beat out a strong field that included Landon Donovan and Fabian Castillo among others.

Javier Morales and Marcos Mondaini

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Two broken bones in his left ankle.
It has been a rough season thus far to be on the MLS Dsciplinary Committee. Thus far in the league we've had several brutal tackles that resulted in snapped bones. However, this latest instance brings up a frustrating look at the difficulties of sending a message to the league.

Quick reaction on Marcos Mondaini’s suspension and fine

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Colorado's Brian Mullan gets a 10-game suspension for breaking Steve Zakuani's leg.

Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini gets four games (plus $1,500) for breaking Javier Morales' leg.

Conclusion: Mullan's foul was exactly 2.5 times worse. Or, perhaps the disciplinary committee was 2.

MLS hands out 4-game suspension

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The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today suspended Chivas USA midfielder Marcos Mondaini for his tackle on Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales in the 38th minute of the game on May 7.

Mondaini received a red card for the challenge, which resulted in Morales suffering two broken bones and torn ligaments in his left ankle.

Thursday Kicks: Chivas USA's Mondaini learns punishment & more

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*Chivas USA midfielder Marcos Mondaini learned today he will be suspended for a total of four games - so that's three additional games in addition to the automatic one-game ban for being ejected - for his tackle last Saturday that left Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales with two broken bones and torn ligaments in his left ankle.

Mondaini Suspended Four Games For Tackle On Javier Morales

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Javier Morales will be out until Octobor, Marcos Mondaini will return after four games. (Getty Images)

It should come to no surprise that Chivas USA striker Marcos Mondaini would be suspended for his reckless tackle on Real Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales. The question was always going to be how long.

Suspending Stars' Attackers

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Javier Morales is the latest victim of MLS's rough play.

Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini slid into Morales from behind and took out the RSL star. Mondaini broke Morales' ankle and the injury required surgery and will knock him out of action for at least four months, possibly the rest of the season.

Breaking Bones in Major League Soccer - What do You Think?

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For the third team in the two plus month old 2011 MLS Season a player has suffered a broken bone as a result of a tackle. This weekend it was Javier Morales of Real Salt Lake who broke his ankle during this tackle by Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini:



This tackle induced injury comes on the heels of two other high profile incidents where tackles resulted in broken bones.

TALKING POINTS - Monday 9th May

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ZAKUANI, FERREIRA... NOW MORALES
Sadly Javier Morales has little to celebrate right now.
Bad luck comes in threes, and this has certainly proven true. Major League Soccer has lost three top players in just a few weeks to terrible injuries which could rule them out for the remainder of the 2011 campaign.

MLS disciplinary committee: on the hot seat again

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It's Groundhog Day. I mean, weren't we just here? Didn't we just go through all this?

Alas, it's a case of "rinse, spit, repeat." And in this case, it's a bitter, bitter mouthwash.

Javier Morales fell beneath the unwise tackle of Chivas USA's Marcos Mondaini on Saturday.

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2012 MLS Offseason Transactions

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I figured this was worth putting up before the new season starts.

(Source: MLSSoccer.com)

IN: Jay Nolly (12/5: trade from Vancouver); FKheli Dube (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/New England); M Rafael Robayo (1/9: free/Millonarios); F Federico Puppo (1/11: free/Danubio); D Austin Berry (1/12: SuperDraft); F Lucky Mkosana (1/12: SuperDraft); D Hunter Jumper (1/12: SuperDraft); M Tony Walls (1/17: supplemental draft); D Arne Friedrich (3/7: free) OUT: Christian Nazarit (12/7: option declined); F Gabriel Ferrari (12/7: option declined); G Alec Dufty (12/12: option declined); M Baggio Husidic (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/Colorado); G Jon Conway (12/12: Re-Entry Stage 2/LA Galaxy); F Diego Chaves,(1/15: free/Palestino); D Yamith Cuesta (12/7: loan expired); D Josip Mikulic (1/26: waived) IN: Ryan Smith (11/21: trade from Sporting KC); D James Riley (11/23: from Seattle, via trade from Montreal); M Oswaldo Minda (12/21: SD Quito); M Miller Bolaños (1/11: LDU Quito); F Casey Townsend (1/12: SuperDraft); D R.

Dynamo Ride Heath Pearce's Mustache to Three Points

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It wasn't picture perfect, there were some mistakes, but the Dynamo got the goals they needed (with some help from Heath Pearce) and defeated Chivas 2-1 at Robertson Stadium tonight.

The first half got off to a frantic start as the Dynamo looked to have scored in the third minute. Bobby Boswell headed home an early Brad Davis corner, but the goal was waived off on an interference call on Cam Weaver.

Real Salt Lake

Fire v Real Salt Lake Match Preview

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After losing to Monterrey at home in the final leg of the CONCACAF Champion's League Final on April 27 Real Salt Lake has not looked like the same team that was considered to be the class of MLS by many observers at the beginning of the season, myself included. A bit of a let down could be expected after the loss to Monterrey and it did come in the form of a 1-0 loss to the Portland Timbers on the road.

Bob, Robert, and Omar: The Week in Review May 9–13, 2011

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After a midweek tease, the MLS slate is full this weekend with all but two teams playing on Saturday. Â For those looking forward to a little Friday night soccer, there will be none so you'll just have to wait for Saturday night's glamorous TV lineup, which includes the renewal of the U.

What We Learned: 2011 Week 8

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The loss of Javier Morales will be a tough one for RSL to overcome. (Getty Images)

Week eight in Major League Soccer can probably be best described in a couple words. Ho-hum. After Wednesday's interesting clashes and Friday's debut of Soccer Night in America, the weekend bill brought loads of draws and yet another star player with a broken bone.

Broken

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So the season MLS wanted to stop thuggish play has become the season where talented players get their legs and ankles broken. Last night Javier Morales of Fake Salt Lake joined Dallas's David Ferreira and our own Steve Zakuani on the inactive-for-months list with a broken ankle. The challenge on Morales was cynically issued by a well-beaten Marcos Mondaini, who showed zero interest in going after the ball.

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The Mondaini suspension

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Last week the MLS Disciplinary Committee added on just four games to Marcos Mondaini's red card suspension, which he received for breaking Javier Morales' ankle. The suspension is half of what Brian Mullan received for breaking Steve Zakuani's leg. The rational:

"During its discussions, the committee characterized Mondaini's tackle as late, clumsy, and from behind," Rodriguez said.

Stop the violence

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Boy, the Union are perfectly named. They're as dull as McClellan, bloodthirsty as Grant, and it's going to be three years or so before they can win away from home. I'm really sorry I told you to watch them play Portland. At least we saw the chainsaw once.

You were much better off watching, of all things, the Galaxy-Red Bulls game.

The Rest

A Night Of High Drama in the Copa Libertadores

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By Gordon Fleetwood

The equation in Group 2 going into the last group games was simple. Lanús were already through as the top team in the group. The winner of the game between Olimpia and Emelec in Paraguay would join the Argentineans in the knockout rounds.