Major League Soccer Review

LA Galaxy down Chivas

October 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Major League Soccer Western Conference leaders the Los Angeles Galaxy strengthened their position at the summit with a 1-0 win over local rivals Chivas USA.

Los Angeles Galaxy
GettyImagesThe LA Galaxy celebrate Chad Barrett's winner

Forward Chad Barrett scored the decisive goal eight minutes into the second half as the Galaxy wrapped up the third unbeaten home season in MLS history. After spurning a couple of golden chances in the first half, Barrett scored from close-range after an Adam Cristman cross.

Los Angeles already clinched the Supporters' Shield and the top play-off seed with MLS' best regular-season record, and the Galaxy secured the SuperClasico trophy in its rivalry series with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Chivas.

The home side played without superstars Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane. Donovan is resting a strained quadriceps that kept him out of two recent US national team games, while Keane is resting a torn thigh muscle.

The match also might have been the final regular-season home appearance by David Beckham, whose five-year MLS contract expires after the season. The Galaxy remain hopeful the English superstar will extend his stay in Hollywood, but Beckham has said he won't decide his future until the offseason.

Los Angeles has 67 points in the MLS standings, the most by any club since the league abandoned the shootout after the 1999 season. The club could set the league record with 70 points if they win next week's season finale in Houston.