"But I'm not going to fall off the map.... I don't have to prove anything to anybody. Obviously, I'd like to be with the national team, but as long as I know why they are not calling me, I feel fine."
Lavolpe, a prickly personality who has criticized Mexican players, already has brought Brazilian-born Antonio Naelson -- who plays under the name Zinha -- onto the national team, in Palencia's role no less.
This has not gone down well with Palencia.
"He should go to Spain or Argentina or England and see if in those countries they have heard of him," Palencia said.
GALAXY/CHIVAS USA TONIGHT
7, FSN West 2 (10)
Site -- Coliseum.
Radio -- 830, 1540.
Records -- Chivas USA 3-15-3, Galaxy 8-8-5.