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Calling on 'Paco'

Chivas USA hopes Mexican star Palencia's arrival reaps benefits

August 10, 2005|Grahame L. Jones | Times Staff Writer

"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.

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GALAXY/CHIVAS USA TONIGHT

7, FSN West 2 (10)

Site -- Coliseum.

Radio -- 830, 1540.

Records -- Chivas USA 3-15-3, Galaxy 8-8-5.

Season -- Galaxy leads series, 3-0.

Update -- Tonight's match was moved from its original Oct. 8 date so that it could be played as the first half of a doubleheader. The second game, at 9 p.m., will feature Chivas USA's parent club, Chivas de Guadalajara, against its Mexican league rival Club America. Unless Chivas USA stages an improbable revival and manages to qualify for the playoffs, the opener also will be the fifth and final match between the MLS teams in 2005. The Galaxy has won all three league encounters and also defeated Chivas USA in the U.S. Open Cup. Chivas USA Coach Hans Westerhof will be without forwards Thiago Martins and Matt Taylor, and midfielders Francisco Gomez and Victor Arbelaez, all injured, and suspended defender Esteban Arias. But Hector Cuadros could return after being sidelined by a concussion. Galaxy Coach Steve Sampson has opted to rest rookie defender Ugo Ihemelu and will start the Costa Rican tandem of Michael Umana and Pablo Chinchilla in central defense. The Galaxy will be without defender Tyrone Marshall, who has a strained right hamstring, and defensive midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who is serving a one-game suspension.

Tickets -- (877) 244-8271.

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