CARSON, CA - MAY 21: A.J. DeLaGarza #20 of Chivas USA fights for the ball with Landon Donovan #10 of the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on May 21, 2011 in Carson, California. The Galaxy won 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
With the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA set to kick off the 24th edition of the Honda SuperClasico, it's time to take a look at who have been the top performers in this series. Statistical relevance is a must, but as we're looking for all time contributors longevity will also be considered. In this top three series, the top offensive contributor, top defender, and top goalkeeper round out the list. Without any further ado, the top three performers in SuperClasico history. And if you're curious about the top three Chivas players, look no further than The Goat Parade.
Landon Donovan is far and away the best Galaxy player in the Classico. He has the most goals for the Galaxy, with seven. He has the most assists, with eight. Twenty six shots, seventeen shots on goal, both lead the Galaxy in this series. Eighteen fouls committed, thirty eight fouls suffered. All records for this series. That shouldn't be surprising. Landon Donovan has been a member of the Galaxy for as long as Chivas USA has been a member of MLS. Donovan has notched 1605 minutes against Chivas, almost 500 more minutes than the next highest player. Donovan notched a hat trick in the April 26, 2008 Clasico, a 5-2 victory for the Galaxy.
The Galaxy goalkeeper for the first two years of the Clasico, Hartman went 6-1-1 against the Goats. His six wins makes him the leader in that goalkeeping stat for the Galaxy against Chivas and his one loss is one shy of the record two. That's right, the most losses a Galaxy keeper has against Chivas is two. Four of those wins and the draw were shutouts, also a series record. His 26 saves against Chivas is also a series record. The Galaxy dominated those first two years, though Chivas got the upper hand in the next two.
Todd Dunivant has notched 1240 minutes against Chivas in his Galaxy career, second only to Landon Donovan. While it's difficult to quantify a defender's contribution through statistics, this deserves recognition. The Galaxy have played Chivas 23 times, and Dunivant has played in 14 of them, going the full 90 almost every time. In the last four years, Chivas has scored four goals on the Galaxy. Two of them came in the 2009 playoffs, so Chivas has only scored two goals in the regular season against the Galaxy. Dunivant has also managed an assist in the series, and three shots on goal. Yes, Omar Gonzalez and his 6-0-1 record against Chivas might have been better to define this era, and Gonzalez has an assist too, but Dunivant's longevity is worth rewarding. If the two of them are on the Galaxy back line on Saturday, expect another Galaxy shutout.