SuperLiga Preview: Chivas USA at Houston
Before July 6th of this year, Houston’s
Robertson Stadium was a black hole for Chivas USA.
The Goats hadn’t posted a single victory there in more than
five years and never seemed to have an answer for the inevitably disciplined and
experienced Dynamo squad that would show up on the pitch.
But then the Red-and-White went down to Texas for a
quarterfinal match in the U.S. Open Cup on July 6th and something
out of the ordinary happened; Chivas USA got a victory at Robertson. And not
just any victory. A solid 3-1 showing that handed the Goats their first-ever
semifinal birth in the Open Cup.
Now, as the Red-and-White prepare for their SuperLiga clash
against Houston at Robertson Stadium, the Goats
are bristling with confidence and are confident that they can once again find a
victory in Texas.
“We have to be positive looking forward,” said Chivas USA midfielder
Michael Lahoud. “Playing in Houston
is something we’ve done a number of times this year. I definitely think we have
to be positive about our chances to make it out of the group because the next
two games are crucial.”
A positive result in Sunday’s SuperLiga matchup will be crucial
for Chivas USA
as they look to overcome their opening round defeat to Mexican First Division
side Puebla FC.
“Losing is never good,” said Lahoud of Thursday’s 2-1
defeat. “But when you leave everything out there on the field, you can’t beat
yourself up too much about the loss. I thought our effort was very good. We created
a lot of dangerous chances and that was a big improvement from the past couple
After several years of disappointment in tournament play,
has come alive in 2010. The team has made its way into the semifinals of the
U.S. Open Cup and is committed to taking the SuperLiga seriously. Add to that
the fact that new Red-and-White signings Rodolfo Espinoza and Giancarlo
Maldonado will be looking to use the tournament as a chance to impress their
new Head Coach and it’s not difficult to see that Chivas USA could potentially
be a dangerous team moving forward.
“We started the
season with three goals in mind: the MLS Cup, the SuperLiga Championship, and
the U.S. Open Cup,” said Lahoud. “We don’t take any game lightly. The more
positive and the more focused we can be. It’s always about getting a result in
the next game. If we can keep that mindset, very good things will happen.”