Chivas USA beat big bro Guadalajara, take ChivaClásico trophy

Match goes to PKs after 90 minutes and Lahoud puts it away for Chivas USA

In a battle of siblings, Chivas USA
beat big brother Guadalajara won the ChivaClásico Trophy following a
penalty kick shootout after both sides ended scoreless in regulation.

Michael Lahoud buried the final penalty to give the American Red-and-Whites a 4-2 victory.

The word inaccurate sums up the night for Chivas USA, as forward Justin Braun
missed a handful of chances that could’ve sent his side home with an
easy victory. However, he’s not the only one to blame, as Alan Gordon, Rodolfo Espinoza and Jesus Padilla each missed chances of their own.

Chivas USA tried to take advantage of the chilly conditions to
surprise their big brother in the early going. Not two minutes had gone
by when left winger Espinoza had a first crack at goal, forcing Luis
Ernesto Michel to one knee to make the save.

GOALS
VS
CHIVAS USA   CD GUADALAJARA
 

Comparison
  CHIVAS USA   CD GUADALAJARA  

SHO

17
 
21

SHO


SOG

5
 
4

SOG


SVS

4
 
5

SVS


F

11
 
8

F


OFF

5
 
5

OFF


CK

7
 
6

CK

The American Goats twice threatened their Mexican counterparts
before the fifth full minute of play. First, Michael Lahoud made a run
down the right flank and cut back twice before cross to Espinoza, who
sent a volley wide. Then, Braun rose above his Guadalajara marker in
the six-yard box to nod a ball just wide of Michel’s goal.

It would take Guadalajara a little while, but they would eventually
warm up and start controlling play in the midfield and forcing Chivas
USA to look for the ball. However, el Rebaño Sagrado were unable to
capitalize on their control, sending a couple of easy shots Zach Thornton’s way and a couple more nowhere near goal.

In the 33rd minute, when Chivas USA finally saw a piece of the ball
again, they came alive. Espinoza raced down the left flank and sent in
a cross to Gordon, who connected cleanly but failed to get his shot on
target.

In perhaps the Goats’ best chance of the first half, it was Espinoza
once more that sent in a lethal cross. The midfielder timed Braun’s run
into the box perfectly and chipped a nice ball to him, but with no one
around and just the keeper to beat, Braun again failed to nod home.

For the second half, both Goats sides, who fielded near- to
full-strength if not full strength sides for the first 45 minutes, made
significant changes to their lineups in order to preserve their key
players for each sides upcoming weekend games.

The substitutions seemed to work for Chivas USA, and, except for
some wonderful interventions from goalkeeper Sergio Arias, not so well
for Guadalajara. The American Red-and-Whites reversed roles and took
control of the second half, while el Rebaño were effective in spurts.

Padilla, who came on for San Diego native Sal Zizzo, scared his
former team a few times. Just five minutes after resuming play, Padilla
found himself with space and sent a diagonal ball to Braun, who tried
to put it in near post only to have Guadalajara Arias make the save.

Braun would be denied again just a couple of minutes later. Once
more, off a pass from Padilla, Braun had only the keeper to beat, but
Arias was there to foil his effort.

In the 60th minute, eccentric Guadalajara forward Adolfo Bautista
brought the crowd to their feet. From 23 yards out, “Bofo” volleyed a
ball north-south bend, but Goats substitute ‘keeper Kevin Guppy managed
to turn it over the crossbar.

Padilla answered right back, but he, too, lacked accuracy. Although
he appeared in front of goal twice, he was unable to tip the sphere in
to give Chivas USA the lead.

In the 70th minute, Guppy showed that Arias wasn’t the only ‘keeper
bent on stifling their opponent, stopping Michel Vázquez’s shot from
the center of the half-circle to keep things even.

Espinoza had a final attempt to win the match for Chivas USA. After
receiving a nice ball behind the Guadalajara defenders, Espinoza tried
to find the far post. However, his shot went wide and both teams went
to a penalty shootout after regulation.

Both ‘keepers stopped the initial round of kicks, but the deciding
miss came from Guadalajara’s Ulises Dávila, who clanked the post on his
effort. His miss allowed Lahoud to step up and bury his try in to give
Chivas USA the victory.