Sister clubs face off in San Diego for ChivaClásico
(7-12-4, 25 points, seventh place in MLS Western Conference) vs. Chivas
de Guadalajara (2-1-3, nine points, third place in Group 1 of Mexican
Primera División Apertura 2010) at PETCO Park in San Diego.
TV: In Spanish on Telefutura (Delay: 10pm PT; 12am ET)
Radio: In Spanish on W Radio 690 AM
Chivas USA's faceoff against sister club Chivas de Guadalajara on
Tuesday will be the second meeting of the two teams since Chivas USA
came into existence back in 2004. Guadalajara hold the edge in the
series thus far, coming out as 2-0 victors in last year’s clash at the
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Substitute striker Omar Arellano was the
hero for CDG on that day, scoring both goals.
Chivas USA will approach this ChivaClásico as an opportunity to
build momentum as the team pushes for a playoff spot. The Goats are
coming off a big win against New England on Friday and will need to be
in top form against Kansas City at the Home Depot Center on Sunday.
The Clásico is the perfect chance for Chivas USA head coach Martín
Vásquez to give his first XI some game minutes while at the same time
allowing some of his important bench players the opportunity to get a
Look for newly paired strikers Justin Braun and Alan Gordon
to continue building the chemistry that served them so well against New
England on Friday. It’s also likely that impact substitutes Jesus Padilla, Sal Zizzo, Carlos Borja, Yamith Cuesta, Giancarlo Maldonado and Marcelo Saragosa will get plenty of time on the pitch.
Chivas de Guadalajara
Like their American counterparts, Guadalajara are smack in the
middle of their season. The Mexicans have played six of their 17
scheduled games in the 2010 Apertura and sit comfortably in third place
behind Santos and Monterrey in the Primera División’s Group 1 table.
Coming off a 1-1 draw with Pachuca last Saturday, José Luis Real’s
men will be looking to use the Clásico as a chance to get some momentum
in their corner before facing off against lowly Jaguares de Chiapas in
domestic play on Sept. 18.
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Guadalajara are lead by a trio of Mexican National Teamers in Omar
Bravo, Luis Michel and Adolfo "Bofo" Bautista. Bravo, particularly,
will be of interest to Chivas USA as he begins play with the Kansas City Wizards at the start of the 2011 MLS season. Michel will be a force in net for the Mexicans, while Bofo should give Paulo Nagamura and Ben Zemanski plenty of trouble in the midfield at PETCO.
Heroes & Villains
Carlos Borja and Jesus Padilla vs. Chivas de Guadalajara:
Borja and Padilla truly represent the essence of the relationship
between Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara in that they have played
for both clubs.
Padilla signed with Chivas USA on Aug. 17 of last year after making
23 appearances with Guadalajara. Borja arrived North of the Border on
March 25 of this season having played with Guadalajara's
second-division affiliate CD Tapatío during 2008 and 2009. Both
understand the magnitude of the rivalry and will be itching to impress
their former employers on Tuesday night.
Stat that makes you go "Hmm…"
Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara enjoyed identical results
in their domestic leagues following the 2009 ChivaClásico. Both sides
earned a 1-1 draw on the weekend after the match, and each then went on
to win their next two games.