History: Chivas USA vs. Chivas Guadalajara
Chivas USA arrived in Ciudad Juarez Tuesday evening ahead of their match against sister club Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday, March 20 at Estadio Olimpico Benito Juarez. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 4 pm PT; fans can listen to the game live on W Radio 690AM.
The first meeting between the two teams came in 2007 in Guadalajara’s previous home stadium, Estadio Jalisco. The two clubs came together on November 17 to benefit flood victims in the southeastern Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas. A ‘return leg’ was scheduled for the following year in the United States but it did not happen until 2009, when the two clubs met in Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium for the first ChivaClásico on American soil; Guadalajara defeated Chivas USA 2-0 in front of over 20,000 fans.
A year later, the LA-based team earned their first ChivaClásico trophy in PETCO Park in Diego after beating the sister club in penalties. This year’s ChivaClásico will benefit EDUCARE, an education institute in Ciudad Juarez that builds hope for one of that city’s most marginalized and violence-stricken communities.
Both teams enter Wednesday’s match with ties in their last league game. Chivas USA played the LA Galaxy to a 1-1 draw after rookie Carlos Alvarez notched a last minute goal. Meanwhile in Mexico’s Liga MX, Guadalajara earned a 1-1 draw in Monterrey with Tigres UANL, team of former Chivas USA defender Jonathan Bornstein.
The Mexican Red-and-White sits in ninth place in the general league standings. Up next, Guadalajara will face the Mexican National U20 Team this Saturday before heading back to Jalisco to prepare for the “Super Clásico” against national rivals Club America on Sunday, March 31. Chivas USA will head to Chicago on Thursday ahead of their second road match of the season set for Sunday, March 24 at 2pm PT against the Fire at Toyota Park.
You can follow all game updates on Chivas USA’s official day-of-game Twitter account: @ChivasGameday