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Superliga Night Four

DC United gave a very uninspiring performance in a victory over ten man Club America. What was most disappointing was DC United’s inability to finish opportunities and it has to be pointed out that despite Jaime Moreno’s advanced age the DC attack is virtually impotent without him. Luciano Emilio who has been a clinical finisher for United during the MLS campaign has looked shaky at best during the two Superliga group matches.

Houston scored inside the first 30 seconds of the match versus Moriela on a great goal by Joseph Ngwenya but failed to produce much else the rest of the match until Zach Wells had trouble holding an easy save late in the match (where Wade Barrett did a good job of shielding the attacker) and Moriela cleaned up the scraps for a goal. Moriela appeared on paper to be the weakest team in the entire Superliga competition, but they have played two outstanding games and now stand a win away from advancing to the knock out stages. Club America the most popular team in Mexican Football has been awful in this event, but will basically have a home crowd advantage when they face Moriela Wednesday night at Toyota Park outside Chicago. However, given Moriela resilient play, and Club America’s woeful form, Moriela should win and advance. Besides, America is the only team eliminated from the possibility of advancing and may mimick the US effort versus Columbia in the final match of Copa America in Wednesday’s match.

Through two group games of Superliga, I would rank the teams based on likelyhood of winning the title in the following order.

1- Chivas
2- Houston
3- FC Dallas
4- Moriela
5- L.A. Galaxy
6- DC United
7- Pachuca

Already Eliminated: Club America

The updated standings are:

GROUP A

Chivas 4pts
LA Galaxy 3pts
FC Dallas 2 pts
Pachuca 1pt

GROUP B

Houston 4pts
DC United 4pts
Moriela 2pts
America 0


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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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