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Superliga Matchday Two: Chivas USA-Pachuca

Second Half:

Fewer references to Sven from this Telefutura crew. Maybe that’s because Pachuca is a largely South American team and Sven is spending his time on the east coast it seems in this tournament. Sven did look comfy in the press box in Foxborough. I assume he’ll be back there for another Superliga match.

Pachuca begins to maintain possession well early the half creating a free kick opporunity just outside the box quickly and a few scoring chances. Lance Parker looks settled and makes two spectacular saves: one on Gabriel Cabballero, the symbol of the aging Pachuca from my mouth and another in the dying minutes. But Chivas cannot sustain their possession or create really good chances save an outstanding header from Ante Razov which Calero dealt with. Chivas looked gassed as the game continued and the fresh legs that Preki inserted which were mostly young inexperienced players (with the notable exception of Jim Curtin) looked lively and attacking minded but not seasoned or patient enough to break a team as experienced as Pachuca.  A game effort from Chivas but just not enough class.

First Half

My CSRN collegue Peter Brown reports from the Home Depot Center that Lance Parker will start the match in goal ahead of Dan Kennedy, the Chilean league veteran who has played once for Chivas and looked out of place in a loss to RSL. Parker has never played in a professional match. Brad Guzan was sold to Aston Villa last week. This is a huge risk for Preki to take in this match but Peter has previously reported that Preki was not impressed by Kennedy in training or in that match versus RSL.

Preki has started Jonathan Bornstein in the midfield on the left side and right away he creates a great chance for Sacha Kljestan. Preki’s side has come out with lots of fight and attacking intent tonight. A controversial hand ball call leads to a penalty kick where Claudio Suarez sends Miguel Calero the wrong way but hits the post. Minutes later Chivas’ build up and control of the match is solidified with a wonderful goal from Ante Razov, one of the true greats of American club football. Pachuca comes back thanks to a strange foul call near the touch line which infuriated Preki. The ensuing free kick taken by Gerardo Rodriguez finds Bruno Marioni who even at 33 looks like he’s not as “old and tired” as claimed on the Superliga Preview Special. Chivas controls the match from that point forward and scores a second goal thanks to Rodriguez again finding and even “older and tired” Caballero, whom I previously named as the symbol of the aging Pachuca in the MLS Talk preview show #1 for this tournament. Note to myself: never disrespect the king.

In the second half Chivas must regain the initiative they showed in the first fifteen minutes of the match. The LA side was clever, and never at a loss for ideas early. Despite his inexperience and allowing two goals, Lance Parker has looked comfortable in goal though a  half step slow to react, reaffirming thus far Preki’s faith in him when compared to what Dan Kennedy showed in his prior outing versus RSL. Maybe in the second half we’ll see more possession from Chivas and an atempt to force Pachuca’s agining and tired legs to be run off?

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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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15 Responses to Superliga Matchday Two: Chivas USA-Pachuca

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  2. JZR says:

    Really an outstanding match. Those who bash Superliga should have watched this one.

    An intensity that lacks in your typical MLS, FMF or CONCACAF CC match. Now invite Saprrissa next year and we can make this the championship of the region.

  3. JZR says:

    Really an outstanding match. Those who bash Superliga should have watched this one.

    An intensity that lacks in your typical MLS, FMF or CONCACAF CC match. Now invite Saprrissa next year and we can make this the championship of the region.

  4. Kevin says:

    MLS is typically unwatchable but these superliga matches have been intense and some of the best club football I've seen outside of Europe.

    The Chivas USA- Pachuca match you discuss here was a thrill ride. Really surprising to see MLS teams capable of this type of football. Why do they never provide it in their own league?

  5. Kevin says:

    MLS is typically unwatchable but these superliga matches have been intense and some of the best club football I’ve seen outside of Europe.

    The Chivas USA- Pachuca match you discuss here was a thrill ride. Really surprising to see MLS teams capable of this type of football. Why do they never provide it in their own league?

  6. Will says:

    Peter Brown may want to re-check his notes on Dan Kennedy. He was injured in the reserves game Friday 7-11(that he started). And it was a game time decision that he couldn't play

  7. Will says:

    Peter Brown may want to re-check his notes on Dan Kennedy. He was injured in the reserves game Friday 7-11(that he started). And it was a game time decision that he couldn’t play

  8. Kartik says:

    Yeah Will. Preki told the press that AFTER the game. Sorry for the mistake. Preki is down on kennedy though so we'll see who starts Wednesday night vs Santos.

  9. Kartik says:

    Yeah Will. Preki told the press that AFTER the game. Sorry for the mistake. Preki is down on kennedy though so we’ll see who starts Wednesday night vs Santos.

  10. Will says:

    What makes you think he's down on Kennedy?

  11. Kartik says:

    Again PB is my source. He's the English language radio voice of Chivas USa so he has some knowledge of the situation although I will admit that a keeper like Kennedy who has been successful abroad should be fine in MLS. He likely still get his shot.

  12. Will says:

    What makes you think he’s down on Kennedy?

  13. Kartik says:

    Again PB is my source. He’s the English language radio voice of Chivas USa so he has some knowledge of the situation although I will admit that a keeper like Kennedy who has been successful abroad should be fine in MLS. He likely still get his shot.

  14. Liverpool John says:

    Pachuca looked lively and entertaining in this match. They did not look old at all!

  15. Liverpool John says:

    Pachuca looked lively and entertaining in this match. They did not look old at all!

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