Was the game a success or a failure? Why?
Albert Campa: More Oso than Hazana. A tie is not a win, any full joy and acceptance of not winning is mental midgetry. The 7-0 still looms, even the past WCQ cycle still looms. JCO does not want a repeat performance and played a conservative game. The paranormal does exist, despite CHicharito claims. I want to believe. *cue X-Files theme*
Daniel Preciado: It was a success, keeping in mind the 3 points obtained, he knew 4 away to start the hex and against the usmnt really makes things easier moving forward. The conditions and the panama tactics just didn’t make it easy for Mexico to play how jco wants to play. He was pragmatic which made sense given the circumstances and account no injuries.
Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio has declared he is looking to offset the US’s notable size advantage. For Javier Hernandez, this means a return to his super-sub role which won him many fans over during his Manchester United stint. SL Benfica’s Raul Jimenez will get the nod instead.
Osorio and Mexico Captain Rafa Marquez have stated Mexico will break the trend in Columbus. Mexico is expected to take the game to the US and put pressure on the American backline. Osorio will trust the dynamic and creative players Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, Carlos Vela and Giovani dos Santos. Linking up-top with them is Jimenez whose physical presence will be a direct threat to the US backline.
Osorio’s Mexico will go Guns Ablazing.
Stubhub Center in Carson, CA, was witness to the Campeon de Campeones matchup between the La Liga Bancomer MX Apertura 2015 and Clausura 2016 champions, UANL Tigres and CF Pachuca. The official attendance was 27, 167 for this match which Tigres won with the minimum score of 1-nil.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior – Brazil
Brazil’s biggest star and most internationally lauded player will be the tournament’s biggest absence. The FC Barcelona forward was only allowed to participate in one tournament this summer. The Brazilian football federation decided that would be the 2016 Rio Olympics – with the gold medal being the only prize missing from the Selecao’s impressive coffers. Neymar’s 46 goals in 70 appearances for the Pentacampeao will be missed as will a potential encounter against rivals Argentina guided by Barcelona teammate Messi.
Few games are as important to CD Guadalajara and Atlas FC as the Guadalajara derby. There is more than just bragging rights at stake. The Dos a Zero Podcast crew sat down to have a round table discussion to preview the game.
Who will win and why?
Albert Campa: Chivas will win. They are on a roll and Atlas is sucking right now.
Joel Corona: Chivas. They are healthy, on a roll, have difference-makers, and Atlas just don’t seem to have an answer. It’ll be close though.
John Jagou: Atlas will win because the young Chivas team will now have to deal with a different set of expectations
Juan Uribe: It will be a close contest but Chivas will prevail. They are in better form but that goes out the window in this kind of game. The derby goes to the team that has the biggest cojones. Which is clearly Chivas!
CARSON, CALIFORNIA. LA Galaxy held on to a 1-1 draw with visiting Portland Timbers, as the injuries pile up worse than traffic on the 405 interstate during a light drizzle. Timbers forward Fernando Adi waited 52 minutes to break the scoresheet. Timbers Nat Borchers contributed an own goal to the Galaxy’s cause in the 84th minute to tie up the game.
Midfielder Rafael Garcia on his surprise stint as an outside back cameo, replacing injured Robbie Rogers stated, “You gotta step in and get the job done.” Rogers exited the game with a hip contusion.
PUEBLA, MEXICO. Chivas Guadalajara continued their winning streak outclassing Puebla FC 3 – 0. This is the 3rd win in row and 4th straight away win. Making their away record 3 wins, 2 draws and a loss. With this win the Rojiblancos move to the 8th spot for liguilla purpose and are mathematically close to staving off relegation.
Chivas honcho Matias Almeyda stated “And with this result people will say ‘Chivas is a contender’ the primary objective, which has been meet, is for Chivas to not descend.”
Mike Magee with a MOTM worthy performance
In front of a home crowd of 25,667, LA Galaxy routed DC United 4-1 in their MLS 2016 season home opener after early injuries to Dan Kennedy and Giovani dos Santos.
The festivities did not start well for LA Galaxy as they conceded an early goal to DC United that was placed to the left of Galaxy GK Kennedy, by Lamar Neagle.
Neagle’s go-ahead goal proved to not be decisive as DC United coach Ben Olsen vowed his team would “lick our wounds and get back out there next week” after the Galaxy comeback rout.
Mexico City, Mexico. — Mexico defeats El Salvador at home, 3-0, in debut match as they hope to reach CONCACAF’s final World Cup qualifying stage. Mexico enjoyed a comfortable score but failed to impress the Estadio Azteca crowd who jeered the team.
Captain Andres Guardado was the first to score for Mexico converting a well-taken set piece outside the 18. Hector Herrera followed up with the 2nd goal just before the half as he attempted to connect with Javier Hernandez, who mistimed his kick, but distracted the El Salvador keeper enough for the ball to bounce into the back of the net. Carlos Vela put the game out of reach with a sublime chip goal.
Quito, Ecuador. — Ecuador defeats Uruguay 2-1 at home to move in first place in the CONMEBOL Russia 2018 qualifiers. Uruguay faced off with Ecuador on the 3rd match day of Russia 2018 qualifiers for the South American confederation, CONMEBOL. The first 4 places will qualify directly to the World Cup with the 5th place team heading to a playoff against an Oceana team.