Chivas USA falls 0-1 to Tigres
A squad of Club Deportivo
Chivas USA players and special invitees fell 0-1 on Saturday to Mexican
First Division side Tigres in the first-ever exhibition match for the
new Mexican-owned franchise that will open play at The Home Depot Center
in April 2005.
The visitors from Monterrey managed their only goal of the match --
played at Club Deportivo Guadalajara's "La Primavera" training center
outside Guadalajara -- in the second half, when José de Santiago's shot
from inside the penalty area was redirected by the Red-and-White defense.
Tigres head coach Leo Álvarez used his first team for the initial 45
minutes, with Claudio Suárez, Hugo Sánchez Guerrero and Omar Briceño in
the back; Antonio Sancho, Irenio Soares, Javier Saavedra and Walter
Gaitán at midfield; Nestor Silvera and Jesús Olalde up top; and young
goalkeeper Jair Urbana in the nets.
"You can never be satisfied with a loss," said Club Deportivo Chivas USA
Head Coach Thomas Rongen. "But if you look at where we are in our
preparation, and where Tigres are at, it was certainly a good finish to
a solid two weeks here in Guadalajara. Though I'm not happy with the
result, I thought we played good football and I am pleased with the
effort of our guys."
Rongen and Assistant Coach Javier "Zully" Ledesma, presented the
Martín Zúñiga - Orlando Pérez, Hugo Rivera, Antonio de la Torre - Omar
Aguayo (Gabriel García, 2nd half), Ramón Ramírez, Ricardo Sánchez
(Arturo Torres, 2nd half), Francisco Mendoza (Daniel Velázquez, 2nd
half) - Alonso Sandoval, Isaac Romo, Matt Taylor.
Chivas USA's squad will regroup in 2005, following the holidays and
Major League Soccer's January break. Players are to report February 2 at
The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, where they will commence
final preparations for the team's MLS debut in April 2005.