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Just one team is out of SuperLiga with one round to go
by Ridge Mahoney, July 30th, 2007 7AM

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Of the eight SuperLiga teams, only Club America is eliminated with each team still to play its final group game.

D.C. United beat America, 1-0, Sunday on a Rod Dyachenko goal and is tied for first place in Group B with Houston, which scored from the opening kickoff against Morelia yet conceded a pub-league equalizer and ended up tied, 1-1.

Guadalajara took over the lead in Group A by beating the Galaxy, 2-1, in front of more than 37,000 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum. FC Dallas played its second straight 1-1 tie, against Pachuca, and despite being in third place can advance if it beats the Galaxy at home Tuesday night.
 
GROUP A. The Galaxy didn't have David Beckham and Guadalajara did have its six national-team and under-20 players who had sat out the first SuperLiga game Saturday night.
Not surprisingly, Guadalajara overpowered the Galaxy, 2-1. Francisco Rodriguez and Omar Bravo scored as Guadalajara dominated most of the play, relaxing only in the final minutes and allowing Landon Donovan to scoot free and score.

Omar Arellano flubbed a sitter, Joe Cannon flew skywards to tip away a Ramon Morales free kick, and a last-ditch tackle by Troy Roberts diverted a Sergio Santana shot wide of the target in a first half Guadalajara controlled without scoring.

Rodriguez tallied in the 59th minute on an Omar Esparza cross from a short corner kick. The Galaxy roused its attack to produce a Pete Vagenas shot that was saved and a Carlos Pavon header over the crossbar.

Morales's cross sent Bravo clear to score the clincher and Donovan's alert capture of an errant back pass yielded the consolation goal.

FC Dallas lost an apparently good goal to an offside decision and complained strenuously to the penalty kick that enabled Pachuca to come away from Pizza Hut Park with a 1-1 tie. Carlos Ruiz and Christian Gimenez scored the goals.

Clarence Goodson's goal was disallowed at the end of a frenetic first half in which Pachuca keeper Miguel Calero saved heroically from Goodson and Ruiz. At the other end, Carlos Rodriguez hit the post.

Calero stopped Ruiz again early in the second half and FC Dallas goalie Dario Sala replied with a diving stop of Gimenez's free kick. Dallas scored in the 75th minute when Bobby Rhine's driven ball towards Dominic Oduro evaded both him and Calero for Ruiz to poke into the net. With three minutes left, Adrian Serioux uprooted Damian Alvarez in the box and Gimenez put away the penalty.

Standings: 1. Guadalajara 4 pts.; 2. Galaxy 3 pts.; 3. FC Dallas 2 pts.; 4. Pachuca 1 pt.
Schedule: Tuesday - FC Dallas vs. Galaxy; Pachuca-Guadalajara at Commerce City, Colo.
 
GROUP B. United dominated at RFK, aided by a red card to Oscar Rojas in the 49th minute, yet failed to score a second goal despite outshooting America, 16-2, and taking the lead in the 12th minute.

Ben Olsen, ranging to the right near the touchline, crossed to the far side, where Christian Gomez planted a perfectly cushioned header into the wheelhouse of Dyachenko, who stung a low left-footed drive into the net. Dyachenko nearly returned the favor in the 34th minute with a ball that Gomez launched off the foot of Dulio Davino and against the crossbar.

Wasteful finishes by Luciano Emilio piled up as the match unfolded and shortly after Rojas's ejection, Josh Gros scrambled the ball away as Federico Insua prepared to knock in an equalizer. As had been the case in its opening match against Morelia, United failed to exploit the man advantage but this time at least did secure the three points.

Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya tucked away a through ball from Brian Ching with barely 10 seconds elapsed to spark a game rife with chances. Morelia goalie Moises Munoz saved a close-range header from Ching and late in the match turned away back-to-back drives from Stuart Holden and Dwayne DeRosario.

Houston keeper Zach Wells saved smartly from Jesus Castillo just before halftime but with 15 minutes left a mixup presented Morelia with its tying goal.

Wade Barrett shepherded a bouncing ball into the penalty area as Wells dove to smother it, but it bounced free and Marcio Batista evaded the scrambling Wells to drive the ball past two Dynamo defenders into the net.

Standings: 1. D.C. United 4 pts.; 1. Houston, 4 pts.; 3. Morelia  2 pts.; 4. America 0 pts.
Schedule: Wednesday - Houston vs. D.C. United, Morelia-America at Bridgeview, Ill.



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