Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Houston-Pachuca, the rematch
August 14th, 2007 7AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

HOUSTON vs. PACHUCA
Tuesday, 10 p.m. ET, TeleFutura, mlsnet.com

[SUPERLIGA PREVIEW] The roles have reversed, somewhat, since Houston and Pachuca met in a riveting CONCACAF Champions Cup semifinal five months ago.

Houston hosts Pachuca Tuesday night in the semifinals of the SuperLiga. This time around, the Dynamo is the team in the midst of its regular season. Yet it has lost its last two league games by 1-0 scores after running through its SuperLiga first-round group against D.C. United, Club America, and Morelia unbeaten.

Pachuca started off slowly in the SuperLiga with a loss and a tie before knocking off Mexican rival Guadalajara to finish second in Group B. It opened the Mexican Apertura season by blasting Morelia, 3-1, and UAG 4-1, despite the summer departure of lethal scorer Luis Angel Landin.

Christian Gimenez, who scored a hat trick in a 5-2 Pachuca overtime win that eliminated Houston, 5-4, on aggregate in the CONCACAF semifinals, scored the late penalty kick that enabled Pachuca to tie Dallas and sent over the free kick that Rafael Marquez Lugo headed home for the winner against Guadalajara. Some spectacular goalkeeping from Miguel Calero thwarted Guadalajara down the stretch as Pachuca held on.
Juan Carlos Cacho has already scored three goals in league play, and Andreas Chitiva, Marquez Lugo and Damian Alvarez have hit the net as well.

Real Salt Lake ended Houston's 11-game league unbeaten streak on a defensive miscue, and Colorado scored via an own goal byDwayne DeRosario, of all people, so bad luck can partially be blamed for the defeats. Yet two straight shutouts is reminiscent of the team's offensive struggles at the start of the MLS season; after scoring six goals in four CONCACAF games, it tallied just one in its first four league matches.

Since facing Pachuca in the CONCACAF semis, Coach Dominic Kinnear has deepened his squad by acquiring Richard Mulrooney, Joseph Ngwenya and Nate Jaqua, and he has given defender Pat Ianniand midfielder Stuart Holden considerable playing time. Holden and Mulrooney played every minute of the SuperLiga group matches. That depth will be tested this week.

Houston also has plays a critical league match at home Sunday against FC Dallas, which has taken over first place in the Western Conference.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
'Past incidents' catch up with Hope Solo    
If 35-year-old Hope Solo, suspended for six months on Wednesday for her comments after the USA-Sweden ...
CCL: FC Dallas takes point in Nicaragua    
MLS Supporters' Shield leader FC Dallas escaped with a 2-1 win over Nicaragua's Real Esteli at ...
MLS Talking Points: Morris' finishing must get better    
In five games, the Seattle Sounders have made up nine of the 10-point deficit they had ...
MLS Week 25: Results & Standings    
Toronto FC moved into the lead in MLS's Eastern Conference when it won, 2-1, at Orlando ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"It's not my job to tell you about the Chicago Fire, I'll let the Chicago Fire ...
Video Pick TBT: Klinsmann's crowning Bundesliga moment    
With the Bundesliga's 2016-17 season kicking off this weekend, we throw it back to the 1987-88 ...
Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25    
Akron is No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 ahead of defending champion ...
USL: OC Blues midfielder suspended for verbal abuse    
Orange County Blues FC midfielder Richard Chaplow has been suspended and fined by the USL for ...
Hope Solo handed six-month national team suspension    
U.S. Soccer suspended goalkeeper Hope Solo from the U.S. women's national team for six months for ...
What They're Saying: Jeff Plush    
"If we could launch with another Orlando-type situation, we would do that. Now, I already have ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives