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Chivas stymies Barca at the 'Stick
by Paul Kennedy, August 10th, 2009 6:45AM
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[BARCELONA TOUR] Guadalajara of Mexico held Barcelona to a 1-1 tie Saturday at San Francisco's Candlestick Park before an announced crowd of 61,572 fans, handing La Liga champions their only blemish on their three-game West Coast tour. Chivas nearly pulled out a win when Mexican-American Jesus Padilla hit the post with two minutes left.

Barca, which had beaten the Los Angeles Galaxy (2-1) and Seattle Sounders FC (4-0), trailed for the first time on its tour when Guadalajara captain Ramon Morales put Chivas ahead in the 50th minute.

By then, Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry and six other starters had been replaced. One starter who remained in the game was Brazilian defender Dani Alves, and he was a constant threat on the right side, driving in the cross that Bojan Krkic put away for the equalizer and later hitting the woodwork with a ball to the far post.

"Both teams put on a very good show," Alves said. "It was a very positive outing for us. It serves well in our mission to get prepared for the season. Everybody is happy with this draw."

The crowd of 61,572 was the largest soccer crowd in the Bay Area since the 1999 Women's World Cup and brought the total for three-game Barcelona on Tour series to 211,577 fans -- an average of 70,526.

The 22-year-old Padilla, who was born and raised in San Jose, Calif., entered Guadalajara's youth program at age 14. He has made 22 first-team appearances, including three last season, the Clausura 2009.

In the 88th minute, three minutes after entering the game against Barcelona, Padilla rounded defender Carles Puyol but his shot from a tight angle banged off the base of the post.

"I knew I had only five minutes so I had to go straight to goal," said Padilla. "I would have celebrated like crazy if it had gone in. My friends and family were in the stands."



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