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
Pachuca rallies after Torres leaves
by Ridge Mahoney, May 13th, 2010 12:52AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, greece, men's national team, world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] As he came off the field shortly after the hour mark, Jose Francisco Torres shook his head. The U.S. international midfielder, named Tuesday to the provisional 30-man World Cup squad, was on the bench as Pachuca rallied for a second time to tie Toluca, 2-2, in the first leg of their semifinal series in Mexico's Torneo Bicentenario at Estadio Hidalgo.

Shortly after being cautioned in the 58th minute, Torres was replaced by Luis Montes, who played a vital role in Pachuca's second goal.

Both teams scored both of their goals in similar ways. Twice Toluca scored on free kicks lobbed into the Pachuca goalmouth by Atonio "Sinha" Naelson that backup keeper Radolfo Cota and his defenders couldn't clear. Diego Novaretti nodded a header over Cota in the 47th minute despite being marked by two defenders, and after Damian Manso equalized in the 60th minute, Hector Raul Mancilla exploited a hesitant Cota to head home another Sinha free kick from the left flank.

Pachuca re-tied the match in the 86th minute on the rebound of a shot off the goalpost, just as had been the case when Manso reacted quickest to a Damian Alvarez cross that had deceived Toluca keeper Alfredo Talavera.

It rebounded near the goal line and Manso banged it in from less than a foot away. Dario Cvitanich did the honors on the second goal, when Montes crossed from the left.

Juan Carlos Cacho headed it back across the goalmouth, where it hit the far post and Talavera reacted much too slowly to prevent Cvitanich's follow-up shot.

Torres played a central role, as coach Guillermo Rivarola opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation and paired Torres with Raul Martinez behind the four attackers. Torres was cautioned for clattering into Osvaldo Gonzalez trying to win a ball in midfield.

The second leg of the semifinal will be played Saturday in Toluca. FIFA rules require players to be released on Sunday to their World Cup squads, though players competing in the Champions League final May 22 are exempt.

Torres' situation is being "monitored" by U.S. Soccer officials and Coach Bob Bradley.

The federation could demand his release and force him to miss the two-leg finals next week if Pachuca advances to meet the winner of the Morelia-Santos series, which is tied, 1-1 after the first leg Wednesday in Morelia.

May 12 in Pachuca
Pachuca 2 Toluca 2. Goals: Manso 60, Cvitanich 86; Novaretti 47, Mancilla 81.
Pachuca - Cota, Rojas, Munoz, Lopes, G. Torres (Cacho, 81), Martinez, J. Torres (Montes, 62), Manso, Brambila (Cvitanich, 58), Alvarez, Benitez.
Toluca - Talavera, Gonzalez, Duenas, Novaretti, de la Torre, Rios, Romagnoli, Calderon (Marin, 67), Esquivel, Naelson, Mancilla (Nava, 83).



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Palmeiras general manager Cicero Souza    
"Chape don't want to be treated as victims." -- Cicero Souza, general manager of Brazilian champion ...
U.S. Abroad: Gator star Jordan heads to Glasgow City    
Savannah Jordan, the first University of Florida player who was named an NSCAA All-American four times, ...
U.S. Abroad: Hyndman, Arriola, Yedlin set up winners    
Emerson Hyndman came off the bench to steal the ball and set up Kenny Miller for ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"To my beautiful wife: Not only did I postpone our honeymoon, I also told you we ...
Video Pick: Self-assisted free-kick volley is gamewinner    
Our favorite goal of the weekend comes from a 24-yard free kick in England's second tier. ...
U.S. Abroad: Young signs with Werder Bremen    
Isaiah Young became the sixth American from the high school class of 2016 to join a ...
Video Pick: Lewy volleys twice for Bayern    
Bayern Munich is the Bundesliga "fall champion" thanks to a 2-1 comeback win over Freiburg on ...
What They're Saying: Joe Greenspan    
"Luckily, the higher ups in the Navy and the government made the decision to say we ...
Orlando City: Kaka has no plans of leaving    
Kaka says offseason reports out of Brazil that he'll leave Orlando City at the end of ...
Canada: Ten MLS players named for Bermuda friendly    
Toronto FC teammates Jonathan Osorio and Tosiant Ricketts lead a Canada squad that includes younger players ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives