[SUPERLIGA] There will not be an all-MLS rematch of the 2008 SuperLiga final. Instead, Morelia will meet 2008 winner New England. The Revs eliminated Puebla on penalty kicks Tuesday night; on Wednesday a lobbed goal by Miguel Sabah carried Morelia past Houston, 1-0, at Robertson Stadium to deprive the Dynamo a chance to atone for its loss two years ago in the final.
Sahah scored just after halftime when Rafael Marquez Lugo’s bounding through ball enticed goalkeeper Tally Hall to charge out of his goal. Sabah reached out to tap the bottom of the ball with his right foot and the shot floated over Hall and bounced over the line with Sabah and a teammate in pursuit just to make sure.
On the final play of the first half Dynamo forward Cam Weaver’s header had hit the goalpost. Houston rarely came that close again to scoring, though in the final minutes Morelia went down to 10 men when defender Adrian Aldrete pushed down Brian Ching a yard outside the penalty area and went off with a second caution. In the last minute of stoppage time a deflected shot off the foot of Lovel Palmer skipped inches wide of the post.
In the 70th minute a shoving match ensued that produced cautions for Morelia’s Jaime Lozano and Houston’s Mike Chabala.
Midfielder Geoff Cameron, sidelined since April 24 with a knee injury, came on as a sub midway through the second half. Hall replaced Pat Onstad, who is sidelined with by torn abdominal muscles. Midfielder Danny Cruz and attacker Joseph Ngwenya sat out with suspensions.
Morelia will play New England in the final at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 24, 25 or 26. Morelia beat the Revs, 1-0, in the final game of group play July 20.
Aug. 5 in Houston
Houston 0, Morelia 1. Goal: Sabah 47.
Houston – Hall; Hainault, Boswell, Cochrane (Robinson, 46), Chabala, Palmer, Obodai (Cameron, 71), Ashe, Mullan (Mulrooney, 71), Oduro, Weaver (Ching, 46).
Morelia – Vilar; Perez, Silva, Romero, Aldrete, Noriega, Ramirez (Hernandez, 46), Lozano, Droguett, Marquez Lugo (Garcia, 87), Sabah (Rey, 59).
Referee: Walter Quesada.