Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Monterrey 4, Guadalajara 1

A bad start to the season went to worse for Guadalajara last night, as the Chivas continue to be unable to build on their championship run from last tournament-the latest low point was last night, a 4-1 embarrassment at Monterrey. It started well for the Chivas though, as Jair Pereira scored in the opening moments, but as soon as play resumed Celso Ortiz got Monterrey on the board to tie it up. In the second half, Rogelio Funes Mori gave the Rayados the lead with a 49th-minute goal, then the bottom fell out for Guadalajara, starting with Monterrey being awarded a PENAL! in the 64th minute. Dorlan Pabon’s shot was blocked by the goalie but the ricochet came right back to Pabon, who easily tapped it back in past the down goalie. After that, Guadalajara coach Matias Almeyda had a nice chat with the officials, shook hands, wished them all well and took his Rojas! HE GONE! And lost his cool as he walked away to a week or so off. Perfect timing, because as soon as play resumed Aviles Hurtado headed in the 4th Monterrey goal of the night. That’s how it ended-Monterrey is off to its usual strong Apertura start, unbeaten in its first 4 games while Guadalajara is winless and really hurting without the injured Alan Pulido, and now without Almeyda for at least a game. At least they have a decent chance to get in the win column next week with a maybe best-case sans Almeyda matchup-Puebla.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jair Pereira (Guadalajara, 2′, 1st of tournament), Celso Ortiz (Monterrey, 4′, 1st of tournament), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey, 49′, 1st of tournament), Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 66′, 2nd of tournament), Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey, 70′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 4, Guadalajara 2
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 5, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Monterrey 2 (Funes Mori, 14′, Nicolas Sanches, 83′), Guadalajara 2 (Jesus Sanchez, 25′, Oswaldo Alanis, 29′)
Rojas-Guadalajara 1 (Matias Almeyda, head coach, 69′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 49,229 (94.2% capacity)

Next up:
Monterrey-at Leon (8/19)
Guadalajara-Puebla (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: Guadalajara 2, Necaxa 2

Still seeking its first win after 2 straight ties to open the season, Guadalajara welcomed in a Necaxa team looking to go 3-0 to start the year, in a game with an offense-filled first half and not much after halftime resulting in a 2-2 tie. It took just 8 minutes for Angel Zaldivar to give the Chivas a 1-0 lead, and about 10 minutes later Rodolfo Pizarro made it 2-0, but Carlos Gonzalez & Luis Perez then scored back-to-back unanswered goals to pull Necaxa even in the 28th minute and that’s how it finished. Necaxa now is in a 4-way logjam at the top of the standings while the Chivas have yet to manage more than a tie so far.

Game Stats:
Goals-Angel Zaldivar (Guadalajara, 8′, 1st of tournament), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 19′, 2nd of tournament), Carlos Gonzalez (Necaxa, 22′, 2nd of tournament), Luis Perez (Necaxa, 28′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 1
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 1, Necaxa 1
Amarillas-Necaxa 5 (Perez, 13′, Brayan Beckeles, 31′, Jairo Gonzalez, 71′, Daniel Alvarez, 76′, Xavier Baez, 82′), Guadalajara 2 (Manuel Mayorga, 23′, Carlos Salcido, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 35,888 (79.1% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Monterrey (8/12)
Necaxa-Leon (8/12)

Apertura 2017 Week 2 Results: Cruz Azul 1, Guadalajara 1

Cruz Azul has, based on recent history, been an unfriendly host to Guadalajara, and that trend continued today in an ugly, and quite entertaining nonetheless, 1-1 tie. Rafael Baca gave Cruz Azul the lead with a 30th-minute goal, but the Chivas tied it up on Rodolfo Pizarro’s 63rd-minute strike. The ugly really got going in the 39th minute-when Julio Dominguez was given one of Cruz Azul’s Amarillas in front of their bench, trainer Julio Munoz apparently had some choice words for the ref, so he gave him the wave-off Rojas! HE GONE! Assistant coach Juan Luna joined in too, so Rojas! HE GONE! In the 70th minute, Guadalajara helped the hosts out thanks to Edwin Hernandez getting his Rojas! HE GONE! 2 Amarillas put the Chivas a man down, but not to be outdone, right before the game ended Adrian Aldrete helped Cruz Azul return the favor with another Rojas! HE GONE! He too picked up 2 Amarillas and started his week-off-to-be a couple minutes early. With the result, Guadalajara now has only 1 win in the last 6 years at Cruz Azul, amassing a 1-3-8 total mark. They’re also winless through 2 weeks with 2 ties, while Cruz Azul is a surprising unbeaten.

Game Stats:
Goals-Rafael Baca (Cruz Azul, 30′, 1st of tournament), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 63′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 3, Cruz Azul 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 6, Cruz Azul 3
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 5 (Julio Dominguez, 39′, Gabriel Penalba, 56′, Adrian Aldrete 2, 68′, 88′, Edgar Mendez, 90+1′), Guadalajara 3 (Edwin Hernandez 2, 32′, 70′, Carlos Salcido, 53′)
Rojas-Cruz Azul 3 (Julio Munoz, trainer, 40′, Juan Luna, assistant coach, 40′, Aldrete, 88′), Guadalajara 1 (Hernandez, 70′)

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 26,085 (79% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-at Leon (8/5)
Guadalajara-Necaxa (8/5)

Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Guadalajara 3, Atlas 0

The first cross-town women’s matchup of sorts took place in Guadalajara this morning, and it saw the host Chivas women cruise to a 3-0 shutout win over Atlas. Anette Vazquez scored the first Chivas goal in the 7th minute, while Daniela Pulido (who I believe is related to Chivas star Alan Pulido) added the other 2 goals in the one-sided win.

Game Stats:
Goals-Anette Vazquez (Guadalajara, 7′, 1st of tournament), Daniela Pulido 2 (Guadalajara, 23′, 49′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Guadalajara 1 (Maria Sanchez, 36′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas San Rafael, Jalisco (home venue of 2 3rd Division teams)
Attendance: Nil

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Tigres (8/5)
Atlas-Santos (8/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Guadalajara 0, Toluca 0

Looking to build off their first league title in over a decade, Guadalajara began the new campaign at home going for their second straight tournament championship, but the Chivas couldn’t capitalize on late opportunities and had to settle for a 0-0 tie against visiting Toluca. The big breaks came in the second half when Toluca played very undisciplined-first, in the 66th minute Rolando Cristante put Toluca down a man with a Rojas! HE GONE! Then 5 minutes later, Osvaldo Gonzalez followed with another Rojas! HE GONE! That gave the Chivas an 11-9 man advantage for what would be 25 minutes! But they were unable to score. Toluca, coming off a second half full of missed opporunities, has already shot themselves in the foot with both tossed players being out for at least next week. You could say referee Isaac Rojas lived up to his name in this game.

Game Stats:
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 3, Toluca 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 5, Toluca 3
Amarillas-Guadalajara 3 (Michelle Benitez, 42′, Juan Basulto, 52′, Jesus Sanchez, 90+6′), Toluca 2 (Santiago Garcia, 28′, Enrique Triverio, 90+6′)
Rojas-Toluca 2 (Rolando Cristante, 66′, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 71′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 34,272 (75.5% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Monterrey (7/29)
Toluca-Leon (7/30)

Campeon de Campeones Results: Tigres 1, Guadalajara 0

The 2016-2017 season is now officially over, following yesterday’s Grand Championship. For the second straight year, Tigres is the Grand Champion of Liga MX thanks to a 1-0 win over Guadalajara. The only goal was scored by Eduardo Vargas in the 61st minute. Tigres will begin its quest for a 3rd straight Apertura title and Grand Championship this coming weekend as the new year begins.

Game Stats:
Goals-Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 61′)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 4
Corner kicks-Tigres 2, Guadalajara 2
Amarillas-Tigres 5 (Jurgen Damm, 25′, Ismael Sosa, 37′, Jorge Torres, 76′, Anselmo Junior, 78′, Damian Alvarez, 82′), Guadalajara 1 (Angel Zaldivar, 50′)

Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
Attendance: 25,667

Clausura 2017 Tournament Finals Game 2 Results: Guadalajara 2, Tigres 1

The Clausura 2017 Gran Final is now in the books, and the all-night party is on in Guadalajara, as for the first time in over a decade the Chivas are Campeones! Guadalajara edged Tigres in a hard-fought 2-1 win that went down to the wire. Alan Pulido gave the Chivas the early lead in the 16th minute, then Jose Vasquez added a second goal in the 69th minute to make it 2-0. But as in the first game, Tigres wouldn’t go down easily-Ismael Sosa’s 88th-minute goal gave Tigres late hope, but 5+ minutes of intense extra time wasn’t enough as Guadalajara held on for a 4-3 total victory. The intensity didn’t stop there as one Tigres player was seen chasing a Guadalajara player afterwards like he was looking to fight him, and in the postmatch awards ceremony at least two Tigres players did not want to receive consolation medals from Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla, and also refused to go down the post-medal handshake line with Guadalajara, but at least coach Ricardo Ferretti was very gracious in defeat and shared a congratulatory handshake & embrace with Chivas coach Matias Almeyda, who was seen really living it up on the celebration and festivities, as he’s now led the Chivas to their 12th Liga MX Championship. The best part of all? REMATCH! The teams will now face off in the Campeon de Campeones on July 16 for the Grand Championship. The other big winner tonight was America, as with the Chivas winning the title America will now get to play in SUPERCOPA MX, replacing Guadalajara and facing Queretaro the same day.

Game Stats:
Goals-Alan Pulido (Guadalajara, 16, 2nd of playoffs), Jose Vasquez (Guadalajara, 69′, 1st of playoffs), Ismael Sosa (Tigres, 88′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 6, Guadalajara 1
Corner kicks-Tigres 6, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Tigres 5 (Javier Aquino, 13′, Andre-Pierre Gignac, 71′,Damian Alvarez, 82′, Nahuel Guzman, 85′, Sosa, 90′), Guadalajara 2 (Pulido, 85′, Vasquez, 89′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 45,354 (99.97% capacity)-just 10 short of a sellout

Next up: Rematch in the Campeon de Campeones July 16 in Carson, CA; America to replace Guadalajara in SUPERCOPA MX vs. Queretaro