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Chivas tie San Luis to finish off disappointing Superliga performance

Posted on 29 June 2009 by Steve L. Hernandez

Chivas USA disappoints in Superliga for the second consecutive season, finishing with two losses and a tie in three matches.

With Tigres UANL of the Mexican Futbol League having defeated the Chicago Fire by a 2-1 margin earlier in the evening, thereby eliminating the Red and White from advancing in Superliga, Chivas USA entered its matchup with San Luis with nothing to play for but pride and the chance to knock their opponents out of the tournament.

After a scoreless, mostly uneventful first half, the Gladiadores’s took advantage of Chivas USA’s backup goalkeeper, Lance Parker, who came on at the half in place of stalwart Zach Thornton. Parker, playing his first minutes of the season, fouled Jose Reyes in the penalty area and was unable to stop the subsequent penalty taken by Alfredo Moreno in the 54th minute of the match. “Lance was maybe a little bit too anxious . . . he hadn’t settled in yet,” said Preki of his young goalkeeper.

The Goats’ immediate response let everyone know that they were not going down without a fight. Less than a minute after San Luis took the lead, Carey Talley, taking a free kick from a few yards outside the box, let rip a curving right-footed shot that looked destined for the back of the net before caroming off the right cross bar.

Chivas USA had another great scoring chance in the 78th minute, but leading goal-scorer Eduardo Lillingston rushed an open shot from the right side of the box wide of the net.

The Red and White finally found the back of the net in the 88th minute, when Attiba Harris beat onrushing San Luis keeper Adrian Martinez to a curling corner kick from Bojan Steponavich and nodded the ball into the left side of the goal.

San Luis, needing a goal to to advance to the semifinals of the tournament, had a couple of golden opportunities in the final minutes, but a a tough offside call negated a second goal by Moreno in the 91st minute and tumbling effort by Braulio Luna spun just wide of the goal a minute later.

The final strong opportunity of the match was for Chivas’s Attiba Harris, who found himself alone a few yards inside San Luis’s box with only the keeper to beat but his shot was deflected out of danger by Martinez just before the end of the match in the 93rd minute.

Though his squad was unable to get a win in Superliga, Preki was pleased with the effort. “Overall, a good performance by our team, especially given the circumstances. We had a fight in us, we played for each other, and that’s good to see that we got that mentality back.”

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