On Saturday, SuperLiga participant Tigres dropped four goals in their first competitive match since narrowly escaping relegation as Tigres won 4-1.
But that was not a match against Chivas USA played at Home Depot Center. It was a game against U de G, played in Guadalajara.
to use their top players against a Mexican second division club instead
of their SuperLiga opener, Tigres rolled their second-division
opponents. Francisco "Kikin" Fonseca scored twice while Juan Pablo
Garcia and Lucas Lobos added goals. U de G, playing the first game in
their second reincarnation, got a goal from Uzziel Lozano.
For U de G, or Universidad de Guadalajara, it was the club's first game since reviving itself. Club owners purchased Tapatio - Chivas' second-division side - from Guadalajara and rebranded the club as los Leones Negros of U de G and in essence brought back the former famed club.
manager Daniel "Travieso" Guzman was with the club in Guadalajara as
assistant Carlos Turrubiates ran the representative squad in Carson,
Calif., against Chivas USA.
"I take this as an intra-squad
match," Guzman told Mural after the match. "After all of our work at
the beach (during training camp), they looked very good but there is
still work to be done. But they are adjusting quickly to how I want
them to play."
Tigres will travel to the United States for SuperLiga on Sunday. Tigres
will play San Luis and Chicago Fire in their remaining games. However,
newcomer Edgar Castillo will not travel with the team. Castillo lost
his passport and is without one or a visa, according to Mural. Castillo
had lost his passport in March and was unable to travel with the
Mexican national team to Honduras for a World Cup qualifier. It is
unclear whether he replaced it and lost the replacement or if he never
acquired a replacement passport in the first place.
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