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Head Coach Preki
Midfielder Jesse Marsch
Escuche y baje los audios de reacciones en español de:
El delantero Eduardo Lillingston
El mediocampista Jorge Flores
Chivas USA fell by a 2-1 score to Tigres UANL of the Mexican First Division in the opening match of SuperLiga 2009 for both teams. A goal in the 82nd minute from Jesus Dueñas gave Tigres the win, which tied the Mexican club for first place in Group A with the Chicago Fire, who beat San Luis 1-0 also on Saturday night.
Chivas USA midfielder Michael Lahoud scored his first professional goal to tie the game at one the 55th minute for the Red-and-White, finishing at the far post off a ball played by midfielder Bojan Stepanovic. Tigres had opened the scoring in minute 11 when Armando Pulido scored on a bicycle kick from 15 yards.
The Red-and-White were forced to play the final 23 minutes of the match down a man after forward Eduardo Lillingston received his second yellow card for a foul in midfield. Lillingston will miss Chivas USA’s next SuperLiga match, this Tuesday at the Chicago Fire.
Chivas USA has two matches left in the group stage of SuperLiga 2009, with the first coming this Tuesday in Chicago against the Fire, and the final match of the stage against Mexico’s San Luis next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center.
Chivas USA Head Coach Preki, on tonight’s match: “You want to win every time you step on the field, and in the meantime you’ve got to give an opportunity to some of the younger guys. Some of our younger guys in the second half came in, [Michael] Lahoud and Jorge Flores, and they gave us some energy, so we are looking forward to getting some more of that. We are going to try and win the next game, that’s all we’re thinking right now.” (For a full quote sheet, please visit cdchivasusa.com.)
After returning from Chicago on Wednesday, Chivas USA will take on San Luis of the Mexican First Division in the final group stage match of SuperLiga 2009 on Saturday, June 27, at 7:00 p.m. at The Home Depot Center. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please call 1-877-CHIVAS-1 or visit cdchivasusa.com.
PHOTOS: Juan Miranda/Chivas USA