Los Angeles Soccer: Efrain Velarde

Keeper errors drive Cruz Azul, Chivas

May, 13, 2011
5/13/11
12:25
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A bad night for goalkeepers leaves Cruz Azul on the verge of its sixth final in four years and keeps Guadalajara alive after first legs in the Mexican Primera Division's spring Clausura semifinals.

Cruz Azul, seeking its first Mexican title since 1997 and only its second since 1980, dominated Morelia, 2-0, Thursday night as Argentines Christian Gimenez and Emanuel Villa, La Maquina Celeste's top attackers, scored first-half goals.

Guadalajara rallied for a 1-1 draw with visiting Pumas UNAM as Omar Arellano netted an 89th-minute equalizer.

Sunday's second legs will determine next week's finalists.

Club Tijuana and Irapuato drew, 1-1, in the first leg of the second-tier Liga de Ascenso's final.

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MEXICO: Chivas advances, America doesn't

May, 8, 2011
5/08/11
10:05
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Guadalajara fans are celebrating this weekend: Their heroes knocked off the top seed in the Mexican Primera Division's playoffs, and hated rival America is out.

Mexico City's Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM, and Morelia, a favorite in Santa Ana, also advanced to the Clausura final four, and Club Tijuana took another step toward joining Mexico's top league this summer.



Chivas completed its first-round upset of top seed UANL Tigres with a 1-1 draw Saturday in San Nicolas, outside Monterrey, advancing to a semifinal showdown with No. 2 Pumas UNAM on 4-2 aggregate. It's the third straight season in which the No. 1 seed failed to advance from the quarterfinals.

Hector Reynoso scored for Guadalajara, knocking home the rebound after Marco Fabian de la Mora followed up off the post after his penalty kick was saved.

Morelia tamed America, Mexico's biggest club, using two Joao Rojas goals and a Rafael Marquez Lugo penalty kick in a 3-2 triumph Sunday nioght to finish a 5-3 aggregate triumph.

Morelia will face Cruz Azul, which held Atlante scoreless in Cancun after a 2-1 win in the midweek opener.

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