Los Angeles Soccer: Esteban Gonzalez

MEXICO: Chivas! America! Clasico!

October, 18, 2011
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It's big-game week in Mexico's Primera Division, which means it's Super Clasico time, and both of the really big boys -- Guadalajara and America -- come into the clash off impressive victories that followed challenging runs.

Marco Fabian de la Mora's hat trick and another pair from Erick Torres -- his first two of the Apertura -- sparked Chivas' 5-2 rout of Zapopan rival Estudiantes Tecos, the Goats' first win in six games and their first under new coach Fernando Quirarte's guidance.

America ended a seven-game winless streak with a 3-0 romp at Monterrey, the Aguilas' first win since Fernando Tena took charge last month.

Guadalajara, which had scored five goals in its previous 7 games, vaulted to third in the standings, just one point off the lead. America is still 16th but sits just three points from the playoff zone.

The Clasico, contested since 1943, is set for Sunday afternoon at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. America leads the all-time series, 73-69-63, but Chivas has won five of the last seven and has the better record in Mexican league play: 51-48-43.

Northern Mexico's biggest rivalry -- the Clasico Regiomontano, between crosstown rivals Monterrey and UANL Tigres -- also is this week, on Saturday at Tigres' Estadio Universitario.
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1. HERCULEZ STRIKES AGAIN


Former Galaxy standout Herculez Gomez has scored in four straight appearances and has six goals in just 577 minutes of action this season for Estudiantes Tecos.

He netted another in the Owls' 5-2 loss Saturday to Guadalajara and would have a dozen, scoring at this rate, if he were a full-time player.

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