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LA Galaxy 2-0 Chivas de Guadalajara

In the first of two matches to kick off Leagues Cup 2022 Showcase, LA Galaxy took on Chivas de Guadalajara at SoFi Stadium. The Liga MX side came into the match having lost just once in their opening six matches, but they’d had some trouble finding the net in that span. The Galaxy, meanwhile, are deep into the MLS season, and are jockeying for position in the Western Conference, entering the match two points off seventh with a game in hand.

In the match’s early going, some shaky defending from Chivas nearly had LA Galaxy in on goal, but Los Rojiblancos responded sharply with Jesús Sánchez’s cross finding the head of José González, only for him to fire over (2’). The match then settled somewhat, until the home goalkeeper, Jonathan Klinsmann was forced off his line owing to some sloppy passing at the back (9’). Another cross from Sánchez would then find Santiago Ormeño at the back post but, he, too, would miss the target (14’).

The next fifteen minutes proved lively, and both sides were forced to clear off their lines, but in-form Dejan Joveljic would eventually open the scoring, finding the net at the near post from Efraín Alvárez’s corner (27’), making the Galaxy’s spell of pressure tell. With the lead in hand, Greg Vanney made two changes, but not before Joveljic had tried his luck again with an overhead kick (31’).

Ahead of the interval, the Galaxy continues to press, with first Raheem Edwards (42’) and then Joveljic (45’) coming close. No further goals would come, though, as the two teams reached the interval with the MLS side deservedly ahead. Vanney made a further handful of changes at the half, moving to three at the back to protect his side’s lead.

The second half became a chippy affair, with both sides receiving bookings before a brilliant finish from range from teenage substitute Jonathan Pérez just after the hour (62’) made it 2-0. The Galaxy weren’t satisfied, though, and continued to put Chivas ‘keeper Raúl Rangel under pressure, their young side forcing him into several fine saves through the half. No further goals would come, but both sets of fans were treated to a spirited exchange to start off an exciting evening of fútbol at SoFi Stadium to kick off Leagues Cup 2022 Showcase!

Match Details:

Halftime: LA Galaxy 1-0 Chivas de Guadalajara Full time: LA Galaxy 2-0 Chivas de Guadalajara

Goals: LA Galaxy: Dejan Joveljic (27’), Jonathan Pérez (62’)

Yellow cards: LA Galaxy: Séga Coulibaly (38’) Sacha Klejstan (57’) Chivas de Guadalajara: Antonio Briseño (56’)

Lineups:

LA Galaxy:

Jonathan Klinsmann; Kelvin Leerdam (Julián Araujo 46’), Nick DePuy (Derrick Williams 80’), Séga Coulibaly (Eriq Zavaleta 46’), Raheem Edwards (Chase Gasper 46’); Kévin Cabral (Samuel Grandsir 46’), Gastón Brugman (Sacha Klejstan 35’), Mark Delgado (Adam Saldaña 35’), Efraín Álvarez (Jalen Neal 46’); Dejan Joveljic (Jonathan Pérez 46’), Javier Hernandez (Preston Judd 46’)

Substitutes: Jonathan Bond, Julián Araujo, Chase Gasper, Jalen Neal, Derrick Williams, Eriq Zavaleta, Douglas Costa, Samuel Grandsir, Sacha Kljestan, Adam Saldaña, Jonathan Pérez, Preston Judd

Manager: Greg Vanney

Chivas de Guadalajara:

Raúl Rangel; Jesus Sanchez (Alan Mozo 75’), Antonio Briseño (Pavel Perez 67’), Hiram Mier, Omar Mireles, Miguel Ponce (Carlos Cisneros 46’); Isaac Brizuela (Andre Ham 76’), Eduardo Torres, Gilberto García (Angel Zaldívar 66’); José González (Paolo Yrizar 46’), Santiago Ormeño (Christian Calderón 67’)

Substitutes: Miguel Jimenez, Abraham Nuño, Alan Mozo, Gilberto Sepúlveda, Luis Olivas, Christian Calderón, Diego Delgaldillo, Carlos Cisneros, Pavel Perez, Angel Zaldívar, Paolo Yrizar, Andre Ham

Manager: Ricardo Cadena

LAFC 0-0 Club América (Club América win on penalties, 6-5)

After a battling win for LA Galaxy in the first match of our Leagues Cup 2022 Showcase doubleheader at SoFi Stadium, it was time for our second match of the evening, between LAFC and Club América. Leaders of MLS’ Western Conference, LAFC were the form team of the two, with four straight wins in the league. América, meanwhile, had been busy, mixing in a pair of friendlies against European opposition along with their Liga MX matches.

With the ground wreathed in yellow smoke and a packed house cheering on Los Águilas, the match got off to a nervy start, with half-chances at both ends within the first five minutes. Urged on by their fans, the Liga MX side would dominate the ball in the early stages, snapping into challenges and showing plenty of energy.

LAFC were far from fazed, though, and almost had an opener through Kwadwo Opoku, who came close to prodding home a low cross from Cristian Arango (13’). Opoku was then involved again, getting on the end of a counter, but a fine save from Oscar Jiménez saw the Ghanaian denied (19’) before Latif Blessing also failed to make the difference (24’).

There was an electricity to the match despite the lack of goals, though, and on the half hour, Mauricio Reyes offered up a fine cross to Federico Viñas, only for the striker to see his headed effort saved. The game almost turned, though, when Mamadou Fall was nearly sent off for a clumsy challenge on Viñas (40’) before VAR intervened to reduce it to a yellow.

After the first half ended scoreless, the second saw a few changes for LAFC, but it was Club América’s Roman Martínez who had the first chance on the counter (48’), forcing a near-post save from John McCarthy. Minutes later, Mamdou Fall was involved again, clearing a goal-bound shot from Emilio Lara off the line to keep the match level (51’).

Not to be denied, Los Águilas kept pushing for the opener, only to be denied again by a stunning save from McCarthy, again stopping Martínez from close range (54’). On the hour, Steve Cherundolo made a host of changes, including bringing on Gareth Bale to raucous applause. América responded ten minutes later with five changes of their own, but neither side was closer to finding a breakthrough, even as McCarthy was again forced into a save from Alejanrdo Zendejas (76’).

The match continued to be hard-fought as it headed to extra time, but it would eventually be decided on penalties. After a save each by McCarthy and Jimenez, the shootout went to sudden death, before LAFC’s José Cifuentes shot over the bar, giving Club América the win, 6-5. Despite a lack of goals from open play, the match between MLS’ top-ranked side and one of the traditional giants of Liga MX was a thrilling encounter, capping an exciting night of football at SoFi Stadium to kick off Leagues Cup 2022 Showcase!

Match Details:

Half-time: LAFC 0-0 Club América

Full time: LAFC 0-0 Club América (Club América win on penalties, 6-5)

Goals: none

Yellow cards:

LAFC: Mamadou Fall (40’) Franco Escobar (76’)

Red cards: none

Lineups:

LAFC:

John McCarthy; Ryan Hollingshead (Diego Palacios 62’), Sebastian Ibeagha, Mamadou Fall, Eddie Segura (Franco Escobar 62’); Sebastian Méndez (Jesús Murillo 62’), Kellyn Acosta (Ilie Sánchez 46’) Latif Blessing (José Cifuentes 62’); Kwadwo Opoku (Carlos Vela 46’), Cristian Arango (Gareth Bale 62’), Brian Rodríguez (Caleb Jennings 46’)

Substitutes: Tomas Romero, Franco Escobar, Jesus Murillo, Ilie Sánchez, Carlos Vela, Gareth Bale, Diego Palacios, Giorgio Chiellini, José Cifuentes, Christian Torres, Caleb Jennings, Tony Leone

Manager: Steve Cherundolo

Club América:

Oscar Jiménez; Emilio Lara, Sebastian Caceres, Bruno Valdez; Miguel Layún (Alejandro Zendejas 65’), Iker Moreno (Karel Campos 47’), Jonathan Dos Santos (Jonathan Rodríguez 65’), Richard Sanchez (Henry Martín 65’), Mauricio Reyes; Roman Martínez (Pedro Aquino 64’), Federico Viñas (Sebastian Martínez 64’)

Substitutes: Guillermo Ochoa, Fernando Tapia, Juan Blanco, Ralph Orquin, Alejandro Zendejas, Pedro Aquino, Sebastian Martínez, Karel Campos, Jürgen Damm, Jonathan Rodríguez, Henry Martín

Manager: Fernando Ortiz