Posted on September 27, 2012
COUVA, Trinidad – CD Guadalajara — Chivas — remained alive to reach the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals with a 1-1 tie with DirecTV W Connection on Wednesday night.
Erick Torres scored his first goal of the season for Chivas in the Group B encounter.
Chivas (four points), trying to avoid becoming the first Mexican side to fail to qualify for the quarterfinal since the competition began in 2008, is three points behind leader Xelaju. It faces a must-win situation against the Guatemalan side in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Oct. 25 to determine the berth in the knockout round. W Connection already had been eliminated from contention for the quarterfinals.
The Mexican team extended its unbeaten streak to five in all competitions, but remained winless in CONCACAF club play in six games dating back to the 1997 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
Connection, which won’t begin play in the TT Pro League until next week, finished the CCL with two draws in four matches.
Torres’ goal in the 39th minute gave Chivas the lead, but Clyde Leon’s free kick equalized in the 66th minute.
Chivas played without several regulars due to injury, including Omar Arellano, Rafael Marquez Lugo, Marco Fabian and Miguel Ponce, but it enjoyed most of the possession in the first half.
Connection goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams made several vital saves to deny the visitors, but could not deny the 19-year-old Torres’ penalty kick with six minuts remaining in the half.
Categories: Caribbean, Champions League, Guatemala, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago
Tags: CD Guadalajara, Chivas, CONCACAF Champions League, ERick Torres, Xelaju