Guadalajara beats Chivas USA at Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. -- Omar Arellano scored two goals during a 5-minute span late in the second half to give CD Guadalajara a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA on Wednesday night in a soccer exhibition at the Rose Bowl.
CD Guadalajara, also known as Chivas, and Chivas USA are both owned by Mexican businessman Jorge Vergara.
"This game has helped us a lot," Guadalajara coach Raul Arias said. "We're in the process of redefining what this team is."
Arias was hired Sept. 16 after Guadalajara lost four of its first seven games.
Arellano scored his first goal in the 74th minute. Arellano took Sergio Avila's left-wing cross and converted a 7-yard shot between goalkeeper Jon Conway and the left post.
Guadalajara's fans in the southwest corner of the stadium responded by setting off red, white and blue flares and fireworks and by throwing streamers.
Arellano scored his second goal on a breakaway in the 79th minute. Ramon Morales passed just inside the midfield stripe to Arellano, who beat defender Claudio Suarez and fired a diagonal 8-yard shot over Conway's left shoulder.
Conway was playing his first game for Chivas USA since being acquired from New York on Sept. 11.
"We were short-handed," Chivas USA coach Preki Radosavljevic said. "We didn't have quite enough guys to play one team in the first half and one team in the second half. Apart from that, we got to see some of the new guys."
Guadalajara's Marco Fabian had a chance to score in the 25th minute but his right foot missed the ball completely on an open 13-yard shot.
Goalkeeper Luis Michel made one save for the shutout. Michel caught Jesus Padilla's 31-yard line drive in the 31st minute.
Chivas USA's Bojan Stepanovic was carried off the field after colliding with Fabian in the 41st minute.
"His kneecap slid to the side," Preki said. "It didn't look really good. Hopefully, he recovers fast and we'll have him soon."
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