WASHINGTON - Luciano Emilio's header off an assist from
Christian Gomez in the 91st minute gave D.C. United a 1-1 tie with
Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of a CONCACAF Champions' Cup
semifinal on Thursday night.
Omar Bravo's header off a crossing pass from Sergio Santana gave
Guadalajara a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute.
The 11-time Mexican Primera Division champions got a lot of
support from the crowd of 26,528 that chanted ''Chivas! Chivas!
Chivas!'' during much of the rainy match at RFK Stadium.
But D.C. United, winner of the 1998 CONCACAF Champions' Cup,
battled back for their fans.
Emilio, a Brazilian striker and former national scoring champion
in Honduras, was signed Jan. 16 by D.C. United as a senior
international player. Emilio's tying goal was his
tournament-leading fourth in this CONCACAF Champions' Cup.
On one of Guadalajara's best scoring opportunities, Bravo's shot
from point-blank range was denied by D.C. United goalkeeper Troy
Perkins in the 55th minute.
The second leg will be played April 3 at Estadio Jalisco in
Guadalajara, Mexico. The team with the most goals after two legs
advances to the CONCACAF Champions Cup, set for April 17-19 and
The Houston Dynamo defeated Pachuca CF of Mexico 2-0 in the
first leg of the other semifinal series on Thursday. This is the
first time since 2000 that two U.S. clubs have reached the
semifinals and the first time they've ever faced Mexican sides in
the CONCACAF Champions' Cup's final four.
The tournament champion will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup