BY ADAM SERRANO
Goals by a pair of Uruguayans Andres Olivera and Alvaro Gonzalez proved the difference as Puebla FC defeated Chivas USA, 2-1 on Thursday night. The defeat ended the Rojiblancos recent four game unbeaten streak.
The Camateros struck early in the 6th minute when Olivera scuffed weak shot into the Chivas USA net that may been deflected by a defender in an offside position. The visitors took a two goal lead when Alvaro Gonzalez fired a one time shot past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy. The Rojiblancos were able to pull one back in the 85th minute when a Michael Umana fired in a header off a corner kick from new addition Rodolfo Espinoza, but never really threatened Puebla throughout the match.
The match was the first game for Chivas USA's three new acquisitions Paulo Nagamura, Giancarlo Maldonado and Rodolfo Espinoza. All three were in the starting line up and struggled to find rhythm with the new team. After the match Maldonado was candid that it wasn't easy in the first game with his new teammates.
"The first fifteen minutes it was very hard to understand each other," said Maldonado. "Then the team understood that when we had the ball, we began to understand one another and now we think about the team and turn the page."
NGWENYA BRACE GIVES DYNAMO WIN OVER PACHUCA
A brace and a little late dramatics by forward Joseph Nwengya proved the difference as the Houston Dynamo were able to defeat Mexican powerhouse Pachuca.
Nwengya's goal in the 85th minute off a free kick from Cory Ashe gave the Dynamo the victory in a heated Superliga match. The forward gave the Dynamo an early lead in the 19th minute, when a Ngwenya one-timer defeated Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel Calero. The Tuzos drew level with a goal by Damian Manoso in the 51st minute, but were done in by Ngwenya's late dramatics.
The Dynamo are now tied with Puebla for the lead in Group B ahead of Sunday's matches. Houston will now take on Chivas USA in the club's third meeting this season at Robertson Stadium while Pachuca will take on Puebla in a battle of Mexican clubs.