BY ADAM SERRANO
SAN DIEGO, CALIF — Chivas USA escaped the shadow of their big brother to the south on Tuesday night in San Diego.
The Rojiblancos defeated Chivas de Guadalajara on penalty kicks winning the second edition of the Chivaclasico. The match took place in San Diego's Petco Park for 23,216 red-and-white clad fans.
Both teams struggled to finish chances as the match ended in regulation tied up at 0-0. Michael Lahoud was the hero as the midfielder confidently buried the penalty that gave Chivas USA, the ChivaClasico trophy.
The story for Martin Vasquez's crew revolved around missed opportunities. The Rojiblancos dominated the early stages of the first half, but were plagued by poor finishing. Justin Braun had the best opportunity of the match in the 35th minute when a Rodlofo Espionza cross found him alone on the keeper. However, the Chvias USA forward sent the shot just wide of the net.
The poor finishing also plagued the mother club as Chivas de Guadalajara missed several chances to win the game in regulation. Future Kansas City Wizards striker Omar Bravo was the most active early, but missed two clear chances at Zach Thornton's net. Guadalajara's best chance came in the 60th minute when Bofo Bautista was alone on net, but his shot was stopped by a palm save by Chivas USA backup goalkeeper Kevin Guppy.
San Diego native Sal Zizzo made his first start in a Chivas USA uniform and went 45 minutes in front of his home crowd.