Much like the Dynamo win over Pachuca, Necaxa got a defining win over Brazil squad Sao Paulo.
It was Sao Paulo’s first loss in 29 games making it more impressive. Kleber and Juan Salguiero provided the goals in a game that could be seen on Fox Sports Espanol. Mexican clubs like Necaxa look to Argentine and Brazilian squads as a measuring stick much like MLS squads look to Mexican squads as a measuring stick. This is what makes this result significant.
Meanwhile Club America got smacked at Banfield in Argentina 3-1 and were never really in this one.
Was it a “Superclasico” hangover? Who knows but one thing is clear with Club America. Ever since Pavel Pardo moved on along with Claudio Lopez this team has never been the same.
Pardo was the “heart and soul ” of Club America, the calm in the storm and the type of player that was able to help hold things together for this team out of a holding role in central midfield.
Club America was lucky to beat Chivas this past Sunday night and it all game down to goalkeeping and Guillermo Ochoa who pulled off fantastic saves.
German Villa’s goal off a Salvador Cabanas cross was classic.
*For those of you emailing me saying the officiating was the reason Pahuca lost to the Houston Dynamo consider this.
Where is the accountability from Pahuca ? It’s staff? Players? I would be more concerned with not recognizing the opportunity to put the game away in the first half? Lack of emotional control? Not dealing particularly well with Dynamo pressure in the second half? Why the excuses? How could Pachuca not think that the Houston Dynamo would play better in the second half. This teams greatest strength is to play selflessly for each other. How could Pachuca and Enrique Meza (Mexican coaching legend) not see this coming. Naive to say the least in my opinion.