05 August, 2010

SuperLiga Final All Set

The opponent for the New England Revolution in the SuperLiga final is now determined, and unfortunately, it will not be an all-MLS final. Morelia Monarcas defeated Houston Dynamo 1-0 earlier today on a goal by Miguel Sabah, who appears to have dominated the game in both halves. Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall kept the game scoreless at the break by making several saves on Mexican National Teamer Sabah, and Houston forward Cam Weaver struck the post on a header during first half injury time.

In the 47th minute, Miguel Sabah received a ball past the Dynamo defense and chipped it over a charging Tally Hall for the game's only goal. For the rest of the game, Houston tried to go through Brian Ching, who was fouled repeatedly, and Houston simply could not convert any of the free kicks. One Morelia defender, Adrian Aldrete, picked up a second yellow card for persistent fouls on Ching and will be suspended for the final, but the Dynamo could not capitalize even with the man advantage.

Morelia will take on the New England Revolution in the final. New England won all three of their group stage games by 1-0 scores, then tied Puebla 1-1 in the semifinal yesterday, advancing 5-3 on penalty kicks thanks to goalkeeper Matt Reis.

In better news for the MLS, FC Dallas tied Champions League Champions Inter Milan, who won the treble (League, Cup, and Champions League) in Italy's Serie A. And don't think Inter didn't bring their A-Team, although Wesley Sneijder didn't play, Diego Milito, Samuel Eto'o, Esteban Cambiasso, and Maicon all started. And they meant business. Eto'o struck the post in the 24th minute, and then Milito headed a cross from Maicon perfectly into the back of the net to put Inter up 1-0.

FC Dallas was not to be defeated so easily, however. San Diego's own Eric Avila, from La Costa Canyon High School (who played his club ball for my former employers the San Diego Crusaders before being poached by La Jolla Nomads), opened the game with a shot on goal saved in the 3rd minute. In the 42nd minute, Avila controlled a David Ferreira corner kick and redirected it with his feet to big 6'3" center back George John, who leveled the score 1-1 before halftime. You may remember Eric Avila leading UC Santa Barbara to the 2006 College Cup over UCLA.

Samuel Eto'o scored the go-ahead goal for Inter in the 64th minute, just before leaving the game for a substitute, to give the fans their money's worth. But, ten minutes later, Marco Materazzi fouled Jeff Cunningham in the penalty area. Rumor has it that Materazzi tugged Cunningham's shirt, Cunningham said "If you want my shirt so much, you can have it after the match" and Materazzi replied "I prefer the whore that is your sister" but this rumor is unconfirmed. What is not disputed is that Colombian free kick taker David Ferreira stepped up to the penalty spot and tied the game with a PK, sending the Frisco, TX, crowd home in a good mood.

A very average-at-best MLS squad ties the Champions League Champions. Not bad.

Final thought: speaking of Colombians and big center backs, Philadelphia Union has just added center back Juan Diego Gonzalez of Colombia. He will wear jersey number 3.


  1. Follow up: YouTube has the highlights of Inter Milan at FC Dallas. However, these highlights from Italian TV inexplicably do not feature the live shots of the goals, only the replays, and do not show the Materazzi foul, only the penalty kick.

  2. When's the final? Tris, can we get a streaming video? I want to see this, will probably be a rough low scoring game, but nice comparison of good Mexican team vs good MLS team.

  3. Sorry, forgot that crucial detail. The final will be in Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA, on September 1.


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