Club Deportivo Guadalajara, also known as Chivas, survived a tough visit to Santos Laguna in their opening match day with a 1-1 draw. They now get set to open the doors of the Estadio
Omnilife for the first time in the 2014 Clausura tournament of LIGA Bancomer MX.
Chivas could have walked away from Torreon with three shocking points over Santos, as they withstood all that the host threw at them. The visitors had taken a surprising early lead through Omar Bravo but Santos fought back with everything they had; it would be a Chivas own goal that ended up rescuing a point for the home side.
The Guadalajara side will now face relegation-threatened Chiapas FC in the Estadio Omnilife on Sunday evening in a match that closes out the second week of games. The game is scheduled for Sunday January 12th at 6:00PM (EST) and will be shown live in the United States on Univision Deportes Network.
It will be interesting to see how many fans in Guadalajara actually attend the match at the Estadio Omnilife. The club’s notoriously bad seasons have managed to drive the fans away from the stadium, leaving the empty red seats of the stadium as the background of every Chivas home match.
It will also be interesting to see how the fans that do attend the match receive prodigal son Omar Bravo. Bravo has gotten a second wind in his career over the last 12 months while playing for crosstown rivals Atlas. One year ago Bravo was loaned out by Cruz Azul to Atlas on a 12 month loan; six months into the loan Cruz Azul sold Bravo to the club where he made his professional debut, Chivas. (Atlas refused to let Bravo go early and was forced to see out the loan spell.)
Now back with the club where he went through the youth system, Bravo marked his comeback debut with a goal in the early minutes against Santos to give Chivas the lead. Bravo was also given the captain’s armband for the season by returning manager Jose Luis Real.
As bad as the Guadalajara side have been over the last few season, they and their fans will expect to get full points on Sunday when they face Chiapas FC. The "jungle" team is one of Mexico’s weakest sides and will have a tough season ahead of them as they fight to avoid leaving the profitable top division.
Chivas- Antonio Rodriguez (GK), Jesus Sanchez, Patricio Araujo, Victor Perales, Gerardo Rodriguez, Jorge Enriquez, Israel Castro, Carlos Fierro, Aldo De Nigris, Rafael Marquez-Lugo, Omar Bravo
Chiaspas FC- Antonio Perez (GK), William Paredes, Juan Carlos Rojas, Javier David Muñoz, David Mendieta, Felix Araujo, Luis Robles Ramirez, Lucas Viatri, David Toledo, Luis Alfonso Rodriguez, Carlos Ochoa
For the first time in over a decade Club Deportivo Guadalajara, aka Chivas, will be without central defender Hector Reynoso who leaves the club to join Morelia on a one year loan, the club Tuesday morning.
“Club Deportivo Guadalajara inform that after reaching an agreement with Club Monarcas Morelia the player Hector Reynoso Lopez was let go on a one year loan to the Michoacan side.
“As part of Chivas Hector Reynoso has been a true leader in defense, captain of the squad and a true example of constancy appearing in 369 matches.”
Reynoso finishes off his 13 year career with Chivas with 369 matches of which 349 where as a starter. He scored 26 goals, and had 4 assists. He saw 12 red cards, and won one league championship in 2006.
Reynoso becomes the latest Chivas icon to leave the squad in this time of change. He follows the likes of Marco Fabian who is heading to Cruz Azul, where he will play under the manager who lead him to an Olympic Gold Medal, Luis Fernando Tena.
Also leaving the club will be goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel, it is rumored that Michel will join Reynoso in Morelia, but no official announcement as to where the goalkeeper will end up has been made.
It was announced six months ago, but made official today; Omar Bravo returns to Chivas of Guadalajara. Bravo, who has spent the last year on loan to local city rivals Atlas, was sold to Chivas in January but still had to complete his contract with Atlas before being able to come back to his birth club.
Bravo who came up the youth ranks at Chivas left the club to go try his luck in Europe in 2008 when he signed for Spanish club Deportivo La Coruña. Bravo returned to Mexico on a loan to Tigres for six months before making his first return to Chivas in 2009.
Chivas then sent Omar Bravo to USA's Major League Soccer where he appeared for Sporting Kansas City on 28 occasions scoring 9 goals. Bravo returned to Mexico to play for Mexico City based Cruz Azul.
Cruz Azul then sent out Bravo on a one year loan to Atlas, but six months into the loan Cruz Azul sold him to his home club Chivas. Atlas decided to enforce the contract and obligated Bravo to see out his one year loan contract.
Bravo has scored a total of 124 goals in 325 matches for Chivas of Guadalajara and won the 2006 league title which was the club's record setting 11th league championship at the time.
"I'm happy to be here" said Bravo in Press conference "can't think of anything else but winning the championship here."