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Chivas in crisis? Eight games without a win after loss to Chicharito's LA Galaxy

El Rebaño came out with an alternative squad for the Leagues Cup; Galaxy's Mexicans Jonathan Pérez and Efraín Álvarez shone with goals and assists.

Chicharito's nostalgic meeting against Chivas.
Chicharito's nostalgic meeting against Chivas.

The Galaxy, currently out of the MLS qualification zone, defeated Chivas de Guadalajara, who are not going through a good moment either and showed their lack of goals, in the double match of the Leagues Cup Showcase played at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The Galaxy won with goals by Serbian Dejan Joveljić in the first half and Californian Jonathan Pérez in the second half.

Javier Hernández, who was reunited with his former Chivas teammates, started in Greg Vanney's XI, but was substituted at halftime of the match played at SoFi Stadium. Chicharito had the first dangerous chance when he took advantage of a delayed ball from the red and white defense that he intercepted, but José Rangel was attentive at the back and came out to anticipate a better shot from the Galaxy striker.

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After that, Santiago Ormeño and Miguel Ponce, both of whom had a couple of clear chances that affected the team's confidence. The MLS team opened the scoring in the 28th minute thanks to a corner kick taken by Mexican Efraín Álvarez, which Dejan Joveljic connected with his left foot at the near post after anticipating the red and white defense.

Jonathan Klinsmann, who had prevented Ponce's goal, was again at his best under the goalposts to prevent a one-goal draw after diving to save a powerful long-range shot by 'Chapito' Sánchez. The Los Angeles Galaxy increased the lead at 62' with a left-footed shot by Mexican Jonathan Pérez that went into Rangel's lower left corner for the definitive 2-0 lead.

Chivas’ worst streak in years

In this way, Chivas worsened its bad streak in the second half of the year after accumulating eight matches without a win: against FC Juárez (0-0), San Luis (0-1), Santos (1-1), León (0-0), Juventus (2-0), Querétaro (2-2) and Pachuca (0-0).

Wilian Estrella

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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