Preview: D.C. United vs. Chivas de Guadalajara
Tonight, D.C. United welcomes Chivas de Guadalajara to RFK Stadium for an international friendly (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes, 8:00 p.m. ET). The Liga MX side, which will open its summer “Apertura” season in a week’s time, has won 11 first-division titles and is one of Mexican soccer’s most storied clubs. In addition to being the only Liga MX team that exclusively fields Mexican players, the organization has produced homegrown stars such as Javier Hernandez, Omar Bravo and Carlos Vela.
Several of the Black-and-Red’s newest Homegrown products will be available for the match against Guadalajara, including forward Michael Seaton and recently-signed midfielder Collin Martin. The duo of D.C. United Academy graduates will also be joined by former Toronto FC midfielder Luis Silva and former U.S. youth international midfielder Jared Jeffrey, both of whom were acquired earlier this week.
D.C. is coming off a 0-0 draw at the Colorado Rapids, a game in which goalkeeper Joe Willis made seven saves to lead the Black-and-Red to a big road result. After going 3-2-3 in its past eight games, United will look to sustain its current form against Guadalajara ahead of next week’s return to League play at the Chicago Fire. Veterans Dwyane De Rosario and Chris Pontius have combined to score seven goals during that eight-game stretch, and the addition of D.C.’s young attacking players should make for an exciting Friday night at RFK.
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