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About Chivas and the Copa Sudamericana

I can't tell if people in the threadprevious were serious about not knowing about tomorrow's match, or were mocking The Post for not having covered it yet. Regardless, here are a few details.

The Copa Nissan Sudamericana is a South American club tournament run by CONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation. In 2005, the event expanded to include CONCACAF teams, according to DCU. This is United's second appearance; in that year, United lost to Universidad Católica of Chile in the Round of 16, 4-3 aggregate. Yes, "Nissan" is as in the car maker. No other MLS team has participated.

DCU will face Chivas in a home-and-home aggregate series as part of the Round of 16, starting tomorrow at home at 8:30 (Fox Sports en Español). The good news for TV viewers is that the wire holding up the baseball backstop at RFK has already been taken down. So have most of the sponsorship banners in left and center field (behind the "Loud Side" for soccer configurations).

There were 34 teams invited (see the full list here, including the reason each team was invited), which obviously means there were some earlier elimination stages, but DCU advanced straight to the Round of 16. The club was invited based on its third place finish in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. The event's defending champion is Mexico's Pachuca, which defeated Chile's Colo Colo. The 2005 champ was Boca Juniors, which defeated Pumas in the final.

The winner of DCU-Chivas winner is scheduled to face the winner of Brazil's Goias EC and Argentina's Arsenal in mid-to-late October. Arsenal leads 3-2 after winning in Brazil; the second leg will be played in Argentina tomorrow. United-Chivas is the last Round of 16 series to begin. The final (also a home-and-home) is scheduled for late November/early December. The full schedule is here (PDF file).

The event's home page is right here, but it's all in Spanish. Whether because of the media's preoccupation with easy storylines or actual facts, the focus of my interviews was the renewal of the rivalry with Chivas, which defeated DCU 3-2 aggregate in March's Concacaf Champions' Cup semifinals. If any of the above is incorrect or incomplete, feel free to add additional information below.

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 25, 2007; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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