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Libertadores: Internacional tops Chivas in 1st leg

It was a massive day for Mexican soccer on the bicentennial of the country's independence: El Tri hosted World Cup champion Spain in a 1-1 friendly draw before more than 100,000 at Azteca Stadium, and Chivas Guadalajara welcomed Internacional for the first leg of the finals in Copa Libertadores, the biggest club competition in Latin America.

Chivas, only the second Mexican team to reach the finals, seized the lead late in the first half, but the Brazilian side responded with a pair of headers four minutes apart for a 2-1 victory. The return leg is next week in Porto Alegre. Watch:


By Steve Goff  |  August 12, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
Categories:  Brazil , Libertadores , Mexico  | Tags: Copa Libertadores  
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Uhhhh, I've always thought something was a little queer with Baptista, but seriously what's the deal with the MIchael Jackson glove???

Posted by: DadRyan | August 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Dad,

Bofo Bautista used to play with a panty on his head. So if he's wearing a glove in honor of Michael Jackson or his proctologist it just means he's toning down his public image.

Does Copa Libertadores use away goals as a tiebreaker?

Hope everyone made it through the morning storms OK.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 12, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Man that stadium they have down there is AWESOME.

Posted by: dculoyal | August 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Oops spelled his name wrong. A panty? Really? Dude just seems kinda gross that's all I know.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 12, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

DCU info has been oddly quiet the past 2 days. Probably about to get a big signing

Posted by: SexyOffender | August 12, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

It looks like an underground coke lab from Clear and Present Danger.

Posted by: Reignking | August 12, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Did someone say "danger"?!

I call ya, you ain't in
What's this cold reaction?
Where've you been?
Oooooh, baby, let it on the line
This is last call and you say that's all
You can take it fine

I'm sorry but, it don't make sense
You're pullin' just right out on first offense
Oooooh, baby, play it smart
For you to go south with your big mouth
Let it take your heart

Danger, there's a breakdown dead ahead
Maybe you're in way above your head
I may burn, (I may burn)
Might upset you
But you know I'd never let you down..."

Boz Scaggs, "Breakdown Dead Ahead"

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 12, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I thongly object to some of these comments.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 12, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

"DCU info has been oddly quiet the past 2 days. Probably about to get a big signing"

I could be sarcasm-impaired re. your post, but at any rate, I think I've seen that Kasper/Payne have said no more signings this year. I think what we see is what we get. I agree it's a depressing silence.

The raccoon twitter usually has valuable updates, let us know if you need that link.

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 12, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Here it is -- Goff wrote Aug. 6:

"Trade talks never truly end until the roster deadline in September, but at the moment, United is not in any other serious discussions, General Manager Dave Kasper said. No major foreign signings are imminent either, though the club is hoping to bring in England-based midfielder Jemal Johnson for a trial starting Tuesday. The international signing period closes Aug. 15."

Posted by: fallschurch1 | August 12, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I haven't been on in a while, but I don't think I have ever been sarcastic on any forum ever.

However, what is this twitter? =D

Posted by: SexyOffender | August 12, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, meant to put this in the most recent story of Steve's. Accidentally put it elsewhere.

Anyway, earlier this morning, Bolivian news reports indicated that Jaime Moreno is done (thanks to Chico for the link):

http://www.eldeber.com.bo/2010/2010-08-12/vernotaahora.php?id=100811213624

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 12, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Being more careful: "done" = "plans to hang it up at the end of the year."

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 12, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I really dislike Bofo and Chivas, but that was a delightful goal. Not just the ability to power and direct a header from that distance with accuracy, but the awareness that the keeper was coming off his line.

Posted by: Chest_Rockwell | August 12, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Interesting Jaime refers to his "distancing" from DCU as making a possible move back to Bolivia easier, and that he wished it had happened in the off-season. DCU has put a youth coaching position on the table.

Any way, huge story here. It will be sad to see him go, but at least it's another legit reason not to bail on late-season home games.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | August 12, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

OT

Budweiser -- The King of Beers!

"A big bet on the World Cup has paid off for the world's biggest beer company. Leuven, Belgium-based Anheuser-Busch InBev NV said second-quarter volumes were up 2.1% over the same period last year. . . . . 'Budweiser activated the FIFA World Cup asset for the seventh time.' The iconic brand was the soccer tournament's principal beer sponsor and was the only brand allowed inside stadiums. Anheuser . . . said that sales of Budweiser at the games 'outpaced soft drinks, sports drinks and bottled water combined.'"

But sales in South Africa were irrelevant, say analysts. What mattered was that, on the field, countries in some of Anheuser's biggest markets, like Brazil, the U.S. and the U.K., made it out of the group stage of the tournament.

Even though Brazil got knocked out in the quarterfinals, "that's still four games and plenty of excitement," says Wim Hoste, a Brussels-based analyst for KBC Securities. Anheuser's volumes in Brazil, where a big part of the company is based, were up 13.7% in the second quarter."

When you say Bud, you've said it all!

Posted by: OWNTF | August 12, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Jaime actually seemed to be indicating that he was leaving yesterday morning -- he posted to FB thanking everyone for supporting him during his time here. It's amazing to me, though, that since yesterday morning, Bolivia has picked it up, but nobody here has.

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 12, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

crickets...

Posted by: Reignking | August 12, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

It always crack me up when commenters say to Goff, Ives, or other journalists/bloggers "Hey, how come you don't have anything on [minor breaking news story of the day] when the story--if real at all--is just hours old (in this case the story about Jaime saying to Facebook friends that this is his last season).

Maybe, just maybe, the journalist is tracking down a legitimate source or two. Maybe they haven't returned his call(s) yet. Maybe he is doing what a PROFESSIONAL does, not just spewing out rumors onto a blog.

If and when the story is confirmed by Goff, we can generally know it'll be correct (based on his track record). So to the "where's Goff?" whiners here and on BS I say "is the few hours difference between the time a Bolivian web site picks up the story and when Goff (of whoever) tracks it down and confirms it really going to kill you?

You folks need to back off. Jeez.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | August 12, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there has been a real uproar here.

Posted by: Reignking | August 12, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

PrinceBuster21,

1. Jaime's farewell on FB wasn't a few hours ago; it was yesterday.

2. There's maybe two or three people her that have been wondering why it hadn't come up in the blog yet. That seems like that big a deal to you? Really? Slow day at work?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler | August 12, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

There's maybe two or three people her that have been wondering why it hadn't come up in the blog yet. That seems like that big a deal to you? Really? Slow day at work?

Posted by: christopher_a_metzler

---------------

Didn't say it was a big deal. I said it cracks me up.

I routinely see people (not just here) who are just absurdly impatient around this sort of thing. This was hardly an extreme case (yes, it was just a few people here and a few on BS).

Maybe the "slow day at work" comment is best directed at them?

Anyway, it seems Goff is on it now.

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | August 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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