Club Tijuana flies 3,000 miles, battles the altitude of Bogota, and comes away with an impressive victory; tickets are flying off the shelves in Colorado; the women return to action against Canada.
February 20, 2013
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The Xolos went to Colombia and defeated Fredy Montero and Bogota's Millonarios in the first match of the Copa Libertadores. The victory leaves the Mexican champions at the top of its group. Americans Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo started, with the latter getting the game's only assist. If the club can make a run in South America's biggest tournament, it would be a bigger achievement than its recent Liga MX domination--and the sort of achievement that Jurgen Klinsmann would relish.
The U.S. men's March 22 World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, is sold out. You can still pay $599 for the Ultimate Fan Ticket.
The American women will renew their rivalry with Canada during a June 2 friendly in Toronto. The last time the two teams played was during the semifinals of the Olympics when the Stars and Stripes came out on top thanks to Alex Morgan's 123rd minute goal.
Twenty-year-old Ventura Alvarado found the back of the net for Club America for the first time. So that's fun.
In possibly relevant Hexagonal news, the Vancouver Whitecaps sign Honduran center back Johnny Leverón, who has 20 appearances for the senior national team and captained the country during its impressive run at the 2012 Olympics.