SuperLiga 2010 Schedule Announced
Top clubs from Major League Soccer and Mexican First Division to face off in July 2010
NEW YORK / MEXICO CITY (Thursday, May 27, 2010) – Major League Soccer and the Federacion Mexicana de Futbol (FMF) today unveiled the tournament schedule and all participating teams for the 2010 edition of SuperLiga. The fourth installment of the tournament – which features top U.S. and Mexican soccer clubs and awards the winner with one of the biggest purses in the region – will begin Wednesday, July 14, just three days following the conclusion of this summer’s FIFA World Cup.
For the 2010 edition of SuperLiga, competitive criteria determined which four teams would represent their respective leagues. Based on their 2009 regular season record, the top four MLS teams (who are not competing in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League) qualified for SuperLiga 2010: Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Houston Dynamo and New England Revolution.
The four invited Mexican clubs participating in this edition of SuperLiga, based on combined points in the Apertura and Clausura 2009 (who are not competing in the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League) are Monarcas Morelia, Pachuca, Puebla F.C. and Pumas UNAM. More detailed information on all eight teams follows below.
Information for the semifinals and final to be played in August will be announced once teams qualify.
Among the highlights of the group phase:
* The growing rivalry between Houston Dynamo and Pachuca will continue on Thursday, July 15 at Robertson Stadium). Pachuca leads all time with a 3-2-1 record following dramatic matches in past CONCACAF Champions League and SuperLiga games;
* Chicago Fire and Monarcas Morelia will renew their past ties on Wednesday, July 14 in their third ever matchup (record is currently split);
* SuperLiga 2010 will mark Puebla and Pumas UNAM’s first-ever participation in the event;
* All four MLS clubs have previously participated in SuperLiga, including 2008 champion New England Revolution, and runners-up Houston Dynamo (2008) and Chicago Fire (2009).
In its history, SuperLiga has crowned two Mexican champions (Pachuca, 2007 and Tigres, 2009) and one U.S. champion (New England Revolution, 2008). All three championship games have been determined by penalty kicks. During the inaugural edition of SuperLiga, CF Pachuca defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 30, 2007. In 2008, the all-MLS final saw the Revolution defeat the Houston Dynamo at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. In 2009, Tigres UANL of Mexico defeated the Chicago Fire in front of a sell-out crowd at Toyota Park.
For ticket information, fans are encouraged to visit www.Ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. The entire tournament will once again be broadcast live by the Univision television family of networks, and on national radio on ESPN Deportes Radio, in the United States.
The SuperLiga field of teams is divided into two groups, each with two representatives from the respective leagues:
Group A Group B
Chivas USA (USA) Chicago Fire (USA)
Houston Dynamo (USA) Monarcas Morelia (MEX)
Pachuca (MEX) New England Revolution (USA)
Puebla F.C. (MEX) Pumas UNAM (MEX)
SuperLiga 2010 Schedule*
(All Times Eastern) / * Subject to change
Wednesday, July 14
New England Revolution vs. Pumas UNAM (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA) – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Fire vs. Monarcas Morelia (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL) – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 15
Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) – 8:00 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. Puebla (The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA) – 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 17
Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL) – 7:00 p.m.
Monarcas Morelia vs. Pumas UNAM (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL.) – 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 18
Houston Dynamo vs. Chivas USA (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) – 8:00 p.m.
Pachuca vs. Puebla (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20
New England Revolution vs. Monarcas Morelia (Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, MA) – 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Fire vs. Pumas UNAM (Toyota Park – Bridgeview, IL) – 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 21
Houston Dynamo vs. Puebla (Robertson Stadium – Houston, TX) – 8:00 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. Pachuca (The Home Depot Center – Carson, CA) – 10:30 p.m.
About the MLS clubs
(All-Time SuperLiga appearances in parenthesis)
New England Revolution (2008 Champions, 2009, 2010), one of the original teams of Major League Soccer, arrives to SuperLiga looking to emulate their performance in 2008, when they reached the last stage of the tournament and were ultimately crowned SuperLiga champions. The squad, led by head coach Steve Nicol, brings several attacking options led by 2009 MLS MVP Finalist Shalrie Joseph in the midfield and Cory Gibbs in defense. In 2010, the Revolution will be looking to keep their title as the only American team to win the competition.
Chicago Fire (2009 runner up) returns to this edition of SuperLiga after falling to Tigres UANL in the 2009 championship match at TOYOTA PARK. The Fire looks to finish the job under the management of Mexican head coach Carlos de los Cobos. With quality players such as Guatemalan midfielder Marco Pappa and former U.S. international Brian McBride, Chicago Fire promises to be one of the favorites in the tournament.
Houston Dynamo (2007, 2008 runner-up, 2010), the 2008 SuperLiga runner-up and MLS powerhouse, will bring their experience to this year’s edition with stars such as Brian Ching and Luis Angel Landin. Under the direction of Dominic Kinnear, the Dynamo will be a strong contender due to their experience in domestic and international competition.
Chivas USA (2008, 2009, 2010) returns to SuperLiga looking to improve on last year’s performance. Under new management with Mexican-American manager Martin Vasquez, Chivas USA has a versatile squad led by co-captains Jonathan Bornstein and Sacha Kljestan as well as forwards Jesus Padilla and Maykel Galindo.
About the Mexican League clubs
Monarcas Morelia (2007, 2010) was a semifinalist of the Bicentenario 2010 tournament and will look to continue its good form this summer when it participates in the 2010 edition of SuperLiga. The squad, commanded by head coach Tomas Juan Boy, features a high profile attacking duo in Mexican internationals Miguel Sabah and Jared Borgetti. Morelia participated in SuperLiga 2007 and has participated in the prestigious Copa Libertadores on two different occasions.
Pachuca (2007 Champions, 2008, 2010), also known as “Tuzos”, hails from Hidalgo and comes to SuperLiga after a successful year that saw them reach the semifinals in the Bicentenario 2010. The squad, directed by head coach Guillermo Daniel Rivarola, features Argentinean forward Damian Manso, who led his team with seven goals during the Clausura 2010, and American-born Jose Francisco Torres. After participating in the last two editions of SuperLiga, Pachuca brings experience and competition to this year’s tournament.
Puebla F.C. (first appearance) is a team that scored 28 goals during their regular season – many of which came from the foot of American forward Herculez Gomez in the Bicententario 2010. Puebla has the potential of being one of the best offensive team in this year’s SuperLiga. “La Franja,” as they are known, are under the management of Jose Luis “El Chelis” Sanchez Sola, and the club will look for a solid performance in SuperLiga 2010, as this will mark the team’s first appearance in an international tournament.
Pumas UNAM (first appearance), one of the Mexican teams with the most domestic experience, will make their first appearance in SuperLiga during the 2010 edition of the annual tournament. Pumas bring a powerful mix of young and experienced players, which include midfielder Israel Castro, forward Pablo Barrera and the legendary international forward Francisco “Paco” Palencia, who played for Chivas USA in 2005-2006.