WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 — Famed Mexican club Club Deportivo Guadalajara S.A. de C.V., commonly known as Chivas, is bringing a roster that features a mix of veteran and up-and-coming players for its American tour this July, which includes a game against D.C. United on July 12 at 8 p.m. at RFK Stadium.
The Chivas Guadalajara roster is led by captain Héctor Reynos; veteran goalkeeper Luis Ernesto Michel and midfielder Patricio Araujo. The all-Mexican roster also boasts young players such as, defender Néstor Vidrio, midfielder Jesús Sánchez and forward Carlos Fierro, who was a member of the Mexican national team that was crowned champions in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Guadalajara Chivas is one of the most successful clubs in Mexico, having won 11 titles in Mexico’s Primera División and two Copa México trophies since its founding in 1906. The 107-year-old club is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players. One of the team’s most noted products is Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
Chivas coach Benjamin “el Maestro” Galindo will use the tour to prepare his team ahead of the Liga MX Apertura 2013 season, which begins soon after their return from the U.S.
2013 Club Deportivo Guadalajara – U.S. Tour Roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Luis Ernesto Michel, Antonio Rodríguez and Hugo Hernández
DEFENDERS: Héctor Reynoso, Kristián Álvarez, Néstor Vidrio, Omar Esparza, Abraham Coronado, Carlos Villanueva and Víctor Perales
MIDFIELDERS: Patricio Araujo, Antonio Gallardo, Eduardo López, Giovani Hernández, Jesús Sánchez, and Mauricio Hernández
FORWARDS: Miguel Sabah, Carlos Fierro, Ángel Zaldívar and Carlos Cisneros
HEAD COACH: Benjamín Galindo
Source: D.C. United
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