A sole effort from Chivas USA’s Caleb Calvert was enough to the tournament’s bottom side picked up their first win whilst scoring their first goal of the 2014 Copa Chivas International Scotiabank as Liverpool suffered their 2nd defeat in as many games. After suffering their first defeat of the tournament at the hands of Club Tijuana, Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 18s were hoping to pick up their 2nd win of the tournament but that was not the case, as 9 men Chivas USA were triumphant.
LFC 0-1 (Calvert 36′) Chivas USA
Liverpool again struggled in the opening stages of the match. In the opening minute of the match, Chivas had a golden opportunity to open the scoring when Paul Salcedo’s cross found Caleb Calvert, but the forward’s controlled shot was tipped over the crossbar by Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Firth.
After this early scare, the Reds responded well and in the first 20 minutes created two chances of their own, but they couldn’t convert their chances, a common theme in the tournament. Also, these chances were finely saved by Daniil Slepukhin as the first half produced hardly any notable action.
After a lacklustre first half, the second half took just one minute before it was more eventful than the first as this was when the only goal of the game was scored. The Salcedo and Calvert partnership were soon in action again and the former’s cross found Calvert, who scored his and Chivas’ first goal of the tournament.
The Reds were given a great opportunity to equalise as a Chivas defender brought down a young Red which gave the referee no choice but to give Alex Inglethorpe’s side a penalty. Again Liverpool didn’t take their chances as Slepukhin saved the left-footed penalty. Despite this, the Chivas players were still frustrated with the decision and as a result started to commit very strong fouls. Adrian Moreno and Miguel Martinez were the Chivas players who were sent off whilst Ryan Kent was dismissed for Liverpool in a ugly affair which overlooked the match. Even though the American side played with nine men until the end of the match, they held on to register their first points of the season and inflict a second consecutive defeat on the Reds. Both games played for pride as neither of them unfortunately couldn’t qualify for the semi finals.
The defeat means that Liverpool remain in fourth place with four points and cannot qualify for the semi finals. The victory for Chivas USA means that they still remain bottom, but do have 3 points on the board after 3 defeats at the start of the tournament.
The Reds play their final game of the 2014 Copa Chivas International Scotiabank against the Columbian national side who have consistently topped Group B. Even though Liverpool cannot qualify for the semi finals, Columbia can secure a semi final place with a win. It is also a change of venue for the Reds, as they play at the Verde Valle at 9:30am. Chivas play their final game of the tournament against 5th placed Catolica, in a game that sees the bottom two sides play each other to compete for the wooden spoon. They also have an early kick off, and continue to play at the Iteso stadium.
As you may know, these games have already happened, but there will be match reports from all of Liverpool’s games exclusively on my blog and I doubt they will be covered elsewhere so keep an eye out on my blog in the coming days for match reports from every single Liverpool Under 18s game in the tournament.
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