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Chivas didn’t rest many players in win over weekend

Only one player who started against Sounders didn’t play over the weekend.

Pumas UNAM v Chivas - Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX
Chivas’ leading scorer, Rodolfo Pizarro, is questionable for Wednesday’s match.
Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

UPDATE: It now appears as though Rodolfo Pizarro will be made available for the game, giving Chivas an important tool in attempting their comeback.


Chivas Guadalajara managed to win their first Liga MX match in almost two months over the weekend, but they did so while using a roster that looked remarkably similar to the one that lost to the Seattle Sounders last week in CONCACAF Champions League play.

Eight of the 11 players who started against the Sounders also started in the 1-0 win at Lobos BUAP (about 430 miles east of Estadio Chivas), and five of them played 90 minutes in both games, including three of the four starting defenders. In total, Chivas used 12 players in both games.

One of the players who didn’t feature on Saturday after coming off the bench in the Sounders match was Rodolfo Pizarro, Chivas’ leading scorer. He’s been dealing with an adductor injury and although the hope was to save him for the Sounders match, it remains unclear how many minutes he’ll be available to play. Chivas’ second-leading scorer this year, Alan Pulido, will miss Wednesday’s second leg on account of picking up his second yellow card of the tournament.

This type of fixture congestion has become the norm for Chivas this year, as Wednesday’s match will be their eighth in the past 33 days.

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