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Chivas to play Chivas in San Diego as MLS team takes on Mexican power

August 19, 2010 |  6:13 pm

In a move intended as much to fill its financial coffers as to introduce the two brands to a wider Southern California audience, Major League Soccer's Chivas USA on Thursday announced that it would play Chivas de Guadalajara at Petco Park in San Diego at 8 p.m. on  Sept. 14.

The so-called ChivaClasico is being jointly presented by Soccer United Marketing, an MLS offshoot, and the San Diego Padres.

Guadalajara, an 11-time champion of the Mexican league, features such Mexico World Cup 2010 players as Jonny Magallon, Adolfo Bautista, Alberto Medina and Luis Michel. The game will be the second edition of the ChivaClasico. The teams played at the Rose Bowl last year, with Chivas de Guadalajara winning, 2-0.

-- Grahame L. Jones

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