"Houston's Revenge" I called it when I predicted to Luis that Houston would beat Pachuca in the SuperLiga Semifinal match.
My logic was that Houston had the confidence from beating Pachuca at Robertson Stadium before, that they may have been flat and overlooked their last two MLS opponents, but they certainly wouldn't do that with Los Tuzos. Essentially, Houston is a good team, and I was hopeful they'd pull out a close match.
Luis disagreed. He noted that of all the SuperLiga teams, Pachuca was probably in the best form. He pointed out the international experience of the squad. He was sure the Tuzos would prevail.
Wow, what a game. As it went to penalty kicks, I was still fairly confident. After all, this was a team that had triumphed in MLS Cup on penalty kicks. Yet after Brian Ching (post) and Joseph Ngwenya (soft shot saved) failed to convert, the Tuzos carried the day. Rafael Marquez Lugo hit the decisive penalty.
This mediotiempo story is interesting in that the author seemed shocked any extra time was played, calling it "typical disorganization" of CONCACAF. I'm not sure why extra time was so unexpected - isn't that the way FIFA decides tournament games?