Copa Sudamericana will get underway for participating CONCACAF teams this week. Pachuca and America will play today in Hidalgo and DC United will host Chivas Guadalajara on Wednesday. The winners of the two-leg series will advance to the quarterfinals.
Pachuca are defending champions but have been playing poorly of late. Two consecutive league losses and the absence of goalkeeper Miguel Calero leaves Pachuca vulnerable to America. However, las Aguilas are struggling in league right now and are seven points back of Atlante in Group 2. It should be a good match, however, though Pachuca has the upper hand.
DC United and Chivas already put on some good shows this year. DC fans want some revenge for what happened earlier this year. DC is in much better form now than they were in March while Chivas was playing better then than now. With DC already in the MLS playoffs and sitting comfortably atop the league, I would not be surprised to see DC pull this one off. In fact, I'm expecting DC to win. Chivas is just plain average right now while DC is the class of MLS. There aren't any preseason excuses for either side now.