This year's Pachuca squad is not the same one that won multiple cups in the first part of 2007. However, Pachuca is still a force in Mexico and D.C. United learned that the hard way as Pachuca beat D.C. 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions Cup semifinal series.
Pachuca's offense has valuable weapons such as Juan Carlos Cacho and Christian "Chaco" Gimenez but it was Luis Arturo "Chapo" Montes who was the star of the game. Montes scored both goals and now has scored all three goals in Pachuca's cup campaign thus far.
D.C.'s loss is nothing new. Though the margin continues to be less than before, an MLS team has not yet beaten a Mexican team on Mexican soil in this competition. The margin of win now gives Mexican clubs an all-time aggregate score of 35-6 over their MLS counterparts in such games.
D.C., though, is very much alive. A two-goal deficit is not an insurmountable one, and the club now knows what it has to do in the return leg a week from now.