August 28, 2009

Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara have shared players, coaches and facilities in the past, but never a soccer field. That will soon change.

Chivas USA and Chivas Guadalajara will play for the first time as the two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., in an international friendly on Sept. 23.

Dubbed the "ChivaClasico," the match will pit sister clubs for the first time in history.

When Chivas USA entered MLS in 2005, club executive Antonio Cue shot down the possibility of the two teams meeting, saying "entre hermanos no se pelean" or "brothers don't fight."

Times have changed, apparently.

"It will be exciting to see these two great clubs face off on the field," Chivas USA president and CEO Shawn Hunter said in a statement. "We're thrilled to be able to bring this game to all of the Chivas fans in Southern California."

For Guadalajara, the match will come seven days after another U.S.-based friendly as Guadalajara and America will play in Kansas City on Sept. 16.

Chivas USA, meanwhile, will use the game as preparation for a possible playoff push. The club is in the mix for a Western Conference playoff spot two-thirds of the way through the 2009 MLS season.

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