The World Cup games are coming thick and fast now, but we need to update you on the progress of players with Chivas USA ties in Brazil. On Sunday, Ecuador faced Switzerland in their Group E opener, and ultimately lost 2-1. The game looked like it would be the first tie of the tournament, but Haris Seferovic slotted home Ricardo Rodriguez's cross in the 93rd minute to break La Tri's hearts.
Ecuador opened the scoring, with on-fire Pachuca striker Enner Valencia getting things started in the 22nd minute. They held onto the lead until just after the half, when substitute Admir Mehmedi knotted the score for the Swiss. From there, both teams tried to gain the upper hand, but it looked like it would remain a draw, until second half stoppage time, when Michael Arroyo nearly scored for the South Americans, and then Switzerland bombed downfield on a counterattack that resulted in Seferovic's winner.
Chivas USA midfielder Oswaldo Minda remained on the bench for Ecuador, as Carlos Gruezo and Christian Noboa played in the middle for La Tri. As we projected, that isn't surprising, since Minda was called in at the last minute to replace Segundo Castillo, and wasn't part of Ecuador's preparations or warm-up friendlies for the World Cup.
We will, of course, keep watch of Ecuador's next game, Friday against Honduras (3 pm PT, ESPN), where we could theoretically see both active Chivas USA players face off in Brazil.
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