The Awakening of the Giant
With strength and conviction, Guadalajara fought to be the greatest. the team was battling descent, and wanted to claim its rightful place. This tournament was different, it felt different. We were closer as a team, wrapped in solidarity, and friendship we were set to get that title. That’s how the beginning of the season felt.
It was december and we were getting ready for the semester after a 14 day vacation period. The players were medically tested in order to be prepared for the season ahead. We welcomed new recruit, Rodolfo Pizarro joined the ranks of his favorite team: The Guadalajara.
There in Cancun we celebrated the birthday of our trainer. Miguel Basulto y José Juan “Gallito” Vázquez were winning the ball juggling competitions during practice, and after two friendly games with Monterrey and Coras, the team was ready to start the Closing Tournament 2017. Our goal was clear, and now it was our turn to take home the 12th star.
His dream, to play in Chivas with a star under his arm.
Excited to be joining the largest football club in Mexico, Rodolfo Pizarro was presented in the press room José Ramón Fernández of the Chivas Stadium, with Jorge Vergara, José Luis Higuera and Matías Almeyda.
The first experiment.
The Herd had a 7 day training in Cancun, and held a friendly encounter against The Monterrey, who also had a pre-season training in Cancun. There were two games, Matías Almeyda gave field time to almost all players, but they fell 3-4 in the global score under Rayados.
Aiming right. We were ready.
To finish off the season, Chivas welcomed the Coras of Tepic in Verde Valle, in a preparation game that was played in four sections of 40 minutes, with a crushing score of 9 goals to 0 in favor of Chivas.
The future kings in a tradition.
Facing concentration towards the game of the first round against Pumas, the team took the time to celebrate El Día de los Reyes Magos, and shared the traditional Rosca de reyes with the young boys and girls of the Formación Laboral San José Foundation.