Chivas had the larger cheering section.
Tigres UANL had the larger goal tally.
In front of 5,500 fans at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, the majority clad in the Red and White of Chivas Guadalajara, Alan Cortinas of Tigres Sub 20 scored a goal in the first half and added another in the second for a 2-0 victory on Saturday in the third annual Futbol de las Rosas soccer exhibition on Earl Campbell Field.
It was the second win a row for Tigres UANL over Chivas as the two Sub 20 teams played in Waco on Thursday with Tigres winning 3-1.
Tigres UANL, from Monterrey, Mexico, was playing in its first Futbol de las Rosas after the Monterrey Rayados declined a third-straight trip to Tyler. It was also Chivas’ first trip to the Rose City.
Tigres leaves with a trophy for winning the game, but both Chivas coach Javier Ledesma and Tigres coach Angel Martinez enjoyed their trip to Tyler.
“We are really happy to be here and we hope they enjoyed the game,” said Ledesma.
Added Martinez through a translator, “We are very, very pleased with coming here to play and if (the city of Tyler) will continue to invite us, we will be back.”
The match began with Tigres on the front foot and the team from Monterrey maintained that control throughout. Tigres nearly went ahead 1-0 in the ninth minute when Aldo Quintanilla got behind the defense on a breakaway, but with only the keeper to beat, he blasted his shot over the cross bar.
Chivas nearly grabbed an early goal minutes later when a scramble in the box led to a shot that Tigres keeper Ever Hernandez gobbled up.
Tigres was denied by the woodwork in the 27th minute when Emmanuel Segura hammered a free kick off the wall and then fired the rebound off the left post.
Tigres’ pressure and possession was finally rewarded when Orlando Vela picked out a run from Cortinas and played a 25-yard through ball pass to put him one-on-one with Chivas keeper Diego Parra. Cortinas slotted his shot into the bottom left corner for a 1-0 lead in the final minute of the half.
“The guys are getting a little better with each game,” Martinez said about Tigres play. “The way they played is how the first team plays — with possession.
Tigres began the second half with three straight scoring opportunities, but Parra was able to deny Monterrey team from increasing its lead.
Chivas had chances of its own, three times finding space inside the box for headers off crosses and corners, but one was saved and the other two went over the bar. Chivas also had a free kick swerve inches wide.
Tigres and Cortinas sealed the victory in the 66th minute, again getting behind the Chivas defense before dribbling around Parra and slotting into an empty net.
“In the first half we did not have a good game,” Ledesma said about Chivas. “In the second half we made some switches and had better play. This is our preseason and we have focused mainly on fitness and now we are starting to add in more (tactics) and our football (will keep improving).”