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Arce scores, gives Chivas first victory

Fernando Arce scored his second goal of the season with Chivas.
Fernando Arce scored his second goal of the season with Chivas.

Chivas de Guadalajara’s recent signing Fernando Arce put the ball in the net in the final minutes of the game between the goats and Pumas UNAM at the Olimpico Universitario Stadium in Mexico City. The rojinegros defeated the universitarios 1-0 in week 2 action of the Apertura 2014 of La Liga MX.

Arce scored for Chivas in week 1 with a free kick at the Omnilife Stadium in his debut with the goats. This week Arce repeated his action, but in the away game against Pumas. Like in week 1, Arce converted from a free kick. He fired past the wall and the ball bounced before goalkeeper Alejandro Palacios could reach it for the 1-0 in the 87th minute of play.

“The team was intense in a field that is complicated,” Arce told ESPN Deportes before heading to the Mexico City airport. “We also took an important team’s initiative. I think Chivas won justifiably won today.”

The Tijuana native transferred to the Guadalajara based team over the transfer window. He joined the Rebaño Sagrado after a successful run with Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. In two games, Arce has taken control of the Chivas midfield and put the ball in the net twice; a beginning of the tournament he did not expect.

“I didn’t think we’d have six points. But I am happy that we have not lost yet,” Arce continued. “We demonstrated good football this afternoon. Plus we’ve won after a long time.”

Arce refers to the fact that Chivas had not won a game at the Olimpico Universitario Stadium since 2004. The goats break that streak, and continue an undefeated streak in league play. This is important for Chivas who are currently in relegation danger. Points earned move them out of danger.

“We’re doing well, on a good pace,” Arce concluded. “We’re ready to meet our objectives. One of those is to earn three points per game, and focus on the playoffs.”

He did not want to speculate as to Chivas’ good pace and a possible playoff spot since it is early in the season. He did state that they are focused on earning three points at a time to avoid relegation.

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