Defending Champions Ousted in Desert Thriller Mexican Soccer Stars Cheer on the...

Defending Champions Ousted in Desert Thriller Mexican Soccer Stars Cheer on the Quarterfinals



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CHICAGO, Ill.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 30, 2003–Last Sunday, the Copa Tecate
quarterfinal games were played and determined four finalists who will head to
Chicago to compete for the national championship. Advancing were León
(Phoenix), León (Los Angeles), Toluca (Dallas) and home team Morelia
(Chicago).  This year’s quarterfinals received special visits from
Mexican soccer stars Manolo Negrete in Los Angeles; Luis Flores in Phoenix,
Marcelino Bernal in Houston and Juan de Dios Ramirez Perales ‘El Capi’
in Chicago.  Tecate invited the soccer legends to the quarterfinal games
to participate in a pre-game pep talk and congratulatory praise to the amateur
players for reaching the quarterfinals of Copa Tecate and to wish them luck
on the road to the finals.

Quarterfinal Summary

In one of the most exciting games of this year’s tournament, León’s
(Phoenix) Salvador Sosa scored a game-winning goal in the final minutes to knock
out the defending champions, Atletíco Español (El Paso), by a
score of 5-4. In temperatures exceeding 100 degrees (AP Style), both teams produced
a performance seemingly unaffected by the excessive Arizona heat. Although when
the referee blew the final whistle, the El Paso team’s dream of defending
their trophy ended and their exhaustion was ever present.

A valiant effort by Atletíco Español fell just short, but seemed
very possible when Mario Garcia evened the score at 4-4 with only five minutes
remaining in the game. Their magical run of victories on the road ended this
weekend in Phoenix and a new champion will lift the trophy on August 10th.

Heading West, the California region saw Deportivo Jerez (San Jose) visit Los
Angeles’ own León team at Nansen Field. The California Soccer League
has produced a finalist in each year of Copa Tecate, and this year will be no
different. León fought a closely contested match with Deportivo Jerez,
but emerged victorious by a score line of 2-0.

In other action, Toluca (Dallas) and Atletíco Buenaventura (New York)
both traveled to Parque Azteca in Houston to battle it out in a North vs. South
meeting. A huge crowd of nearly 4,000 people was treated to a fast paced and
high scoring game. Rodrigo Velazquez (New York) scored the first half’s
only goal to put them ahead 1-0 at the break, but the fireworks were still to
come.

Adán Ramirez (Toluca) evened the score at 1-1 shortly after halftime
and teammate Lupe Rodriguez followed up with an excellent individual effort
and a goal of his own to make it 2-1. Alex Benuel (New York) then tied the game
again at 2-2, but unfortunately the last time for Atletíco Buenaventura,
as Toluca added two more goals to win the match by a 4-2 margin.

Dallas’ representative advanced to the finals for the first time in the
tournament’s three year history after defeating the New York team.

The final quarterfinal game saw hometown favorite Morelia (Chicago) play host
to Deportivo Dolores (San Antonio) who made the long trip in search of an upset.

Overcast skies and unseasonable temperatures in the mid 70’s was not what
Deportivo Dolores was looking for. Accustomed to the hot and humid weather in
Southern Texas, they believed similar conditions would play in their favor.

Similar to their approach in the first round of playoffs, Morelia played the
first fifteen minutes of the match in a very conservative style. Moving the
ball around nicely along with solid defensive play at the back, Morelia showed
the organization and discipline which has carried them to this point in the
tournament.

In the 19th minute, Juan Luis Montecinos (Morelia) opened the scoring to put
the home team in front 1-0. Only seven minutes later, Gerardo Mejia added another
goal for Morelia and the lead remained 2-0 at halftime. After the break, Deportivo
Dolores showed no signs of defeat as they kept furious pace and created opportunities
of their own. However, they were not able to convert any of those opportunities
and Gerardo Mejia netted his second goal of the game in the 66th minute and
the score was 3-0.

Roberto Ortiz (Morelia) completed the scoring in the 78th minute for a final
score of 4-0 and a spot in this year’s Copa Tecate championship weekend.

Quarterfinal Results
#  Date   Visitor                   
Home             Field
9  7/27   Deportivo Jerez (SJ) 0     León
(LA)        2 Nansen
                                                     
Field
10 7/27   Atletíco Español (ELP) 4   León
(PHX)       5 El Gran
                                        
             Mercado
11 7/27   Atletíco Buenaventura (NY) 2 Toluca (DAL)  
4 Parque

                                                     
Azteca
12 7/27   Deportivo Dolores (SAT) 0  Morelia (CHI)   
4 Montrose
                                 
                    Park

Play with the Pros August 10

Play with the Pros is a consumer promotion that will give 14 participants a
sports fantasy of a lifetime come trueby playing with eight professional Mexican
soccer players in an exhibition game during the Copa Tecate finale.

Copa Tecate Finals Schedule
#   Date  
Game                 
 Field           Time
13  8/9    León(Los Angeles))     Montrose
Park   12:00 PM
           vs. León
(Phoenix
14  8/9    Toluca (Dallas)      
 Montrose Park    2:00 PM
           vs. Morelia (Chicago)
15  8/10   Third Place Game       Montrose
Park   10:00 AM
    8/10   Play With The Pros     Montrose
Park   12:00 PM
16  8/10   National Championship  Montrose Park    1:30
PM
           Game

For more information on the entire tournament, including photographs and league
spotlights, please visit the official website at http://www.copatecate.com.

Tecate, first brewed in 1944 in the small Mexican town of Tecate, is the #4
imported beer in the U.S. and the #1 selling import in a can.  A refreshing,
authentic Mexican beer, Tecate is consumed with salt and lime and is a favorite
among Mexican-Americans.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Labatt USA imports and brews an array of specialty
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Labatt USA is a joint venture of Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd., Canada, which is a
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de C.V. of Mexico, owner of Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma. 

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Defending Champions Ousted in Desert Thriller Mexican Soccer Stars Cheer on the Quarterfinals