The 13-time English champions, Arsenal FC, take on 11-time Mexican title-winners Chivas de Guadalajara in an international friendly match that will stream live from southern California on Sunday, a clash of teams that, in their home countries, appear to be headed in opposite directions.
The 110-year-old Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Sports Club of Guadalajara), known better as Chivas, has not won a championship in Mexico’s top flight, known as Liga MX, since 2006, after a wait of nine years for their 11th championship and anther 10 before that.
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But since then, Chivas has entered what fans of the club call a dark age, struggling in the lower half of the table, and alarmingly, chewing up and spitting out nine different managers in the last three years.
In fact, current Chivas de Guadalajara boss Matías Almeyda is already reported to be under pressure, after just three games in the Liga MX season so far in 2016. The club has won one and lost two of those matches, and Almeida recently commented about his most recent struggles.
“One of the worst weeks since I became a coach. I think I’m primarily responsible for these losses,” he said. “We take responsibility and must work harder to reverse this situation.”
Things have been going a bit better for Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger and his club as they get ready to try to better their second-place Premier League finish in 2015-2016. After a draw against RC Lens in France, Arsenal came to the United States to serve as opponents in the Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Thursday in San Jose, California.
Arsenal defeated the MLS All-Stars, 2-1. Watch highlights of that game in the video below, an All-Star game in which old Arsenal nemesis Didier Drogba — now 38-years-old and playing for the MLS Montreal Impact — scored yet again, his 16th goal in his last 17 games against Arsenal, going back to his days starring for the Gunners’ London rivals, Chelsea.
Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time at StubHub Center stadium in Carson, California, about 20 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles, on Sunday, July 31 — 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Arsenal fans in the United Kingdom will have to stay up late to catch a live stream of the friendly match, with a start time of 2 a.m. British Summer Time on Monday morning, August 1.
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Can the struggling Chivas de Guadalajara give their season a boost with a win over the second-place English Premier League club Arsenal F.C.? Or will Arsene Wenger’s team continue its preseason run as it looks ahead to staging a title challenge in the upcoming season of England’s top flight? To find out, watch the Arsenal FC vs. Chivas de Guadalajara international friendly match live online from the StubHub center stadium in Carson, California, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link or paying for a subscription to Fox Soccer2Go available at this link. To watch the game on mobile devices, download the Fox Sports Go app.
For those unable to log on to Fox Sports Go, the Arsenal FC Vs. Chivas De Guadalajara friendly match will stream live via the Sling TV “Blue” package, which charges a subscription fee of $25 per month — but also comes with a one-week free trial, which may be canceled at any time, allowing fans to watch the Arsenal vs. Chivas friendly showdown legally and at no cost, with signup available by visiting this link. Fans outside of the United States and Mexico can watch the game stream live on the Arsenal club online site, at this link.
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