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CF Pachuca elbows into semifinals of SuperLiga

Published August 1, 2007 at midnight

COMMERCE CITY - Rafael Marquez Lugo scored in the 62nd minute and goalkeeper Miguel Calero made several brilliant saves Tuesday night as CF Pachuca beat Mexican rival CD Guadalajara 1-0 in the SuperLiga soccer tournament in front of 14,069 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

With the win, Mexican soccer power Pachuca earned a berth in the tournament's semifinals along with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy.

Landon Donovan recorded a goal and three assists to lead the Galaxy to a 6-5 win Tuesday against FC Dallas in Frisco, Texas.

The tournament pits four MLS clubs against four teams from the Mexican league's first division.

RAPIDS GO GLOBAL: The Colorado Rapids have extended their international reach again.

The MLS club and Kroenke Sports Enterprises announced a club-to-club partnership with CF Pachuca.

The partnership is the second with an international team for the Rapids, who came to a similar arrangement in February with English Premier League club Arsenal.

The deal with Pachuca - a five- time Mexican league champion based in Pachuca, Mexico, northeast of Mexico City - will establish an annual home-and-home series and create the Pachuca Academy for player development at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

ETC.: Freddy Adu, the American phenom who was one of the highest-profile stars of MLS, has agreed to play for Lisbon-based Benfica and trained with the Portuguese club. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder arrived in the Portuguese capital Monday to negotiate terms. There were no immediate plans to introduce the player to the media. . . . David Beckham's potential debut for the Galaxy in an MLS game has been picked up by ESPN2. The network will televise Sunday's match at Toronto FC at 5:30 p.m. MDT. Beckham has been sidelined by a left ankle injury, and his status for Sunday's game has yet to be determined. . . . English Premier League club Aston Villa has signed defender Eric Lichaj, a member of the U.S. Under-20 team. . . . With little pomp and fanfare, lone candidate Brazil submitted its bid to host the 2014 World Cup.

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