It has been difficult to be a Chivas fan or player in recent times. It has not just been the lack of trophies, but the race slowly to the bottom and into the mess of relegation. Fans have put up with jokes from their rivals and have often been angry at the state of the club.
But in the midst of what has been a dark past few years, piqued with regular changes of coach, sporting directors and structure, it appears owner Jorge Vergara has struck gold with Argentine coach Matias Almeyda.
Chivas played the Copa MX final like a grande (big club), taking it to a strong Leon team and attempting to force the game. Leon replied in kind, creating a game worthy of being called a final.
In the end, it was a deserved victory for Chivas, even if Leon's fans were heartbroken when first Carlos "Gullit" Pena and then Luis "Chapo" Montes came agonizingly close to equalizing in second-half injury time.
The celebrations of the players were wild. Vergara broke down in a TV interview, and back in Guadalajara. It was a welcome reminder of what Chivas, one of Mexico's 'big two' clubs and who have a policy of playing only Mexican players, still can be.
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