University of Phoenix Stadium hosted a fiesta Wednesday night and a soccer match broke out. The storied “El Super Clasico” match between Chivas de Guadalajara and Club America made its Arizona debut in front of a frenzied crowd of 40,496 fans.
The match is considered the most historic rivalry in Mexican soccer, dating back to 1943.
The crowd was at a fever pitch throughout the evening, making enough noise to rival the sold-out crowds the stadium has enjoyed in its first four months.
A continuous honking of horns combined with the roar of the crowd made it nearly impossible for anyone to talk to the person next to them on the main concourse.
And that was before anyone had stepped on to the field.
Once the teams took the field, the noise level sounded as if a jet were landing in the stadium.
The crowed favored Chivas heavily and was dominated by red and white jerseys with a few America yellow jerseys peppered throughout the crowd.
Many Chivas fans decided to make it a Halloween fiesta by wearing goat masks (Chivas is Spanish for Goats).
Guadalajara fans came out in such great numbers that the souvenir stands ran out of Chivas merchandise by the end of the first half and needed to be restocked.
As for the game, it lived up to the hype as the two teams fought to a 1-1 draw.
Salvador Cabanas let America fans celebrate first by scoring on a free kick, getting the ball just over a diving Oswaldo Sanchez.
Sanchez later made up for his mistake and showed why he is the premier Mexican goalie by making a brilliant diving save, denying Cabanas his second goal of the night.
Guadalajara’s Sergio Santana tied the game in the 52nd minute with an easy empty-net goal after America’s Armando Navarette was drawn out of the box.
Patricia Aravjo missed an opportunity to give Chivas the lead soon after, bouncing a long shot off the bottom of the crossbar in the 60th minute.
Although just a friendly, the two teams played with the passion of a playoff game as one red card and two yellow cards were handed out.
German Villa of Club America received the red card in the 87th minute.
It was the first pro soccer game in the new stadium. The Tribune reported this summer that Major League Soccer has considered Phoenix as a possible expansion site.