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Superliga 2010 Update: Group B Closes-Out Play On Tuesday

The final round of group play in the 2010 Superliga starts on Tuesday with Group B matches in New England and Chicago.

New England is already through to the next round, having defeated Chicago 1-0 this weekend at Toyota Park, moving to the top of the group with six points. The Revolution got a late goal from Marko Perovic - a strike from distance converting a turnover from defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe - to put New England out of Superliga, the Revolution sitting with zero points and no chance to finish in the top-half of Group B.

For Fire fans, the 77th minute goal was a bitter turn of play, with the home team looking the more likely to score throughout the match, the most glaring instance being a Mike Banner left-footed rocket that hit squarely off Matt Reis's right post in the 13th minute. Marco Pappa and Justin Mapp (amongst others) also had chances to put last year's finalists in front, but when an opportunistic Perovic beat Sean Johnson to the goalkeeper's left, Chicago lost their chance to redeem themselves for last year's shootout loss to Tigres.

Chicago closes out Superliga 2010 with Tuesday's second match, hosting Pumas, by which time the sides will know whether UNAM has a chance to advance. Coming off a 2-2 draw with Morelia on Saturday, Pumas now needs Monarcas to lose the night's first match to New England. If that happens, Pumas can advance to the competition's next round by defeating Chicago with a margin big enough to reverse a goal difference that starts Tuesday five goals to Morelia's advantage.

For New England, their match with Morelia will carry special significance as it will be Steve Ralston's last with the club.  On Monday it was announced that Ralston, who rejoined New England recently after a brief stint in USSF Division II, will retire after Tuesday's match.  Ralston has played in every Major League Soccer season dating back to his debut with the Tampa Bay Mutiny in 1996.  Since 2002, he has played for New England, becoming Major League Soccer's all-time leader in games and minutes played.  The midfielder is expected to play on Tuesday and make his retirement official at a post-match press conference.

Group A
Rk Team G W D L GF GA P
1 Puebla 2 2 0 0 5 2 6
2 Houston 2 1 1 0 3 2 4
3 Chivas USA 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
4 Pachuca 2 0 0 2 2 5 0
Group B
Rk Team G W D L GF GA P
1 New England
2 2 0 0 2 0 6
2 Morelia
2 1 1 0 7 3 4
3 Pumas 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
4 Chicago 2 0 0 2 1 6 0
July 15, Houston 2, Pachuca 1
July 15, Puebla 2, Chivas USA 1
July 18, Houston 1, Chivas USA 1
July 18, Puebla 3, Pachuca 1
July 21, Houston vs. Puebla
July 21, Chivas USA vs. Pachuca
July 14, New England 1, Pumas 0
July 14, Morelia 5, Chicago 1
July 17, New England 1, Chicago 0
July 17, Morelia 2, Pumas 2
July 20, New England vs. Morelia
July 20, Chicago vs. Pumas
Joseph Ngwenya, Houston
Mario Ortiz, Puebla
Luis Angel Rey, Morelia

Franco Arizala, Pachuca
Leandro Augusto, Pumas
Javier Cortés, Pumas
Hugo Droguett, Morelia
Álvaro González, Puebla
Elias Hernández, Morelia
Steven Kinney, Chicago
Jaime Lozano, Morelia
Damian Manso, Pachuca
Rafael Marquez, Morelia
Nicolás Olivera, Puebla
Jesús Padilla, Chivas USA
Lovel Palmer, Houston
Gabriel Pereyra, Puebla
Marko Perovic, New England
Miguel Sabah, Morelia
Zack Schilawski, New England
Michael Umaña, Chivas USA