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While Tijuana is known for it's American-friendly squad, their Liguilla quarterfinal opponent has two Americans of its own fighting in this series.
Toluca's Miguel Ponce Enjoys Brief 'Homecoming' in Tijuana Against Xolos
05/02/2014
 
Xolos 0-0 Toluca

While Tijuana is known for it's American-friendly squad, their Liguilla quarterfinal opponent has two Americans of its own fighting in this series.


Isaac Brizuela has been a talking point over the last several months after his performance with El Tri and his heroics in midfield this tournament for Toluca.


Sacramento-born Miguel Ponce is another, currently in his first season with Toluca, and enjoyed this short-lived home coming of sorts, playing in front of friends and family who made the trip from the U.S in support. 


Ponce spent six years in the San Diego area before going on to Chivas, where he's posted 85 appearances since 2010.


In 2012, Luis Fernando Tena named him as part of his squad to participate in the London Olympics, where he became a Gold medalist. The 25 year old Mexican-American has five goals in 22 appearances for the U 23's and one goal in six for Mexico's first team.


Ponce was loaned from Chivas to Toluca for the 2014 Clausura, where he's played 13 games at left back. Things are looking promising for Ponce, who has expressed gratitude for his current situation with Toluca after his spell in Guadalajara.


"Everything is going good," he said after the game. "Toluca is a great team, and I'm doing great here. Chivas was a really bad tournament, but now I feel very happy to be playing this way."


The World Cup hopeful earned a spot on Miguel Herrera's roster against the United States in April, and looks forward to trying to impress with Toluca to make Piojo's 23-man roster for Brazil.


"I'm working hard to be on that list. I have to keep doing good on this team so I can play for the national team," he said.


Advancing against Tijuana on Sunday at Nemesio Diez is a more short term, but equally as satisfying goal for Ponce, who would be participating in the first semi final Liguilla match of his career. After going a full 90 minutes in front of his traveling support system, Ponce is looking forward to meeting Xolos again on his home turf.


Crediting Tijuana for their aggressive and offensive play on Thursday night, Ponce said Toluca plans to pile on the pressure as well in front of their home crowd on their turf and that it won't be easy for Xolos, who are known to struggle on the road and will have to adjust to the elevation.


"Tijuana were a very offensive team tonight, but In Toluca we're going be more offensive," he said. "It's going to be a good game." 

 
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