With Liga MX entering the final stretch, the American talent who display their skills in Mexican football stadiums are in-need of standout performances if they are to earn a potential call-up to the US National Team. While Tijuana managed to secure victories in both Liga MX and CONCACAF Champions League, Puebla and Atlas earned a point in their vital relegation battle. Here is a round up of the Yanks who play in Mexico after the completion of Week 14 of Liga MX.
Xolos 1-0 Cruz Azul & Xolos 3-1 Toluca
The New Mexico-born player had perhaps the busiest schedule out of all the American exports, with a solid ninety minute performance in the midweek CONCACAF Champions League match against Cruz Azul and Friday’s league game against Toluca.
Slotting in at his usual left-back position, Castillo admirably completed both his defensive and offensive duties against an alternative Toluca side that rested most of its starters due to an excessive workload. The former Santos man, was the clear winner in his match-up against Carlos Orrantia, although fatigue might have been a reason for the limited runs into the opposing rival’s area.
Like Castillo, Corona started out both week matches for Tijuana against Cruz Azul and Toluca. Playing in a central-attacking-midfield role, Corona demonstrated why manager Cesar Farias has so much confidence in him.
Having generated plenty of chances for his teammates during the midweek match against Cruz Azul before being taken off in the 65th minute, the San Diego native continued his fine form against Toluca, constantly opening up the game and feeding goal opportunities for the strikers in front of him.
He capped off a fine performance as the creative spark for his side by winning a penalty in the 74th minute that would result in the third goal of the match for Xolos.
Was left as an unused substitute on the bench midweek against Cruz Azul, and was brought into the match against Toluca in the 89th minute for the injured Cristian Pellerano. He was unable to do much with such limited time.
As usual since the arrival of Farias to the club, Gomez was used as a time-consuming substitute, being brought in the 87th minute of the match against Cruz Azul, unable to leave his mark or even get a touch on the ball for that matter.
Things didn’t get any better for the former Santos Laguna forward on Friday as he was left on the bench as an unused substitute against Toluca.
ATLAS 0-0 PUEBLA
The usually reliable center back started the match in his usual central position against Atlas in a vital relegation duel however, the California native was forced out 20 minutes into the match with what appears to be a muscle injury although recent reports state it was a hamstring injury.
The former Manchester City player started the match in the left wing behind midfield and went the entire ninety minutes of the match in a productive performance.
Beasley came close to opening the score in the 17th minute after an impressive run towards the edge of the penalty area before shooting just wide of the Atlas’ goal. The US International continued to work hard for his team and should have gotten an assist after generating a cross from the left side of the field for midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who failed to produce a proper shot in front of the rival’s goal.
The US veteran was unable to continue to work his offensive magic in the second half of the match and was instead forced to help out on defense as Atlas drove forward looking to earn a match winning goal. Beasley had to deal with most of the host’s attempts to breakthrough.
PUMAS 2-1 CHIAPAS
Gabriel Farfan was left out of the 18-man squad for their 2-1 away loss against Pumas.
ATLANTE 0-2 TIGRES
The former Pachuca midfielder’s solid performance against Atlante ended up on a low note after being sent-off for throwing a punch.
Starting in the left side of the Tigres midfield, the Texas born player helped control the pace of the match for the visitors, while also providing assurance for his team’s backline by helping clear out most of Atlante’s attacking threats.
However, Torres ended up being shown a red card after a scuffle between him and Atlante midfielder Alberto Garcia, which ended up with Torres throwing a punch after being pushed by defender Luis Venegas.