A solid week of action for most of the American exports that are flaunting their talents in Liga MX. Puebla grabbed a one-nil win against Queretaro, Tijuana were close to grasping their first win on the road, and Chiapas saw the debut of a former MLS man. Here is a roundup of the American exports who play in Mexico after yet another week of Liga MX action.
Puebla 1-0 Queretaro
Michael Orozco started the match for Puebla in his usual center-back position. The US International had a solid day at the back, dealing with most of Queretaro’s attacks, and helping the team earn a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley started the game on the substitute’s bench, but was brought into the match in the 38th minute. The former Manchester City man ended up scoring the winning goal for Puebla in the 58th minute after having initialized the play in midfield before running off to the opposing penalty area unmarked before heading in the incoming cross for the one nil win
Chiapas 0-3 Leon
Gabriel Farfan was finally able to make his debut in Liga MX this Saturday, although the former Chivas USA player will not be happy with the overall result.
Farfan was brought in from the bench in the 45th minute to kick-off the second half of Chiapas' match against reigning champions Leon. Already down 3-0, Farfan slotted in as a right back to help defend against the visitors' relentless attack.
Veracruz 1-1 Xolos
Herculez Gomez returned to Tijuana’s starting lineup after spending recent matches on the substitutes bench. The striker had a discrete performance upfront for the visitors against locals Veracruz. Gomez technically got the assist for Christian Pellerano’s 5th minute goal after having headed-back Xolos’ corner-kick for his Argentine teammate to score after an initial first attempt was blocked.
Usual starter Edgar Castillo was left out of the 18-man squad, and in his place started fellow Yank and USA U-23 Greg Garza who had been stuck to the bench for most of the season. Garza had a solid match defensively, although he lacked the offensive aspect that Castillo offers. Garza’s performance will have taken a hit after allowing Veracruz to tie in the 80th minute after having lost his man Liber Quiñones, who wound up netting the tying the goal.
Joe Corona was the only other Yank to feature in the match, coming off the substitute bench in place for an injured Fernando Arce in the 20th minute. Despite having more than an hour to prove his worth, Corona was unable to dictate the flow of the match, struggling against Veracruz’s pressure in midfield.
Both Paul Arriola and Armando Moreno were left out of Cesar Farias’ 18-man squad.
Monarcas 1-2 Atlante
Jonathan Bornstein was an unused substitute in Atlante’s shocking last minute win against Monarcas at home.
Chivas 0- 0 Tigres
Jose Torres was subbed into the match in the 62nd minute in an attempt to take control of the midfield. Despite Torres helping his teammates with quick recoveries, Tigres were unable to break the deadlock against Chivas.
It was a tough week in Mexico for the American exports as only a few of them were able to help their teams to get a positive result. Others had to settle for a few minutes in a substitute role while some didn't even make the 18-man roster. Here is a round up of the American exports who play in Mexico after yet another week of Liga MX action.
Queretaro 1-3 Cruz Azul
Despite still not making his debut with the first team, Michael Farfan continues to see some action with Cruz Azul’s U20 side. This week the former Philadelphia Union player amassed 90 minutes in his team’s 2-1 win against Veracruz.
Xolos 0-3 Chiapas FC
It was a terrible night for the American armada in the Tijuana squad, who suffered a shocking 3-0 loss at home against Chiapas FC.
The only American in the starting lineup was weekly starter Edgar Castillo, who began the match in an unfamiliar left-wing back role as Xolos coach Cesar Farias decided to go with a five man defensive line that collapsed in the first half. Castillo, who played the entire 90 minutes, struggled with the Chiapas attackers while having an anonymous performance offensively.
Joe Corona was brought in at the 45th minute for the start of the second half as an attacking midfielder, attempting to feed the Xolos strikers with through balls that ultimately came short of the end product.
Paul Arriola was the second American to be thrown into the battle in the 64th minute in a central midfield role, but struggled throughout the match as he was taken away from his usual position as winger where he takes advantage of his speed by racing down the line.
Finally, Herculez Gomez, who has been the target of criticism by Tijuana fans in recent weeks, was subbed in at the 77th minute in a move to try and salvage what was left of the match.
Greg Garza continues to be an unused substitute for Tijuana, while new signing Amando Moreno was left out of the 18-man squad.
Meanwhile, in the U20 match between Xolos and Chiapas, Gabriel Farfan played the entire 90 minutes of the 1-1 draw between both sides. Farfan has yet to play a single minute with the first team.
Tigres 1-0 Veracruz
Jose Francisco Torres came into the match in the 73rd minute to help protect Tigres' minimal lead against Veracruz. The American continues to have a sporadic role with the first team, being mostly used as a regular substitute to close out his team’s matches.
Atlante 0-0 Puebla
Both DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco were in the starting lineup for Puebla’s visit against Atlante.
Orozco, who played the entire 90 minutes of the match, was solid in his right center-back role, neutralizing any attempt from the opposing Atlante players that never really had a comfortable shot on goal. Orozco also ended up being shown a yellow card in the 86th minute for time wasting.
Meanwhile, Beasley played his usual left-wing back role where despite having a solid performance in the back-line, his offensive contributions were practically nonexistent before being subbed out in the 78th minute.
As for Jonathan Bornstein, the Atlante defender surprisingly came in as a sub in the 80th minute as Atlante desperately looked for a late winner.
Santos 3-2 Xolos
Two Tijuana players, Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez, returned to Torreon to face their former Santos teammates.
Castillo was the only American to start the match and play the entire 90 minutes for Xolos. Playing in his usual left-back position, Castillo was able to help out on attack, but shared the blame in Santos' second goal of the match by losing sight of Colombian Darwin Quintero, who sneaked behind him and ended up serving the ball to Mauro Cejas whovput the score 2-0 for the home side.
Joe Corona was the second American export to hop into the match by coming on as a sub in the 60th minute. With the score 3-2 in favor of Santos. Corona had a chance to tie the match for Tijuana when he controlled the ball inside the penalty box, shook off a defender and got his shot away however, Santos goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez continued to be a factor in the match stopping Corona's attempt.
Finally, Herculez Gomez was able to get on the action by coming in at the 64th minute, but failed to actually factor into the match. Gomez did have an opportunity in the final stages but was denied by an excellent tackle from Osvaldo Alanis to prevent the former Santos-man to get his shot away.
Just like last week against Monterrey, both Greg Garza, on the bench, and Paul Arriola, who wasn't called up, did not receive any minutes of playtime.
Cruz Azul 1-0 Puebla
While Michael Orozco continues to solidify his place in the Puebla starting line-up as a regular, DaMarcus Beasley was unable to start the match from the get-go.
Orozco, along with Puebla's defensive line, had been able to keep Cruz Azul quiet for almost the entire match....until Marco Fabian produced a moment of brilliance by scoring perhaps the best goal of the week in the final minute of the match.
Meanwhile, Beasley was brought in for the second half of the match to play on his usual left-wing position. Beasley played a vital part in the build up for the team's best opportunity on goal and also had the chance to put Puebla ahead before Fabian's goal, but a goal-line clearance prevented the American from tapping in the go ahead score for Puebla.
Pachuca 0-1 Atlante
Atlante defender Jonathan Bornstein was brought in at the 73rd minute to protect his team's minimal lead in what ended up being three valuable points in the relegation race.
Chiapas 0-0 Tigres
Jose Torres was brought off the bench in the 78th minute in a boringly discrete match. Both sides kept the goals stashed away for the entire 90 minutes, which means Tigres remains at the bottom of the league for another week.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Farfan is yet to make his Liga MX debut, but did start with the Chiapas U-20 side as he continues to adapt to Mexican football.
It was announced today that Gabriel Farfan will be joining his
brother, Michael, in Mexico's Liga MX as Chivas USA has loaned the 25
year-old to Liga MX side Chiapas FC. Terms of the loan were not
discussed but it's reasonable to assume that Chiapas will have an option
to buy Farfan.
Farfan's time as a member of Chivas USA was
underwhelming especially considering the Goats used the #2 pick in this year's MLS
SuperDraft to acquire him. In 14 games he collected 23 fouls but not
much else. Farfan's most notable accomplishment was the straight red he
drew against Colorado on an August 11th match for stepping on Shane
O’Neill’s shin. Since then he made two appearances in the final eleven
games for a total 55 minutes.
A temper and penchant for recklessness has dogged the UC-Fullerton product. In April 2012,
Gabriel, then a player of the Union, was red-carded for a hard tackle on
James Riley. So forceful was his challenge, that Farfan split Riley's
shinguard. The event led to a scuffle between both teams. Both
Farfan and Union manager Peter Nowak earned suspensions for the ensuing
Farfan's departure makes Chivas shallow at the holding midfielder role with only Oswaldo Minda naturally occupying that role. Minda is no stranger to a rash challenge and the injuries and bookings that that entails. His body broke down for a good chunk of last season all of which makes Chivas USA's rumored dalliance with Argentine Agustin Pelletieri all the more understandable.
Chivas USA have agreed to loan midfielder Gabriel Farfan to Chiapas FC of Mexico’s Liga MX, the club announced Monday. The 25-year-old joins Jaguares on a six-month loan with an option to buy. Per League and club policy, terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
A native of San Diego, Calif, and Cal State Fullerton product, Farfan was acquired by the Red-and-White from the Philadelphia Union via trade in May 2013. In his third season in Major League Soccer, the midfielder made 10 starts in 14 appearances while logging 844 minutes for the Goats.
Chivas USA will enter their second week of preseason camp under first-year Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera in preparation for the club’s 10th MLS season. The Rojiblancos will kick off the Regular Season on March 9 at noon (PT) when they host Eastern Conference side the Chicago Fire at the StubHub Center in the teams’ only meeting of 2014.