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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.
Another week has passed in Mexico’s Liga MX in which plenty of American talent was on display. The end results did not completely favor the Yanks in their respective matches, but plenty of playing time was enjoyed.
Damarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco (Puebla)
The only ones to get a decent result in week 3 of Liga MX were Damarcus Beasley (65 minutes) and Michael Orozco (90 minutes) who along with Puebla went into Torreon and managed a 0-0 draw against the powerful Santos team. This is Puebla’s third draw in three matches and they remain undefeated this season, adding valuable points in order to stay away from possible relegation talk.
Jose Francisco Torres (Tigres)
Jose Torres (32 minutes) was a second half sub for Tigres in their 2-0 away loss to Morelia on Friday night. Tigres are yet to score a single goal in league play this season and are at the bottom of the table. Torres did score Tigres’ lone goal last Tuesday night in San Luis to take the 0-1 win in the Copa MX.
Herculez Gomez, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza, Joe Corona, Paul Arriola (Tijuana Xolos)
The American 5 of Tijuana Xolos all suffered in their team’s 2-1 loss in Pachuca. It seemed like the Xolos could take the easy win but defensive mistakes ended up costing them the game.
Herculez Gomez (90 minutes) had several good goal scoring opportunities that he wasted; they could have doubled the Xolos lead at the time or brought the game level later in the match.
Edgar Castillo (82 minutes) played a solid game in the left back and left midfield position. He was subbed out after 82 minutes for Paul Arriola (8 minutes) in a last ditch effort to tie the game. Arriola never had a good opportunity to make a difference. The one play he did manage to get open Gomez decided to have a shot on goal instead of laying the ball off.
Greg Garza (27 minutes) came in for the injured Dario Benedetto. The sub cause a series of other changes on the field as he went in to play left back and Edgar Castillo was then pushed up to left midfielder. Fidel Martinez was also moved into second striker to join Herculez Gomez.
Joe Corona (14 minutes) who had not practiced all week long due to an ankle injury was brought on to try and salvage the draw after the team went down 2-1. Due to the injury Corona was never able to find the rhythm of the match and could not make a difference for his team.
It is also worth mentioning that Paul Arriola played and scored in Xolos’ second division affiliate Dorados of Sinaloa’s Copa MX match last Tuesday night. Arriola, along with several other Xolos youngsters. are expected to keep on receiving opportunities to play with the second division club in the Cup Competition.
Jonathan Bornstein (Atlante)
Jonathan Bornstein did not participate in Atlante’s 0-1 win over Atlas in the Estadio Jalisco. Bornstein did play all 90 minutes in Atlante’s 1-0 loss to second division Merida FC in the Copa MX