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.
Cruz Azul, One of Mexico’s “Big Four” has announced today via their official website that they have secured the signings of three MLS players for the upcoming Clausura 2014 season and knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League. Cruz Azul announced that Jose Villarreal, Michael Farfan, and Rafael Baca would be joining the Mexico City club.
Neither LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Philadelphia Union, or the MLS league have issued any statements confirming or denying the report made public by the Mexican Club.
Jose Villarreal is a young Mexican-American forward from Los Angeles Galaxy. Because his parents are from Mexico and Villarreal has dual nationalities he would not count towards Cruz Azul's five foreigner spots. He made a total of 22 appearances for the Galaxy last season, 12 of which were from the starting eleven. He played 1,109 minutes, scoring two goals and providing one assist.
Rafael Baca, a 24 year old midfielder from San Jose Earthquakes, was born in Mexico and would not occupy a foreigner spot either. He made 31 appearances for the Earthquakes, 28 of them from the starting eleven for a total of 2,379 minutes last season. Baca has spent his three year career with the Northern California club.
Michael Farfan was born in San Diego, CA. Like the other two, he also has Mexican heritage and could also have dual citizenship, meaning he could leave a foreigner spot open for Cruz. Farfan played in 29 matches for the Union last season, 22 as a starter.
He totaled 1,991 minutes, scored one goal and assisted in another. Farfan has a twin brother who spent two years in Club America’s youth system. Gabriel, his twin brother, never debuted for the Cruz Azul’s rivals and now plays for Chivas USA.