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.
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.
Tijuana Xolos suffer a big loss. Damarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla get first win of the season. Former LA Galaxy forward Jose Villarreal gets his first minutes of play on a Mexican pitch and scores a goal; albeit with the Cruz Azul U-20 squad. Here is what the American contingent in Mexico's Liga MX have done this week.
Herculez Gomez, Paul Arriola, Edgar Castillo, Greg Garza (Tijuana Xolos):
Another disastrous performance by the Xolos on the road; this time they suffered a 3-0 loss to Pumas UNAM who had not won at home in months. Edgar Castillo (90 minutes) had a decent game. There were no huge mistakes that cost the team a goal, but he did not contribute to the attack as much as in other games.
Paul Arriola (90 minutes) started the game up top as one of two strikers. Arriola is still struggling under Cesar Farias’ two striker formation as he tends to get lost in the middle of the field. Arriola is much more explosive down the wing. Herculez Gomez (73 minutes) still has his target off. The American striker is in dire need of a goal to get his confidence back up. Greg Garza (12 minutes) came into the game late in to push Edgar Castillo up the field a little more.
Damarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco (Puebla):
Following last week’s meltdown where Puebla gave up a 2-0 halftime lead to lose to Chiapas, the “Camoteros” traveled to Veracruz where they picked up the first win of the season by a score of 0-1. Damarcus Beasley (90 minutes) played on the left side of midfield, rather than at his now usual left-back position. Beasley had the support of a Liga MX veteran left-back like Oscar Rojas behind him. Michael Orozco (90 minutes) who usually plays as a central midfielder, played all game as center-back in the four-man defensive line that managed to shutout the home side.
Jose Torres (Tigres):
In the Clasico Regiomontano between local city rivals Monterrey and Tigres UANL, Jose Torres (4 minutes) was a second half substitute. He came in for Guido Pizarro into the center of midfield in the 0-0 draw. Tigres remain at the bottom of the league table with two points in five matches.
Jose Villarreal (Cruz Azul U-20):
After sorting out some administrative issues Jose Villarreal was able to get his first minutes of playing time in Mexico. He was a starter for Cruz Azul’s U-20 team against Chivas of Guadalajara. It only took Villarreal two minutes in Mexico to net his first goal as he put Cruz Azul in front early on. The match would end in a 1-1 draw.
Joe Corona was not called into the 18-man roster for the Tijuana Xolos. He is still tendering to an ankle injury.
Jonathan Bornstein was not called into Atlante’s 18-man roster for their 1-0 loss to Club America.
Michael Farfan was not called into Cruz Azul 18-man roster for their 0-2 win over Chivas of Guadalajara.