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.
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.
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
It was another good week for the American contingents playing in Mexico’s Liga MX. Edgar Castillo, Michael Orozco-Fiscal, and Joe Corona were all instrumental for their teams. Herculez Gomez and DaMarcus Beasley both had decent outings as well.
Edgar Castillo , Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez, and Paul Arriola (Tijuana Xolos):
Tijuana Xolos defeated last season’s runner-ups Club America by a score of 1-0 at the Estadio Caliente on Friday night. Edgar Castillo’s (90 minutes) dribble down the left wing and cross into the box was what set up Cristian Pellerano to score the game’s only goal to give the Xolos the three points.
Joe Corona (80 minutes) had good performance in that match playing in a free attacking midfield role behind the two striker. Corona had a marvelous opportunity to score his first goal of the season and open the scoring in the match during the second half when he cut Club America’s captain Aquivaldo Mosquera; Corona’s shot ended up bouncing off the post. Corona ended up limping off the field and did not part-take in the team’s practice on Monday.
Heculez Gomez (67 minutes) who is still getting back in rhythm after battling injury most of all last season had his second start of the season and played alongside Fidel Martinez as the two strikers. Gomez had some interesting plays where he would open wide to receive the ball and sent in some dangerous passes towards Martinez. The understanding between him and Martinez is slowly growing with each game.
Paul Arriola (10 minutes) made his first appearance for the team this season when he was brought in for the injured Corona. Arriola earned himself a yellow card after an altercation between several players from both sides. Teammate Fernando Arce was ejected from the match for the same incident.
Michael Orozco-Fiscal and DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla)
Michael Orozco-Fiscal (90 minutes) made his first appearance of the season and went the full 90 minutes for Puebla. Orozco’s cross set up the Martin Alustiza equalizer with which Puebla were able to earn a point. DaMarcus Beasley made his second start in two games and went for 75 minutes playing in his left back position.
Jonathan Bornstein (Atlante) did not play in his club’s loss to Veracruz; Jose Villarreal and Michael Farfan are yet to debut for Cruz Azul.