Gringo Report: Coaching changes at América, Tijuana
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — There were three coaching changes after last weekend's Mexican first-division games, two of them at teams where Americans ply their trade.
Club América coach Carlos Reinos resigned on Saturday after a poor series of results and was replaced by former América player Alfredo Tena (pictured with his team above). US call-up Edgar Castillo had become a regular under Reinoso and fellow American Isaac Acuña was also clocking up playing time coming off the bench for las Águilas.
Just over the border, Club Tijuana got rid of their coach, Joaquín del Olmo, on Sunday and installed Argentine Antonio Mohamed. Los Angeles-born winger Joe Corona has been an integral part of del Olmo's starting XI over the last 15 months and, again, will have to work hard to win Mohamed's confidence.
The coach that brought Herculez Gomez to Estudiantes Tecos, José Luis “Chelis” Sánchez, was sacked on Aug. 8 after just four games of the season. Since then, the Las Vegas-raised striker has only started one game.
One-third of the 18 coaches that started the Apertura season in Mexico on July 22 have now left their posts, less than two months into the season.
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