Gringo Report: Gomez keeps streak going for Estudiantes
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – While the US national team was in camp in Florida, Herculez Gomez gave another a gentle reminder of his goal-scoring prowess with his fifth of the season for Estudiantes Tecos in an otherwise quiet weekend of action for Americans south of the border.
Gomez scored with a diving header right at the death against Monterrey on Friday to make it three goals in three games. The 29-year-old came off the bench in the 64th minute in Estudiantes’ 3-2 loss.
The 2010 World Cup veteran now has the best goal-to-minutes-played ratio among players near the top of the scorers’ chart in the Mexican Primera División with an average of one goal every 112 minutes.
Joe Benny Corona was involved in a humdinger of a game in the big relegation battle between Club Tijuana and Atlas on Saturday.
Corona entered the match in the 55th minute with Atlas ahead 1-0. Playing a floating role just off the main striker, Corona helped Tijuana come back to 2-1 up before the hosts converted a last-minute penalty for a 2-2 draw.
Miguel Ángel Ponce, meanwhile, played the full game for Guadalajara in their goalless draw with Toluca on Sunday.
Chivas’ archrivals Club América drew 1-1 with Morelia in the later game Sunday with Calexico, Calif., native Isaac Acuña getting on the field for the last 15 minutes. Defender Edgar Castillo did not make the bench.
Marco Vidal played 23 minutes for Club León in Mexico’s second division, while down in Colombia, Diego Restrepo did not get playing time in América de Cali’s 1-0 win over Quindío.
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