Gringo Report: Castillo back in form for winning Tijuana

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — These are early days in Edgar Castillo's career with Club Tijuana, but early indications suggest the Las Cruces, N.M., native is back nearing his best. Castillo, 25, was on form and completed his second full 90 minutes for the Xolos, who beat Monterrey 1-0 on Saturday thanks to an injury-time goal.

Tijuana forward Joe Corona started on the bench, but came on in the 59th minute.

It has also been a good start to 2012 for US national team defender Michael Orozco Fiscal. His San Luis sit on top of the Primera División with two wins from the first two games of the season. Orozco Fiscal played from start to finish at center back for the Gladiadores during their 2-0 road victory over Estudiantes Tecos.

It was a happy weekend, too, for José Francisco Torres and Pachuca, who overcame Puebla 3-1. Torres played the full game, but Puebla´s DaMarcus Beasley started on the bench for the first time since arriving in Mexico. He came on for the last 30 minutes of the game.

Sonny Guadarrama got on for the last five minutes of Atlante's rain-soaked home game against Santos Laguna, which ended 2-1 for the visitors. Striker Herculez Gomez was an unused substitute for Santos.

California-born Miguel Ángel Ponce was on the bench for Chivas, coming on in the 69th minutes of their 3-1 defeat away to Jaguares.

In Mexico's second division, Jesus Padilla went 65 minutes in La Piedad´s 2-2 tie against Correcaminos.

In Venezuela, American goalkeeper Diego Restrepo didn't see playing time in his team Deportivo Táchira's opening game of the Clausura 2012. The team lost 3-1 to CD Lara.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. He can be reached via tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.