American Exports: No wins for Yanks in Mexico
GUADALAJARA, Mexico - Six Americans featured in Mexico´s first division this weekend, but there was not one victory between them.
In the Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna, there were three Americans in action on Friday night in the Jaguares against Club Tijuana match.
Edgar Castillo was slightly more subdued than in recent games on the left flank, but still caused moments of panic for Jaguares. Joe Corona went 86 minutes but was unable to unlock the Jaguares defense.
Neither player was aided in their attacking endeavors by Xolos coach Antonio Mohamed´s defensive tactics.
It was an important night for 21-year-old Adrian Ruelas, who made his first ever appearance for Jaguares, coming on as a substitute in injury time. It was the Fontana, Calif. native´s third appearance in the Mexican league, with the other two coming for Santos Laguna.
The result means Jaguares move down to ninth, one place outside the playoffs, while Tijuana is in sixth with just two weeks of the regular season to go.
José Francisco Torres' run of games at the center of the Pachuca midfield continued on Saturday, but his team fell 2-1 to Morelia and playoff celebrations were put on ice. Torres was booked in the 16th minute for a rash tackle from behind, meaning he is set to miss his team´s game next week against Monterrey.
In the 3 de Marzo on Friday, Puebla´s DaMarcus Beasley had a quiet game, following a run of three goals in his previous five games. The winger played 73 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Tecos.
Beasley´s Puebla side can mathematically still make the playoffs, but it would take a minor miracle.
In La Corregidora, Michael Orozco Fiscal´s San Luis, already unable to make the playoffs, came within a few minutes of securing a victory against rivals Querétaro before settling for a 2-2 result.
Orozco Fiscal went the full 90 minutes and could do little about the two goals conceded.
No Americans made it onto the pitch in Mexico´s second division, or in other Latin American leagues this weekend.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org