American Exports: Young Yanks taste defeat in Copa MX

Greg Garza training at Club Tijuana

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Courtesy of Club Tijuana

MEXICO CITY – There were two Americans in action in Mexico's new cup competition on Tuesday, although neither got positive results.

For Club América, 19-year-old center back Ventura Alvarado went the full 90 minutes in his team's 4-3 away loss against second-division Correcaminos.

It was Alvarado's second appearance in the competition at the heart of América's defense, but the result leaves the Águilas in third place in Group 5, four points off leaders Correcaminos with three group-stage games remaining.

Also in action was left back Greg Garza (above) for Club Tijuana, but his team slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Celaya, also from the Ascenso MX.

Alejandro Guido and Stevie Rodriguez both made the bench for the Xolos, but are still awaiting their first-team debuts.

Tijuana slumped to third in Group 6 of the Copa MX, but are level on five points with Celaya and Pumas UNAM, with only the first-place team guaranteed to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at tom.marshall.mex@gmail.com.