American Exports Preview: Yanks in Mexico back in action
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – There’s one game in the opening weekend of matches in the Liga MX that’s a must-see for US national team fans.
Reigning champions Club Tijuana travel to Puebla in a match that could involve up to five national team possibilities for 2013 (Sunday, 5 pm ET, ESPN Deportes/Fox Deportes).
Greg Garza, Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona will be gunning for minutes for the Xolos, while DaMarcus Beasley is sure to start for Puebla and Michael Orozco Fiscal could make his debut for La Franja.
On Saturday, Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna make the shortish trip to San Luis to face the Reales looking for three points in the club’s first match under new coach Pedro Caixinha (10 pm ET, Univision Deportes).
New Atlante signing Isaac Acuña could also see action when the team meets Pachuca in the Estadio Hidalgo (8 pm ET, TeleFutura).
Tigres UANL are in action against Jaguares (8 pm ET, Univision Deportes), but Jose Torres' debut for his new club will have to wait as the 2010 World Cup veteran is out with an injury.
Down in the Ascenso MX, Marco Vidal’s Lobos BUAP kick off on Friday at home to Necaxa (5 pm ET). Veracruz and Adrian Ruelas receive last season’s runners-up Dorados de Sinaloa on Saturday (7 pm ET), while Jesus Padilla and La Piedad face Celaya on Sunday (1:30 pm ET).
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.