American Exports Preview: Torres set for Tigres debut

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks out injured for Jose Torres (above, with Pachuca), but the national team midfielder is fit to feature for new club Tigres UANL this weekend.

“Mentally I’m prepared,” Torres said in a press conference in Monterrey on Thursday. “I’m very well and ready to make my debut.”

Joint league-leaders Tigres host relegation-battlers Atlas in the Estadio Universitario on Saturday (8 pm ET, UniMás).

On Sunday, Herculez Gomez and his Santos Laguna side are up against Puebla’s American duo DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal in the Estadio Cuauhtémoc (1 pm ET, ESPN Deportes). 

Gomez goes up against his first club in Mexico with the Guerreros on four points from two games. Puebla have just one and is looking for its first win of the season against a team they hasn’t defeated in five years.

Club Tijuana’s Joe Corona is likely to feature in his 50th first-division game for Xolos on Sunday away at Pumas UNAM (1 pm ET, Univision). Alongside him, Edgar Castillo is set to start at left back and Greg Garza is inching his way back to fitness and could also be involved.

In Mexico’s second division, Marco Vidal’s Lobos BUAP open the round of matches at home against Dorados on Friday (5 pm ET).

Sonny Guadarrama will lead Mérida’s attack on the road against Irapuato (Saturday, 8 pm ET), while Jesus Padilla’s La Piedad take on Adrian Ruelas’ Veracruz (7 pm ET).

Meanwhile, in Costa Rica, FC Dallas loanee Moises Hernandez will have to wait for his Saprissa debut, as his international transfer certificate hasn’t come through yet.

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