American Exports: Draw with Chivas keeps Jose Torres, Tigres UANL on top of Liga MX
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Jose Torres and his Tigres UANL side could only draw 1-1 at home against Chivas on Saturday evening, but remain on top of the Liga MX heading into the international break.
“El Gringo” (above) played 81 minutes in central midfield and was an important factor, along with Carlos Salcido, in Tigres dominating the game and possession – they just couldn’t put the ball into the net.
Meanwhile, Greg Garza started his second consecutive Liga MX game in Tijuana’s 2-2 draw with Monterrey at Estadio Caliente on Saturday, but couldn’t prevent Aldo de Nigris from scoring Monterrey’s first in the 31st. Garza was replaced by fellow American Joe Corona in the 71st as the reigning champions slipped down to seventh position in the league. Los Xolos have won only one of their last seven Liga MX games.
There was disappointment for DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco Fiscal as Pachuca struck twice in the dying minutes of the game to snatch a 2-1 win, also Saturday. Both players completed the full game and Beasley took to Twitter after the game, apologizing to Puebla fans for the collapse.
Herculez Gomez was on the right side of a turnaround as Santos Laguna came from behind to defeat Atlas 2-1 at Estadio Jalisco, with two late goals. With Mexico international Oribe Peralta out injured, Gomez was given extra responsibility upfront and again completed the full game.
Wrapping up the Liga MX action for Americans, defender Ventura Alvarado was an unused sub for Club América in their 1-1 draw with San Luis, also on Saturday.
Down in the Ascenso MX, Marco Vidal started for Lobos BUAP in Friday’s impressive 2-1 victory over Universidad de Guadalajara, while Sonny Guadarrama’s Mérida slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to La Piedad.
In Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez was an unused sub in Saprissa’s 3-0 win at Belén on Sunday.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.