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American Exports: Herculez Gomez, Jose Torres fall just short of qualifying for Copa Libertadores with Tigres

GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Jose Torres and Herculez Gomez’s Tigres will not be competing in next year’s Copa Libertadores.

The Monterrey-based team won 3-1 against Morelia on Saturday night in the SuperCopa MX, with both Americans involved, but lost the two-legged series 5-4 on aggregate after a poor showing in last Wednesday’s first leg.

Gomez entered the field in the 69th minute and had a chance to equal the score in the 88th when a long pass found him in space, but the resulting shot went wide of the target.

“Gringo” Torres also came off the bench for the final 10 minutes as Tigres pushed for the vital goal to tie the aggregate series.

Morelia claims Mexico’s third Copa Libertadores spot with the SuperCopa MX win, but Monarcas will have to first qualify for the group stage of the competition.

After the match, Tigres coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti said in the press conference that former FC Dallas goalkeeper Richard Sanchez would be loaned “to the United States,” with one report suggesting it could be to Chivas USA.

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