GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Three Americans were on the pitch when the final whistle blew at the Estadio Azteca as Herculez Gomez's Estudiantes Tecos pulled off the shock result of the Apertura 2011 so far to overcome giants Club América, 2-1, in Wednesday night's Mexican Primera División action.
Gomez, who has eight caps for the US national team, played the full 90 minutes for Estudiantes, looking sharp, harrying the opposition defense and striking the post in the 86th minute.
Lining up opposite him was Edgar Castillo, starting his first game in the Primera División this season. The New Mexico native also completed the whole game playing on the left hand side of América's three-man midfield. Castillo came close to tying the game in the 83rd minute for las Águilas when he skipped past a challenge on the edge of the area and fired a shot at goal. Unfortunately for him and his team, it ended up in the arms of the Estudiantes 'keeper.
Southern California-born striker Isaac Acuña entered the legendary pitch in the 74th minute for his first appearance in the senior side this season but could do little, partly because América had two players sent off in the space of four minutes soon after. The Mexico City powerhouse next head to Dallas on Saturday when they take on European champions FC Barcelona in the final match of the World Football Challenge.
Elsewhere, DaMarcus Beasley had a night to forget for Puebla as his team was hammered 5-1 by Atlante, who had not won a point in the two opening games. Beasley played the full game in his customary left wing role. Sonny Guadarama wasn't required by Atlante coach Miguel Herrera.
It was better news for compatriot José Francisco Torres. Pachuca got their first win of the season at home against Cruz Azul thanks to a late goal. Torres played in midfield, shielding the back four intelligently and using the ball well to launch Pachuca attacks.
Over at Tigres UANL's game against Toluca in Monterrey, no Yanks were in the first-team squad but Jonathan Bornstein got a valuable 90 minutes under his belt for the Under-20s. Starting alongside him were American-born youngsters Juan Pablo Ocegueda, Moises Orozco and Victor Garza. Uvaldo Luna, just 17, came off the bench in the team's 3-1 victory against Toluca's U-20s.
Orange County, Calif., native Kevin Huezo took the glory in Pachuca's U-20 victory over Cruz Azul, coming on in the 79th minute and scoring the only goal of the game in injury time.
Fellow Californians Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) and Miguel Ángel Ponce (Guadalajara) won't face each other until Sept. 2 in a rescheduled third-round match in league play. The game was postponed due to Chivas' commitments in the World Football Challenge. Ponce played 86 minutes in the Guadalajara team's stunning 4-1 victory over FC Barcelona in Miami on Wednesday night.
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