GUADALAJARA, Mexico — It’s that time again. Superclásico time.
This weekend, all the other soccer action in Mexico falls by the wayside as Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara, the two most supported clubs in the country, prepare to square off at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday afternoon (5 pm ET, Univisión).
Both Isaac Acuña and Edgar Castillo are fit to play for América. Calexico, Calif., native Acuña has been coming off the bench in recent games, while Castillo is yet to feature since new coach Alfredo Tena took over on Sept. 19.
On the other side, Chivas’ Miguel Ángel Ponce is out of the game due to his participation for Mexico in the Pan American Games.
As if one big rivalry match wasn’t enough, the schedulers also put the Clásico Regiomontano on tap for this weekend. Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres UANL host city rivals Monterrey on Saturday (8 pm ET, Telemundo). Bornstein was named on the bench for Tigres' last game against Morelia but has yet to play in the first division this season.
Meanwhile, DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla travel to Toluca on Sunday (1 pm ET, Telemundo) with both teams on 16 points, just one point off the playoff spots.
Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes Tecos have won only once at home all season, but need to pick up points in the Estadio 3 de Marzo against Santos on Saturday (6 pm, Galavisión) after losing their last two games and leaking eight goals in the process. The team's top scorer, Gomez has been starting on the bench recently, but has four goals in his last four games.
In other first division games, Joe Benny Corona will lead Club Tijuana against Sonny Guadarrama and Atlante (Saturday 10 pm, TeleFutura), and Michael Orozco Fiscal and San Luis travel to Jaguares on Saturday (6 pm ET, Azteca America).
Down a division, Marco Vidal has been benched by Club León recently and will be hoping for playing time against Cruz Azul Hidalgo (Saturday, 9 pm ET).
Further down, at least geographically, in Peru, New York-born winger Diego Chávarri could make his comeback from injury this weekend in the clásico between his team Sporting Cristal and Universitario (Sunday, 7:15 pm ET).
In Colombia, former Virginia standout Diego Restrepo looks set to be on the bench for América de Cali’s match with Once Caldos, currently managed by former Fire and Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio (Sunday, 6:30 pm ET).
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.