A bevy of Americans took the pitch south of the border last weekend as teams in the Mexican leagues battle for early positioning.
After missing the first game of the Clausura 2011 due to injury, Jonathan Bornstein officially began his new adventure in the Mexican Primera División with a 45-minute stint as Tigres UANL beat Necaxa 1-0 in Week 2.
Usually deployed at left back, Bornstein started at holding midfielder and let loose a blast that went wide before coming off after an uneventful first half as a precautionary measure.
Also making a return to the playing field was US international José Francisco Torres. The midfielder put in 13 minutes of second-half action in Pachuca’s scoreless draw against Toluca.
Torres’ Tuzos teammate and fellow US national-teamer Hérculez Gómez also came on late in the second half, but was unable to break through the Diablos Rojos defense in his 15 minutes of play.
Over in Morelia, Miguel Ángel Ponce went a full 90 for visiting Chivas and was partly at fault in Monarcas’ equalizing goal in a 1-1 tie.
With the Rojiblancos trying to hold on to their one-goal lead, the American left back was unable to stop a Rafael Márquez Lugo run in the 70th minute to keep the opposing forward from scoring.
Another left back in action was Edgar Castillo, who was nothing short of Puebla’s most dangerous weapon in a 3-0 losing effort to his previous team, San Luis.
After putting forth a lackluster performance last week, the New Mexico native ran rampant for along the left flank for 68 minutes and lit up the opposition’s box with crosses and shots that didn’t find the net.
Down in the Liga de Ascenso, Marco Vidal made his debut with León as they worked to a 2-0 win against La Piedad.
Vidal, who came on just two minutes prior to los Esmeraldas’ second goal in the 63rd minute, helped his team calmly notch the victory.
Mexican Primera: Daniel Atúnez watched from the bench as Estudiantes defeated defending champs Monterrey 3-2. Teammate Samuel Ochoa wasn’t on the game-day roster.
Mexican Primera: Sonny Guadarrama was an unused substitute for Atlante in their 3-0 shutout of Cruz Azul.