Could an American partnership be in the works this weekend at Pachuca with Marco Vidal (above) and José Francisco Torres?
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Gringo Report preview: Tuzos getting desperate


Pachuca (1-4-3) vs. Estudiantes (2-4-2)

Info: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, TeleFutura

Pachuca and Estudiantes have had remarkably similar seasons. As a matter of fact, only two points separate the two teams in the overall table.

Similar, however, doesn’t mean good. Pachuca have gone seven consecutive games without a win, and three points here are of utmost importance if they want to get back into the race for the postseason.

Marco Vidal has gotten two straight 90-minute appearances and will likely add a third. José Francisco Torres has seemingly been relegated to a bench role and Hérculez Gómez has yet to see the pitch from the initial whistle.

On the other side of the pitch will be an Estudiantes squad that didn’t taste victory until Week 7, but have been solid their last two times out and whose chances of winning seem much brighter than los Tuzos’.

Samuel Ochoa has lost his starting spot up top and will be used as a sub if need be.

Tigres (3-3-2) vs. Chivas (2-2-3)

Info: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET, Telemundo

The season hasn’t been going particularly well for Chivas, either. Currently fourth in Group 1 – nine points behind the automatic postseason berth spots – Guadalajara will have their hands full with group rivals Tigres.

In their last game out, the pieces to Tigres’ puzzle finally clicked into place and they roared to a convincing 3-1 victory over Puebla.

For Chivas to come out victorious, they’ll need left back Miguel Ángel Ponce to be effective on both sides of the ball, as his team will be without key starters Omar Bravo and Patricio Araujo.

Other action:

Jaguares (2-3-3) vs. San Luis (4-3-1); Saturday, 6 p.m. ET, TV Azteca. Americans: Francisco Javier López (JAG), Edgar Castillo (SL)

Pumas (3-3-2) vs. Atlante (2-5-1); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, Telemundo. American: Sonny Guadarrama (ATL)

América (3-3-2) vs. Santos (6-2-0); Sunday, 5 p.m. ET, Univisión. American: Isaac Acuña (AME)


Correcaminos (2-4-3) vs. Tijuana (5-0-4)

Info: Sunday, noon ET

The matchup against Correcaminos, on paper, looks to be an easy win for Tijuana. Los Xoloitzcuintles are undefeated thus far and last week took sole leadership of the league table.

American Joe Benny Corona has been fundamental to Tijuana’s success, and he’ll be looking to continue his good play on Sunday.

Other action:

Mérida FC (1-4-4) vs. León (1-6-2); Saturday, 8 p.m. ET. American: Víctor Sánchez García (León)

Cruz Azul Hidalgo (2-2-5) vs. Indios (4-3-2); Sunday, 1 p.m. ET. American: Joaquín Alonso (IND)


Boca Juniors (3-3-1) vs. Estudiantes de La Plata (4-1-1)

Info: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET

Estudiantes surprisingly lost their undefeated record in league play last week and then quickly crashed out of the Copa Sudamericana. Michael Hoyos, who played 90 minutes in the midweek draw that saw them out of the Copa, will hope to get his first minutes in league play against powerhouse Boca Juniors.

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