Jose Francisco Torres

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico -- The quarterfinal second legs of the Mexican playoffs take place this weekend and are all set up nicely, with two US-born players in the mix for playing time.


Native Texan José Francisco Torres could make his first appearance for Pachuca since breaking the fifth metatarsal of his left foot back in September. Pachuca are 1-0 down to Jonathan Bornstein's Tigres UANL and will need to win by two goals in Monterrey to advance to the semis (Sunday, 8 pm ET, Telemundo). 

Sacramento-born Miguel Ángel Ponce will likely to a starter for Guadalajara as they seek to overturn a 2-1 deficit on Saturday against Querétaro (8 pm ET, Telemundo).

In Mexico's second division, Marco Vidal's Club León face Irapuato in the second leg of the quarterfinals (Saturday, 10 pm ET). Vidal came on for the last 13 minutes of the first leg.


Former University of Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo's América de Cali need three points against Tolima (Sunday, 4:30 pm ET) to have any chance of qualifying for the playoffs.

Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. E-mail him at

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