GUADALAJARA, Mexico – There were goals, first starts and disappointment for Yanks in Latin America this weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, a DaMarcus Beasley goal almost rescued a point for Puebla. He brought the ball under control and slotted into the net from a through-ball to make the score 2-2 against Club América. Las Águilas won from a controversial penalty five minutes from time.
Beasley´s goal was his seventh since joining the club, making this the 29-year-old´s highest scoring season in league play since 2003 season with Chicago Fire.
It was a big weekend for Club Tijuana´s Greg Garza. The Texan started his first game since joining the Xolos over the winter, slotting in on the left side in the position usually occupied by fellow Yank Edgar Castillo, who shifted into a more central role in the middle of the park.
Joe Corona played the full game in the 1-0 victory over San Luis, as did Garza in a successful debut, while Castillo was brought off just after the hour mark.
For San Luis, Michael Orozco Fiscal completed 90 minutes at center back.
The victory means Club Tijuana only needs a draw next weekend against Puma in the Estadio Caliente to reach the playoffs for the first time.
It was heartbreak for José Torres and his Pachuca squad. The team was within seconds of closing out a 1-0 win against Monterrey in the Estadio Tecnológico, when Humberto Suazo curled in the equalizing freekick. Torres was again bright in the center of the park. Next week, Pachuca host Chivas, needing the three points to guarantee a playoff place.
Herculez Gomez´s Santos Laguna is in first position in the Clausura 2012 general table after demolishing champions Tigres 3-0 on Saturday, with the American going 57 minutes.
In Bolivia, Alejandro Meleán started for Oriente Petrolero in its 4-1 win over Aurora.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America. E-mail him at email@example.com.