GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Jose Torres went 45 minutes in Tigres UANL’s 6-1 Copa MX win over Atlético San Luis on Wednesday, as the team hit top gear for the first time this year.
Coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti fielded a strong side, and Torres was confident in the center of the field as Tigres swarmed San Luis from the first whistle. Torres saw a shot from the edge of the area deflected wide four minutes in, and in the 18th was through on goal and tried lifting the ball over goalkeeper Jésus Gallardo, who managed to make the save.
Torres also helped set up the second goal, playing Damián Alvarez in down the left channel to square the ball and set up Edgar Pacheco's tap-in.
The Texas native was brought off at halftime, likely because he is set to start in Liga MX play on Saturday against Pumas UNAM, with central midfielder Guido Pizarro suspended. The victory for Tigres means they sit on top of Group 2 in the Copa MX with two wins out of two.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Bornstein completed the full 90 minutes for Atlante in their 2-0 home win over Mérida. It was Bornstein’s second start of the Copa MX, and the win moves Los Potros to second place in Group 4 on four points.
For Necaxa, Sonny Guadarrama came on at halftime in the team’s 1-0 home win at home against Atlas to improve to first in Group 5.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org.