GUADALAJARA, Mexico – It was difficult to tell which was better: Jose Torres’ goal or celebration.
From a bad angle on the left side of the penalty area, the US international sent a left-footed half-volley flying into the top corner of the net for Tigres UANL's third goal in their 6-0 home win on Wednesday over Atlante in the Copa MX quarterfinals. Then Torres did a somersault and back-flip by the corner flag to celebrate. (Watch YouTube video.)
Torres went 72 minutes of the game and appears to have won his place back in Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s starting lineup.
Former Tigres left back Jonathan Bornstein was involved on the other side of the contest, going 68 minutes for Los Potros, who crashed out of the competition and will now focus exclusively on the fight to stay in Liga MX.
In another Copa MX quarterfinal on Tuesday, Club Tijuana's Alejandro Guido was in action for Liga Ascenso partners Dorados de Sinaloa, as they drew 1-1 after 90 minutes with Veracruz but were eliminated 6-4 in a shootout. The American played 72 minutes before being replaced by fellow US youth international Stevie Rodriguez.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.