Liga MX Report
Jose Torres Tallies for Tigres in Clausura Clash
He may be on the outside looking in with the U.S. national team, but Jose Torres scored a nifty goal in Tigres’ 3-0 shutout win over league leaders Cruz Azul. Here is Kim Tate's weekly Liga MX report.
March 13, 2014
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Tijuana 2-0 Chivas
Club Tijuana hosted storied Mexican club Chivas de Guadalajara on Friday night, and Joe Corona and Greg Garza both started and went a full 90 minutes for Xolos.
Garza played left back in place of Edgar Castillo, who had returned from Cyprus on U.S. national team duty only the day before. In his second consecutive start, Garza again showcased why he’s a suitable option in defense, and he even came close to scoring on a powerful long-range volley from distance that skimmed the crossbar. Corona held things down in midfield and set up teammate Javier Gandolfi with a golden scoring chance, but that striker could not put it away.
Herculez Gomez came on as a sub for Dario Benedetto in the 77th minute, and U-20 midfielder Alejandro Guido came on as a sub for Javier Guemez in the 85th minute, earning his first professional start for Xolos.
Paul Arriola did not play due to a reported injury.
Toluca 3-0 Puebla
DaMarcus Beasley went 90 minutes for Puebla, while starter Michael Orozco was pulled in the 62nd minute after giving up a penalty.
Both struggled to deal with Toluca’s dizzying attack throughout the match, and young Toluca winger Isaac Brizuela did them both in during this game.
Beasley played a role in Toluca’s opening goal when he lost sight of Brizuela during the build up; Orozco brought Brizuela down in the penalty area shortly after the second half began, earning a yellow card and resulting in a converted penalty kick.
Atlas 2-2 Chiapas
Gabriel Farfan started and played 90 minutes in defense for Jaguares de Chiapas in a back-and-forth match that ended in a tie. Chiapas fell behind 2-0 but rallied to come back with a pair of goals in the final half hour.
Tigres 3-0 Cruz Azul
Jose Torres earned his first start with Tigres this Clausura, playing in a box-to-box midfield role where he demonstrated both his defensive and attacking capabilities. The highlight of his performance: A nice left-footed strike in the 83rd minute to bag Tigres’ third goal in a shut out of league-leaders Cruz Azul.
Atlante 4-2 Queretaro
Jonathan Bornstein was an unused sub in what turned out to be an exciting 4-2 win for Atlante.
Kim Tate covers Liga MX and other topics for American Soccer Now. Follow her on Twitter.