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Liga MX Report

Tijuana Gets Sloppy Win, Puebla Falls to Chiapas

American Soccer Now's Kim Tate keeps tabs on all of the Americans playing south of the border. Here is her latest installation of the weekly Liga MX Report.
BY Kim Tate Posted
January 27, 2014
9:00 PM
EDGAR CASTILLO AND HERCULEZ GOMEZ started for Club Tijuana in Friday's messy 1-0 win over Morelia, with Castillo playing a full 90 minutes in a more reserved role at left back. Perhaps his best and only attacking chance came in the 49th minute, when his left-footed cross found Gomez in the box for a back-heel attempt that went just wide of goal. Gomez came off in the 64th minute, just moments after teammate Javier Gandolfi scored the only goal of the game.

A strong performance in week one from Joe Corona gave fans hope to see similar action throughout this tournament, but he didn’t make the 18 this week after sustaining an ankle injury in the club's home opener against America. Paul Arriola and Greg Garza were listed as substitutes, but were not used.

Arriola did see time in the second division earlier in the week. He’s been doubling for Xolos and its affiliate Ascenso club, Dorados de Sinaloa, and on January 15 played 90 minutes, scoring the second goal of the game in Copa MX play against Estudiantes Tecos. Arriola previously netted in the first leg, a 3-1 win. Xolos’ and U.S. under-20 player Alejandro Guido was also used by Dorados, coming in as a sub in the 76th minute.

DaMarcus Beasley and Michael Orozco went the full 90 minutes for Puebla in a 3-2 loss to Chiapas, with the best chance between the two coming from Orozco in the 47th minute, even though his shot was off target. Despite a leg injury just before halftime, Beasley was able to stay on the pitch for the entire match after looking to be in a lot of pain when he went down.

Jose “Gringo” Torres played 40 minutes in Tigres’ 2-1 loss to Pumas, coming on a minute into first-half stoppage time and coming out in the 84th minute of the contest. He was able to muster one off-target shot from just outside of the 18 yard box just prior to leaving the match.

Kim Tate covers Liga MX for American Soccer Now, and keeps an eye on the West Coast while she's at it. Follow her on Twitter.

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