Mexico Primera Division Recap: Tigres, Santos Laguna, San Luis and More

A busy week down south began as Tigres traveled down to Chile to participate in the Copa Libertadores for their second leg of the qualifying round. Choosing to field what was labeled a reserve team by critics, Tigres coach Tuca Ferretti gave three Americans an opportunity at first team ball. Jonathan Bornstein, as well as youth products Victor Garza and Juan Pablo Ocegueda, got the opportunity to showcase themselves.

*Coming into the match down 1-0 on aggregate, the visitors jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately for them, the home side scored in quick succession in the second half to show Bornstein, Garza, Ocegueda and the rest of Tigres the door out from Copa Libertadores and back to the Mexican clausura where Club America awaited them. Tigres won that contest, yet Bornstein was back on the bench while Garza and Ocegueda returned to the the U-20 squad.

*Elsewhere, super sub Herculez Gomez entered Santos Laguna’s match against U.N.A.M. Pumas in the 76th minute coming on for Mexican international, Oribe Peralta. Los Guerreros (Santos’s nickname) held out to win the match 2-1, despite a late Pumas surge.

*Michael Orozco-Fiscal and San Luis are now on a three match losing streak. After starting the season with two straight wins, Los Gladiadores are currently slipping down the standings, this time losing 3-0 to Monterrey (Los Rayados). Orozco-Fiscal was subbed out in the 62nd minute.

*In one of two Yank vs. Yank encounters, Tijuana traveled down to face Puebla. The match ended 1-1 but Americans were instrumental in both goals. With the first goal, Edgar Castillo (who went the full 90) set up teammate Duvier Riascos for the Xolos goal. On the other side of the ball, DaMarcus Beasley was dangerous down the flank while in the match, prior to leaving the game in the 55th minute due to injury. Beforehand, Beasley was taken down in the box at the 25th minute mark, allowing Puebla to win a penalty, which they then converted to split the spoils.  

*And finally, in the other Yank vs. Yank match, Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca visited Toluca and potential Yank stud, Diego de la Torre.  Both players went the length of the match, with the latter coming off in stoppage time. For Torres and his teammates, the match couldn’t have started any worse. 20 minutes in and they were already down 3-0. However as the match progressed, Pachuca slowly started to mount a comeback.

It was all tied at 3-3 toward the end of regulation. As fate would have it, Pachuca’s Marco Bueno made one last dash for the goal. Deliberately taken down by Toluca goalkeeper and Mexican International, Alfredo Talavera, Pachuca was awarded a PK in the dying minutes of the match. Mauro Cejas would put the final goal away and earn a big W for Los Tuzos (Gophers).

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