RECAP: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
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WOODY BAUM - Sunday, April 18, 2010
Herculez Gomez scored two goals and is now tied for first in the league with goals scored while Jose Francisco Torres and Pachuca managed a draw against Toluca all but eliminating them from playoff contention.

Jaguares 1 – 0 Indios

Indios was not able to win for the third consecutive week as they lost in Chiapas in a bizarre game that included heavy rains and hail.

American Marco Vidal started and played the entire 90 minutes.

Indios played well during the first half, during which the game was slowed by the climate. Despite Jaguares' best attempts, they were unable to take advantage until Indios' forward, Jair Garcia, was ejected in the 60th minute.

Almost immediately afterward, in the 65th minute, Antonio Salazar scored to put the home squad up by one.

Indios almost scored in the injury time when second half substitute Alain Nkong received the ball in the area with only the keeper to beat.

However, Nkong shot over the crossbar and missed a perfect opportunity as Indios has often done this season.

Pachuca 1 – 1 Toluca

Pachuca tied Toluca at home this Saturday in a game that now puts Pachuca's playoff hopes out of their hands.

Pachuca will now need to win next week against Tigres and hope that various other teams lose in order to classify for the liguilla.

The result was impressive considering Pachuca forward Dario Cvitanich was sent off with a straight red card in the eighth minute after unnecessarily fouling Edgar Dueñas in front of the referee.

Despite playing a man down, Pachuca did a good job of controlling the ball in the heavy rains and struck first when Leobardo Lopez shot from outside the area in the 26th minute.

Toluca quickly struck back in the 38th minute when Manuel Perez scored off a free kick.

Jose Francisco Torres came on in the second half and almost scored the winning goal in the 89th minute with a powerful left shot that forced a great save from Toluca keeper, Alfredo Talavera.

Both teams created plenty of chances and Pachuca demonstrated great heart in the tie.

Pachuca will now need to win on the road next week and pray for some help as there are several teams ahead of them in the playoff standings.

Puebla 4 -1 Cruz Azul

Puebla responded to last week's loss with an impressive win this Sunday against Cruz Azul.

Herculéz Gomez achieved two of his goals this week: Gain the starting spot and continue to score goals.

Gomez started and immediately scored in the third minute when he received a pass on the right side of the area and was able to put it past Cruz Azul goalkeeper, Jesus Corona.

Puebla kept up the pressure and scored again in the 35th minute when Felipe Ayala took a corner kick. The kick went over Corona and managed to curl into the net untouched.

Almost immediately afterward in the 37th , Gomez scored again when he headed in a corner. Puebla added a fourth goal before halftime when Joaquin Velazquez headed in a corner from Felipe Ayala.

Cruz Azul was able to score in the 64th minute when Edcarlos Conceicao headed in a pass from Javier Orozco.

Shortly thereafter, Gomez was sent off following his second yellow card for apparently taking a dive in front of the referee.

The second yellow card means that Gomez will be suspended for the final game of the season, barring an appeal.

With the two goals, however, Gomez is currently tied for first place with Javier "el Chicharito" Hernandez and Johan Fano for the league lead in goals scored.

Notes:

Sammy Ochoa did not playin Estudiantes' loss to Queretaro.

Isaac Acuña did not play in America's loss to Monterrey.

Edgar Castillo did not play in Tigres' win over Atlante on Saturday as he is still injured.
jeff
Wednesday April 21, 2010 8:35 pm
nice shot at "the average fan," you know the one that lives and dies with the team? But for some, if you dont agree, you must be a casual observer. For one, i disagree with most that Bob Bradley is a bad leader. What do you expect him to have done with what he had? And "flavor of the month" just means "peaking at the right time" no? Gomez has confidence right now and goal scorers feed off confidence. All the other options are broken down or have had their chance. We know what they can (and cant) do. Give him a shot.
JaLa
Wednesday April 21, 2010 3:37 pm
Really Creige, flavor of the month. It's better than the constant mediocrity we have now. What's it hurt to call him in to camp? Nothing's better than an "in form" striker. i think even you'd agree we are a little thin up top.
Maldito8
Tuesday April 20, 2010 7:40 pm
HAHAHA, Creige said Bradley was smart, you lost all credibility there bud. Gomez should get at least a shot, we are not asking for a starting possition just a shot.
Carlos
Monday April 19, 2010 10:02 pm
Flavor of the month? Creig I'm going on a hunch thinking that you would think that. I think 10 goals in the Mexican division is better than in the mls. Mexican teams have dominated the mls in the concacaf club tournament. It's not like gomez has scored against 2nd tier teams. I think America and Cruz Azul is a whole lot better than Dynamo and Red Bulls...
Brian
Monday April 19, 2010 9:45 pm
haha, Creige, sure he may be the flavor of the month...but he's the only flavor we've had in quite some time. wouldn't you agree?
imani
Monday April 19, 2010 9:24 pm
It will be a travesty if Gomez wasn't invited to camp. I hope Bradley is at least smarter than you, Creige, and realizes that being tied for the lead in goals scored in the Mexican league is no easy feat. Seriously, you think Ching, Casey, or Findley are going to give us anything more?
eurofan
Monday April 19, 2010 7:38 pm
Dear bob Bradley
Can you please take this kid gomez. This kid is a complete super sub we need him at the world cup
Creige
Monday April 19, 2010 6:06 pm
Gomez = flavor of the month

Thankfully Bradley is smarter than the average fan.
Jeff
Monday April 19, 2010 3:34 pm
Bob, please. At least give him one of the 30 spots and give him a fair chance against the Turks and Czechs to fight for a spot to SA. What is there to lose?
adam m
Monday April 19, 2010 6:02 am
ok seriously, so without a doubt gomez needs to be called up to the national team. i would take him over casey or ching any day. he would be a perfect super sub at the world cup
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