WOODY BAUM - Thursday, April 29, 2010
Pachuca and Francisco Torres look to continue the momentum as they take on Monterrey in the first round of the liguilla.
Pachuca – Monterrey
It has been an exciting week for Pachuca, who on Saturday qualified for the liguilla based on a one-goal differential over Cruz Azul and then on Wednesday defeated Cruz Azul with a miracle goal in the 93rd to win the Concacaf Champions League. They will hope to continue their success as they host defending champions Monterrey in the first leg of the first round in the liguilla.
Francisco Torres, the lone American in the liguilla this year, has played an increasingly important role for Pachuca who have relied on his calm out of the midfield and his sharp passing in order to build up the attack. He will look to start this Saturday.
It will be a difficult game for Pachuca as Monterrey finished first in the general table this season and have dominated all season long. However, they will benefit from the addition of Jamie Correa who is coming back from an injury.
Pachuca will be without Paul Aguilar, who is training with the Mexican national team. Monterrey will be without Aldo de Negris, whose recently underwent kneee surgery.