MARTY SCOTT - Sunday, August 14, 2011
No Americans tasted defeat in Mexico this weekend, highlighted by Edgar Castillo putting in a full shift for America and Herculez Gomez and Tecos winning a Jalisco rivalry match.
Pachuca 3 - 0 Toluca
American midfielder Jose Fransisco Torres started and played 69 minutes in a winning effort for Tuzos.
The scoring opened up for Pachuca in the second minute when midfielders Mauro Cejas and Edy Brambila played a nice one-two touch pass combination inside the penalty area, leaving forward Enrique Esqueda open in front of goal to tap it by Toluca goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.
Pachuca doubled their tally in the 33rd minute as Brambila picked up his second assist when he filtered the ball past the Toluca backline leaving fellow defender Carlos Rodriguez completely solo inside the penalty area to chip it over the head of the charging Talavera.
The finishing touch would be put on in the 78th minute when Tuzos midfielder Elias Hernandez passed to Cejas just outside the 18-yard box who set and fired, beating stunned Red Devil keeper Talavera.
With the win Pachua hop up to sixth place.
Pachuca head coach Efrain Flores and his club will travel to Jalisco on Friday to face Herculez Gomez and the Estudiantes Tecos.
Atlas 0 - 2 Estudiantes Tecos
The Jalisco showdown is in the books as striker Herculez Gomez and visiting Estudiantes Tecos proved to be too much as they handled Atlas on Saturday at Estadio Jalisco.
Estudiantes' veteran defender Duilio Davino opened up the scoring for his club in the 42nd minute with a spectacular diving header in front of the six-yard box, leaving Atlas goalkeeper Miguel Pinto paused.
The Las Vegas-born Gomez got the start up top for Tecos and played a solid 75 minutes creating many scoring opportunities for his team before being substituted out for eventual goal scorer Eduardo Lillingston.
Lillingston scored in the 86th minute with a bullet shot placed perfectly in the top right hand corner of the goal leaving opposing goalkeeper Pinto helpless.
The three points now position UAG in ninth place in the standings as they return home to the Estadio 3 de Marzo where they will recieve surging Pachuca and American Jose Fransisco Torres on Friday.
Tigres 2 - 2 America
Recent USMNT call up Edgar Castillo got the nod on the backline once again as America battled to a draw on Saturday with Tigres at Estadio Universitario.
America got on the board first with a 16th minute goal by Ecuadorian forward Christian Benitez who backheeled in a point blank corner between the legs of Tigres' goalkeeper Enrique Palos.
Tigres then took the lead by scoring two unanswered goals. The first, tying the game in the 66th minute, was an own goal by America defender Patricio Trevino.
Tigres appeared to have had the game won 17 minutes later when forward Danilinho's touch pass to fellow teammate Hector Mancilla in front of the box left the America defense on their heels and goalkeeper Armando Navarette without a chance.
However an 89th minute equalizer by America was the difference as Isaac Acuna played a nice ball across the penalty area from the right flank to a wide open Renato Gonzalez who one-timed it with his left foot by Tigres' netminder Palos.
Despite playing his third complete game in a week, Castillo went 90 minutes for America, while the player he replaced on the national team, Jonathan Bornstein, was left at home for the hosts.
America and head coach Carlos Reinoso will return to Mexico City with a point as they get ready to host struggling Atlas on Sunday at Estadio Azteca.
Club Tijuana 1 - 1 Puebla
DaMarcus Beasley started and played 90 minutes in a strong effort as Puebla managed to salvage a point when they visited Tijuana on Sunday at Estadio Caliente.
In the seventh minute Tijuana took advantage of poor judgement error by Puebla goalkeeper Mario Rodriguez when Xolos forward Dayro Moreno blasted a 35-yard free kick shot past the wayward keeper.
The lead lasted only eight minutes, though, as Puebla would pulled even with a through ball behind the Tijuana defense from midfielder Gonzalo Pineda to Columbian forward Duvier Riascos who calmly pushed the ball by the rushing Xolos goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo.
The visiting point sends Puebla and Beasley home where they will take on the leaders Pumas UNAM on Sunday at Estadio Cuauhtemoc.
Defender Michael Orozco sat out of San Luis' 1-0 win over Salt Lake vanqiushers Monterrey serving a red card suspension.
Frankie Lopez and Adrian Ruelas didn't make the 18-man squad for Chiapas who drew 1-1 with Cruz Azul.