CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Friday, November 4, 2011
In the last fixture for the Apertura, DaMarcus Beasley and Herculez Gomez will look to put up a final strong performance to cap off their sterling seasons.
Puebla - Tigres
DaMarcus Beasley will start and in all likelihood continue his string of 90 minute performances as Puebla takes on Tigres. The American midfielder has been called in for the November friendlies in France and Slovenia during Mexico's winter break, and will be looking at going to Europe on a high note. Puebla has enjoyed a solid season, and a win could put them up to 4th place.
Tigres will have a last chance to get into the top three with a win and some other favorable results. The 4th place team is looking to make a strong run in the spring and is sorely looking for the momentum of an Apertura-ending victory to follow their upset win over Santos in Week 16.
Estudiantes Tecos - Queretaro
Herculez Gomez has proven himself to be one of the most effective goal scorers in Mexico this season, and after being left off of the National Team roster for November, he will surely have a fire lit under him to do well in the last game. Held scoreless in the past two games, Gomez will see significant playing time as he tries to lead Estudiantes away from the bottom three.
Queretaro has had a quietly respectable season and will try to cap off their current 9th place run with a win that could see them jump as high as 2nd. The clogged Mexican standings suit the middle of the pack, with just six points separating 3rd to 13th.
San Luis - Toluca
Michael Orozco is expected to start and go the distance as San Luis takes on Toluca.
The central defender will join Beasley in Europe as he too was called to action by Jurgen Klinsmann. San Luis currently sits in 12th place and with a victory can jump as high as 6th, ending the season with a bang. While San Luis is fourth best in defense this season, they are tied for last place an offensive output, averaging barely over a goal per game.
Toluca is one of the other two teams tied for last place in goal scoring, and the two teams suffering the worst offensive woes will not look to provide many fireworks for the spectators. Toluca's unimpressive season could be improved with a victory that would send them to a top half finish in the table.
Edgar Castillo is not expected to play for America as they take on Cruz Azul.
Jose Torres is still recovering from injury and will not dress for Pachuca as they take on Chivas.
Joey Corona has recently been called up to the US U-23 camp in Germany later this month, and will hope to see the field for Tijuana as they play Pumas. He last played as a second half substitute in Week 14, and he did not dress in Week 16.
Daniel Antunez will not dress for Estudiantes as they take on Queretaro.
Jonathan Bornstein is not expected to play for Tigres as they take on Puebla.
Adrian Ruelas is not expcted to dress for Chiapas as they take on Morelia.
Marco Vidal will look to enter the game as a substitute as Club Leon takes on Dorados in second division action.