CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Friday, January 13, 2012
In the second week of Clausura play, all the usual suspects will be back in action and everyone but Michael Orozco will be looking to improve on disappointing results from last weekend.
San Luis - Estudiantes Tecos
Michael Orozco led San Luis to a clean sheet last weekend, and the relegation threatened Tecos should be a continuation of the defensive trend that San Luis has been specializing in. Orozco will likely play 90 minutes, barring any surprising bad play or injury.
One thing that could throw San Luis' defensive success into disarray is that they will be playing without suspended left back Anibal Matellan after a controversial red card against Pumas.
Pachuca - Puebla
Jose Torres returned from injury for a 90 minute performance last weekend for Pachuca, while DaMarcus Beasley logged an hour for Puebla. The two midfielders will square off against one another for the first time, as Torres missed their Apertura meeting during his injury recovery. Both are expected to start and play significant time.
Neither team scored last weekend in a pair of 0-0 ties. Both will be fielding full strength teams.
Tijuana - Monterrey
Tijuana pulled back a tie last weekend with a controversial penalty kick that saw their coach receive a red card. Duvier Riascos was pulled down in the box, and the referee initially issued him a yellow card for diving, then reneged on the call after conferring with the linesman.
Withdrawing his yellow card for Riascos, he awarded a penalty kick for Tijuana, and then a red card to coach Antonio Mohammed who thought that a yellow card should have gone to the offending defender.
Edgar Castillo should earn another start at left midfield after a solid performance over the weekend, while Joe Corona and Greg Garza could both see the field as second half substitutes.
Both teams will be playing with their full contingent of players.
Santos Laguna - Atlante
Herculez Gomez had his debut for Santos last weekend, but didn't have enough time to factor into the game during their scoreless tie. Despite the disappointing result, Santos Laguna did not lose any points on their main rivals as Cruz Azul also drew and Chivas lost.
Gomez can expect to see time as a second half substitute again, and the game will likely feature more scoring opportunities as they take on Atlante's porous defense, which gave up the fifth most goals in the Apertura, but only three fewer than the league worst.
Santos Laguna will be without starting midfielder Cesar Jimenez due to red card suspension.
Jonathan Bornstein is next expected to play for Tigres as they take on Queretaro.
Marco Vidal is not expected to play for Club Leon as they take on Necaxa in second division action.