PREVIEW: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
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CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Friday, August 10, 2012
Week Four of Liga MX begins with Santos and Tijuana both within reach of the top spot, while Puebla and San Luis try to dig their way out of the cellar.

Leon - Santos Laguna

Herculez Gomez will surely start and log heavy minutes for Santos Laguna, as he continues to take advantage of Oribe Peralta's Olympic quest on Friday.

Gomez has scored two goals in his first three games of the season, and his expertise will likely be needed to unlock the surprisingly resilient Leon defense.

Santos has seven points after three games, and sit one point ahead of top flight newcomers. Leon has been impressive to start the season, recording an emphatic four goal victory over Tijuana in week two.

Currently tied for leading the league in goals scored, Leon also boasts a solid defense, with only three teams in Liga MX allowing fewer than Leon's two goals.

Last week's loss on the road to league leading Toluca was the source of the two goals that Leon has given up this season, and shoring their defense back up will be at the top of their priorities.

Santos gave away a two goal lead last week against Puebla, a result that did not sit well with the green and white.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Pachuca - Tijuana

Jose Torres will be back in action for Pachuca following on Saturday his red card suspension that kept him out last week.

After showing well in Copa MX this week, he should be inserted right back into the Liga MX roster.

Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona are both sure to start for Tijuana, while Greg Garza could make the bench for the Xolos. Both Castillo and Corona have played well to start the season, and a big win on the road could vault them to the top of the standings, if several other results also go their way. Alejandro Guido and Stevie Rodriguez are unlikely to dress.

Pachuca's early season goal of getting back to the top has taken a hit after earning only four points in the first three games, but with plenty of time left in the season, they will see the upstart Tijuana side as a building block to get a good run of momentum going.

One thing holding Pachuca back this season is their tremendous lack of offense, scoring only one goal. Good for last in the league, their fortunes will need a quick turn to counter the speedy Tijuana lineup.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

San Luis - Monterrey

Michael Orozco has been riding a resurgent level of confidence into a potential National Team call-up for next week's game in Mexico City, and another positive performance against Monterrey on Saturday could be the last key to getting that phone call from Jurgen Klinsmann.

Despite the lack of points and high goals against tally, San Luis has been enjoying a relatively solid start to the season, having close results. Orozco will start at center defense, and is likely to go the distance.

Monterrey has been one of the teams with question marks continuing to hang over their heads, having scored two and given up two, taking four points from their first three games.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Puebla - Cruz Azul

DaMarcus Beasley is set to get another start for Puebla as they host misfiring Cruz Azul on Sunday. Like Orozco, Beasley has been looking good enough to be a potential call up for next week's National Team game against Mexico.

Klinsmann's tradition of not naming his roster until players' games are over with will be watched closely on Sunday, especially if the 2:00pm Eastern Time start of Beasley's game comes and goes before the announcement.

Puebla is continuing this season where they left off last, with one point from three games, while Cruz Azul has been struggling to produce any highlights at all, scoring only two goals and giving up one so far.

While undefeated and only four points back from first place, Cruz Azul's slow start is still worrying for the perennial title contenders, who last won the league in 2009.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Lobos BUAP - Celaya

Marco Vidal has found a home with Lobos, and if the past couple weeks are anything to go by, he will see action against Celaya on Friday night.

Currently separated by one point, Celaya travels to the city of Puebla looking to kick start their Liga de Ascenso chase.

A Lobos victory could see Vidal and company jump high in the standings, as they are only three points behind league leading Dorados. Similar to the top flight, the second division is a log jam from top to bottom, with only three points separating the top nine teams.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Notes

Jonathan Bornstein will likely dress, but is unlikely to play for Tigres against Queretaro.

Ventura Alvarado is available for selection and may dress for America against Atlas.
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