EDGAR ZUNIGA - Friday, January 18, 2013
This weekend marks the return of Francisco Torres with Tigres, a Clash of Gringos in Puebla, and the Three Amigos and Club Tijuana taking on famished Pumas.
Tigres - Atlas
Francisco Torres will be in the starting lineup on Saturday night versus Atlas after having started the season on the disabled list.
Currently, Tigres is the talk of the league. With a potent offense to go with a stingy defense, they dominated Jaguares and Atlante in the first two weeks of the season and find themselves atop the standings.
With Torres back in the lineup, it should give opponents something else to worry about. Unfortunately, there is still no clue if Jonathan Bornstein will get any playing time for Tigres.
So far, Atlas has done well enough to place fifth in the league. On the road against Tigres will be a huge test.
While Tigres lists no one as injured or suspended, for Atlas, Luis Alonso Sandoval and Alfonso Gonzalez are listed as disabled, while Oscar Razo will miss the game due to suspension.
Puebla - Santos Laguna
It's another Clash of the Gringos in the Liga MX as Michael Orozco and Puebla prepare for the might of visiting Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna.
Unfortunately, DaMarcus Beasley is listed as injured and will have to wait another week to try and break his goal-scoring drought with Puebla. Meanwhile, Orozco and his teammates will have to figure out how to beat Santos for the first time in five years.
Gomez and his teammates are on a mission to recapture their crown and are currently in fourth place. A victory over winless Puebla will help them maintain pace with the league leaders, and, if a few results go their way, might be in first place by the end of the weekend.
In addition to Beasley, Puebla has listed Jonathan Lacerda as unfit to play, while Santos has added Mauro Cejas to their DL.
Pumas - Club Tijuana
The defending Liga MX champions have another tall order this week as they visit a Pumas squad hungry for not only their first victory of the young season, but their first victory ever over Club Tijuana.
Since the Xoloitzcuintles rose to Liga MX, they have played Pumas three times, winning one and drawing the last two encounters. That first victory, in Apertura 2011, was huge for the Xolos, who beat Pumas on a last minute goal that eliminated Pumas from playoff contention
To say Pumas is starving for a win over Xolos is an understatement.
The Three Amigos could all be back in action for Club Tijuana against Pumas. Both Joe Corona and Edgar Castillo will be in the starting 11, and Greg Garza can always come off the bench if needed.
Pumas lists Martin Bravo as disabled and Marco Antonio Palacios as suspended. For the Xolos, Leandro Augusto is suspended.
Isaac Acuņa isn't even listed on Atlante's game day roster so it's unknown when he will make his debut.
In Liga Ascenso action, on Friday, Marco Vidal and Lobos BUAP will take on visiting Dorados. On Saturday, it's Clash of the Gringos Lite as Adrian Ruelas and Veracruz play host to Jesus Padilla and La Piedad.