PREVIEW: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Friday, April 6, 2012
Herculez Gomez will be going for nine straight scoring games and DaMarcus Beasley will be looking to lead Puebla further up the standings in Week 14.

Santos Laguna - Estudiantes Tecos

Herculez Gomez will be expected to start after sitting last weekend's game versus Toluca. He played 68 minutes in the return leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinal against Toronto FC on Wednesday, where he scored two goals in 6-2 victory.

Should Gomez be selected, he will be facing off against his former team for the first time since transferring from Tecos to Santos during the winter break. Tecos are currently looking to be losing the relegation battle, and are not helping their chances of staying up this season by being consistently one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

Santos's victory last weekend moved them clear into first place finally after sharing for several weeks, and they will hope to build on that lead Saturday.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Puebla - Toluca

DaMarcus Beasley has continued to be a vital asset for the struggling Puebla team, providing the assist in last week's 1-0 victory over last placed Queretaro.

Puebla have done well to move away from the bottom of the standings, and another win could see them jump another four positions on goal differential.

Toluca will be looking for a win to move them into the playoff picture, as they currently sit outside only on goal differential, in a tie with Cruz Azul for the last spot. Additionally, Toluca's talismanic striker Ivan Alonzo will seek to extend his scoring lead in the league race against the weak Puebla defense.

Toluca will be without starting defender Diego Novaretti due to red card suspension.

Tijuana - Atlante

Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, and Greg Garza will be aiming to bounce back from last week's set back against Pachuca by achieving a victory against 12th place Atlante. Last week's loss put them on the bottom of the playoff picture, and another bad result could see them lose three more positions with three games to play.

Castillo has been a regular 90-minute man for Tijuana, while Corona continues his role of regularly appearing off the bench. Garza is still something of a hit-or-miss commodity, dressing and playing sporadically. Tijuana currently has the second best defense in the league, being one of the two teams to have allowed fewer than 10 goals after 13 games. Their nine goals against is just behind Tigres's eight.

A win from Atlante could see them rise as high as 8th place, into the final playoff spot.

Atlante will be without starting defender Arturo Munoz due to red card suspension.

Pachuca - Pumas

Jose Torres will lead 6th place Pachuca against 14th place Pumas in their last ditch quest to finish in the top three. With three games remaining, they sit five points back, but favorable results this weekend and facing third place Morelia next weekend could see that point difference quickly swing in Pachuca's favor.

Torres has been a solid fixture in the center of Pachuca's midfield, and his been instrumental to their attack this season. While not the most powerful offensively this season, they have been strong on the defensive side, having taken the second fewest losses this season.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

San Luis - Chiapas

Michael Orozco has continued to keep himself in the lineup of the dreadful San Luis defense, whose 22 goals allowed ranks third worst in the league, which is the same as their -12 goal differential. Fitting, since they sit third from the bottom of the standings.

An unlikely win against the Jaguares could turn their fortunes around, moving them up to a slightly more respectable 13th place.

Orozco has continued to exhibit better control over himself in the Clausura, as his card and foul rate have both dropped considerably from last year's Apertura.

Both teams will have all players available for selection.

Notes:

Jonathan Bornstein has not dressed in several weeks for Tigres, and that is not expected to change this week.

Marco Vidal finds himself in a similar situation as Bornstein, and is not expected to dress for Club Leon in the second division.

Tijuana's newest American signing Alejandro Guido is not expected to feature into their plans this weekend.