In memory of the victims of the 9/7/17 earthquake in southern Mexico. Also extended to include the victims of the 9/19/17 earthquake in central Mexico. My thoughts and prayers are with all in the region and the families of the victims.



September 19, 2017


Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Guadalajara 3, Veracruz 2

In the final game of Week 14, Veracruz hosted Guadalajara. Although they almost blew yet another one, the Chivas managed to pull out their 2nd win of the year by a 3-2 margin. Michelle Benitez & Rodolfo Pizarro gave the Chivas an early 2-0 lead with goals in the 26th & 35th minutes, but in the second half they quickly gave it back, allowing Veracruz to pull even with Daniel Villalva & Cristian Menendez scored in the 47th & 53rd minutes. Javier Lopez’s 68th minute goal gave Guadalajara the win.

Game Stats:
Goals-Michelle Benitez (Guadalajara, 26′, 1st of tournament), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara, 35′, 4th of tournament), Daniel Villalva (Veracruz, 47′, 2nd of tournament), Cristian Menendez (Veracruz, 53′, 4th of tournament), Javier Lopez (Guadalajara, 68′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 3, Guadalajara 3
Amarillas-Veracruz 3 (Leandro Diaz, 54′, Cristian Pellerano, 57′, Kristian Alvarez, 59′), Guadalajara 1 (Pizarro, 56′)

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 14,404 (50.1% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Leon (10/28)
Guadalajara-Tijuana (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Monterrey 1, Pumas 0

A few days after seeing their year-opening 11-game unbeaten streak snapped, Monterrey got back on the right track today with an uneventful 1-0 win at Pumas. The lone goal came from Aviles Hurtado in the 60th minute. With the win, the Rayados have a chance to clinch both a playoff berth and the regular season title next week when they host America. With the loss, Pumas is eliminated from playoff contention.

Game Stats:
Goals-Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey, 60′, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Pumas 8, Monterrey 3

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 17,845 (36.9% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Puebla (10/27)
Monterrey-America (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Necaxa 1, America 0

Looking to virtually lock up a playoff berth and any real shot at first place, America hosted Necaxa last night hoping to build momentum for their huge game against Monterrey next week, but unexpectedly got tripped up by the visitors as Necaxa pulled out a 1-0 win. The only goal came on a Luis Perez header in the 79th minute. The overphysical Necaxa that usually wins showed up, as evident by the 4 Amarillas they picked up.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Perez (Necaxa, 79′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 2, Necaxa 2
Corner Kicks-America 7, Necaxa 5
Amarillas-Necaxa 4 (Brayan Beckeles, 13′, Manuel Iturra, 48′, Carlos Gonzalez, 72′, Igor Lichnovsky, 84′), America 2 (Mateus Uribe, 80′, Cecelio Dominguez, 83′)

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,680 (29.8% capacity)

Next up:
America-at Monterrey (10/28)
Necaxa-Lobos (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Pachuca 1, Puebla 0

In a match of teams all but out of the playoffs, Puebla looked to build on it’s upset of Monterrey last weekend by beating Pachuca on the road. It was not to be as the Tuzos kept their fading playoff hopes alive with a 1-0 win. Victor Guzman headed in the only goal in the 33rd minute, continuing his huge breakout campaign with his 8th score so far (excluding Copa MX he had only 3 career goals coming into this year). The loss virtually eliminates Puebla from playoff contention, as next week they will try to avoid a potential last-place finish this tournament as they host Pumas.

Game Stats:
Goals-Victor Guzman (Pachuca, 33′, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 5, Puebla 5
Corner Kicks-Pachuca 3, Puebla 2
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Jose Toledo, 5′, Lucas Cavallini, 77′, Pablo Gonzalez, 88′), Pachuca 1 (Jose Martinez, 76′)

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: 21,732 (78.9% capacity)

Next up:
Pachuca-at Santos (10/29)
Puebla-Pumas (10/27)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Tigres 3, Toluca 0

In another potential playoff preview matchup, Tigres hosted Toluca with both teams looking to improve on top 4 positions in the standings. It played out somewhat as expected, with the champs dominating the league’s worst toad team as Tigres blanked Toluca 3-0. Andre-Pierre Gignac opened the scoring with an 8th-minute goal, then about 25 minutes later all hell broke loose, starting when Tigres’ Javier Aquino inexplicably high-kicked a Toluca player with the ball in the face with his spikes. OUCH! Aquino immediately got a Rojas! HE GONE! More fireworks followed just before halftime as following Amarillas issued to Jesus Mendez, Toluca’s Ernesto Vega overcomplained and got his second of the game and thus a Rojas! HE GONE! With both teams playing 10 a side in the second half, Enner Valencia took control with 2 goals for Tigres, the second coming on a PENAL! The result potentially sets up a playoff rematch, with Tigres now in 3rd and Toluca in 6th due to losing tiebreakers with Morelia & Leon. That could very well change next week as Toluca hosts Morelia.

Game Stats:
Goals-Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 8′, 4th of tournament), Enner Valencia 2 (Tigres, 64′, 81′, Penalty Kick, 8th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Toluca 2, Tigres 1
Amarillas-Toluca 4 (Ernesto Vega 2, 25′, 44′, Jesus Mendez, 42′, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 70′), Tigres 3 (Rafael De Souza, 10′, Gignac, 25′, Luis Rodriguez, 90+1′)
Rojas-Tigres 1 (Javier Aquino, 35′), Toluca 1 (Vega, 44′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,405 (98.8% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-at Cruz Azul (10/28)
Toluca-Morelia (10/28)

Aperturra 2017 Week 14 Results: Santos 2, Queretaro 1

The only matchup this weekend that had little real effect on the playoff picture was Santos visiting Queretaro. With a game still in hand, they managed to keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win, also eliminating Queretaro from the playoff picture. Julio Furch paced Santos with 2 goals, in the 25th & 33rd minute, the latter putting the visitors up for good after Camilo Da Silva’s 29th minute goal. The 2 goals pulled Furch to within 1 goal of the league lead.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julio Furch 2 (Santos, 25′, 33′, 8th of tournament), Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 29′, 7th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Santos 5, Queretaro 2
Amarillas-Santos 1 (Carlos Izquierdoz, 39′), Queretaro 1 (Miguel Martinez, 8′)

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 15,249 (45.9% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-Atlas (10/28)
Santos-Pachuca (10/29)