Disciplinary Report: Apertura 2017 Week 1

The Disciplinary Commission has released the list of sanctions & warnings from Apertura 2017 Week 1. There were 5 total ejections, 4 players as well as Toluca head coach Hernan Cristante, one of two Toluca members who will sit out Week 2. All the suspensions are for 1 game.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Nil

Atlas
Amarillas-Javier Salas

Tijuana
Amarillas-Manuel Lajud, Juan Lucero (dissent by word or action), Victor Aguilera, Damian Perez (repeated rule violations)

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Rafael Baca, Julian Velazquez, Gabriel Penalba

Queretaro
Amarillas-Aldo Arellano

Guadalajara
Amarillas-Michelle Benitez, Juan Basalto, Jesus Sanchez

Leon
Amarillas-Juan Gonzalez, Alan Cervantes, Alexander Mejia, William Yarbrough (dissent by word or action)
Rojas-Diego Novaretti (denying obvious scoring chance to opponent headed towards goal with foul awarding a penalty kick), 1 Game Suspension

Lobos
Amarillas-Pedro Aquino

Morelia
Amarillas-Gabriel Achiller, Diego Valdes

Necaxa
Amarillas-Luis Gallegos

Pachuca
Amarillas-Erick Aguirre

Puebla
Amarillas-Luis Venegas, Jose Guerrero, Patricio Araujo
Rojas-Pablo Miguez (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension

Monterrey
Amarillas-Jonathan Gonzalez, Rogelio Funes Mori

Santos
Amarillas-Ulises Rivas, Walter Sandoval, Osvaldo Martinez, Jorge Tavares (dissent by word or action)

Veracruz
Amarillas-Cristian Pellerano, Adrian Luna
Rojas-Cristian Pellerano (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Tigres
Nil

Toluca
Amarillas-Santiago Garcia, Enrique Triverio
Rojas-Osvaldo Gonzalez (guilty of serious foul play), 1 Game Suspension, Hernan Cristante (head coach-constant complaints or protests of officials), 1 Game Suspension

Pumas
Nil

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Necaxa 2, Veracruz 0

The final game of Week 1 just wrapped up, and it resulted in the 8th shutout in 9 games. Necaxa was the victor on the road, blanking Veracruz 2-0. Jesus Isijara scored the first goal in the 11th minute, then Carlos Gonzalez added an 18th minute score for the final margin. Veracruz also lost midfielder Cristian Pellerano late after he picked up 2 Amarillas, which means a Rojas! HE GONE! He’ll sit out next week as the Tiburones Rojos stumble out of the gate in their quest to avoid demotion after this year.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jesus Isijara (Necaxa, 11′, 1st of tournament), Carlos Gonzalez (Necaxa, 18′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 4, Veracruz 1
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 5, Necaxa 1
Amarillas-Veracruz 3 (Cristian Pellerano 2, 31′, 69′, Adrian Luna, 50′), Necaxa 1 (Luis Gallegos, 35′)
Rojas-Veracruz 1 (Pellerano, 69′)

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 16,164 (56.3% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Monterrey (7/29)
Necaxa-Tijuana (7/29)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Pumas 1, Pachuca 0

Traditionally a strong team in the Apertura, Pumas got their first half off to a good start today, continuing a weekend-long trend of shutouts (only one game has not been a shutout one way or a 0-0 tie), with a 1-0 home win over Pachuca. Nicolas Castillo, who was the top goal scorer in the first half of last tournament, scored the only goal in the 30th minute. Also of note is this was Edson Puch’s first game with Pachuca after jumping over from Necaxa in the offseason-he did not start but entered as a substitute in the 60th minute.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Castillo (Pumas, 30′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 2, Pachuca 2
Corner Kicks-Pachuca 4, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pachuca 1 (Erick Aguirre, 59′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 27,200 (56.3% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Atlas (7/28)
Pachuca-America (7/29)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Guadalajara 0, Toluca 0

Looking to build off their first league title in over a decade, Guadalajara began the new campaign at home going for their second straight tournament championship, but the Chivas couldn’t capitalize on late opportunities and had to settle for a 0-0 tie against visiting Toluca. The big breaks came in the second half when Toluca played very undisciplined-first, in the 66th minute Rolando Cristante put Toluca down a man with a Rojas! HE GONE! Then 5 minutes later, Osvaldo Gonzalez followed with another Rojas! HE GONE! That gave the Chivas an 11-9 man advantage for what would be 25 minutes! But they were unable to score. Toluca, coming off a second half full of missed opporunities, has already shot themselves in the foot with both tossed players being out for at least next week. You could say referee Isaac Rojas lived up to his name in this game.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 3, Toluca 2
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 5, Toluca 3
Amarillas-Guadalajara 3 (Michelle Benitez, 42′, Juan Basulto, 52′, Jesus Sanchez, 90+6′), Toluca 2 (Santiago Garcia, 28′, Enrique Triverio, 90+6′)
Rojas-Toluca 2 (Rolando Cristante, 66′, Osvaldo Gonzalez, 71′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 34,272 (75.5% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Monterrey (7/29)
Toluca-Leon (7/30)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Atlas 3, Leon 0

Looking to avoid a repeat of their horrific start to the last tournament, Leon hosted an Atlas team that will be fighting to avoid demotion this year and build on their late playoff run last year. It didn’t go well for the hosts at Atlas cruised to an easy 3-0 victory. Juan Vigon needed just 2 minutes to give Atlas the lead on a header. Atlas really took over in the 58th minute when awarded a PENAL! after Diego Novaretti got a Rojas! HE GONE! Apparently his suspension after Week 1 of last tournament didn’t change him much. Gustavo Alustiza converted for the second Atlas goal. Milton Caraglio made it 2-0 just 5 minutes later,

Game Stats:
Goals-Juan Vigon (Atlas, 2′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 58′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Milton Caraglio (Atlas, 63′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Leon 7
Amarillas-Leon 4 (Juan Gonzalez, 20′, Alan Cervantes, 46′, William Yarbrough, 60′, Alexander Mejia, 67′), Atlas 1 (Javier Salas, 11′)
Rojas-Leon 1 (Diego Novaretti, 58′)

Venue: Estadio Nou Camp, Leon, Guanajuato
Attendance: 20,582 (65.7% capacity)

Next up:
Leon-at Toluca (7/30)
Atlas-Pumas (7/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Tigres 5, Puebla 0

The now 2-time defending Apertura & league Grand Champion Tigres began their quest for an Apertura & Grand Champion 3-peat at home yesterday, and they clearly were in postseason form already as displayed in a 5-0 lambasting of hapless Puebla at home yesterday. Enner Valencia, in his return to Liga MX after 3 years away, racked up the first hat trick of the new year, seemingly not losing his scoring touch from his first Liga go-around (he scored 12 goals for Pachuca in 16 games in the Clausura 2014, missing 1 game due to accumulated Amarillas). Lucas Zelarayan opened the scoring in the 14th minute, and in a true statistical oddity, Anselmo Junior now has more goals than Amarillas as he added his first of the new year. A bad start was made worse for Puebla in the 88th minute when Pablo Miguez got the year’s first Rojas! HE GONE! A bad scissor-clip slide tackle near the end got him an Adios. He’ll sit out next week at least. Not a good start as the slumping visitors try to avoid demotion.

Game Stats:
Goals-Lucas Zelarayan (Tigres, 14′, 1st of tournament), Enner Valencia 3 (Tigres, 22′, 55, 58′, 3rd of tournament), Anselmo Junior (Tigres, 28′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 1
Corner Kicks-TIgres 4, Puebla 2
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Luis Venegas, 4′, Patricio Araujo, 41′, Daniel Guerrero, 43′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Pablo Miguez, 88′)

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas De Los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,269 (99.1% capcity)

Next up:
Tigres-at Santos (7/30)
Puebla-Morelia (7/28)

Clausura 2017 Week 1 Results: Queretaro 1, America 0

Just 6 days after their last meeting in SUPERCOPA MX 2017, America & Queretaro opened their new seasons with an immediate rematch, and it turned out much like the prior meeting-the Gallos Blancos carried their SUPERCOPA victory momentum into the start of the new year with a 1-0 road win. It looked like the game would end scoreless until America conceded a PENAL! in the 85th minute, which was converted by Camilo Da Silva for the only goal. The result spoiled the America debuts of new head coach Miguel Herrera, who jumped over from Tijuana after the end of last year along with former Tijuana player Guido Rodriguez.

Game Stats:
Goals-Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 86′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-America 1
Corner Kicks-Queretaro 4, America 2
Amarillas-Queretaro 1 (Aldo Arellano, 75′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 24,943 (32.8% capacity)

Next up:
America-at Pachuca (7/29)
Queretaro-Lobos (7/29)