Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Monterrey 4, Guadalajara 1

A bad start to the season went to worse for Guadalajara last night, as the Chivas continue to be unable to build on their championship run from last tournament-the latest low point was last night, a 4-1 embarrassment at Monterrey. It started well for the Chivas though, as Jair Pereira scored in the opening moments, but as soon as play resumed Celso Ortiz got Monterrey on the board to tie it up. In the second half, Rogelio Funes Mori gave the Rayados the lead with a 49th-minute goal, then the bottom fell out for Guadalajara, starting with Monterrey being awarded a PENAL! in the 64th minute. Dorlan Pabon’s shot was blocked by the goalie but the ricochet came right back to Pabon, who easily tapped it back in past the down goalie. After that, Guadalajara coach Matias Almeyda had a nice chat with the officials, shook hands, wished them all well and took his Rojas! HE GONE! And lost his cool as he walked away to a week or so off. Perfect timing, because as soon as play resumed Aviles Hurtado headed in the 4th Monterrey goal of the night. That’s how it ended-Monterrey is off to its usual strong Apertura start, unbeaten in its first 4 games while Guadalajara is winless and really hurting without the injured Alan Pulido, and now without Almeyda for at least a game. At least they have a decent chance to get in the win column next week with a maybe best-case sans Almeyda matchup-Puebla.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jair Pereira (Guadalajara, 2′, 1st of tournament), Celso Ortiz (Monterrey, 4′, 1st of tournament), Rogelio Funes Mori (Monterrey, 49′, 1st of tournament), Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 66′, 2nd of tournament), Aviles Hurtado (Monterrey, 70′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Monterrey 4, Guadalajara 2
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 5, Guadalajara 1
Amarillas-Monterrey 2 (Funes Mori, 14′, Nicolas Sanches, 83′), Guadalajara 2 (Jesus Sanchez, 25′, Oswaldo Alanis, 29′)
Rojas-Guadalajara 1 (Matias Almeyda, head coach, 69′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 49,229 (94.2% capacity)

Next up:
Monterrey-at Leon (8/19)
Guadalajara-Puebla (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Cruz Azul 0, Toluca 0

Cruz Azul hosted Toluca yesterday in a battle of teams looking to keep their early season momentum going, and while the hosts massively outplayed their visitors, they came away with nothing to show for it as both sides grinded out a 0-0 tie. This despite Cruz Azul managing 8 shots on goal, but not being able to get anything past the Toluca defense. Despite the scoreless tie, both sides remain unbeaten through the first 4 weeks-Cruz Azul has 3 ties against 1 win, while Toluca has 2 & 2.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Cruz Azul 8
Corner Kicks-Toluca 1
Amarillas-Cruz Azul 4 (Rafael Baca, 39′, Edgar Mendez, 51′, Enzo Roco Roco, 90+2′, Julio Dominguez, 90+3′). Toluca 3 (Efrain Velarde, 26′, Rodrigo Lopez, 36′, Ivan Zamora, 89′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Azul, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,767 (68.9% capacity)

Next up:
Cruz Azul-Atlas (8/19)
Toluca-Necaxa (8/20)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Queretaro 2, Morelia 1

4 weeks into the new season, it’s starting to look like Morelia perhaps would have been better off being demoted. They just avoided it in the final game of last year but have been bad since, remaining winless and blowing their possible first win this year yesterday in a 2-1 loss at Queretaro. Angel Sepulveda gave Morelia an early second half lead with a 50th-minute goal, but blew the lead late when Queretaro got goals from Javier Guemez on a corner kick header in the 79th minute and Camilo Da Silva on a free kick 3 minutes later. The loss is Morelia’s first of the year after 3 straight ties and leaves them winless and really struggling, not helped by the fact that the defending goal scoring champion and Player of the Year, Raul Ruidiaz, has done nothing through 4 games. As for Queretaro, the Gallos Blancos have kept some of their SUPERCOPA MX victory momentum going with a winning record thus far and staying within a couple points of the league lead.

Game Stats:
Goals-Angel Sepulveda (Morelia, 50′, 1st of tournament), Javier Guemez (Queretaro, 79′, 1st of tournament), Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 82′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Queretaro 3
Corner Kicks-Queretaro 5, Morelia 2
Amarillas-Queretaro 1 (Jaime Gomez, 10′), Morelia 1 (Emanuel Loeschbor, 38′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Sanitago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 18,257 (55% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-at Veracruz (8/19)
Morelia-Pachuca (8/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: America 1, Atlas 0

The new-look America continued to show last night that it’s becoming a tough team to beat, although it took some luck and last-second heroics to pull out a 1-0 win at Atlas. The hosts had a big chance in the 66th minute when Atlas got a PENAL! when Bruno Valdez also got a Rojas! HE GONE! But Milton Caraglio failed to convert although it still gave Atlas the man advantage for 23 minutes. But halfway into end-of-game extra time, Paul Arreola made what would be the fatal mistake for Atlas, which resulted in a PENAL! for America, and as he has done many times in his famed career Oribe Peralta played the hero once again, converting for the goal and America’s 3rd straight win. It puts them into the lead in the standings for now ahead of what could be a huge matchup next week against Lobos that might very well decide the regular season champion. Atlas, meanwhile, has now lost 2 straight after winning its first 2.

Game Stats:
Goals-Oribe Peralta (America, 90+3′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-America 3, Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-America 3, Atlas 3
Amarillas-America 4 (Miguel Samudio, 34′, Silvio Romero, 41′, Paul Aguilar, 53′, Agustin Marchesin, 72′), Atlas 3 (Jaine Barrerira, Milton Caraglio, 34′, Paul Arreola, 90+2′)
Rojas-America 1 (Bruno Valdez, 66′)

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 49,313 (89.7% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-at Cruz Azul (8/19)
America-at Lobos (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Puebla 1, Tijuana 1

Week 4 began last night with a matchup of disappointing teams both looking to get their first win of the year, but for both Puebla & Tijuana it was not to be as the offensively-hapless teams played to a defensive-minded 1-1 tie. Both goals came in the second half-Christian Marrugo put Puebla ahead first with a 47th minute then Tijuana’s first goal of the year came from Gustavo Bou in the 56th minute. That’s right-Tijuana, which has averaged about 2 goals a game the last year-plus, has ONE goal so far this year. How times gave changed.

Game Stats:
Goals-Christian Marrugo (Puebla, 47′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 56′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 3, Tijuana 1
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Tijuana 1
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Bou, 69′, Michael Orozco, 85′), Puebla 1 (Fabian Villasenor, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 8124 (17.3% capcaity)

Next up:
Puebla-at Guadalajara (8/19)
Tijuana-Santos (8/18)

Disciplinary Report-Apertura 2017 Week 3

The Disciplinary Commission has released the list of sanctions & warnings from Apertura 2017 Week 3. Players seemed to be on much better behavior this week as there was just one ejection this weekend, and only because in the last game of the weekend Puebla’s Pablo Caceres got 2 Amarillas and thus will sit out a week.
On a separate note, there is potentially bad news for Pumas as the Commission is investigating Nicolas Castillo for apparent posts he made on social media about events in the Pumas-America game this weekend. More to come.

The full list, all Amarillas are for unsportsmanlike conduct unless otherwise noted:
America
Amarillas-Pablo Aguilar, Cecelio Dominguez, Edson Alvarez

Atlas
Amarillas-Jaine Barreiro, Gustavo Alustiza, Clifford Aboagye, Cristian Gonzalez, Rafael Marquez (dissent by word or action)

Tijuana
Amarillas-Paul Arreola, Damian Musto (dissent by word or action)

Cruz Azul
Amarillas-Jordan Silva, Francisco Silva

Queretaro
Amarillas-Marco Jimenez, Everaldo Stum, Luis Noriega, Alexis Perez (delay of game)

Guadalajara
Amarillas-Manuel Mayorga, Carlos Salcido, Orbelin Pineda

Leon
Amarillas-Alexander Mejia, Mauro Boselli, Jorge Pereyra

Lobos
Amarillas-Francisco Rodriguez, Pedro Aquino, Juan Medina (dissent by word or action), Luis Piers

Morelia
Amarillas-Emanuel Loeschbor

Necaxa
Amarillas-Luis Perez, Brayan Beckeles, Jairo Gonzalez, Daniel Lopez, Xavier Baez

Pachuca
Amarillas-Oscar Murillo

Puebla
Amarillas-Pablo Caceres, Alonso Zamora
Rojas-Pablo Caceres (2 Amarillas in same game), 1 Game Suspension

Monterrey
Amarillas-Neri Cardozo, Celso Ortiz

Santos
Amarillas-Jorge Sanchez, Ulises Rivas, Jorge Garcia

Veracruz
Nil

Tigres
Nil

Toluca
Amarillas-Santiago Garcia, Mateus Goncalves

Pumas
Amarillas-Josecarlos Van Rankin, Abel Formica, Nicolas Castillo, Luis Quintana, Joffre Guerron (dissent by word or action)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: Veracruz 2, Puebla 0

In the week’s final matchup, which was also the least-interesting game because it featured a pair of bottom-dwellers, Veracruz took advantage of Atlas’ earlier loss to gain back some key ground in the early demotion race with a 2-0 win at home over Puebla. Adrian Luna scored Veracruz’ first goal with a PERFECT free kick in the 9th minute, putting it in at such an angle that it absolutely froze the goalie on his feet! Cristian Menendez added the second goal before halftime. The only item of note in the second half was Puebla’s Pablo Caceres spoiling a near-clean weekend with a Rojas! HE GONE! 2 Amarillas kept us from seeing no red this weekend.

Game Stats:
Goals-Adrian Luna (Veracruz, 9′, 1st of tournament), Cristian Menendez (Veracruz, 41′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Veracruz 1
Corner Kicks-Veracruz 2, Puebla 1
Amarillas-Puebla 3 (Pablo Caceres 2, 6′, 58′, Alonso Zamora, 42′)
Rojas-Puebla 1 (Caceres, 58′)

Venue: Estadio Luis Pirata Fuente, Boca Del Rio, Veracruz
Attendance: 14,364 (50% capacity)

Next up:
Veracruz-at Santos (8/13)
Puebla-Tijuana (8/11)