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 3 Results: Toluca 3, Atlas 2

In another matchup of early unbeaten teams, Toluca extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to 3 while handing Atlas their first loss with a comeback 3-2 win. Juan Vigon put Atlas on the board first with a 22nd-minute header, then they caught a break when Rubens Sambueza missed a PENAL! in the 39th minute that kept Toluca off the board. The hosts would still pull even on a Gabriel Hauche goal right before halftime. In the 65th minute, Gustavo Alustiza’s 3rd goal of the year put Atlas up 2-1, but Enrique Triverio & Mateus Goncalves scored unasnwered 82nd & 85th minute goals to rally Toluca for the victory. Atlas may have cost itself a chance at a tie late by getting 3 quick Amarillas in the final moments of the game & extra time.

Game Stats:
Goals-Juan Vigon (Atlas, 22′, 1st of tournament), Gabriel Hauche (Toluca, 45′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 65′, 3rd of tournament), Enrique Triverio (Toluca, 82′, 1st of tournament), Mateus Goncalves (Toluca, 85′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Toluca 8, Atlas 2
Amarillas-Atlas 5 (Jaine Barreiro, 5′, Alustiza, 31′, Clifford Aboagye, 90′. Cristian Gonzalez, 90+2′, Rafael Marquex, 90+3′), Toluca 2 (Santiago Garcia, 30′, Goncalves, 86′)

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 21,527 (69.4% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-at Cruz Azul (8/12)
Atlas-America (8/11)

Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Guadalajara 3, Atlas 0

The first cross-town women’s matchup of sorts took place in Guadalajara this morning, and it saw the host Chivas women cruise to a 3-0 shutout win over Atlas. Anette Vazquez scored the first Chivas goal in the 7th minute, while Daniela Pulido (who I believe is related to Chivas star Alan Pulido) added the other 2 goals in the one-sided win.

Game Stats:
Goals-Anette Vazquez (Guadalajara, 7′, 1st of tournament), Daniela Pulido 2 (Guadalajara, 23′, 49′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Nil
Amarillas-Guadalajara 1 (Maria Sanchez, 36′)

Venue: Estadio Chivas San Rafael, Jalisco (home venue of 2 3rd Division teams)
Attendance: Nil

Next up:
Guadalajara-at Tigres (8/5)
Atlas-Santos (8/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 2 Results: Atlas 2, Pumas 1

Atlas is one of two teams that finds itself without a TV deal for home games this season, which tonight was too bad for fans not at the game because the team built on it’s impressive opening week win by going to 2-0 with a 2-1 comeback win over Pumas. Abraham Gonzalez gave Pumas the lead in the opening seconds with a quick goal, but Jaine Barreiro headed in the tying goal in the 11th minute. Gustavo Alustiza headed in the game-winner in the 69th minute. Needing to build on their playoff run in the second half of last year to avoid possible emotion, Atlas has certainly kept the momentum going so far and will enjoy at least a share of the standings lead after this weekend.

Game Stats:
Goals-Abraham Gonzalez (Pumas, 1′, 1st of tournament), Jaine Barreiro (Atlas, 11′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 69′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Pumas 4, Atlas 3
Amarillas-Pumas 4 (David Cabrera, 7′, Joffre Guerron, 81′, Gerardo Alcoba, 86′, Nicolas Castillo, 90+1′), Atlas 1 (Alustiza, 22′)

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 43,209 (78.6% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-at Toluca (8/6)
Pumas-at America (8/5)

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)

Clausura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 2 Results: Guadalajara 1, Atlas 0

The second game of the cross-town Battle of Guadalajara today was another exciting affair between the two rivals, and again a closely fought game with Guadalajara taking the home win this time 1-0. Orbelin Pineda scored the only goal right before halftime. The Chivas had a second goal denied by a fuera de lugar in the 2nd half, but both sides had numerous near-misses. Although the total for the 2-game series was a 1-1 tie, with both scoring home goals, by virtue of being the higher finisher in the standings the Chivas advance to the semifinals. Now they wait to see who they will play next-if Tijuana advances Guadalajara will next play Toluca. If Morelia advances the Chivas get Monarcas. Either way they are the lucky dogs in that they will avoid Tigres for now.

Game Stats:
Goals-Orbelin Pineda (Guadalajara, 45′, 1st of playoffs)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 7, Guadalajara 3
Corner kicks-Atlas 7, Guadalajara 7
Amarillas-Atlas 2 (Martin Barragan, 89′, Javier Salas, 90+1′), Guadalajara 1 (Jesus Sanchez, 56′)

Venue; Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 42,173 (92..9% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-TBA vs. Toluca or Morelia in Semifinals
Atlas-Apertura 2017 Tournament

Clausura 2017 Quarterfinals Game 1 Results: Atlas 1, Guadalajara 0

In the final quarterfinals game 1 last night, the latest Battle for Guadalajara began between Atlas & Guadalajara, and in a close match once again the underdogs edged out a win, with the Rojinegros taking a 1-0 home win over the Chivas. Although they had a noted offensive stats edge, the one big mistake Guadalajara made was the difference-allowing top Atlas scorer Gustavo Alustiza a PENAL! in the 29th minute, which he converted. And that was the ball game. With the win, Atlas only needs to avoid a loss by 2+ goals to eliminate the Chivas and advance to the semifinals, or lose by a 2-1 margin as the away goal would give them the tiebreaker.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gustavo Alustiza (Atlas, 29′, 1st of playoffs, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Atlas 5, Guadalajara 5
Corner kicks-Guadalajara 7
Amarillas-Atlas 3 (Daniel Alvarez, 50′, Luis Robles, 81′, Javier Salas, 90′), Guadalajara 2 (Edwin Hernandez, 80′, Orbelin Pineda, 90+1′)

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 46,605 (83.2% capacity)

Next up: Game 2 Sunday at Guadalajara