Necaxa Promotes Ascenso Player For Next Tournament

While Atletico Zacatepec may not get promoted from Ascenso MX to Liga MX this year, one of its players just did-midfielder Fernando Gonzalez (Fernando Ruben Gonzalez Pineda) has just been signed by Necaxa and will join them for the Clausura 2018 Tournament. Gonzalez made his Liga MX debut in 2013, appearing in 4 games for Guadalajara in the Clausura 2013 Tournament. He debuted in 2010 for the Chivas’ Tercera Division (3rd Division) team, also spending time with Guadalajara’s Segunda Division (2nd Division), U-17 & U-20 teams, and was on the Chivas’ COPA MX A 2014 squad but did not play. After the Clausura 2015 he moved to then-Ascenso MX team Coras FC for the Apertura 2015, including 3 COPA MX A 2015 appearances, briefly returning to 2nd Division Guadalajara Premier for the Clausura 2016 before going back up to Coras FC, then jumping to Atletico Zacatepec for this year following Coras’ demotion to Liga Premier. Gonzalez has 8 career goals across all levels, most in the U-20 but has one career Ascenso MX goal one goal in the 3rd Division. He will turn 24 in late January.

Source: Club Necaxa press release

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Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Morelia 2, Necaxa 1

In the final game of the night, Necaxa looked to lock up the final playoff berth against playoff-bound Morelia. But in the end, the visitors proved too much and Morelia ended Necaxa’s playoff hopes with a 2-1 win. Mario Osuna scored Morelia’s first goal in the 18th minute, then Raul Ruidiaz added his 9th of the tournament 5 minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Martin Barragan got Necaxa on the board with a goal at the start of the 2nd half, and despite several tries Necaxa just couldn’t get the ball past Morelia’s defense, including a last-second denial that likely cost them a tie, and so their season is over. As a result, Atlas has clinched the final playoff spot thanks to their tie last night-but this blessing may be a curse as their quarterfinal destination will be none other than Monterrey. With the win, Morelia moves into the #3 spot for now but will be no worse than #4 depending on how America fares tomorrow-that game will also determine Morelia’s quarterfinal foe from among Leon, Toluca or Cruz Azul.

Game Stats:
Goals-Mario Osuna (Morelia, 18′, 1st of tournament), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia, 23′, 9th of tournament), Martin Barragan (Necaxa, 45′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 4, Morelia 1
Corner Kicks-Morelia 3, Necaxa 3
Amarillas-Necaxa 2 (Igor Lichnovsky, 53′, Luis Perez, 75′), Morelia 2 (Aldo Rocha, 82′, Osuna, 90+4′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 17,750 (74.4% capacity)

Next up:
Morelia-TBA in quarterfinals
Necaxa-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: Tigres 1, Necaxa 0

In the middle game of today’s slate, Tigres hosted Necaxa in an important game for both teams’ playoff positioning. For a while it looked like Necaxa would be able to shut down the champs’ top-tier offense, but the one mistake they made was the biggest as Tigres edged out a 1-0 home win. The lone goal was scored by Enner Valencia on a PENAL! in the 69th minute. As a result of the win, Tigres has locked up 2nd place and can still finish 1st if Monterrey does not beat Santos in the completion of their suspended game this week and Tigres beats Monterrey in the teams’ final game. Necaxa now needs a win in their finale or help from Atlas to get in. A Necaxa win would help others too because it would come against win-needing Morelia. And because of Necaxa’s loss and their finale being against Morelia, the loss today means America has clinched a playoff berth.

Game Stats:
Goals-Enner Valencia (Tigres, 69′, 9th of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 8
Corner Kicks-Tigres 5
Amarillas-Necaxa 3 (Roberto Alvarado, 41′, Martin Barragan, 47′, Brayan Beckeles, 56′), Tigres 1 (Jorge Torres, Start of Game)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Tigres-at Monterrey (11/18)
Necaxa-Morelia (11/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Necaxa 5, Lobos 0

Necaxa hosted Lobos last night in a must-win for both teams’ playoff hopes, and clearly Necaxa didn’t know BUAP (haha) about Lobos’ offense as the exact opposite happened-Lobos was completely shut down and Necaxa had their biggest post-promotion offensive output in a 5-0 home shutout. The first goals came 5 minutes apart, from Carlos Gonzalez & Martin Barragan in the 13th & 17th minutes, and Gonzalez added a second goal just before halftime. Barragan also scored again in the 53rd minute, and not to be left out Lobos’ Cesar Cercado finished it off with an OWN GOAL! (And Amarillas too) The loss doesn’t eliminate Lobos yet but makes the task of making the playoffs very hard now, while Necaxa has a 3 point lead on 8th place Cruz Azul but is not yet secure. Neither team has it easy next week as Necaxa goes to Tigres while Lobos gets Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Carlos Gonzalez 2 (Necaxa, 13′, 44′, 4th of tournament), Martin Barragan 2 (Necaxa, 17′, 53′, 2nd of tournament), Cesar Cercado (Lobos, 64′, OWN GOAL)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 1
Corner Kicks-Necaxa 1, Lobos 1
Amarillas-Lobos 3 (Pedro Aquino, 60′, Emanuel Herrera, 62′, Cercado, 65′), Necaxa 2 (Manuel Iturra, 50′, Roberto Alvarado, 66′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 12,822 (53.7% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-at Tigres (11/4)
Lobos-Monterrey (11/4)

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′)
Rojas-Nil

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 10 Results: Santos 3, Necaxa 2

The second half of the make-up of Week 10 began tonight with Santos hosting Necaxa. The visitors were looking to improve their hold on a top 8 playoff spot but Santos surprised them at home with a 3-2 win. Julio Furch scored the first Santos goal in the 32nd minute, then just before halftime Jonathan Rodriguez scored on a PENAL! to make it 2-0 Santos. Luis Perez scored 2 second-half goals to get Necaxa back in it, but Jorge Tavares scored for Santos in between the goals, ensuring Necaxa would not be able to pull even. The win keeps Santos’ slim playoff hopes alive, helped slightly by their having a game in hand due to their suspended game against Monterrey still to be completed.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julio Furch (Santos, 32′, 6th of tournament), Jonathan Rodriguez (Santos, 44′, 1st of tournament, Penalty Kick), Luis Perez 2 (Necaxa, 57′, 76′, 3rd of tournament), Jorge Tavares (Santos, 71′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Necaxa 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 4, Necaxa 3
Amarillas-Necaxa 1 (Igor Lichnovsky, 51′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Santos-at Queretaro (10/21)
Necaxa-at America (10/21)

Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Necaxa 0, Pumas 0

In the first of 2 night games tonight, Necaxa hosted the “new look” Pumas, in their first game under new head coach David Patino. New coach, same old Pumas as, sans Nicolas Castillo, they couldn’t really do much of anything. But neither did Necaxa, as both sides played to a 0-0 tie.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Pumas 2
Corner Kicks-Pumas 3, Necaxa 2
Amarillas-Pumas 1 (Gerardo Alcoba, 79′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Victoria, Aguascalientes
Attendance: 15,606 (65.4% capacity)

Next up:
Necaxa-at Santos (10/18)
Pumas-Leon (10/17)