Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Queretaro 1, Pumas 1

In the second of the two matchups this weekend with no playoff implications, Queretaro hosted Pumas with both teams looking for a momentum-building win and to stay out of last place. The former didn’t happen as both sides fought to a 1-1 tie. Everaldo Stum scored first for Queretaro with an 8th minute header, but Pumas tied it before halftime-Edson Barrera failed to convert a PENAL! in the 42nd minute, but Marcelo Diaz got the ball in the net afterwards. Pumas couldn’t take advantage of a shorthanded Queretaro in the 2nd half, as right before halftime Yerson Candelo picked up his 2nd of 2 Amarillas in the game, meaning he picked up a Rojas! HE GONE! And in end half extra time, Queretaro’s Paolo Yrizar likewise extended his offseason with a Rojas! HE GONE! That means both players will sit out at least next tournament’s opener. Queretaro will finish 15th or 16th depending on Guadalajara’s result tonight, while Pumas finishes a disastrous first half in unfamiliar territory-last place.

Game Stats:
Goals-Everaldo Stum (Queretaro, 8′, 3rd of tournament), Marcelo Diaz (Pumas, 43′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 1
Corner Kicks-Pumas 7, Queretaro 1
Amarillas-Pumas 4 (Diaz, 8′, Alan Mendoza, 73′, David Cabrera, 76′, Rodrigo Gonzalez, 90+1′), Queretaro 4 (Yerson Candelo, 37′, Stum, 54′, Camilo Da Silva, 64′, Aldo Arellano, 69′)
Rojas-Queretaro 2 (Candelo, 45′, Paolo Yrizar, 90+1′)

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 18,057 (54.4% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-Clausura 2018 Tournament
Pumas-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: Pumas 2, Santos 2

In the first of 3 Sunday games today, Santos looked to keep its still-alive playoff push going at last place Pumas. Ultimately they couldn’t quite do enough and reverted to the Santos of old, seeing their playoff hopes end because of a 2-2 tie. After a scoreless first half, Julio Furch gave Santos the first lead by heading in a 54th-minute corner kick for his 9th of the year. Alan Mendoza pulled Pumas even with a 65th minute free kick goal, but Jorge Tavares quickly answered with a 68th-minute score for a 2-1 Santos lead. But Jesus Gallardo’s 83rd minute score for Pumas tied it up and ultimately ended the scoring. As a result, despite having one extra game still to play, Santos is now eliminated form playoff contention. It also means Pumas will finish in an unfamiliar place in the league-last, unless they win their finale and Veracruz loses both their remaining games.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julio Furch (Santos, 54′, 9th of tournament), Alan Mendoza (Pumas, 65′, 1st of tournament), Jorge Tavares (Santos, 68′, 4th of tournament), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas, 83′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 3, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pumas 3 (Luis Quintana, 30′, David Cabrera, 71′, Mendoza, 90′), Santos 1 (Furch, 92′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Pumas-at Queretaro (11/18)
Santos-at Monterrey (11/8-completion of suspended game)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Puebla 3, Pumas 0

Week 15 got underway tonight with only one Friday night game-the battle to avoid last place between Puebla & Pumas. It wasn’t even close as Puebla took advantage of the worst defense in the league and took a blowout 3-0 win. Jesus Escoboza opened the scoring in the 16th minute with his first goal, then in the 60th minute Francisco Torres converted a PENAL! to make it 2-0. Francisco Acuna finished it off with a 69th minute score. Pumas didn’t get much of a boost from the latest return of Nicolas Castillo, and it was a quick one because of what he got in the 73rd minute-a bad call victimization and a Rojas! HE GONE! The loss will all but put Pumas back in last depending on what Queretaro does, while Puebla’s all-but-gone playoff hopes hang around but they aren’t going to make it. Pumas also is officially eliminated from playoff contention now.

Game Stats:
Goals-Jesus Escoboza (Puebla, 16′, 1st of tournament), Francisco Torres (Puebla, 60′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Francisco Acuna (Puebla, 69′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Puebla 2, Pumas 1
Corner Kicks-Puebla 1, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Alan Mendoza, 44′, Gerardo Alcoba, 46′), Puebla 1 (Christian Marrugo, 41′)
Rojas-Pumas 1 (Nicolas Castillo, 73′)

Venue: Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Puebla
Attendance: 12,481 (26.5% capacity)

Next up:
Puebla-at America (11/4)
Pumas-Santos (11/5)

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
Amarillas-Nil
Rojas-Nil

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 10 Results: Pumas 2, Leon 0

In the battle of the lions-sort of-tonight, Pumas hosted Leon in their Week 10 make-up game, and in a surprising result, Pumas gave new head coach David Patino his first win in his second game, by a 2-0 margin that snaps Leon’s 5-game winning streak. Abraham Gonzalez scored the first Pumas goal in the 32nd minute and Alan Acosta added the insurance goal in the 84th minute. While it may be too late to save Pumas’ season in terms of making the playoffs, it at least gets them out of last place for now and also ends their 8-game winless skid on tops of those 3 very important standings points. Good timing because another skid might be on the way this weekend as their next visitor is Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Abraham Gonzalez (Pumas, 32′, 2nd of tournament), Alan Acosta (Pumas, 84′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Pumas 4, Leon 2
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Gonzalez, 62′, Josecarlos Van Rankin, 85′), Leon 1 (Alexander Mejia, 21′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 10,100 (20.9% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-Monterrey (10/22)
Leon-at Morelia (10/20)

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)

Pumas Names New Head Coach

Pumas held a press conference today to introduce David Patino as their new head coach, promoted from assistant coach to replace Juan Palencia. The team is in the midst of its worst tournament in a long time, currently sitting in last place at 2-8-1 in the Apertura 2017 and on a 7-game winless skid (0-6-1) and winless in 9 of 10 since winning their opener, and Patino is confident he can right the ship quickly and stop the team’s perilous plunge towards potential demotion at the end of this year or after next year. Before becoming assistant coach, Patino previously was head coach of Pumas’ U-20 team from 2014-2016, his best run coming in the Apertura 2015 when the team went 10-5-2 after going 2-5-10 the tournament before.

Source: UNAM/Pumas press release