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)

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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

Apertura 2017 Week 12 Results: Cruz Azul 4, Pumas 1

In an unusual neutral-site game due to the earthquakes in Mexico City, Pumas “hosted” Cruz Azul Sunday in a game moved to Queretaro, and Cruz Azul wasted no time bouncing back from their first loss of the year last week with a resounding 4-1 victory. Pumas took an early lead on a Luis Quintana goal in the 20th minute, although it was tied 1-1 at the half thanks to Martin Rodriguez’s 29th-minute goal for Cruz Azul. The “visitors” blew it open in the second half-Rodriguez scored almost right after it started for his second of the game, then Felipe Mora added a pair in the 62nd & 73rd minutes. The win keeps Cruz Azul in the playoff picture while Pumas falls into last place and now is the first team eliminated from contention for the regular season title.

Game Stats:
Goals-Luis Quintana (Pumas, 20′, 1st of tournament), Martin Rodriguez 2 (Cruz Azul, 29′, 46′, 2nd of tournament), Felipe Mora 2 (Cruz Azul, 62′, 73′, 5th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 1, Cruz Azul 1
Corner Kicks-Cruz Azul 4, Pumas 3
Amarillas-Pumas 1 (Marcelo Diaz, 84′), Cruz Azul 1 (Rafael Baca, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro (moved from Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City)
Attendance: 22,379 (67.4% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Necaxa (10/14)
Cruz Azul-America (10/14)

Apertura 2017 Week 9 Results: Guadalajara 1, Pumas 1

One week after finally getting their first win of the year, Guadalajara hosted the slumping Pumas looking for their first win streak of the new year. The Chivas certainly put in the effort but only managed a 1-1 tie. Pumas took an early lead on a Gerardo Alcoba goal in the 34th minute, and the Pumas defense kept Guadalajara off the board except for a Jose Godinez goal in the 60th minute. The end result was the first time Pumas played to a tie this year (and, like this time last tournament, appears to be their first game this year without leading scorer Nicolas Castillo), which still leaves them in a tie for last, while the Chivas remain 4 points out of the playoff picture ahead of a tough task next week-this tournament’s installment of El Superclasico at America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gerardo Alcoba (Pumas, 34′, 1st of tournament), Jose Godinez (Guadalajara, 60′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Guadalajara 5
Corner Kicks-Guadalajara 7, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pumas 4 (Marcelo Diaz, 19′, Abraham Gonzalez, 45′, Joffre Guerron, 71′, Alfredo Saldivar, 77′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 35,013 (77.1% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-at America (8/23)
Pumas-Leon (8/24)

Apertura 2017 Week 8 Results: Tijuana 2, Pumas 0

The first half of the Sunday slate showcased two teams heading in starkly opposite directions-Tijuana continued to right the ship while sinking Pumas into a last place tie with a 2-0 road win. Gustavo Bou continued to lead Tijuana’s resurgence with his 5th goal early in the second half, then Luis Mendoza added an empty-net tap-in at the end of the game when Pumas pulled the goalie for an extra attacker and it backfired. Pumas has now lost 4 straight and 6 of 7 while Tijuana has now won 4 straight and is unbeaten in 5 straight since their 0-3 start.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 50′, 5th of tournament), Luis Mendoza (Tijuana, 90+2′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 1
Corner Kicks-Pumas 6, Tijuana 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Victor Malcorra, 68′, Damian Perez, 89′), Pumas 1 (Josecarlos Van Rankin, 70′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 14,343 (29.6% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Guadalajara (9/16)
Tijuana-America (9/15)

Apertura 2017 Week 5 Results: Tigres 2, Pumas 0

This week featured the first installment of the twice-yearly Universitario Clasico aka Duelo de los Felinos, when Tigres & Pumas play their once-per-tournament game against each other. The champs took this tournament’s installment as Tigres won 2-0 at home. Eduardo Vargas scored first on a 14th-minute header, then late in the game Andre-Pierre Gignac added the insurance goal, scoring in his second straight game. Tigres also kept Nicolas Castillo off the scoresheet, one of the keys to keeping Pumas out of the win column.

Game Stats:
Goals-Eduardo Vargas (Tigres, 14′, 2nd of tournament), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres, 74′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tigres 5, Pumas 3
Corner Kicks-Tigres 3
Amarillas-Pumas 2 (Joffre Guerron, 86′, Jose Garcia, 90+1′), Tigres 1 (Israel Jimenez, 86′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: 41,427 (99.5% capacity)

Next up:
Tigres-at America (8/23)
Pumas-Morelia (8/22)