Apertura 2017 Week 4 Results: Pumas 2, Lobos 0

It was another week of firsts for Lobos, but not the good kind-they finally fell from the ranks of the unbeatens, taking their first Liga MX loss today 2-0 at Pumas. The game was scoreless at halftime but then Nicolas Castillo once again took over for Pumas, scoring in the 48th minute on a half-bicycle kick that took one bounce and had enough on it that the goalie couldn’t get enough of a piece to keep it out of the net. Lobos tried to shut down Castillo but it backfired in a couple ways-first, just before the second half ended Jesus Aquino picked up his second of 2 Amarillas which meant a Rojas! HE GONE! That’s the first ejection for Lobos so far, then after that they tangled up Castillo in front of the Lobos net when he had the ball and that meant a PENAL! Although the ref gave the goalie the last of the Lobos Amarilas to him on the play, which didn’t seem right. Castillo scored for his second of the game to hand Lobos their first defeat and give Pumas some momentum going into next week’s Universitario Clasico at Tigres. Lobos will have a tough bounce-back test as they’ll welcome America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Castillo 2 (Pumas, 48′, 90+4′, Penalty Kick, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 6, Lobos 4
Corner Kicks-Lobos 5, Pumas 3
Amarillas-Lobos 5 (Cesar Cercado, 51′, Jonathan Fabbro, 78′, Pedro Aquino 2, 81′, 89′, Jose Canales, 90+2′), Pumas 1 (Brian FIgueroa, 33′)
Rojas-Lobos 1 (Aquino, 89′)

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Univertisario, Mexico City
Attendance: 22,055 (45.6% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Tigres (8/19)
Lobos-America (8/19)

Apertura 2017 Week 3 Results: America 2, Pumas 1

In the bi-annual edition of the “Clasico Capitalisto”, America picked up it’s second straight win of the tournament in a dominating 2-1 win at home over Pumas. Oribe Peralta opened the scoring with his first of the year in the 20th minute, then Nicolas Castillo pulled Pumas even in the 33rd minute. After that it was all America-although Silvio Romero failed on a PENAL! right before halftime, Cecelio Dominguez made up for it by converting his own PENAL! in the 79th minute. The game was plenty physical too with 8 Amarillas between the teams. America also welcomed back Pablo Aguilar today, he made his season debut after sitting out a 10-game suspension that was reduced from 1 year on appeal.

Game Stats:
Goals-Oribe Peralta (America, 20′, 1st of tournament), Nicolas Castillo (Pumas, 33′, 2nd of tournament), Cecelio Dominguez (America, 79′, 3rd of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-America 3
Corner Kicks-America 6, Pumas 5
Amarillas-Pumas 5 (Josecarlos Van Rankin, 6′, Mauro Formica, 13′, Castillo, 50′, Luis Quintana, 70′, Joffre Guerron, 78′), America 3 (Pablo Aguilar, 10′, Dominguez, 18′, Edson Alvarez, 19′)

Venue: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 45, 256 (59.5% capacity)

Next up:
America-at Atlas (8/11)
Pumas-Lobos (8/11)

Pumas Mulling Legal Action Against No-Show Player

Pumas issued a press release earlier today regarding their apparent signing of Gaston Silva, who was signed as a transfer from Torino Club (Italy). Or so they were led to believe…according to my translation of the statement, Pumas helped Silva with immigration procedures, obtaining a work visa & airfare to Mexico City. But he no-showed, failing to comply with the commitments he made to both Pumas & Torino and neither side was informed. Today Pumas learned through the media that Silva has instead flown to Argentina, where he took a physical to sign with Independent Athletic Club. Pumas is analyzing potential options for taking legal action against Silva, and they have the support of Liga MX as the team acted in good faith established by FIFA procedures during the entire process. The statement ended with a warning to all-nobody is going to mock/make fun of Pumas or Mexican soccer.

Source: Universidad Nacional (UNAM)/Pumas press release

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)

Women’s Liga MX Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Pachuca 3, Pumas 0

The first full season of the Liga MX Women began this morning, with the Apertura 2017 opener featuring inaugural tournament champion Pachuca opening by hosting Pumas in the historic first league game. The champs didn’t miss a beat at all, cruising to a 3-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Pachuca’s Berenice Munoz scored the historic first league goal in the 51st minute. She then added a second goal in the 59th minute, and the inaugural tournament top scorer, Monica Ocampo, got her first goal in the 83rd minute.

Game Stats:
Goals-Berenice Munoz 2 (Pachuca, 51′, 59′, 2nd of tournament), Monica Ocampo (Pachuca, 83′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 6, Pumas 2
Corner Kicks-Pumas 3, Pachuca 1
Amarillas-Pumas 1 (Ana Lopez, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Hidalgo, Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo
Attendance: N/A

Next up:
Pachuca-at Veracruz (8/5)
Pumas-Toluca (8/5)

Apertura 2017 Week 1 Results: Pumas 1, Pachuca 0

Traditionally a strong team in the Apertura, Pumas got their first half off to a good start today, continuing a weekend-long trend of shutouts (only one game has not been a shutout one way or a 0-0 tie), with a 1-0 home win over Pachuca. Nicolas Castillo, who was the top goal scorer in the first half of last tournament, scored the only goal in the 30th minute. Also of note is this was Edson Puch’s first game with Pachuca after jumping over from Necaxa in the offseason-he did not start but entered as a substitute in the 60th minute.

Game Stats:
Goals-Nicolas Castillo (Pumas, 30′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pumas 2, Pachuca 2
Corner Kicks-Pachuca 4, Pumas 1
Amarillas-Pachuca 1 (Erick Aguirre, 59′)

Venue: Estadio Olimpico Universitario, Mexico City
Attendance: 27,200 (56.3% capacity)

Next up:
Pumas-at Atlas (7/28)
Pachuca-America (7/29)

Pumas Signs Partnership With Venados FC

UNAM Pumas today announced they have signed a sports agreement deal with Venados FC, currently playing in Ascenso MX. Through this deal, Pumas will loan some of their younger players to Venados to gain a better playing & developmental experience than most or all are currently getting in the U-20 division, but also allowing them to live in Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula, considered one of the best cities in Mexico in terms of quality of life. This is the start of a medium-to-long-term agreement between the clubs that will allow better development & competition for the young players but also help reduce the Venados operating expenses in the area, which is considered a win-win for all parties involved.

Source: Universidad Nacional/Pumas press release