Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: America 1, Santos 0

The Apertura 2017 regular season came to a close tonight with Santos hosting America in the final game, the outcome of which would finalize the 2 unsettled playoff pairings. After a near-stalemate throughout, America got a late breakthrough to take a 1-0 victory on the road. Guido Rodriguez ended, stat-wise, a very disappointing first half with his first and only goal of the tournament in the 80th minute. On paper he was a bust of sorts after leaving Tijuana after 6 goals and Defensive Player of the Year honors to follow old coach Miguel Herrera to America. Rodriguez’s first half line: 13 games, 1 goal, 5 Amarillas, 2 Rojas.
As a result, America will finish the regular season 3rd and will play Mexico City rival Cruz Azul in the Quarterfinals, while the 4-5 matchup will be Morelia-Toluca.

Game Stats:
Goals-Guido Rodriguez (America, 80′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-America 1, Santos 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 6, America 4
Amarillas-Santos 2 (Osvaldo Martinez, 38′, Nestor Araujo, 68′), America 2 (Bruno Valdez, 56′, Oribe Peralta, 83′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 27,849 (95.2% capacity)

Next up:
America-Cruz Azul in quarterfinals
Santos-Clausura 2018 Tournament

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Apertura 2017 Week 11 Results: Monterrey 1, Santos 1

The suspended Monterrey-Santos game from Week 11 was completed tonight, resuming in the 12th minute following the game being halted in its original scheduled time due to weather. The game picked up with the score 0-0, and it ended with a 1-1 tie. Brian Lozano put Santos ahead with a 26th minute goal, but Dorlan Pabon scored on a PENAL! to pull Monterrey even, and that’s how it ended. Santos played the final 30+ minutes shorthanded because Amarillas from pre-suspension carried over, and when Ventura Alvarado picked up one in the 61st minute that was on top of one before, so that means a Rojas! HE GONE! His tournament presumably is over as the suspension should be effective for Week 17. Any suspended players for the original game had to sit out the conclusion tonight, which hurt Santos as they were without Julio Furch and his 9 goals so far. The tie means Monterrey does not clinch the regular season title outright, and so their final game against cross-city rivals Tigres will be winner-take-all: If Monterrey wins or it’s a tie, they will finish 1st. If Tigres wins, they finish 1st. The loser will finish 2nd. As for Santos, they can at least throw one last monkey wrench into some playoff possibilities as they have the final game timeslot in Week 17, and they host one of the teams with numerous possibilities-America.

Game Stats:
Goals-Brian Lozano (Santos, 26′, 2nd of tournament), Dorlan Pabon (Monterrey, 37′, 5th of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Monterrey 4, Santos 2
Amarillas-Santos 1 (Ventura Alvarado, 10′), Monterrey 1 (Pabon, 70′)
Rojas-Santos 1 (Alvarado, 61′)

Venue: Estadio BBVA Bancomer, Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon
Attendance: TBA

Next up:
Monterrey-Tigres (11/18)
Santos-America (11/19)

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: Santos 2, Pachuca 2

In the week 15 finale, a rare Sunday night game, Santos hosted Pachuca with both teams needing a win to stay in the playoff picture. Neither got what they needed as they played to a 2-2 tie. Franco Jara & Keisuke Honda scored in the 32nd & 41st minute, respectively, to give Pachuca a 2-0 advantage but then Jorge Tavares scored 2 goals to pull Santos even. Both teams remain in the playoff picture but now have no room for error-Santos has an extra game remaining as it has to finish its suspended game at Monterrey.

Game Stats:
Goals-Franco Jara (Pachuca, 32′, 2nd of tournament), Keisuke Honda (Pachuca, 41′, 3rd of tournament), Jorge Tavares 2 (Santos, 42′, 60′, 3rd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Pachuca 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 10, Pachuca 5
Amarillas-Santos 3 (Brian Lozano, 27′, Osvaldo Martinez, 44′, Jose Abelia, 68′), Pachuca 2 (Oscar Murillo, 57′, Jara, 62′)
Rojas-Nil

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

Next up:
Santos-at Pumas (11/5)
Pachuca-Queretaro (11/4)

Aperturra 2017 Week 14 Results: Santos 2, Queretaro 1

The only matchup this weekend that had little real effect on the playoff picture was Santos visiting Queretaro. With a game still in hand, they managed to keep their faint playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win, also eliminating Queretaro from the playoff picture. Julio Furch paced Santos with 2 goals, in the 25th & 33rd minute, the latter putting the visitors up for good after Camilo Da Silva’s 29th minute goal. The 2 goals pulled Furch to within 1 goal of the league lead.

Game Stats:
Goals-Julio Furch 2 (Santos, 25′, 33′, 8th of tournament), Camilo Da Silva (Queretaro, 29′, 7th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Nil
Corner Kicks-Santos 5, Queretaro 2
Amarillas-Santos 1 (Carlos Izquierdoz, 39′), Queretaro 1 (Miguel Martinez, 8′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio La Corregidora, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro
Attendance: 15,249 (45.9% capacity)

Next up:
Queretaro-Atlas (10/28)
Santos-Pachuca (10/29)

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: Atlas 1, Santos 0

The final game of Week 13 had Atlas visiting Santos, both teams looking to stay in the playoff picture. And in a result that will keep Monterrey out of the playoff picture until next weekend, Atlas kept their chances alive with a 1-0 win. Brayan Garnica scored the only goal in the 51st minute. The result gets Atlas back to 2 points out of 8th while Santos is 9 points out but has a game in hand by virtue of its suspended game against Monterrey. Atlas has an extra one too because of an earlier postponed game against Tigres. On the Santos side, based on him picking up one of the Amarillas today, the next one Osvaldo Martinez picks up, if upheld, will be his 5th of the tournament and means an automatic 1 game suspension.

Game Stats:
Goals-Brayan Garnica (Atlas, 51′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Santos 5, Atlas 1
Corner Kicks-Santos 7
Amarillas-Atlas 4 (Javier Salas, 41′, Gustavo Alustiza, 60′, Luis Reyes, 73′, Garnica, 90+4′), Santos 1 (Osvaldo Martinez, 68′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio TSM Corona, Torreon, Coahuila
Attendance: 18,281 (62.5% capacity)

Next up:
Santos-Necaxa (10/18)
Atlas-Morelia (10/17)