Posted by : Stephen Eastepp July 31, 2012
|Leon has won both games thus far and find themselves at the top of Mexico|
After two weeks of action, four teams remain undefeated and share a spot at the top of the Mexican table. Leon is the biggest surprise after spending a decade in the second division, they are now sitting at 6 points with Tigres, Toluca, and reigning champion Santos. Meanwhile, Chivas has continued to struggle and have zero points, while it looks as if Queretaro and Puebla may be two teams that will struggle to stay in Liga MX.
Friday kicked off the action with my pick for game of the week. Monterrey, coming off a 0-0 draw against America last week, visited Morelia and was looking to get their offense kick started. Los Rayados had quite a few chances with Humberto Suazo and Angel Reyna coming close to scoring, but former Mexican National Team forward Miguel Sabah headed home the game's only goal in the 24' to give Los Monarcas the 1-0 win.
Meanwhile, newly promoted Leon continued their good form in their first home game since promotion by dominating Tijuana 4-0. Leon, along with Morelia, haven't conceded a goal thus far.
After a draw in Monterrey last week, Club America got a much needed victory and saw forward Christian Benitez find his scoring touch in a 4-2 win at home against Jaguares. Benitez, who was last season's goleador, got a brace in Las Aguilas first win of the season. Jaguares now has dropped two games and it's evident they have not found a way to replace last season's scorer Jackson Martinez who left to Porto.
Atlante nearly walked away with a rare road win in Monterrey against Tigres, carrying a 1-0 lead into the last quarter of the game. Newly added striker Esteban Paredes opened his account with Atlante to give them the early lead, but it wasn't enough as Tigres rallied behind a 76' penalty and an 85' winner to get the win.
Hugo Sanchez and the Pachuca experiment had an ugly outcome in their first home game in Estadio Hidalgo. Los Tuzos continue to be unimpressive and were only able to get two shots on goal all night against a team facing relegation. Meanwhile, Atlas' newly added strikers Luis Sandoval and Hector Mancilla both scored their first of the year as Altas downed Pachuca 3-0.
Mariano Pavone scored his first goal of the Apertura in a 2-1 Cruz Azul victory over San Luis, and fellow Argentine Martin Bravo scored a brace for Pumas who beat lowly Queretaro 3-0. In Estadio Cuauhtemoc, Toluca handed Puebla a loss in front of the home fans, 3-1. Midfielder Lucas Silva scored a brace for Toluca as they improved to 2-0 on the year.
Chivas dominated possession for most of the night against Santos, but Santos turned up the pressure near the end of the match. Colombian Carlos Quintero scored for Santos in the 89' to send Chivas to their second consecutive loss to start the season. Santos now has two wins on the year, both coming on late goals. It won't get much easier for Chivas with Cruz Azul and Morelia up next.
Next week will have a number of games you do not want to miss. Pachuca will face off against league worst Queretaro, Cruz Azul will take on Chivas, and the game of the week will be two undefeated clubs battling for the top of the table as Leon visits Toluca.
For those fans looking for an insight to the "other" tournament you keep hearing about in Mexican soccer, the Copa MX, take a look at my feature "Copa MX History, Revival, and Hopeful Future." Essentially called Mexico's Cup, it's similar to what MLS fans know as the US Open Cup. Mexican first and second division clubs are vying for the title of Mexico's best.
Dynamo fans and Liga MX fans, have your say below. What's your game of the week, who's going to take it all, and what is wrong with Chivas?
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