ANDY SCHREUR - Thursday, August 15, 2013
Jose Torres and Tigres travel to Santos Laguna, Club Tijuana face Monterrey and Puebla visit Chivas in Liga MX action this weekend.
Tigres - Santos Laguna
Jose Torres and Tigres UANL face a tough test as they visit the Estadio Nuevo Corona in Torreón on Saturday night.
Santos are coming off a 2-2 draw with Toluca last week and have won two and drawn two thus far in the 2013-14 Apertura. They are lead by veteran striker Oribe Peralta, who leads the team with three goals in four games.
After starting slow, Tigres have won two straight, including last week's 3-1 win over local rivals Monterrey in the 100th Clásico. Torres figures to start his third straight match since rejoining UANL after the Gold Cup.
All eyes are on 22-year-old Tigres striker Alan Pulido, who broke out and scored twice last week against Monterrey and already has three goals on the season, one less than he scored in 21 matches last season.
Jonathan Bornstein has made two Copa MX appearances for Tigres so far while Daniel Cuevas and Benji Joya have not made the 18 for Santos Laguna. Neither team has declared any injuries ahead of Saturday's match.
Club Tijuana - Monterrey
Gregory Garza figures to be back in the starting lineup as the Xoloitzcuintles travel east to take on Monterrey on Saturday night.
Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona will like be in the 18 but are doubtful to start after playing in the US National Team's 4-3 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina on Wednesday in the Balkans. Castillo played the entire second half and Corona played the final 37 minutes and, after a long flight back to Mexico, both are unlikely to start.
Monterrey are lead by their steady, veteran striker Humberto Suazo, who has two goals in five matches this season and will look to propel Monterrey to their first win of the season.
The Xolos will likely still miss Dario Benedetto and Herculez Gomez, both out with knee injuries. They may also be missing Pablo Cesar Aguilar, who flew to Germany with the Paraguayan National Team earlier this week. They did get defender Juan Carlos Nunez, who rejoined training after knee surgery several months ago.
The Rayados will be without Bernardo Hernandez, who picked up a red card and is suspended this week.
19-year-old American Alonso Hernandez has made one appearance for Monterrey this season.
Puebla - Chivas
Puebla's new manager, Ruben Omar, faces an uphill battle as he takes over from Manuel Lapuente Diaz, who left the position earlier this week.
DaMarcus Beasley skipped the trip to Bosnia and figures to start as Puebla face off with Chivas on Sunday. Michael Orozco withdrew from the US camp due to a hamstring injury, which may keep him out of Sunday's match as well.
Puebla are struggling mightily to score goals and are going on a two-match scoreless streak in all competitions. Last week, they held a good Veracruz team to a 0-0 draw but had numerous chances to score in the first half and came up empty.
Chivas have started off the season slowly as well, and find themselves tied with Puebla with just four points. Last week they lost 3-1 at Cruz Azul, which has only ratcheted up the pressure in Guadalajara.
Other than Orozco, Puebla are healthy going into Sunday's match. Chivas have not released any injuries at this time.
Adrian Ruelas and Veracruz take on Querétaro on Saturday.
Ventura Alvarado and first place Necaxa host Atlético San Luis.