ANDY SCHREUR - Friday, October 18, 2013
Liga MX resumes this weekend after the international break with Puebla hosting Atlas and Club Tijuana visiting Toluca.
Puebla - Atlas
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco and Puebla host Atlas on Sunday afternoon at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc.
La Franja come into Sunday's match having lost to León 3-1 on October 5th, which leaves them in tenth place with 15 points.
Atlas last played on October 5th as well and suffered a 2-1 home loss to Cruz Azul. Stuck in 16th place, Atlas have not won a league match this season and have only picked up two points on the road.
Beasley and Orozco both figure to start as Puebla look to capitalize on a weaker visiting team this week. Both Americans were called into US National Team duty earlier this week and Orozco scored in the United States' 3-2 win over Panama on Tuesday.
Atlas are lead by veteran Mexican International Omar Bravo, who leads the team with five goals this season. Puebla are lead by a pair of attacking Argentines, Alfredo Moreno and Matías Alustiza, who have combined for 9 goals thus far.
Both clubs come into this weekend's match rested and healthy.
Toluca - Club Tijuana
Club Tijuana and its American contingent travel to Toluca to take on the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon.
Four Americans saw playing time in Tijuana's 1-0 win over Querétaro two weeks ago with Gregory Garza and Edgar Castillo starting, while Paul Arriola and Herculez Gómez came on as substitutes. Joe Corona made the bench but didn't see any playing time.
The Xolos come into Sunday's match in ninth place and will face a tough road test against the third place Red Devils. Tijuana have been awful away from the Estadio Caliente, going 0-5-1 on the road this season. Their lone road point came in a 2-2 draw at Chivas in September. If the Xolos hope to climb the ladder in the Liga MX standings, they will need to start picking up some points away from Northwestern Mexico.
Toluca, on the other hand, have been consistent at home and away this season. They are riding a three-match winning streak wherein they've outscored their opponents 13-2. They are lead by Paraguyuan striker Pablo Velázquez, who has nine goals since moving to Mexico over the summer from Libertad in Paraguay.
Corona, Arriola, Garza, Gómez and Bruno Piceno all played in 1-1 exhibition match with Santos Laguna in San Antonio, Texas earlier this week and Tijuana comes into the match healthy. Toluca have not reported any injuries.
Jose Torres is suspended due to picking up a red card two weeks ago against Toluca. Tigres face Atlante this weekend.
Benji Joya, Daniel Cuevas and Santos Laguna face Alonso Hernandez and Monterrey.
Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa visit Correcaminos UAT on Friday night.