KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Michael Orozco, Alejandro Guido, and Rubio Rubin started for Tijuana in their narrow loss to Tigres while Ventura Alvarado and Necaxa shared the spoils with Queretaro.
Tigres UANL 1-0 Tijuana
Andre Gignac's goal was more than enough to see Tigres through and remain in the playoff spots as they defeated Tijuana at Estadio Universitario de Nuevo Leon.
Tijuana put Orozco, Guido, and Rubin in their starting eleven, marking the first time the Americans played with each other in a game, while Fernando Arce watched all of the action from the bench. Jose Torres, who has not been heard from in a long time, earned a spot on the bench alongside Lalo Fernandez for Tigres.
The host came out immediately hunting for the first goal in the game and nearly got less than a minute in when Jesus Duenas took a chance, but goalkeeper Gibran Lajud did well to make the save.
It would be a very open first half as both teams had several chances to score, but all the efforts were either saved or go wide of the mark.
However, Gignac would eventually break the deadlock in the 43rd minute when his long-range shot beat Lajud who was going the wrong way to make a save.
The second half would show much of the same as both teams could not put away chances, especially set pieces.
Tijuana would then go down a man in the 80th minute when Guido was shown his second yellow card for bringing down Enner Valencia, who had broken through the back line and had a good chance to score.
Los Xolos lost but remain in the playoff spots in seventh place, with several teams just behind them.
Queretaro 1-1 Necaxa
Everaldo's goal canceled out an earlier strike from Victor Davila to help Queretaro salvage a point against Necaxa at Estadio La Corregidora.
Alvarado made his return to the starting lineup for Necaxa in the tie as they continue to sit outside the playoff places.
The first half would end scoreless, but Necaxa had the best chance to open the scoring when a dangerous free-kick was sent into the area. Goalkeeper Tiago Volpi was forced to make a double save to keep his opponents at bay.
It was then Queretaro's turn to take a crack at goal in the second half when Camilo Sanvezzo made a run from midfield and took his shot from outside the area. However, his effort went wide of the goal.
Necaxa finally broke the deadlock in the 55th minute when Daniel Villalpando passed the ball to Davila and the Chilean midfielder took his own chance from long range, with the ball hitting the post before hit the back of the net.
However, the host would not be denied and found the equalizer in the 78th minute when Everaldo's bicycle kick beat Marcelo Barovero.
Necaxa sits in 10th place in the standings, just a point behind Pumas UNAM and Monterrey who sit in the final two playoff spots.
America 2-0 Leon
Mateus Uribe bagged both goals to help America to a comfortable win over Leon at Estadio Azteca.
William Yarbrough was between the sticks while Landon Donovan made another appearance off the bench for Leon in the loss that still keeps outside of the playoff picture. Joe Corona came off the bench for America.
It was a tight game in the first 20 minutes with both teams having chances to score, but nothing very threatening, and Yarbrough did not have much to do. That all changed in the 27th minute when the host launched an attack from midfield. Jeremy Menez's shot did not have much on it, but Yarbrough got a hand on it. However, the rebound allowed Uribe to pounce and put the ball in the back of the net.
Uribe sealed the game for America in the 68th minute when teammate Paul Aguilar set him up to take a shot outside the area that Yarbrough had no chance of saving.
Leon tried their best to get back into the game, but it was not just their day.
Los Esmeraldas sit in 12th place in the standings with 14 points but still have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
Jorge Villafana started for Santos Laguna in their thrilling 3-2 win over Monterrey to keep them atop of the Clausura standings.
Bernabe Magana watched from the bench for Pumas UNAM in their 1-0 loss to Toluca.
In Ascenso MX, Rodrigo Lopez started and was sent off while Diego de la Tejera watched from the bench for Celaya in their 2-0 win over Mineros de Zacatecas.