WOODY BAUM - Thursday, November 4, 2010
The American trio of Jose Francisco Torres, Herculez Gomez, and Marco Vidal still believe as they look to lead Pachuca to an improbable playoff berth while Edgar Castillo and San Luis try to maintain their position in their group.
Estudiantes – Toluca
Estudiantes will host Toluca on Friday night in Guadalajara. It will be a difficult game for Estudiantes as they will be taking on a strong and motivated Toluca that is battling for a playoff spot.
A Toluca win would likely assure them a playoff berth.
Sammy Ochoa is not projected to start but will likely see time in the second half as he has done all season long.
Estudiantes will also have the disadvantage of playing with several key players injured.
Ramon Morales, Jorge Zamogilny, Daniel Quintero and Mario Rodriguez are all expected to miss the game.
Toluca will have their entire lineup available.
Pachuca – Gallos Blancos
Pachuca will host the Gallos Blanco of Queretaro on Saturday.
Pachuca are mathematically still able to qualify for the playoffs, although their chances have been steadily diminishing.
Nevertheless, Pachuca will be fighting for the win, regardless of the consequences, as they shown incredible heart all season long.
Jose Francisco Torres appears to have won back his starting spot from fellow American Marco Vidal and will look to start.
Vidal will most likely make an appearance in the second half if he doesn't start.
Herculez Gomez will look to see the field in the second half, although playing time has been scarce as of late.
Pachuca will have their entire lineup available.
The Gallos Blancos will be without Alvin Mendoza and Daniel Valdez, who are suspended. They are also expected to be without Eder Borelli who is injured.
San Luis – Santos
San Luis will aim to remain atop its group as it hosts traditional powerhouse Santos, of Torreon, on Sunday.
San Luis is almost guaranteed a playoff spot at this point in the tournament, but would like to maintain a beneficial seed, for which a win is important.
Santos, on the other hand, is in second place in its group and will need at least a point to guarantee its place its group.
Edgar Castillo will hope to see the field again after coming on as a second half substitute in the past two games.
The hosts will look to build on the recent strong play of Michael Arroyo, who helped lead San Luis to victory last week.
San Luis will have to contend with the potent offense led of Santos led by Darwin Quintero and Christian Benitez.