CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, January 19, 2012
Michael Orozco, Jose Torres, and Edgar Castillo should all be starting this weekend, while the other Americans down south will hope to get off the bench.
San Luis - Morelia
Michael Orozco has helped steer San Luis to the top of the table in the first two weekends of Clausura action, winning in both of the previous weeks while being the only team in Primera Division to have not yet conceded a goal.
Orozco has been instrumental in anchoring San Luis' defense, and has so far been avoiding his card-accumulating tendency that was so frustrating in last year's Apertura.
San Luis will be expecting another win against 15th place Morelia, who have a draw and a loss in their first two games, scoring one and giving up four.
San Luis will be without starting forward Wilmer Aguirre due to red card suspension.
Pachuca - Cruz Azul
Jose Torres has been a 90 minute man so far, allaying concerns about being able to get back into the lineup so soon after returning. Pachuca will be looking to continue their quest to get back on track towards the top of the table as they take on fellow contender Cruz Azul.
Pachuca beat Puebla 3-1 last week, while Cruz Azul shut out Atlas 2-0. The two teams each have four points after two games, and will have their full contingent of players available.
Puebla - Atlante
DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla have gotten off to a rocky start after two games, with only one point out of their first two games, and having given up three goals in last week's loss to Pachuca. Beasley was subbed out in the second half of their first game of the season, and was used as a second half substitute last week.
It's still too early to tell if Beasley has lost his starting role that he held onto for the entirety of the Apertura, but so far he has only logged just about 90 minutes in the first two games this season.
Atlante and Puebla will both have all their players available.
Tijuana - Chivas
Edgar Castillo has found himself locked in as a starting midfielder for Tijuana to open the season, while Joe Corona has been consistent off the bench. Greg Garza got some playing time in the first game of the season but did not make the bench in last week's win over Monterrey.
The perennial powerhouse from Guadalajara has taken two losses to start the season, while Tijuana has a draw and a win. The game is almost a must-win for Chivas at this point, to stay on pace with Santos Laguna, Cruz Azul, and Pachuca, not to mention San Luis.
Tijuana will have all players available, while Chivas will be missing starting defender Hector Lopez and substitute midfielder Jorge Garcia due to red card suspension.
Santos Laguna - Chiapas
Herculez Gomez has not quite solidified himself as a regular for Santos, making only a brief appearance in the season opener, and not getting on the field at all last week. Santos is one of the several Clausura favorites to be sitting with four points after two games, and the match against Chiapas could prove to be another wrench in the gears of their campaign.
Chiapas defeated Santos twice in the Apertura, while also defeating Pumas and scoring three goals against the stingy defense of San Luis during another victory. Chiapas defeated Chivas last week, to add to their growing list of giant killing.
Santos will be all players available, while Chiapas will be without starting defender Miguel Martinez, due to red card suspension.
Jonathan Bornstein is not expected to play for Tigres as they take on Toluca.
Marco Vidal and Club Leon next play on January 29 against Toros Neza.