CHRISTOPHER MCCOLLUM - Friday, January 27, 2012
Four Americans begin Week 4 in a tie for first place and all the usual suspects are expected to be in action over the weekend, where the marquee matchup will be Santos visiting Tijuana.
Santos Laguna - Tijuana
Edgar Castillo is expected to resume his starting role at left midfield, while Joe Corona and Greg Garza will be fighting to make the bench after being left off in last week's win over Chivas.
Herculez Gomez has been a late second half sub for Santos, and should continue on that track. Gomez scored against Tijuana in the Apertura, and has a history of scoring against Castillo's teams, whether they be San Luis or America. Gomez will be hoping to open his scoring account in this game.
Both clubs will have their full rosters available.
Pachuca - Queretaro
Jose Torres has been a consistent 90 minute player since his return from surgery, and there's no reason to expect any changes. Pachuca is sitting two points behind the table leaders, and will be looking to get the full three points from 14th place Queretaro.
Pachuca will be without Mauro Cejas due to red card suspension, while Queretaro has everyone available.
Puebla - Chiapas
DaMarcus Beasley has been teetering back and forth from a substitute to a starter, and it's up in the air at this point where he'll be starting the game. Puebla sits in 15th place with one point after three games, and have the second worst defense in the league so far. Questions will need to be answered quickly if they are going to have any hopes of staying on pace with the top half.
Chiapas is currently just ahead of Puebla in 13th place, with three points after three games. It could be a goal scoring affair, as between the two teams, they have given up nine goals to start the season.
All players will be available.
San Luis - America
Michael Orozco and San Luis hope to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Morelia next week, which saw them tumble from first place to fifth, but back by one point. Orozco has played every minute of the Clausura so far, and has been instrumental in keeping San Luis' back line intact.
With a win, San Luis can easily bounce back to the top of the table, especially if Tijuana and Santos draw.
Both teams will have all players available.
Jonathan Bornstein played 90 minutes in a Copa Libertadores match against Union Espanola, where Tigres lost 1-0. He is not expected to play against Estudiantes.
Marco Vidal and Club Leon play Toros Neza in a second division game. Vidal has not yet played this season