PREVIEW: WEEKEND MEXICAN ACTION
An injury has sidelined Pachuca's Paco Torres for the rest of the season, while DaMarcus Beasley and Puebla look to build upon last week's battering of Chivas as they visit Santos.
Pachuca - San Luis
Jose Francisco Torres will miss the rest of the Apertura 2011 season after undergoing surgery to insert a screw to alleviate a broken fifth metatarsal of his left foot, an injury he suffered when his foot was stomped during the run of play in last week's game against Atlas.
Meanwhile, Michael Orozco looks to get another start for San Luis as they try to climb out of the bottom of the table.
Despite this, Pachuca could have a hard time with lowly San Luis. Thus far, Pachuca has allowed 17 goals, while using three 'keepers. In addition, the last four times these teams have met, San Luis has won twice and drawn another.
Nevertheless, San Luis has yet to win on the road with 2 draws and 2 losses, while Pachuca has the best home record in the league, with 4 wins and one loss.
Estudiantes Tecos - Pumas
Herculez Gomez and Estudiantes host a Pumas team fresh off a 2-0 victory over F.C. Dallas in the CONCACAF Champions League and a 4-1 thrashing of Toluca last week.
Meanwhile, Estudiantes comes into the match with a sense of urgency, finding themselves just 2 points behind Pumas and jockeying for a spot in the top half of the standings.
After losing his starting spot in week 6, Gomez has been coming on as sub in the second half of the last four games, scoring a pair of goals, including one, late last week.
Puebla - Santos
Puebla heads into this match with a ton of confidence after knocking Chivas off the top of the standings with a crushing 4-1 victory.
Although DaMarcus Beasley has only logged one goal this season, he remains a constant threat, which he demonstrated that last week when he was brought down in the box, earning his team a penalty kick that was converted for a goal.
They are facing a Santos team that just annihilated Isidro Metapan 6-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League. Despite this, 11th-place Santos has had a rough season and find themselves perilously close to dropping in the standings.
Puebla has made a steady climb back into the mid-table and a win could propel them a few more spots up. However, nothing is guaranteed, seeing as Puebla hasn't beaten Santos since the Apertura 2004 season.
Club America - Club Tijuana
Although Edgar Castillo didn't play a part in his team's latest loss (5-3 to Jaguares), he should line up against the team sitting just below them in the standings, Club Tijuana.
If ever America needed a victory, it is now, as they take on one of the two other teams that have it worse than them this season.
Since this Tijuana's first season in the Primera Division, it will be the first ever game between both teams.
Neither Jonathan Bornstein nor Adrian Ruelas have logged any minutes for Tigres and Jaguares, respectively, this season. It is doubtful that either of them will get any playing time this week when their teams square off.
In Liga de Ascenso action, Marco Vidal and Leon travel to Irapuato.