It’s been a while, folks. Hope you missed us. October was a busy month for the entire Tigres organization, so let’s not waste any time and just jump right into things:
Not going to dwell on these guys too long; if you’re reading this website chances are you know what’s up. Now they did just draw last night against Atlas in that make-up game, but before that, this team was really cruising, riding three straight wins to close out October and legitimately launch them into the race for the first overall seed.
The team’s offensive stars, Gignac and Valencia, began to show some life, each scoring multiple times during the month. They’ll host Necaxa on Saturday before playing what could be an all-important Clasico Regio during Jornada 17.
The Ladies closed out a fantastic first regular season with a 1-0 win over Necaxa, thanks to a late winner from Jazmín Enrigue. This team had a few stumbles along the road to the postseason, but they earned the top seed in Group 2 thanks to their superior goal difference over Chivas. And it was indeed superior; Tigres posted a +44 (the best in the league) compared to Chivas’ +23. They were so good in fact that they led the league in scoring with 51 goals, and in defense with just 7 goals conceded.
Carolina Jaramillo led the team with 9 goals, while Blanca Solís and Katty Martinez added 7 each. It’s worth noting that while still fielding a very young team (the league itself encourages younger players), Tigres do have the oldest team in the league, and it shows. This team was built with the intention of winning right away, and they have a pretty good chance to do so. They’ll take on Pachuca in the semi-finals, which will be played on November 6th and 11th.
The reserves had a really solid month as a team; Tigres are now 4th (of 18) in Grupo 1 after racking up eight points in their last four games. Much like last year, Brian Rubio leads the way with six goals, and is still very much an option should the senior team run into any injury trouble.
Jhonatan Aranda, whom I’ve touted in the past, has managed to stay healthy so far this year, contributing two goals. Colombian defender Andres Zuluaga has had a productive season as well, though he needs to cut down on his rough play; he has 7 yellow cards and 1 red in just 9 appearances.
The Sub-20 team just lost a tight game at Cruz Azul, but prior to that they were riding a 4 game winning streak, putting themselves back into the playoff picture after a miserable start. They sit 9th at the moment, but with winnable matches against Necaxa and Rayados remaining there is still some hope for this team.
Rafael Durán and Raúl Torres scored three goals each during the month of October. Arlex Hurtado, the promising 19 year old Colombian, scored his first goal in a Tigres shirt against Veracruz. Tigres have never been a locally grown team under Tuca Ferretti, but we do some potential brewing on this team.
(Image Courtesy of TigresOficial Fuerzas Basicas)