It was a bit of a crazy weekend for Tigres, who won decisively over América but also learned that their top goalkeeper will be out of commission for quite some time. Down on the farm, the young Felines were having a tougher time with their América counterparts, while the second and third teams emerged victorious.
Tigres Premier had a week off in the league (the scheduled match against Atlas has been postponed until March), but played a friendly against Monterrey Tech in order to keep busy. Our boys won 2-0, with the first goal coming from Bryan Rubio, who continues his hot start to 2017. Rubio has now scored four times in just three matches this year. The only other goal in the match was an own goal that put Tigres up 2-0.
The U20 boys, unlike the senior team, faced a defensively sound América squad. After a slow first half, Jonathan Espericueta, who normally is with the senior team, scored an absolute beauty to put Tigres up 1-0 after an hour of play. Las Aguilas quickly countered to level the score, but in the 81st minute Luciano Augusto put Los Felinos ahead for good.
It was Augusto’s first game in the Tigres system, having just been brought in from the Argentine 5th division. América U20’s only other match of the season so far was a 3-0 pounding of Toluca, so this looks to be an impressive win for the club. Tigres now sit alone atop the Liga MX Sub 20 table, the only team to have a perfect 9 points thus far.
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The Sub 17 team managed a 1-1 draw against their América counterparts. Things looked bleak when América scored just three minutes into the match, but the boys quickly buckled down and held off Las Aguilas for the rest of the first half. Midway through the second half, team captain Bryan Reyes scored his first goal of the season, showing exceptional hustle to chase down a ball that looked to be well out of reach. Reyes has been in the Tigres system since 2011, but really started garnering attention during the 2015 Apertura.
Tigres’ Tercera Division side were on the road Sunday afternoon against Armadillos de Ébano. Tigres emerged the victors by a scoreline of 4-2, thus maintaining 5th place in Grupo XII for the time being. Despite falling behind in the first half, Los Auriazules scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the second period. Then after conceding an equalizer, they scored another quickfire brace to put the game to bed. Marlon Araiza scored what ended up being the winning goal, a penalty in roughly the 80th minute. Tigres remain just 8 points out of first and are in the hunt to once again enter the Liguilla de filiales, where they finished runners-up last year.
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