Tigres continue to spiral in the wrong direction, but believe it or not, there is some hope for the troubled squad down below, in the Fuerzas Basicas. The farm teams played well this weekend, with one result that is sure to catch the eye of Felinos fans everywhere.
Tigres Premier played a late game on Sunday, a day after the senior team. In a contest with Grupo 1 opponents Murciélagos, Tigres were handed their first loss of the season, falling by a score of 2-1. Tigres’ goal was scored by Brian Rubio, who has a team leading 4 goals this season, good for joint 6th place in the scorers table. Even with his recent form and the senior team’s offensive drought, it remains unlikely Rubio will get called up to the big leagues unless a forward gets injured, and even then, he is now facing competition in Luciano Augusto from the U20 team. Tigres are now ranked 25th out of all 47 teams in the Liga Premier, and are 8th out of 16 in Grupo 1.
There was a new face in town for Tigres Sub20 this weekend that was sure to turn some heads: new signing Luis Advincula. The Peruvian got the start at left back in Tigres’ 5-2 thrashing of Pachuca. Luis captained the side and even scored in the 24th minute to make it 3-0. Rafael Durán continued his hot streak by scoring in the 4th minute to give Los Felinos an early lead. Another new player, Luciano Augusto, scored twice, first off a penalty in the 16th minute, and then again in the 27th minute. Augusto now has 4 goals in 3 games for the U20 team and is clearly the top prospect in the system at this point in time. Tigres’ final goal was scored by Jair Diaz in the 81st minute, putting any thoughts of a Pachuca comeback to rest.
Tigres Sub17 played out a scoreless draw with their Pachuca counterparts. There isn’t much to take away from this game, but one thing worth noting is team captain Bryan Reyes once again played the full 90 minutes, as he does seemingly every jornada. Pachuca made a lot of early subs, which more or less forced Tigres coach Andrés Carranza to bring on fresh legs in the second half. Carranza used five of his six allotted substitutions, but Reyes did not come off. This tells us that A) Reyes is very fit and is more than capable of playing the entire match every week, and B) that the organization thinks very highly of Reyes and is trying to get him as much time on the field as possible.
It was jornada 22 of Grupo XII play this weekend, and Tigres 3a took on Panteras Negras, who have been hanging just above the bottom of the table for most of the season. Tigres managed a 1-0 win thanks to an Omar Doria goal in the first half. The win brings Tigres up to a record of 14-4-4, good for 49 points (bonus points included) and third place in Grupo XII. Tigres earn an average of 2.182 points per game, the 36th best average out of the 214 teams in the Tercera Division.
(Image Courtesy of Tigres Oficial Fuerzas Basicas)