It was an interesting weekend for our Fuerzas Basicas. No Tigres teams were involved in blowouts, and all of the youngsters had to fight for the full 90 minutes in their respective matches. You may have heard that Julian Quiñones was back with the Sub 20 team this weekend. Care to find out how he did? Here you go:
Tigres Premier earned one point in a 2-2 draw with Chivas, but failed to pick up the bonus point in the ensuing shootout. Anyone who has been keeping up with these updates can guess the goalscorer; that’s right, Brian Rubio added two more to his tally on Saturday. The 20 year old scored in the 15th and the 19th minutes to erase an early Chivas lead and put Los Felinos in front. Rubio now has 7 goals, the second most in the Liga Premier, and the most by any Liga MX affiliated player.
There were actually a few big names in the Sub 20 lineup against Morelia this weekend. As noted above, Julian Quiñones was present. Nahuel Guzmán was also in the starting eleven, making a rehab start. Proficient goalscorer Jhonatan Aranda was back in a Tigres shirt after a missing a few weeks due to injury, but he did not play. Tigres won 1-0, thanks to a 16th minute goal from Quiñones. But no doubt the most important play of the match was this impressive save from Paton Guzmán, which not only secured the match for Tigres, but also showcased his current health. If Nahuel is making plays like this, his return can’t be far away. The Sub 20 team is still in first place, with a record of 7W-0D-1L.
The Sub 17 team played out a 0-0 draw with Morelia, their second scoreless effort in the past three weeks. Bryan Reyes played the full 90 minutes, and Juan Rodriguez played about 89. Patrick Ogama (the son of Juninho) played the majority of the second half, but was not able to find the net. Once again the team only used three of their five allotted substitutions, and one of those was in the final minutes of the game. Tigres have one of the least utilized benches in the Sub 17 league, which obviously has both pros and cons. The top ranked prospects are getting extra time on the pitch to develop, but the bench players are left with little room for improvement due to the lack of minutes.
The third division team also tied 0-0, this time on the road against Matamoros Tamaulipas. Matamoros are just a few points behind Tigres, so you knew this was going to be a difficult game. An impressive group of Tigres supporters made the trip over the state line to see the boys play. The draw means Tigres drop into 4th place in Grupo XII, having been surpassed by Atlético Allende. There are 10 weeks left in the Tercera division season, and Tigres are far from assured a place in the liguilla.
(Images Courtesy of Tigres Oficial Fuerzas Basicas)