Things are shaping up for Tigres, and it looks like we’ve finally hit our stride. This was a huge week for the club, earning a place in the CCL semifinals while also picking up a big road win against Puebla. Can the Fuerzas measure up to the senior team in terms of excitement this weekend? Only one way to find out.
Tigres picked up a 2-0 win over Universidad de Guadalajara on Saturday. Los Felinos surged just before halftime, scoring in the 38th minute (José Garcia) and 41st minute (Daniel Elizondo) to cruise into the break with a 2-0 lead. The ever-present Brian Rubio played the full 90 minutes, though obviously he didn’t score. Jonathan Espericueta also played the full 90 minutes, in what was his first appearance for the reserve team this year. Tigres Premier are now in 5th place in Grupo 1, and hold a game in hand over every team in front of them.
While many notable faces made a stop with the U20 team last weekend, for jornada 9 the Sub 20 team featured only prospects; no rehabbing players were present. Tigres drew 1-1 with Puebla, with Rafael Durán scoring the goal for Los Felinos. Durán now has a nice tally of five goals this season, and has really stepped up his game over the past few weeks. Durán was subbed out in the 75th minute for Jhonatan Aranda, who seems to be fully recovered from his injury. Luciano Augusto played 80 minutes before being subbed off for Colombian youngster Luis Bonilla. This was Tigres’ first draw of the year, and only the second match this season where they didn’t walk away with three points.
The Sub 17 boys took an early lead in the 12th minute thanks to a goal from Miguel Rodriguez, but Puebla’s Francisco Careaga scored twice early in the second half to secure the three points for the home side. Perhaps coach Carranza has been reading my articles, because the Tigres D.T. finally delved into his bench, making five substitutions in the second half. It was a reasonably hot day in Puebla, so perhaps this was only precautionary rather than a change in tactics, but either way it is good to see more of the team getting some playing time, especially in a close game. The Sub 17s are now in 8th place in the league following the loss. It is worth noting that Tigres actually are tied for 10th in terms of “real” points, but they have a staggering 7 bonus points, which is enough to keep them in the 8th spot despite only having two wins this year.
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