Yep, it was one of those weeks. Those weeks where you go home disappointed after a Tigres loss to at least see if anything promising happened in the youth system. The big boys lost a tough one to Pachuca and look a bit of a mess at the moment, so even though nothing monumental happened down on the farm, it’s still worth a look.
Also of note, Tigres Femenil absolutely thrashed Santos 6-0 in Torreón, so the weekend wasn’t all bad. Carolina Jaramillo added two more goals to her total in the rout, and the ladies are now 4th in the league. Not bad at all.
Here’s one to smile about: Tigres Sub-20 defeated Pachuca 1-0 on Saturday thanks to an impressive free kick from José García. José has never been much of a goalscorer, and actually hadn’t scored since 2014 in the Tercera Division, but he got the opportunity to take a dangerous set piece and made the most of it. Regarding the other big prospects on this team, Rafael Durán played the full 90 minutes, and Luis Bonilla played around 70 before being subbed off. Durán has yet to score this season but in his defense has been working incredibly hard; he’s appeared in both Copa MX matches with the senior team and has played nearly every minute for the Sub 20.
It was a similar story at the U17 level; this time, the final score was 1-1 (though we did earn the extra point in the post game penalty kicks). But once again, a promising young player blessed us with a golazo, and this time it was Jesús Garza. Now this one is a real team effort, and is in my opinion a contender for best youth goal of the year. Sadly, the camera was having some graphical glitches at the time of the goal, so it’s a little bit tough to see, but you’ve still got to admire the beautiful back and forth right into that fantastic right footed strike. A thing of beauty. Pachuca leveled this game on another defensive breakdown, this time leaving a man unmarked on a free kick, but it was an exceptionally well placed cross and Pachuca deserved to score.
Tigres Premier ended up blowing a 2-1 lead to Morelia in the Segunda Division season opener, but former MLS #1 pick Omar Salgado got them out to a first half lead with another great goal, a chip from a difficult angle over the Morelia keeper. Was it intentional? Up for debate, but we’re going to assume that it was and give credit to Salgado, who by the way hadn’t worn a Tigres shirt since 2015 after several loan spells. Omar is 23 now, but there is absolutely still potential left in him. He’s healthy, for one thing, and I expect a productive Segunda season out of him this Apertura.
I bet you were wondering, “Hey Tim, where can I see all these great goals?” Well, thank the good people working for the club at @TigresFB on Twitter and TigresOficial Fuerzas Basicas on Facebook for putting together this video with all the goals from this weekend.
(Image and Video Courtesy of TigresOficial Fuerzas Basicas)