What’s this? Aren’t we on international break? Well, Tigres might have been in Texas this weekend, but the grind continued for many of the farm teams. After a tough time last jornada, our Fuerzas rebounded and came away with at least a point in every single match during this weekend. That said, we also played some midweek matches, with mixed results. All in all, we’ve got quite a few games to cover, so let’s get right into it:
Tigres Premier defeated Titanes de Saltillo 1-0 on Friday, courtesy of a goal from midfielder Antonio Esquivel. Antonio is not a regular player for the team, and this was his first start of 2017, so it’s exciting to see him succeed when given the chance. Saltillo are the worst team in Grupo 1, so this win was expected for Tigres, who now are in 4th place with just three regular season games to play. It is worth noting that this week’s team was hardly at full strength, indeed, a large chunk of regulars did not make the trip to Saltillo at all, including top goalscorer Brian Rubio. Rest easy, this was a tactical decision, and we have not suffered some sort of mass injury. All three teams remaining on Tigres’ schedule are below them in the table, and they realistically could earn the full nine points still up for grabs.
There was no Jornada 12 in the Sub20 league due to the international break, but Tigres and Necaxa played their Jornada 13 matchup at the Sub20 and Sub17 levels during the middle of the week for scheduling purposes. In a rough showing, our U-20 boys were beaten badly, 3-0, at Necaxa on Thursday. To make things worse, in his first start back at full fitness, Jhonatan Aranda left the game with an injury in the 14th minute, and looks to be out again. Staying healthy really seems to be the only thing preventing Aranda from earning a bench role on the senior team. After a nearly perfect start to the season, the U20 team has earned just a single point from their last three matches.
The Sub17 team thankfully managed a 2-1 win over Necaxa, thanks to two second half goals from Patrick Ogama. As you probably know by now, Ogama is the son of Tigres captain Juninho, and is a very promising young player in his own right. Ogama’s goals (his 2nd and 3rd of the year) came in the 54th and 62nd minutes, quickly turning a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. Also worth noting, defender Pedro Sifuentes had the captain’s armband on, his first time this season. No, there is not an uprising taking place; coach Carranza is merely rotating the captaincy among the team’s senior players.
The third team also played a midweek game, in addition to their weekend encounter. Let’s start with the Wednesday game against San Isidro Laguna FC. Our boys played superbly, comfortably winning 3-0 over their 14th place opponents. Adrián Garza opened the scoring in the 21st minute, showcasing his ability to take on defenders along the way. Erick Monsivias doubled the lead thanks to a header scored off a corner kick in the 30th minute. It was the third and final goal, from Francisco Castañeda, that really got people talking, however. Against an admittedly lax defense, Castañeda flicked the ball up to himself and fired a perfectly placed bicycle kick into the upper-right corner of the net.
In the weekend Tercera division matchup, Tigres tied 1-1 with Troyanos UDEM. After a dull first half, Troyanos took the lead in the 65th minute via a goal from Eliud Saenz, who now has an impressive 24 goals to his name this season. One can’t be too harsh on Tigres for not being able to contain him, as he has been just about unstoppable all season long. Fortunately, Iván López leveled the scored for Los Felinos in the 90th minute, salvaging one point from the match.
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