It’s been a while since our last update, and things have been very busy for both the senior team and the Fuerzas. Certainly at this point in the year, the youngsters are hardly the focus point of most fans, especially with a playoff spot on the line in Jornada 17. Regardless, here is what you need to know from the most recent round of matches played by our farm teams:
Since our last update, Tigres Premier have qualified for the group stage playoff in the Segunda Division. Unfortunately, the team lost their first three playoff games, by a combined score of 6-3. Miguel Quintanilla was responsible for two of those goals. Tigres finally won a playoff game this past weekend during round 4, when they defeated León 1-0 thanks to a 94th minute winner by David Vazquez. They still sit in quite a hole, as Querétaro and León both have 9 points already, while Tigres only have 3. Only two games remain in group play, so the boys are really up against it.
Tigres Sub 20 have hardly been as good as they were in the beginning of the year, and they fell in a nail-biter against Xolos 3-2 during Jornada 16. This game was a real heart breaker, as Tigres took the lead on two separate occasions, only to relinquish that lead and ultimately walk away with no points. Jorge Espericueta and Luis Bonilla scored the goals, but Vladimir Moragrega’s late double undid their hard work. The Sub 20 boys are still in 3rd place in the league, and still have a game to make up against Chivas. Also worth noting is that Rafael Duran leads the Sub 20 Liga MX with 7 goals this season, scoring exactly once every 147 minutes he’s been on the field.
The Sub 17 boys have a hectic end of the season coming up. Following their 1-0 victory over Xolos during Jornada 16, they sit one point outside the liguilla, again with a game in hand to be played against Chivas. Regarding the win vs Tijuana, the lone goal was scored by Nestor Monroy in the 31st minute, his second of the year. Tijuana, who sit well outside the playoff picture, rotated the team a fair bit, making three subs at halftime and two more during the second half. This may have made things easier for Tigres, who stay alive with the victory.
Tigres 3a have finished their regular season, in 4th place in Grupo XII, and are ranked 6th among the filiales. Thus, Tigres have once again qualified for the liguilla de filiales, where they finished runner-ups last year. The team had a bye week, while the rest of Grupo XII caught up to them in games played. The team’s final record: 14W-9D-5L. Tigres will play Chivas in the first round of the playoffs, though the match dates are still pending.
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