Mid-Year Youth Recap: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

With the season in Mexico now officially closed at all levels, we can take a look at how the Tigres Fuerzas Basicas have performed on the whole during 2017 so far.  All in all, the teams did well; most made their respective liguillas and were near the top of the table during the regular season.  Without further ado, let’s take a closer look:

Segunda Division

In 15 games, the Tigres Reserves had 8 wins, 5 draws, and only 2 losses.  That was good enough for 9th place overall in the Liga Premier (out of 47 teams) and 3rd in Grupo 1 (out of 16 teams).  This qualified Los Felinos for the liguilla de filiales, which was played as a 4-team group featuring Tigres, Querétaro, León, and Pumas.  Tigres lost the first three games, but battled back with 1-0 wins over León and Pumas before dropping the final game 1-0 to Pumas.  They ended the liguilla with 2 wins and 4 losses, settling them in 3rd place for the Group and putting an end to their season.

The Stats:

  • Tigres had a goal differential of +10, the sixth best in the Liga Premier.
  • They also conceded just 13 goals, the best in Grupo 1 and tied for the 3rd best defense in the league.
  • Tigres started AND closed the regular season on five match unbeaten streaks.

The Star: Who else could it be but Brian Rubio?  The 20 year old from Guadalajara was in the news nearly every week, and led the team in scoring with 9 goals; a mark good enough for joint sixth in the scorers table.  Rubio has not only skill, but also size; he stands over 6’1 and weighs nearly 180 pounds.  As a result, Rubio was a tremendous aerial threat all season long in addition to being more than capable with his feet.

Sub 20

Tigres Sub 20 had an excellent season, and were racing with Rayados for the top seed for most of the Clausura.  Tigres ended up in 2nd place, with 9 wins, 2 draws, and 6 losses.  In the liguilla, after drawing 0-0 on the road in the first leg, Los Felinos dispatched Necaxa 4-0 at home, with goals from Hector Montalvo, Rafael Duran, and Luciano Augusto (2).  In the semi-finals, our boys clashed with 8th seeded Chivas.  Unfortunately, Guadalajara beat us 1-0 in each leg, advancing to the final 2-0 on aggregate.

The Stats:

  • Tigres started off incredibly hot, winning seven of their first eight matches.  During that stretch, they scored 23 goals and conceded just seven.
  • Conversely, the team limped into the postseason, earning just four points off the final seven jornadas.
  • Tigres had the second highest scoring offense in the league with 33 goals, one goal shy of América’s 34.
  • The team actually had an identical record (9W-2D-6L) to their Apertura campaign, though they were much more consistent during the winter season.

The Star: Rafael Durán was the best and most consistent player on the roster this season.  Durán led the league with eight goals (plus one more in the playoffs), his most ever in a Tigres uniform.  He scored in six separate games, of which Tigres won four and lost only one.

Sub 17

The Sub 17s finished the season with 5 wins, 6 draws, and 6 losses, and as you might be able to guess, fell short of the playoffs.  Now that’s not to say this season was a failure of any kind; don’t forget many of these same players performed admirably at the Generation Adidas Cup earlier in the year.

The Stats:

  • Despite finishing 11th in points, Tigres were 6th in goal differential.
  • Tigres were one of just five teams to earn more points on the road than at home; of these five, only Morelia made the liguilla.
  • This team was a bit careless with fouls; they accrued 5 red cards, the most in the league.  All came in the form of double yellows, due to repeated fouling.

The Play: It’s tough to pick out just one star for this team; nobody scored more than five goals (Patrick Ogama had five exactly) and even the captaincy changed hands several times throughout the year.  As such, rather than credit one player, let’s credit one PLAY instead: this absolutely insane Bryan Reyes goal against Jaguares back in Jornada 4, where Reyes runs 80 yards down the field, embarrassing defenders along the way, before slotting home Tigres’ 5th goal of the afternoon.

(Image and Video Courtesy of Tigres Oficial Fuerzas Basicas)

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