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MEXICO: America rolls with Reinoso

2/8/2011

America has righted things in a hurry, reeling off two more wins in the past week to leap into the overall top five and all but push the horrid-by-club-standards 0-2-1 start out of mind.

Matias Vuoso scored three goals as the Aguilas (3-2-1) routed San Luis, 3-0, and dominated Gallos Blancos de Queretaro, 3-1, to push Chilean coach Carlos Reinoso's mark to 3-0 in his third stint in charge of the Mexico City giant.

"We've gotten good results, but we've been at this just 10 days," Reinoso told media as America began preparations for Friday's match at last-place Necaxa. "Suddenly, people are asking us to be more offensive ... but we're improving little by little, and what makes me happy is that the players have received [my] message."

The Aguilas dismissed Manuel Lapuente in a panic after sandwiching home losses to Pachuca and UANL Tigres around a draw with Jaguares, but the move worked as well as hoped. America responded to the firing with a 2-0 victory over previously perfect Atlas on Jan. 29, and it was more impressive in Wednesday's win over San Luis, a forward makeup -- the match was initially scheduled for April 13.

Vuoso converted two penalty kicks against San Luis and scored the second goal, just before halftime, against Gallos Blancos. Sunday's win wasn't assured until Aquivaldo Mosquera's 86th-minute goal.

"We went back to basics," Vuoso, who has five Clausura goals and 15 for the fall/spring season, explained to the Mexican media. "[Lapuente] had nothing to do with [the poor start] -- it was us, the players. We had forgotten the basics, forgotten to play as before, as we usually do. ... It was the fault of the players, not the fault of other people."

IN MONTERREY: Los Alamitos' Jonathan Bornstein, making his third start of the season for Group 1 leader UANL Tigres (3-1-1), set up Hector Mancilla's eighth-minute opener in a 2-0 victory at Santos Laguna. The home side was without top scorer Christian Benitez, who has an ankle injury.

Tigres' crosstown rival Monterrey (2-3-0) also posted a 2-0 victory, over Pachuca on Aldo de Nigris and Neri Cardozo goals, to vault to 11th in the overall standings. The Rayados have shutouts in four of their past five home games. Pachuca turned to former Galaxy forward Herculez Gomez and fellow U.S. World Cup pick Jose Francisco Torres, giving each his first Clausura start, but the Tuzos (1-2-2) fell to the bottom of Group 2 after failing to score for the third time in four games.

FINALLY!: Erick Torres' late work gave unimpressive Guadalajara its first victory of the Clausura -- and just its third since early September. Torres fed Patricio Araujo's header in the 87th minute, then drew a foul from Daniel Guerrero to set up Hector Reynoso's last-minute penalty kick.

Chivas has won just three league matches at home since opening Estadio Omnilife last summer in suburban Zapopan. Their Primera Division mark in the new park: 3-2-6.

GETTING BETTER?: Necaxa didn't lose in Sergio Bueno's debut as coach, but the Rayos didn't win, either -- and didn't score for the fifth straight match. Actually, they did score: Ecuadoran forward Christian Suarez fired in off the crossbar in the 67th minute, a legitimate strike excised on a poor offside call.

Tough break for Necaxa, which looks certain to drop to the second-tier Liga de Ascenso at the end of the season. The Aguascalientes-based club dominated Morelia in the 0-0 draw and played most of the match with a numerical advantage after red cards to the Monarcas' Aldo Ramirez in the 33rd minute and Alberto Centeno in the 59th.

The Rayos have lost seven in a row, reaching back to the Apertura, and have been shut out in eight of their past 11 matches.

ETC.: Half of the 18 teams failed to score, with shutouts in eight of 10 games and two absorbing 0-0 draws. ... Carlos Treviño came off the bench to score the 88th-minute winner to send Pumas UNAM (3-0-2) past Puebla, 1-0, and atop the overall standings. Pumas was without Juan Carlos Cacho, who was hurt last week while training with the national team. ... Jaguares (1-3-1) advanced to the group stage of Copa Libertadores after another 2-0 win over Alianza Lima, but the Chiapas club is fading in the Primera League. The 2-0 defeat to mighty Cruz Azul (3-1-1) was its third straight loss, and and its only victory is against bottom-feeding Necaxa. ... Atlas (3-1-1) was shutout for the second straight week in a draw with Toluca (2-0-3), which has four straight shutouts and hasn't conceded in 413 minutes.

AMERICANS ABROAD: Sacramento-born Miguel Angel Ponce, a fixture at left back for Guadalajara, missed another game after suffering a leg injury two weeks ago. … Edgar Castillo went the distance for Puebla, and Sonny Guadarrama came off the bench for the fourth time in five games for Atlante. … San Diego's Joe Corona (Club Tijuana) and Marco Vidal (Leon) played the full 90 in Liga de Ascensco matches.

LIGA DE ASCENSO: Club Tijuana is still seeking its first win after it conceded a late goal in a 2-2 draw at Dorados. That's five goals in two games (and seven in all four) the Xolos (0-1-3) have allowed, with no shutouts, after giving up seven in 21 games (with 14 shutouts) en route to the Apertura title. … The Correcaminos (4-0-1) roll on, with Roberto Saucedo netting his fifth goal in a 2-0 win over Pumas Morelos. Leon (3-0-2) is second after beating Leones Negros, 2-0. … Last-place Lobos BUAP (1-3-0) stunned Irapuato, 3-1, knocking La Trinca Frisera (2-1-2) from second to third place. Juan Manuel Sara's fourth goal of the campaign (and 15th of the fall/spring season) was the winner. Ariel Gonzalez scored his Clausura-best sixth goal for Irapuato, matching his Apertura total. … Eder Pacheco, who moved to Primera Division side Puebla after scoring 16 Apertura goals for Alacranes, is back in the Liga. He netted the first in Veracruz's 2-1 triumph over Cruz Azul Hidalgo.

  • PRIMERA DIVISION

Last week's games (home teams listed first)

Wednesday


America 3 (Vuoso pen. 44, pen. 69, A. Reyna 50), San Luis 0

Friday

Necaxa 0, Morelia 0

Saturday

Monterrey 2 (de Nigris 26, Cardozo 48), Pachuca 0

Cruz Azul 2 (C. Gimenez 36, E. Villa 57), Jaguares 0

Guadalajara 2 (P. Araujo 87, H. Reynoso pen. 90), Atlante 0

Santos Laguna 0, UANL Tigres 2 (H. Mancilla 7, Juninho 45)

San Luis 3 (L. Hernandez 62, J. Cavallo 78, W. Aguirre pen. 88), Estudiantes Tecos 2 (E. Rangel 20, Sambueza 54)

Sunday

Puebla 0, Pumas UNAM 1 (C. Treviño 88)

Toluca 0, Atlas 0

America 3 (D. Marquez 16, Vuoso 40, Mosquera 86), Gallos Blancos 1 (J. Nava 53)

Standings

Group 1:
UANL Tigres 10 points, Santos Laguna 7, Guadalajara 6, Monterrey 6, Estudiantes Tecos 6, Necaxa 1

Group 2: San Luis 11, Atlas 10, America 10, Toluca 9, Atlante 6, Pachuca 5

Group 3: Pumas UNAM 11, Cruz Azul 10, Morelia 6, Jaguares de Chiapas 4, Puebla 4, Gallos Blancos de Queretaro 4

Overall (top 8): 1. Pumas UNAM 11 points (+4 goal difference), 2. San Luis 11 (+3), 3. Cruz Azul 10 (+6), 4. Atlas 10 (+5), 5. America 10 (+4), 6. UANL Tigres 10 (+3), 7. Toluca 9 (+3), 8. Santos Laguna 7 (-2). Playoffs: If season ended now, the top eight would qualify.

Relegation percentage: 1. Necaxa (22 games/17 points) 0.7727; 2. Gallos Blancos (56/62) 1.1071; 3. Atlante (90/105) 1.1667; 4. Jaguares (90/106) 1.1778, 5. Atlas (90/108) 1.2000

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Friday

America at Necaxa, 6:10 p.m.

Saturday

Monterrey at Jaguares, 3 p.m.

Toluca at Gallos Blancos, 3 p.m.

Cruz Azul at UANL Tigres, 5 p.m.

Puebla at Pachuca, 5 p.m.

Santos Laguna at Atlas, 6:45 p.m.

San Luis at Atlante, 7 p.m.

Sunday

Guadalajara at Pumas UNAM, 10 a.m.

Estudiantes Tecos at Morelia, 10 a.m.

Schedule subject to change

Leading scorers

1. Wilmer Aguirre (San Luis) 5

Juan Carlos Cacho (Pumas UNAM) 5

Matias Vuoso (America) 5

4. Carlos Bueno (Gallos Blancos) 3

Mauro Cejas (Estudiantes Tecos) 3

Hector Mancilla (UANL Tigres) 3

Emanuel Villa (Cruz Azul) 3

OTHER GAMES

Last week's games (home teams listed first)

Tuesday

Copa Libertadores:
Jaguares 2 (A. Pedroza 69, A. Salazar 74), Alianza Lima (Peru) 0 (Jaguares advances to group stage on aggregate, 4-0)

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Wednesday

International friendly:
Mexico vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina at Atlanta, 5 p.m.

  • LIGA DE ASCENSO

Last week's games (home teams listed first)

Friday


Correcaminos 2 (A. Gonzalez 72, R. Saucedo 80), Pumas Morelos 0

Saturday

Lobos BUAP 3 (Victorino 4, Sara 27, Metlich 47), Irapuato 1 (A. Gonzalez 6)

Albinegros 0, Atlante Neza 1 (Atilano 41)

Alacranes 0, La Piedad 1 (J. Ramirez 75)

Dorados 2 (og C. Rubio 45, F. Flores 84), Club Tijuana 2 (Pulido 60, R. Enriquez 69)

Leon 2 (Nieves 12, Bonells 35), Leones Negros 0

Sunday

Cruz Azul Hidalgo 1 (J. Garcia pen. 72), Veracruz 2 (Eder Pacheco 6, Maz 41)

Monday

Merida FC 0, Indios de Ciudad Juarez 1 (E. Borboa 70)

Idle: Altamira

Standings: 1. UAT Correcaminos 13 points; 2. Leon 11; 3. Irapuato 8; 4. Cruz Azul Hidalgo 8; 5. Dorados de Sinaloa 8; 6. Altamira 7; 7. Pumas Morelos 6; 8. Atlante Neza 6; 9. Indios de Ciudad Juarez 6; 10. Albinegros de Orizaba 5; 11. Veracruz 4; 12. La Piedad 4; 13. Club Tijuana 3; 14. Merida 3; 15. U de G Leones Negros 3; 16. Alacranes de Durango 3; 17. Lobos BUAP 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Friday

Dorados at Leones Negros, 6:45 p.m.

Saturday

Cruz Azul Hidalgo at Pumas Morelos, 2 p.m.

Correcaminos at Irapuato, 5 p.m.

Altamira at Veracruz, 5 p.m.

Alacranes at Indios, 5 p.m.

Sunday

Lobos BUAP at Atlante Neza, 10 a.m.

Merida at Club Tijuana, 1 p.m.

Albinegros at La Piedad, 2 p.m.

Idle: Leon

Schedule subject to change

Leading scorers

1. Ariel Gonzalez (Irapuato) 6

2. Jair Garcia (Cruz Azul Hidalgo) 5

Roberto Saucedo (Correcaminos) 5

4. Blas Perez (Leon) 4

Juan Manuel Sara (Lobos BUAP) 4

6. Raul Enriquez (Club Tijuana) 3

Luis Nieves (Leon) 3