MEXICO: Jaguares on top?!? Believe it


That's not a misprint atop Mexico's Primera Division standings. Unfancied Jaguares, the Chiapas club that dropped 12 of 17 games and finished last during the spring Clausura, is, indeed, No. 1.

A 5-3 triumph Saturday over visiting America, with Edgar Andrade scoring two goals and setting up another, vaulted Jaguares (5-2-2) to the top spot, ahead of giants Cruz Azul and Guadalajara on goal difference, following a third successive victory.

Since dropping its first two Apertura matches, to Monterrey and Guadalajara, Jaguares has been Mexico's finest club, going 5-0-2 to climb from 18th -- last -- to 16th to 12th to sixth to fourth to first.

Previous leader Guadalajara (5-2-2) did its part, losing to Puebla, and No. 2 Tigres (4-1-4) suffered its first loss, a 1-0 decision at Atlante.

Jaguares also leapt past Cruz Azul (5-2-2), which toppled Monterrey, 2-1, in the week's featured match.

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America's disastrous campaign finally hit bottom -- or close enough.

The Aguilas' loss at Jaguares cost technical director Carlos Reinoso his job, no surprise, and club legend Alfredo Tena has been brought in and asked to make things right.

There's plenty wrong at the Mexico City giant, which has won just one of its last eight league games -- and that over last-place Atlas -- and sits 16th of 18 clubs with the worst defensive record in the Apertura.

Reinoso, who took over for Manuel Lapuente last January after America opened last spring's Clausura with a 0-2-1 mark, was facing the ax when he submitted his resignation following the defeat in Tuxtla Gutierrez.

“We could have achieved important things, but it has already happened,” Reinoso told Mexican media after the announcement was made. “Sometimes the results do not exist.”

Tena, 54, a gruff disciplinarian who is in his second stint as America's manager, will be expected to toughen up the Aguilas' defense, which has surrendered 18 goals in nine matches.

He was a star center back and captain for the Aguilas and played for Mexico's national team -- he was an 1978 World Cup selection -- during an 18-year playing career and has since guided Puebla, Santos Laguna, Pachuca, Gallos Blancos, Veracruz -- and America, in 1999-2000. He was serving as the Aguilas' academy director when the call came Monday.


Club Tijuana's inability to win at home -- inability to win anywhere, really -- finally has taken a victim.

Former Mexican national-teamer Joaquin Del Olmo, the Xolos' run last season to the Liga de Ascenso title -- and promotion to the Primera Division -- was fired Monday after another home loss, this one to Estudiantes Tecos.

A 2-0 decision, with former Galaxy star Herculez Gomez applying the final dagger in stoppage, left Tijuana with a 1-5-3 mark, just one point above the basement, and in severe danger of relegation back to the Liga come May.

Former Argentine striker Antonio Mohamed, who played for and has managed several Mexican teams, was appointed Del Olmo's successor.

The Xolos went 15-0-7 at Estadio Caliente during last season's Apertura/Clausura campaigns, but they are 0-3-2 this summer and skidding with a six-game winless streak.

Worse, Tijuana has failed to win at home against two of the clubs -- Gallos Blancos and Estudiantes -- it is fighting for survival. Only one club will be relegated, and unless the Xolos turn things around now, or put up some incredible numbers in the Clausura, it's going to be them.


American winger DaMarcus Beasley, whose once-golden career was dimmed during seven seasons in Europe, is finding his best form with Puebla -- and was at his finest in Saturday's 4-1 stunner at Guadalajara.

Thirteen minutes into the second half of a 1-1 encounter at Estadio Jalisco -- Chivas was making a rare appearance at its old home -- Beasley picked up the ball in his half and took off on a darting run to Guadalajara's box. He was taken down by Mexican national team defender Jonny Magallon as he prepared to shoot.

Magallon was dismissed, Spaniard Luis Garcia converted the penalty kick to push Puebla ahead, and the Camoteros (3-2-4) added two late goals to make for a one-sided scoreline.

Beasley, whose error the previous week enabled Monterrey to rally for a 3-3 draw, has fit in well at Puebla after leaving Germany's Hannover 96 at the end of last spring. He's been a fixture on the left flank, starting all nine league games and through his speed and tricky dribbling added a needed dimension to the club's attack.

Puebla climbed to eighth place with the victory: in the playoff zone, just four points off the lead.


Edixon Perea fed Cesar Villaluz for the first goal, then tallied the winner five minutes into the second half to lift Cruz Azul (5-2-2) to a 2-1 victory at Monterrey (4-4-1). ... Miguel Sabah's stoppage-time winner in last week's CONCACAF Champions League showdown against the Galaxy was just a start. He scored three in Sunday's 4-2 romp over Gallos Blancos to send Morelia into the top eight. ...

Pumas UNAM bounced back from last week's 4-0 calamity at Gallos Blancos with two one-sided wins: 4-0 over Toronto FC in the Champions League and 4-1 over Toluca in league action. Martin Bravo scored four goals, with a hat trick vs. TFC. ... Wilmer Aguirre scored both San Luis goals in the 2-2 draw at America. ... Santos edged San Luis, 1-0, in Benjamin Galindo's first league match as head coach. ... Atlas confirmed Juan Carlos Chavez as its new head coach. ... Former Chivas USA captain Jonathan Bornstein (Los Alamitos/Los Alamitos HS and UCLA) played for Tigres' U-20 team this week. ... Sacramento-born Miguel Angel Ponce, returning from a concussion, was on the 18-man game roster but did not play for Guadalajara. ...

Toros Neza's stint atop the Liga de Ascenso lasted just a week. A 4-0 loss at Correcaminos knocked the Bulls (4-1-2) from the unbeaten ranks and into second, a point behind La Piedad, which moved back into the top spot with 4-3 win over Dorados. ... Roberto Saucedo scored twice for Correcaminos, which had all of its goals by the 20th minute. ... Former Chivas USA forward Jesus Padilla tallied twice for La Piedad, netting the winner in the 65th minute. ... Leon (3-1-3) also dropped its first game, losing at Pumas Morelos, 2-1, to fall to fifth. ... Victor Mañon scored a hat trick and Arturo Alvarado added two goals as Indios de Ciudad Juarez romped to a 6-1 victory at Lobos BUAP. Indios had scored just four goals in its first six matches. ...

Carlos Ruiz scored his second goal for Veracruz (2-3-2) in a 1-0 win over Altamira, which sent the slow-starting Diablos Rojos from 14th to 10th place. ... Stoppage-time goals gave Irapuato a 1-0 victory over Merida (Jose Cruz Gutierrez) and Celaya a 1-1 draw with Cruz Azul Hidalgo (Patricio Gomez).



Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Jornada 4


America 2 (Rosinei 47, D. Marquez 80), San Luis 2 (W. Aguirre 31, 90)

Jornada 9


Monterrey 1 (C. Delgado 10), Cruz Azul 2 (Villaluz 4, E. Perea 50)

Jaguares de Chiapas 5 (E. Andrade 8, 57, C. Valdez 29, F. Arizala 42, J. Martinez 87), America 3 (C. Benitez 25, D. Montenegro 46, 60)

Guadalajara 1 (de la Mora pen. 26), Puebla 4 (L. Silva 44, 89, L. Garcia pen. 59, A. Zamora 92)

Pachuca 4 (Esqueda 26, C. Rodriguez 33, S. Castillo 52, L. Lopez pen. 92+), Atlas 2 (M. Romero 15, F. Torres 68)

San Luis 0, Santos Laguna 1 (D. Ludueña 11)

Atlante 1 (Amione 18), UANL Tigres 0


Pumas UNAM 4 (I. Alonso 6, M. Bravo pen. 49, J. Cortes pen. 57, Izazola 79), Toluca 1 (Orrantia 23)

Club Tijuana 0, Estudiantes Tecos 2 (Colace 54, H. Gomez 92+)

Morelia 4 (Sabah 17, 42, 90, J. Lozano 27), Gallos Blancos de Queretaro 2 (C. Bueno pen. 32, Niell 79)

Standings: 1. Jaguares 17 points; 2. Cruz Azul 17; 3. Guadalajara 17; 4. UANL Tigres 16; 5. Pumas UNAM 14; 6. Monterrey 13; 7. Morelia 13; 8. Puebla 13; 9. Pachuca 13; 10. Estudiantes Tecos 12; 11. Atlante 12; 12. Santos Laguna 11; 13. Gallos Blancos 11; 14. San Luis 11; 15. Toluca 11; 16. America 9; 17. Tijuana 6; 18. Atlas 5

Relegation percentage: 1. Tijuana (9 games/6 points) 0.6667; 2. Atlas and Estudiantes Tecos (77/83) 1.0779; 4. Gallos Blancos (77/85) 1.1039; 5. San Luis (77/93) 1.2078; 6. Jaguares and Atlante (77/94) 1.2208; 8. Puebla (77/95) 1.2338. Atop the list: 1. Cruz Azul (77/140) 1.8182; 2. Monterrey (77/137) 1.7792; 3. Morelia (76/123) 1.6184; 4. Santos (76/119) 1.5455; 5. Toluca and Pumas UNAM (77/119) 1.5195

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Jornada 10


Guadalajara at Cruz Azul, 3 p.m.

Monterrey at Gallos Blancos, 3 p.m.

Pumas UNAM at Estudiantes Tecos, 3 p.m.

Jaguares at UANL Tigres, 5 p.m.

San Luis at Pachuca, 5 p.m.

Atlante at Atlas, 6:45 p.m.


Santos at Puebla, 10 a.m.

Morelia at Toluca, 10 a.m.

Club Tijuana at America, 2 p.m.

Schedule subject to change

Goals leaders

1. Carlos Bueno (Gallos Blancos) 7

2. Christian Benitez (America) 6

Hector Mancilla (UANL Tigres) 6

Luis Gabriel Rey (Jaguares) 6

5. Ivan Alonso (Toluca) 5

Dayro Moreno (Tijuana) 5

Luis Perez (Monterrey) 5

8. Franco Arizala (Jaguares) 4

Oribe Peralta (Santos) 4

Miguel Sabah (Morelia) 4


Last week's results (home teams listed first)

Jornada 7


Correcaminos 4 (R. Saucedo 5, 13, A. Gonzalez 16, Olsina 20), Toros Neza 0

Leones Negros 0, Necaxa 1 (A. Vazquez 69)


Pumas Morelos 2 (Barron 21, S. Medina 44), Leon 1 (Eder Pacheco 28)

Irapuato 1 (J. Gutierrez 92+), Merida 0

Veracruz 1 (C. Ruiz 65), Altamira 0

Celaya 1 (P. Gomez 93+), Cruz Azul Hidalgo 1 (O. Mendoza 28)


Lobos BUAP 1 (J. Garcia 1), Indios de Ciudad Juarez 6 (V. Mañon 37, 65, 69, A. Alvarado 54, 62, B. Perez 83)

La Piedad 4 (J. Padilla 12, 65, E. Garcia 25, Nurse 48), Dorados de Sinaloa 3 (P. Torres 33, 34, og. E. Gil 37)

Standings: 1. La Piedad 15; 2. Toros Neza 14; 3. Pumas Morelos 14; 4. Irapuato 12; 5. Leon 12; 6. Correcaminos 11; 7. Necaxa 11; 8. Altamira 10; 9. Dorados de Sinaloa 9; 10. Veracruz 8; 11. Indios de Ciudad Juarez 7; 12. Leones Negros 7; 13. Cruz Azul Hidalgo 6; 14. Celaya 6; 15. Lobos BUAP 6; 16. Merida 3

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Jornada 8


Celaya at Altamira, 5 p.m.

Pumas Morelos at Necaxa, 6 p.m.


La Piedad at Merida, 5 p.m.

Veracruz at Dorados, 5 p.m.

Leones Negros at Indios, 5 p.m.

Irapuato at Leon, 6 p.m.


Lobos at Toros Neza, 10 a.m.

Correcaminos at Cruz Azul Hidalgo, 10 a.m.

Schedule subject to change


Last week's results (home team listed first)

Group Stage, Round 3


A: Morelia 2 (Aldrete 83, Sabah 92+), Galaxy 1 (Keane 52)

B: Colorado Rapids 1 (Mullan 77), Santos Laguna 4 (Ludueña 14, Peralta 27, Quintero 64, C. Suarez 71)


C: Pumas UNAM 4 (M. Bravo 17, 33, 42, Velarde 21), Toronto FC 0

D: Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 1 (C. Ramirez 45), Monterrey 0

This week's games (all times Pacific)

Group Stage, Round 4


D: Comunicaciones (Guatemala) at Monterrey, 5 p.m.


C: Pumas UNAM at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.


B: Isidro Metapan (El Salvador) at Santos Laguna, 5 p.m.

A: Morelia at Motagua (Honduras), 7 p.m.


A: 1. Galaxy 6 points; 2. Morelia 6; 3. Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 6; 4. Motagua 0

B: 1. Isidro Metapan 6; 2. Santos 6; 3. Colorado Rapids 4; Real España (Honduras) 1

C: 1. FC Dallas 7; 2. Pumas UNAM 4; 3. Toronto FC 3; 4. Tauro 2

D: 1. Seattle Sounders 9; 2. Comunicaciones (Guatemala) 6; 3. Monterrey 3; 4. Herediano (Costa Rica) 0