1) Veracruz go top of the league – I don’t think there were too many people who thought Veracruz would be top of the league after two weeks. The team started the season as one of the relegation favorites, but their victory against Puebla elevated them to the very top of the table.
In all truthfulness, Veracruz wasn’t a terrible team last season when it came to their defense; it was their attack where they seemed lacking. For this season, however, upper-management made a big investment on their attack and so far it has paid off. Julio Furch was excellent with two goals, and fans from the port city are suddenly dreaming of bigger things. The question is if they will be able to keep this up. There are more than two rounds to a season.
2) Daniel Guzman can breathe easy with America victory – The current champions suffered a minor setback in their title defense as they fell to Tijuana. The Estadio Caliente is a sort of a “bogey stadium” for America manager, Gustavo Matosas, and any assumptions that he is starting to feel the pressure are overly exaggerated. But the real winner was Daniel Guzman. Results were just not going Tijuana’s way, and this win comes at the best time possible.
3) Pizzi’s life in the Liga MX hasn’t been easy – Juan Antonio Pizzi came into the league with “former Valencia manager” at the very top of his résumé, but in his first two weeks into his introduction to the Liga MX, it hasn’t been easy. Pizzi’s Leon was scheduled to play both of last season’s finalists in the first two rounds. Last weekend it was defeat to the champions America, and this weekend, he was out-coached and outmatched by Ricardo Ferretti. Tigres weren’t dominant, but they had control of every facet of the game. It was your typical Ricardo Ferretti game, and Pizzi had no answer. Tigres ended up winning that game 1-0.
4) Toluca return to winning ways – Semifinal eliminations aside, Toluca are still a very good side. Their 3-0 victory over Chiapas returned them to winning ways. La Bombonera has been a fortress in the past, and Toluca hope to make that the case for this season. They aren’t an exciting team, but they aren’t too defensive. Cardozo has gambled for balance, and it wouldn’t be to surprising to find them lingering around playoff positions for the rest of the season.
5) It was an important win for Chivas – They say that the game of soccer is about moments. Big players find ways to create big moments, and that is exactly what Marco Fabian did with his goal. Yes, Pumas were disappointing, but today’s win gives Chivas hope that they have just the right amount of individuals to keep them afloat. It was more than three points, it was the injection of confidence Chivas needed after hitting rock bottom last week. Next week will be even more important when they face relegation rivals, Leones Negros.