1) Morelia’s season painted for so much more
Alfredo Tena became the second manager dismissed in the Clausura 2015, following Morelia’s 2-1 defeat in the hands of Puebla on Friday night. Morelia’s first game of the season promised a new-look Monarcas that improved from last season’s team, which finished last in the Apertura. But things haven’t gone their way, and after this weekend, Morelia haven’t won a game since October 31, 2014. Morelia will need to start earning points or relegation may become a serious issue in 2016.
2) Marco Fabian comes through with big moments
Back in week 2, I wrote about how soccer is about moments; big players find big moments, and Marco Fabian’s goal against Pumas UNAM was one of them. Five weeks later, Marco Fabian did it again by scoring a marvelous free-kick past Jesus Corona in Chivas’ 2-1 victory over Cruz Azul.
Jose Manuel de la Torre’s tactical approach to games may not be a great fit for Marco Fabian, but he continues to show that he is a player that likes to score in big moments. His free-kick goal may be the turnaround Chivas needed to their season.
3) Antonio Mohamed brings his own Midas touch to Monterrey
Monterrey needed a late Edwin Cardona strike to defeat Queretaro 2-1 and give new manager, Antonio Mohamed, a winning start to his reign. It makes complete sense to think that Mohamed will need an adaptation period with his new team, but he is undoubtedly a much more seasoned coach than when he first started his managing career. Monterrey favorite, Victor Manuel Vucetich, was said to have the Midas touch and at least in this game, Mohamed showed the same.
4) It was Erick Gutierrez’s turn to shine for Pachuca
It was Jürgen Damm last week, and this week, it was Erick Gutierrez . The Tuzo’s earned a close 2-1 victory over Leon, and it was the young Mexican midfielder, Erick Gutierrez, who played excellently for the Hidalguenses. Not only did he score a brilliant goal, but he was active in all aspects of the midfield. He is definitely one player to look out for as he is likely to represent Mexico in this year’s U-20 World Cup.
5) Gustavo Matosas showed a different facet to his game in America’s victory over Pumas
Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s “Birdman” wasn’t the only thing flying to victory this weekend. Club America defeated Pumas UNAM 1-0 at the Estadio Universitario on Sunday, but it wasn’t a particularly attack-minded game by Las Aguilas.
Gustavo Matosas is branded as an attack-minded manager, but on Sunday, the Uruguayan showed a different facet to his game; Matosas revealed that he knows a thing or two about being a tactician. America’s defense was superb and Matosas’ counter-attacking strategy worked to perfection. It is becoming more and more evident that Matosas is one of the brighter managers the Liga MX has seen, and famous America fan, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, has plenty of reasons to celebrate.