There was a lot of Mexicans on the bench this week but a few were able to contribute.
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Jona Dos Santos (Galaxy): Jona opened his MLS scoring account with a header near the top of the box that snuck in underneath the crossbar. It was arguably his best game for the Galaxy. In addition to his goal, he led the team in touches and passes.
Gio Dos Santos (Galaxy): Was credited with an assist on this goal by Alessandrini. Gio has played well the last 3 games but the Galaxy will label this season as one of the worst in the last decade. Gio had an assist, 3 key passes, and went 3/3 on long balls.
Cubo Torres (Dynamo): Started and went 89 minutes for the Dynamo. Only had 1 shot but contributed 3 key passes as Houston clinched a playoff spot. Has cooled considerably since his hot start. Cubo has 2 goals in the last 3+ months but is still tied for 9th in the league in scoring.
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad): Did not make the bench.
Andres Guardado (Real Betis): Played a more defensive role this weekend but struggled to control Valencia’s attack as evident by their 6 goals. For the first time this season, he did not record a key pass or complete a cross.
Hector Moreno (AS Roma): Made the bench but did not see the field for Roma. Has played less than 30 minutes for Roma this season.
Raul Jimenez (Benfica): Did not see the field in Benfica’s 1-0 cup victory.
Miguel Layun (Porto): Did not make the bench in Porto’s 6-0 cup victory.
Tecatito Corona (Porto): Did not make the bench in Porto’s 6-0 cup victory.
Hector Herrera (Porto): Did not make the bench in Porto’s 6-0 cup victory.
Diego Reyes (Porto): Started and went the full 90 in Porto’s Cup match. It gave Porto a chance to use plenty of fringe players as they won comfortably 6-0.
Raul Gudino (Porto): Made the bench but did not see any action.
Joao Maleck (Porto B/U19): Played 22 minutes off the bench. Will face RB Leipzig in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday.
Paolo Medina (Benfica B/U19): Started at Right Back in Benfica U19’s 5-0 over Estoril Praia. Manchester United await Benfica in the UEFA Youth League midweek.
Antonio Briseno (CD Feirense): Played 90 minutes and sealed his side’s victory in penalty kicks. Feirense advance to the next round in the cup.
Hirving Lozano (PSV): Recovering from an injury suffered with the national team. Should be ready to play for PSV next weekend.
Uriel Antuna (FC Groningen): Made the bench but did not see any action.
Chicharito (West Ham): A second yellow to Carroll in the 27th minute really hampered West Ham’s ability to attack. Chicha played 75 minutes with out getting a shot off but did have 3 key passes.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt): Made a last minute cameo in his return from injury for Frankfurt.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt): Injured
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege): Another positive result for Memo and his club. They won 3-1 and are now up to 9th place. Memo suffered a minor injury while on national team duty but was able to shake it off and play.
Omar Govea (Royal Mouscron): Another 90 minute shift for Omar as Mouscron shared the points with Genk. The small club is now up to 4th in the league. Govea has played 877 out of a possible 900 league minutes so far this season.
Lalo Herrera (Rangers): Came on in the 90th minute.
La Estrella de la Semana
Carlos Pena (Rangers): Gullit started for the 3rd straight league game and rewarded his manager’s faith by scoring a brace. It was a breakout game for Gullit and one that his manager thinks he can build on.