Seems the same players are performing well, week after week. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the players riding the bench. Was this week any different? You can subscribe to my Mexicans Abroad calendar here. Let me know if you have any suggestions on how to improve it. Let’s recap the weekend:
Gio Dos Santos (Galaxy): The LA attacked looked much improved and Gio was a big reason why. He followed up his assist midweek with a strong performance in the Galaxy draw versus RSL.
Jona Dos Santos (Galaxy): Feeds off of Gio and also had 2 strong games this week. Lead the club with 3 key passes versus RSL and went 90 minutes for the 8th time in his last 9 games.
Cubo Torres (Dynamo): No minutes for Cubo over the weekend. Struggled as of late but still has 14 goals this season, good enough for 9th in the league.
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad): Still relegated to appearances off the bench, this weekend’s cameo was 30 minutes long. Carlitos had 21 touches and not much else.
Andres Guardado (Real Betis): Added 2 more assists to his La Liga total. El Principito now leads the league with 6 assists. He is also tied for 4th in key passes per game. His form has carried over from the Eredivisie to Spain.
Hector Moreno (AS Roma): Did not see any minutes this week.
Raul Jimenez (Benfica): Started mid-week in Benfica’s Champions League collapse against Basel. He followed that up with his first league start, going all 90 minutes and finishing as Benfica’s 2nd highest rated player at 7.13.
Miguel Layun (Porto): A surprise start at Right Back for Layun against one of Porto’s biggest rivals, Sporting. Layun went 5 out of 7 on long balls.
Tecatito Corona (Porto): Came on for a few minutes at the end of the game.
Hector Herrera (Porto): Had his 4th start in 2 weeks after hardly playing to start the season. HH has worked his way back into the starting 11 and has been wearing the captain’s armband too.
Diego Reyes (Porto): Played a few minutes in Porto’s Champions League mid-week game. Unfortunately, he has only played 20 minutes all season.
Raul Gudino (APOEL): Made the bench but did not see any action.
Joao Maleck (Porto B/U19): Started and went 73 minutes for Porto’s U19 team. The youngster has 5 goals in 7 games so far. All signs point to him giving Porto a lot to think about when it comes to their buy option.
Paolo Medina (Benfica B/U19): Has started to become the U19’s go to starter at Right Back. Medina has gone 90 minutes in each of the last 3 games for the club.
Antonio Briseno (CD Feirense): Finally made his debut in Portugal and has a solid showing.
Here is how Pollo Briseño did in his first start in Portugal pic.twitter.com/YCZiwqrpox— The Colorful Kit (@TheColorfulKit) September 30, 2017
Uriel Antuna (FC Groningen): Made the bench but did not see the field.
Chicharito (West Ham): A late goal saved West Ham from another frustrating winless game. The Mexican striker played 77 minutes but did not get a single shot off. This sums up how the fans felt.
West Ham fans boo Bilic for taking off Chicharito in the 78th minute. Frustrating football, but a nice view. pic.twitter.com/iyLawoNYDw— Jon Arnold (@ArnoldcommaJon) September 30, 2017
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt): Recovering from an injury.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt): Recovering from an injury.
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege): A late goal prevented Liege from sharing in the points. Memo has given up 3 goals in 5 games, a stark improvement from the 8 give up in the games before that.
Omar Govea (Royal Mouscron): The small club is now up to 3rd place and Govea is a big part why. It was a small surprise to not see him get called up by Osorio for the last 2 World Cup Qualifiers. Maybe when El Tri is in Belgium next month?
Lalo Herrera (Rangers): Another appearance off the bench, went 16 minutes.
Carlos Pena (Rangers): Started his second consecutive game and went 55 minutes.
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Hirving Lozano (PSV): Chucky has been on a tear since he made his debut and does not look like he will stop any time soon. He has scored or assisted on a goal in every Eredivisie game except the one where he got a first half red card. Lozano is averaging a goal or assist every 59 minutes in the Eredivisie.