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:
Jona Dos Santos (Galaxy): Season is over but is being called up by Osorio.
Gio Dos Santos (Galaxy): Season is over but is being called up by Osorio.
Cubo Torres (Dynamo): Started as the Dynamo advanced in the playoffs. Cubo had an unremarkable 73 minute shift.
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad): Had 9 touches in his 17 minute appearance off the bench.
Andres Guardado (Real Betis): Another steady 90 minute performance from El Principito. He finished with 3 key passes and is now 2nd in La Liga in assists.
Hector Moreno (AS Roma): Did not see the field this weekend
Raul Jimenez (Benfica): His weird season continues: mid-week Champions League start but appearance off the bench in the league.
Miguel Layun (Porto): Made the bench but did not see action
Tecatito Corona (Porto): Came off the bench for a 30 minute stint. He had 1 key pass, 2 dribbles, and 1 shot.
Diego Reyes (Porto): Was given a surprise start at defensive midfielder and played well. He even got an assist on Herrera’s goal. His club situation is still in flux as his contract runs out in the summer but he said in the post-game interview that he will be ready whenever the club needs him.
Raul Gudino (APOEL): Has been relegated to the bench the last 2 games.
Joao Maleck (Porto U19): Did not see any action over the weekend but scored a goal and went all 90 minutes against RB Leipzig in their UEFA Youth League game.
Paolo Medina (Benfica U19): Started and went 90mins this weekend and did the same mid-week against Manchester United in UEFA Youth League. All his minutes this season have been at right back.
Antonio Briseno (CD Feirense): Started for the 4th time this season, 3rd time in the last month. It was the 23 yr old’s best game so far in Portugal. Pollo was very active: 5 clearances, 2 interceptions, 2 tackles, and 1 key pass.
Hirving Lozano (PSV): Did not manage to score or register an assist for only the second time this year in the league. The last time was due to an early red card but Lozano remains the highest rated player in the league. He still registered 3 key passes and 2 dribbles in his 90 minutes. Chucky has 9 goals and 3 assists in 9 league games.
Uriel Antuna (FC Groningen): Started his second game in the Eredivisie and had a solid 82 minute shift. WhoScored rated him at 6.9 for the game, his highest rating this season. He was able to contribute 2 key passes and went 3 for 8 on crosses.
Chicharito (West Ham): It’s starting to look like a lost season for him at West Ham. He played 72 minutes against Liverpool, had 33 touches and didn’t manage to get a shot off until the 61st minute. The team looks lifeless in their attack.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt): Another start on the right side of a back 3. Has found his groove there for Frankfurt since returning from injury. Osorio might want to use him at right back for the national team so any time he sees on the right is a plus.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt): No minutes yet.
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege): Memo had 4 saves over the weekend and his side fell 1-0 to Kaa Gent. Standard is in 9th place in the league, just behind Govea and Mouscron. Ochoa has 6 goals scored on him in the last 7 league games, an improvement over the first month of the season.
Omar Govea (Royal Mouscron): After a strong start, Mouscron have been struggling lately. The club has not won a game since 9/23 and are now 8th in the 16 team league. Govea played his usual 90 minutes and has started every game this year for his loan club.
Lalo Herrera (Rangers): Made the bench but saw no action
Carlos Pena (Rangers): Was not in the squad
La Estrella de la Semana
Hector Herrera (Porto): HH is finding his form for both country and club lately. He has gone from a seldom used player at Porto to start the year to an automatic starter and captain. He followed up his strong Champions League game with a MOTM performance in the league. Herrera has been a calming force in the middle for Porto and the club find themselves 4 points clear of Sporting at the top of the table.
Anything else catch your eye this weekend?