A slow weekend for Mexicans Abroad, but there were a couple solid games in there. 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 & Gio Dos Santos (Galaxy): The worst game of the season for the Galaxy did not have any bright spots, Dos Bros included. They both finished with WhoScored ratings of 5.8 and that sums it up. They combined for all 3 shots the Galaxy had in the 4-0 destruction at home.
Cubo Torres (Dynamo): He was a few inches away from adding to his 14 league goals but hit the crossbar. Cubo was more of a distributor this weekend, finishing with a team high 4 key passes.
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad): Another game, another sub appearance for the LAFC signing. Carlos got 33 minutes against Real Madrid as Real Sociedad fell 3-1. Vela did not do much to change that score line. He had 1 shot, 1 completed dribble and was fouled twice.
Hector Moreno (AS Roma): Finally made his Serie A debut with an 11 minute cameo in Roma’s 3-0 victory against Verona. He came on at centerback but did not have much time to make an impact.
Raul Jimenez (Benfica): Still stuck on the Benfica bench, Raul saw 20 minutes of action in Benfica’s 2-1 loss. The Club America product only had 9 touches but managed 1 key pass and 1 shot. Might see more starts as the games pile on with Champions League and cup games starting.
Miguel Layun (Porto): Did not make the game day squad.
Tecatito Corona (Porto): Made the bench but saw no action.
Hector Herrera (Porto): A surprise start for the sometimes Porto captain. He only had 39 minutes of league action before going 90 minutes this weekend. Provided stability in the middle for Porto in their 2-1 win versus Rio Ave. A good sign for Mexico if he keeps getting more starts, especially if Jona’s form dips in LA.
Diego Reyes (Porto): Made the bench but saw now action.
Raul Gudino (APOEL): Made the bench for APOEL’s Champions League game versus Real Madrid but did not see any minutes. Raul is in the call up list for their league game tomorrow.
Joao Maleck (Porto B/U19): Played 90 minutes in Porto’s midweek 5-1 UEFA Youth League win. Maleck started and played 57 minutes this weekend in Porto U19’s draw versus Leixoes. He did not score but has 3 goals in 237 league minutes.
Paolo Medina (Benfica B/U19): Has not made the bench yet for his new team.
Antonio Briseno (CD Feirense): Did not make gameday squad.
Hirving Lozano (PSV): Serving his suspension for his red card last week.
Uriel Antuna (FC Copenhagen): Made the bench but did not see any action.
Chicharito (West Ham): Started on the left side of the front 3 and showed why he should only play in the middle. He played 75 minutes and did not register a shot in the 29 touches he had all game. Also, he did not attempt a cross. I really hope this experiment is short lived and hes back to playing closer to the box where he is deadly.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt): His second consecutive start resulted in him getting subbed out at halftime as Frankfurt went more attacking.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt): Still injured but found some time to answer some fan questions
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege): Another solid performance from his team as they got another point. As for Memo? He did Memo things...
Omar Govea (Royal Mouscron): Has become a fixture in their starting 11 and has made a few TOTW already for the league. Started the attack for Mouscron on their only goal vs Waregem this weekend. The 21 year old has played himself into consideration for one of Mexico’s 2 meaningless WCQs next month.
Lalo Herrera (Rangers): Came on in the 56th minute and has become Caixinha’s first forward off the bench.
Carlos Pena (Rangers): Subbed on in 63rd minute. Here are his manager’s words on his progress this season.
Estrella de la Semana
Andres Guardado (Real Betis): Added another assist to his season tally, up to 3 in 286 league minutes. He finished the game with 6 key passes and is currently second in La Liga. El Principito is also tied for the league lead in assists. It’s early days in his return to Spain but he is off to a good start with Real Betis.
What are your thoughts? Should JCO try out Chicha on the wings?