Another weekend in the books. Let’s see who played and who just rode the bench. 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): The former Barcelona product started the game by getting a yellow card in the first minute. It hardly got better from there for him and the Galaxy. Jona had the most touches and passes on the Galaxy but did not have any key passes. He did go 5 for 7 on long balls.
Gio Dos Santos (Galaxy): LA has lost their last 3 and things do not seem to be getting better. Gio finished with a WhoScored rating of 6.26 and continued his scoreless streak. The older Dos Santos brother has not scored an MLS goal since May 28th and the Galaxy have struggled mightily since.
Cubo Torres (Dynamo): Made the bench but did not see the field.
Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad): Did not make the bench over the weekend.
Raul Jimenez (Benfica): Another short shift for Jimenez over the weekend. He is now up to 110 league minutes in 7 appearances off the bench.
Raúl averages a goal every 107 mins since the start of the 2016/17 season. I'm going to keep posting these stats until he starts a Liga game— David Pritchett (@dpritchett_SLB) September 20, 2017
Miguel Layun (Porto): Made the bench but did not see any minutes. All 4 Mexicans are in the call up list for Porto’s mid-week Champions League game.
Tecatito Corona (Porto): Started and finally went more than 45 minutes for Porto. He provided a spark on the wings and looked like the old Tecatito. Corona went at his defender, completing 4 dribbles and creating several scoring chances for Porto.
Hector Herrera (Porto): Another start, another solid game for HH. He even wore the captain’s armband. Not sure what to make of him going from a bit player coming off the bench for 10 minute shifts to wearing the armband. Was very involved in the Porto attack with 2 key passes and a shot off the crossbar. Porto has looked more stable with him on the field, maybe this is when he establishes himself as a starter again.
Diego Reyes (Porto): Finally made his season debut. Coming on for 17 minutes to play in the midfield next to Herrera.
Raul Gudino (APOEL): Made the bench but did not see any minutes.
Joao Maleck (Porto B/U19):
Paolo Medina (Benfica B/U19): Made his debut with the U19 squad, going 90 minutes at right back.
Antonio Briseno (CD Feirense): Made the bench (finally!) but did not see any action.
Hirving Lozano (PSV): His 3 game suspension is over and Lozano is back to scoring goals for PSV.
Also, he added another assist
WhoScored rated him at 9.87 in PSV’s 7-1 destruction of FC Utrecht and still have him as the highest rated player in the Eredivisie. For the season, Lozano is averaging a Goal or Assist every 64.5 minutes on the field.
Uriel Antuna (FC Groningen): Made the bench but did not see any minutes.
Chicharito (West Ham): The “Chicharito as a winger” experiment lasted one week as he was back to his center forward position. Lo and behold, he is back to scoring.
Unfortunately, it was not enough as West Ham fell 3-2 to Tottenham. The Hammers are now in 18th place with 4 points.
Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt): Has not made the bench for their last 2 league games.
Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt): Still recovering from back injury.
Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege): A much needed 3 points for Memo and his squad. Ochoa allowed 1 goal but it was off of a wonder strike from outside the box.
Omar Govea (Royal Mouscron): I know it’s just the Belgium league but Govea has worked his way into the national team conversation. He added a free kick goal over the weekend, up to 3 on the season.
Lalo Herrera (Rangers): Came off the bench for 17 minutes against Celtic.
Carlos Pena (Rangers): Started and went 53 minutes against Celtic.
Estrella de la Semana
The support the soccer world has shown towards Mexico is my star of the week. #FuerzaMexico
En las pantallas de su nuevo estadio, en la foto oficial del encuentro y con un minuto de silencio. Atlético de Madrid está con México. pic.twitter.com/jpTeQMYbZy— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) September 23, 2017