Game: Club Deportivo Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz vs. Club Santos Laguna S.A. de C.V.
Date: Friday, March 7th
Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern, 7:00 p.m. Central, 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 12:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Luis “Pirata” Fuente (Boca del Río, Ver.)
Referees: REF: Jorge Isaac Rojas Castillo, AR1: Israel Valenciano Torres, AR2: Jose de Jesus Baños Caballero, 4TH: Alejandro Funk Villafañe
It’s been a rough week for Santos Laguna (4W 2D 3L). Last Saturday they were beaten soundly by León (6W 2D 1L) and then had a tough time getting everyone up to New Jersey to face off against the New York Red Bulls in Concacaf Champions League in below-freezing temperatures. But things are looking up for Los Guerreros. They beat Red Bull 2-0 and headed to Veracruz, where the expected high temperature on Friday is in the mid-80’s.
Santos will also play Tiburones Rojos, who haven’t won a game all season and seem destined to be playing in the Ascenso next season. Santos are also hitting their stride right now. Prior to last Saturday, they hadn’t lost since February 2nd against Tigres UANL (7W 1D 1L) and are still in a Liguilla spot.
Santos has been getting outstanding performances from front to back, only conceding ten goals so far and getting goals from everyone from strikers Julio Furch and Javier Correa to center back Hugo Nervo. They are not a team that anyone should take lightly.
Veracruz (0W 3D 6L) is the only winless team in Liga MX. They have scored just two goalsthis season, the first coming two weeks ago in a 1-1 draw against Cruz Azul (3W 3L 3D). Colin Kazim-Richards has scored both goals this season for Tiburones Rojos, and he will be suspended for picking up a second yellow card in last week’s match against Toluca (3W 1D 5L).
The lone bright spot for Veracruz has been goalkeeper Sebastián Jurado. The 21 year old Mexican goalkeeper has kept two clean sheets - an accomplishment considering the lack of offensive support shown. Jurado can’t win games by himself however, and with the only player on the team to score a goal this season forced to watch from the stands this will be a Herculean task for Tiburones to get their offense going.