A few thoughts from the opening week of the Mexican Clausura….
Take a bow
Miguel Herrera The new Aguilas coach could not have gone any better, as his club got an away win, a clean sheet, and one of his subs, Juan Carlos Medina, scored on his very first touch. The Louse makes his home debut Sunday vs. Toluca
Atlas & Xolos The two relegation-strapped clubs were able to scratch out away draws, and that precious, precious, point – which became even sweeter when Estudiantes Tecos lost away to Toluca.
Oscar Perez The ageless goalkeeper played with the heaviest of hearts as his father had recently passed. All the San Luis net-minder did was remind everyone why he was once considered one of Mexico's all-time best with several spectacular saves to keep Pumas off the scoresheet. 10-man San Luis had one chance, and it was buried by Jehu Chiapas, a Pumas youth Product.
Walter Ayovi Rayados were very disappointing last season, and started this season Chupeteless, as Humberto Suazo had just reported to the squad a few days before, missing all the pre-season training. It was the Ecuadorian international who picked up the scoring slack, getting both in Monterrey's 2-1 win over Jaguares de Chiapas.
Chaco Gimenez Opened the season with a terrific goal. The best of the week. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it6OpozMbMI
Guadalajara The much ballyhooed Chivas showed absolutely nothing to justify the pre-season ballyhooing. They could not generate anything offensively against a team that had one of the highest personnel turnovers in the league. The only time Atlante mounted a threat, a terrible defensive lapse led opened the door for the iron sea horses to grab a winner. Luckily for Chivas, the jeers and whistles weren't as piercing as they could have been in the sparsely filled Omnilife.
Speaking of which… fan attendance No big surprise that the only full stadium was in Monterrey, but the rest of the league's games were poorly attended. Coupled with lagging TV ratings in Mexico, it makes no wonder why the US market is so important to the FMF.
Pumas It's one thing to lose to a 10-man team, but Pumas could not even dress one of their key starters, David Cabrera, because they missed the deadline to register him with the league.
Estudiantes Tecos The way this team is run, it makes Club America look like Barcelona. And now they are said to be looking to bring in Ricardo La Volpe.
Broadcast Notes – After having the rights to more than a half-dozen team's home games, Telemundo is down to only one: Chivas. Nevertheless, Andres Cantor & company did their goal howling live from the Omnilife instead of a studio in Miami. Maybe one day, they'll be able to bring in their own cameras as well.
Azteca America has five – Jaguares, Cruz Azul, Morelia, Puebla, and Xolos, which means that Univision's family of networks will carry the home games for the remaining 12 teams this season.