Uruguayans Abroad: Liga MX Clausura 2018 Week 1 Recap
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The first round of matches in the Liga MX Clausura 2018 is all set and done and seven Uruguayan players featured in games throughout the weekend. There are also three Uruguayan managers in the Liga MX and here is a rundown of how they all did this past weekend.
Gustavo Diaz, Diego Alonso and Robert Siboldi are the three Uruguayan managers in Mexico’s top flight division. “Chavo” Diaz had a nice start with Leon as Los Esmeraldas picked up a 2-1 win against Atlas to start off the year. The same could not be said for Diego Alonso, as Pachuca had a meltdown and lost 3-2 against Pumas UNAM. Alonso’s side was up 2-0 at one point in the game but managed to lose the lead and start off the season with a loss in front of the home crowd. Finally, Robert Siboldi had a very promising start with Santos Laguna as Los Guerreros had a 4-2 win against Lobos BUAP to start the Clausura 2018.
Tabo had been impressive in some instances of the Apertura 2017 with Atlas and made the move to Puebla this season where he will surely receive more playing time. The Montevideo native started and played 64 minutes in Puebla’s impressive 2-1 win against Tigres UANL. The 24-year-old forward had a decent game and came close to scoring but was denied by Tigres’ keeper Nahuel Guzman.
Monterrey did not have a great performance to open the season with a 1-1 draw against Monarcas Morelia at home. Los Rayados’ attack was particularly lacking in the game and Carlos Sanchez included as he was dispossessed four times in the 72 minutes he played.
— Monarcas Morelia (@FuerzaMonarca) January 7, 2018
The 31-year-old keeper captained Morelia and had a couple of key saves in La Monarquia’s draw to Monterrey. Sosa’s best save of the game came off a potent shot by Dorlan Pabon and the result was a great one for Morelia, who was expected to lose this match.
One of the less exciting games of this Liga MX weekend was the scoreless draw between Necaxa and Veracruz. Adrian Luna came off the bench to try and generate a spark for Veracruz but failed to do much in his 22 minutes of play as his team achieved a valuable point away from home.
It is never a great day for a goalkeeper when he allows four goals to go in as was the case for Lucero Alvarez, who was in net in Lobos BUAP’s 4-2 loss to Santos Laguna. The Montevideo native really could not do anything to stop the goals but did save a potent shot from Diego De Buen from also finding the back of the net.
— Francisco Velasco (@FranciscoEfV) January 8, 2018
Alvarez’s countrymen on Santos Laguna had a much better time including Jonathan Rodriguez, who provided an assist in the game. “Cabecita” made the pass to Djaniny Tavares’ second goal in the match and it was quite a nice pass in between two defenders that really set up the African player to score with a potent strike from inside the box. Early on in the encounter, Rodriguez also had a clear opportunity to score with Lucero Alvarez not positioned properly but his chipped shot went just over the net. Rodriguez did have a solid game as he was heavily involved in certain plays throughout his 78 minutes of playing time.
The Veteran defender was put in late in the game to seal Santos Laguna’s win over Lobos BUAP. The Paso de los Toros native received just five minutes off the bench and contributed with a clearance in his limited playing time. Alcoba’s role with Robert Siboldi’s team is still unclear with two very talented centre-backs in Nestor Araujo and Carlos Izquierdoz also on the squad.