Gringo Report: Bornstein, Tigres still rolling
Mixed results were once again in order in Week 3 for the American legion of futbolistas in Mexico.
In the Mexican Primera División, US international Jonathan Bornstein again started at central midfield for Tigres UANL, helping his team capture its second consecutive win by beating hosts América 2-1 with a 92nd-minute strike from Héctor Mancilla.
The former Chivas USA man – still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered prior to the start of the season – saw an effort from point-blank range denied before coming out in the 55th minute.
Over in Puebla, la Franja hosted and beat Estudiantes Tecos 2-0 in a match that potentially could have seen three Americans take the pitch.
In the end, though, no Yankee presence came about. Edgar Castillo – despite his great Week 2 performance – wasn’t in Puebla’s game-day roster, and neither Daniel Atúnez (unused sub) nor Samuel Ochoa (did not dress) played for Estudiantes.
As for Miguel Ángel Ponce, the left back started for Chivas de Guadalajara in their first home game of the Clausura 2011 but came off after just 22 minutes in what ended a 1-1 draw against San Luis.
The defender went down after tweaking his left hamstring and, despite being treated, decided to abandon the pitch as a precaution so as to not aggravate it.
Also involved in a 1-1 tie was USMNT striker Hérculez Gómez, whose Pachuca side rescued a point against Santos. Gómez stepped on the field in the 86th minute and didn’t have much time to try to break the deadlock. Not on Pachuca’s roster was José Francisco Torres.
Down in the Liga de Ascenso, Joe Corona played a full match as defending champions Tijuana were upset 1-0 by Altamira. Corona nearly equalized for the Xoloitzcuintles – who were reduced to 10 men in the 22nd minute – but his header just after the hour mark was cleared off the line by the opposing goalkeeper.
More fortunate was Marco Vidal, who had a relatively quiet afternoon in midfield as León captured a 1-0 victory against Indios.
Mexican Primera: Sonny Guadarrama saw 10 minutes of action as a second-half substitute in Atlante’s 1-0 loss to defending champions Monterrey.
Mexican Primera: Isaác Acuña was left on the bench in Querétaro’s 3-0 loss to Morelia.