Club America’s Henry Martin keeps World Cup hopes alive; Chivas in need of a new coach?

In a busy weekend of 29 goals in eight games, Liga MX showed a Game-changing brace for Club America, stunning solo performance from a standout Monterrey midfielder, ongoing troubles with league giants Chivas and more!

In case you missed some of the action, here are three talking points and some additional observations from this weekend’s action in Mexico’s top division.

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Club America’s Martin makes World Cup case

Henry Martin only made things harder for Mexico coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino. With the World Cup looming, it has become increasingly clear in recent months that the back-up spot behind Raul Jimenez’s Rogelio Funes Mori has been given up to Monterrey’s Rogelio Funes Mori, Feyenoord’s new signing Santiago Gimenez and Martin.

On Sunday, Martin helped his case with two goals in Club America’s 2-1 win over Juarez, which was the second straight game in which the forward scored twice.

“Keep doing my job, keep doing well on the pitch,” said the 29-year-old after the change to “I think that’s the most important thing.”

If he continues his form, it could be difficult to overlook the striker who is finding success at Mexico’s most successful club. Counting recent friendlies against Manchester City and Real Madrid, Martin has now scored six goals in his last five games for the Mexico City side.

As for his team, the three points were their first in Liga MX play since last month, which put them in 14th place overall with plenty of room for improvement.


Terminus for Chivas’ Cadena?

Things can change pretty quickly in Liga MX and Chivas manager Ricardo Cadena has gone from hero to villain in a matter of months.

As caretaker coach, he led the Guadalajara club to five straight victories until May. But Cadena has suffered since the start of the new season without a single win. Last Friday’s 2-1 defeat by Mazatlan left Chivas without a win in the Apertura season, leaving them penultimate in the league table.

“I have no excuses. We had a bad start, a very bad start to the tournament,” said a dejected Cadena after the loss.

Defensively the team has looked adequate but it’s attack that has really held Chivas back. Los Rojiblancos have scored just four goals all season – their worst result in the league – and constantly look frustrated as they try to break through opposition defences.

As for Cadena, if he hasn’t been fired yet, it appears this Saturday Classic wallpaper The game against the defending champion Atlas becomes a crucial situation for the coach. Another week without a win will likely be enough to end his tenure at Chivas.


Gonzalez propels Monterrey to a fifth win in the last seven

Arturo “Ponchito” Gonzalez’s performance on Saturday night was flawless. With a hat-trick and an assist, the 27-year-old Mexican midfielder led Monterrey to a convincing 5-1 win over Leon.

“I have the feeling of today’s teamwork. Some players capitalized on that, in this case Ponchito,” said manager Victor Manuel Vucetich in the post-match press conference.

Gonzalez has been crucial for Vucetich this season, recording three goals and five assists in his first seven games of the Apertura tournament. While many El Tri fAfter urging more opportunities at international level, the midfielder seems to be benefiting from only focusing on club duties. In recent years, Gonzalez has become indispensable for the Liga MX team, which now sits second in the table.

It’s no easy feat to shine in a team filled with some of Liga MX’s top names and regardless of what happens ahead of Qatar, Gonzalez looks well-placed to lead Monterrey to a strong end in the Apertura.



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Additional Observations

– Elsewhere in the Week 7 results: Three late goals in the second half gave Atlas a 3-1 win over Queretaro, Santos Laguna swept past Cruz Azul in a dominant 4-0 win, Toluca advanced with a 3 topped the table ahead of a -1 result against Club Tijuana, Necaxa slipped past San Luis with a 2-1 away win and a brace from Nico Ibañez saw Pachuca win 2-0 at Tigres.

– During Sunday’s Joan Gamper Trophy game at the Camp Nou, the Pumas were humiliated by Barcelona 6-0 in a friendly. Brazil defender Dani Alves, who returned to Barcelona for the first time since signing with Pumas, was honored with a commemorative award and shirt before the game.

– Ajax Amsterdam announced on Friday that they have partnered with Pachuca. Both teams will ‘work together in the field of knowledge and talent development’, while the Dutch powerhouse will also help train coaches. Meanwhile, Ajax are also close to signing highly acclaimed defender Jorge Sanchez from Club America.

– The 2022 MLS All-Star Game begins this Wednesday night with the league’s best clash against the Liga MX All-Stars at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota. When the teams first met last year in Los Angeles, MLS defeated Liga MX 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regular time. On Tuesday, both teams will also take part in a skills challenge competition. Club America’s Henry Martin keeps World Cup hopes alive; Chivas in need of a new coach?

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