Jonathan Bottinelli Joins León

Logo LeonClub León has officially announced the signing of Argentinian defender Jonathan Bottinelli, pending a medical.

The 29-year-old was signed to provide defense cover following the departure of former captain Rafael Máquez for Hellas Verona in Italy.

Bottinelli has previously played for San Lorenzo in his native Argentina, as well as Sampdoria (Italy), River Plate, and Universidad Católica (Chile). León will be his first Liga MX team.

Daniel Guzmán to Coach Tijuana

tijuana logoAfter the departure of César Farías earlier this week, Tijuana’s president Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza has presented his successor, Daniel Guzmán.

Nicknamed “Travieso”, Guzmán, 48, becomes Tijuana’s fifth coach since their promotion to Liga MX in the Apertura 2011. Guzmán has coached eight other Liga MX teams before, most recently Atlante and Puebla, and had the most success with Santos Laguna, who he led to the Clausura 2008 title.

“I like [my teams] to play well, to win at home and away with attractive soccer,” Guzmán said at his introduction. Due to the international break, Guzmán’s first game in charge of the Xolos isn’t until September 13th, when Tijuana will visit Pachuca in Jornada 8 play.

Week 7 Disciplinary Report

disciplinary reportThe Disciplinary Committee has suspended four players and an assistant coach and has also fined Pumas UNAM in the aftermath of this weekend’s Jornada 7 games.

Juan Ignacio González of León, Luis Gerardo Venegas of Atlas and Luis Lozoya of Santos Laguna were all given a one-game suspension after picking up two yellow cards in one game. In addition, Pachuca’s Jorge Hernández was given a one-game suspension after receiving a red card for violent conduct.

Helder Manuel Elías Domingos, Santos Laguna’s assistant coach, earned a one-game suspension as well for constantly protesting the referee crew’s decisions in Santos’s game against Atlas.

Finally, Pumas UNAM was given a 100,935 peso fine (about $ 7,710 U.S.) for the behavior of their supporters in the Clásico Capitalino against Club América, specifically for using smoke bombs, fireworks, and other prohibited items in the Estadio Azteca.

Hernán Darío Burbano to Miss 6-8 Weeks

tigres logoTigres UANL midfielder Hernán Darío Burbano was subbed out of Tigres’ 1-5 win against Morelia in week 6 with an injury, and it has turned out to be a rather serious one.

The club reported that he suffered an avulsion to the adductor muscle group in his left leg and was given platelet-rich plasma therapy to the area. His recovery is expected to take six to eight weeks, which would put his return somewhere between Jornada 13 (vs Cruz Azul) and Jornada 15 (vs Querétaro).

Ricardo Ferretti expects Damián Álvarez to provide cover in Burbano’s absence. Álvarez left Tigres’ game against Jaguares this weekend with an injury of his own, but Ferretti asserted that he will be completely recovered before their next game.

Miguel Layún Replaces Jorge Torres Nilo on Mexico Roster

el triAnother injury has caused Miguel Herrera to alter his original 22-man roster for September friendlies against Chile and Bolivia. Tigres UANL defender Jorge Torres Nilo suffered a muscle injury to his left calf in Tigres’ game against Jaguares de Chiapas in Jornada 7 play, and has returned to his club to undergo further tests.

Torres Nilo played the full 90 minutes against Jaguares as Tigres had used all of their changes by the time his injury occurred. Although Tigres’ coach Ricardo Ferretti opined that Torres Nilo should turn down the call up so as not to aggravate his injury, the defender traveled to Mexico City on Sunday to meet up with the national team. However, the national team medical staff determined he should return to Monterrey for treatment.

Club América’s Miguel Layún has been called up to replace Torres Nilo on the roster.

The complete, updated roster can be found here.

Liga MX Jornada 7 Statistics

standings and statisticsIt took seven weeks, but there are no more unbeaten teams in the Apertura 2014 after América fell 0-1 to Pumas UNAM in the Clásico Capitalino on Saturday evening. There is still a winless team, however, as Monarcas Morelia’s nightmare season continued with a 3-2 loss to Puebla, in a game where La Monarquía had been leading.

Although América were shut-out for the second consecutive game, they still have the most goals to their name in league play with 13. They’re followed closely by León, with 12, and by Tigres UANL and Jaguares de Chiapas, each with 11. Chivas de Guadalajara has the worst offense, having managed just two goals in their six games, followed by Leones Negros and Veracruz with three apiece.

In terms of individual goalscoring, Dorlan Pabón (Monterrey) is still in the top spot with seven, followed by five players with four goals each, with Emiliano Armenteros (Jaguares) joining Matías Alustiza (Pachuca), Pablo Velázquez (Toluca), Camilo Sanvezzo (Querétaro) and Raúl Jiménez this week.

On the other end of the field, the best defense still belongs to Veracruz, but they now share the title with Monterrey. Those two have conceded just four goals this season. They’re followed by América, Santos Laguna, and Chivas, who have each allowed five. The worst defense is Monarcas Morelia’s, with the hapless michoacanos conceding an astonishing 17 goals to date, followed by León, who has given up 13.

On the disciplinary side of things, the referees handed out 44 yellows and 4 reds this weekend, the highest number of cards handed out in one matchweek this season. Tijuana is still atop the Fair Play table with 13 yellows and no reds, and América is still at the bottom of that table with 24 yellows and 1 red (second yellow).

League and relegation standings after the jump:

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Chivas de Guadalajara vs Cruz Azul – Jornada 7

chivas cruz azul1Chivas de Guadalajara wasn’t able to take advantage of playing at home, settling for a 0-0 draw with Cruz Azul in a game that put the struggles of both teams on full display.

Chivas, who have yet to score a goal in the run of play, nearly opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the game, but Francisco “Maza” Rodríguez was able to acrobatically clear Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez’s shot off the line.

Cruz Azul tried to respond through Christian Giménez, but his attempt was saved by José Antonio Rodríguez. After that, Chivas began to control the ball and dominated possession, but were unable to do anything with it.

In the second half, Cruz Azul switched to a higher-pressure system and began to have more of the ball, but were unable to create many truly dangerous chances until the very end, when Toño Rodríguez saved a shot from Marione Pavone that the striker had hit on the half-volley. Chivas had a good chance near the end as well, but Ángel Reyna didn’t put enough power on his attempt, which went straight into the hands of Jesús Corona.

The game wasn’t without a touch of controversy as well, as referee Roberto García Orozco declined to call a penalty when Fernando Arce appeared to foul Mauro Formica in the box in the 67th minute.

With the 0-0 draw, Chivas reaches six points while Cruz Azul reaches nine.

Highlights

Lineups

Chivas: José Antonio Rodríguez, Néstor Vidrio, Carlos Salcido, Patricio Araujo, Israel Castro, Fernando Arce, Jesús Sánchez, Ángel Reyna, Carlos Gerardo Rodríguez (Sergio Nápoles 57′), Omar Bravo (Carlos Fierro 80′), Aldo de Nigris (Alberto Jorge García 69′).

Cruz Azul: José de Jesús Corona, Rogelio Chávez, Francisco Rodríguez, Julio César Domínguez, Joao Rojas, Hernán Bernardello, Gerardo Torrado, Fausto Pinto (Gerardo Flores 8′), Mauro Formica (Mariono Pavone 80′), Marco Fabián (Pablo Barrera 59′), Christian Giménez. 

Toluca vs Veracruz – Jornada 7

toluca veracruzToluca ended Veracruz’s five-game unbeaten streak as they handed the Tiburones Rojos a 2-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon. Likely due in part to the forced substitution of Leobardo López due to injury, Veracruz’s defense looked vulnerable and allowed two goals in a game for the first time this season.

The home team took the lead in the 15th minute, when youngster Jordan Silva finished off a corner kick to put Toluca in front 1-0, but Veracruz would tie it up before halftime. Goalkeeper Liborio Sánchez, deputizing for the injured Alfredo Talavera, gave up a rebound on a free kick from López, and Cristian Borja was there to send the loose ball into the net.

It was about six minutes after that goal that López suffered a knee injury in a collision with Pablo Velázquez and had to leave the game. Velázquez was also subbed out shortly afterwards.

Paulo da Silva would score the winning goal in the 71st minute when he headed home a free kick taken by Carlos Esquivel. Veracruz tried to react and Daniel Villalva had a golden opportunity to equalize in the 76th minute, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame when he was alone in the box.

With the 2-1 win, Toluca reaches 11 points while Veracruz remains on seven.

Highlights

Lineups

Toluca: Liborio Sánchez, Aarón Galindo, Miguel Ángel Ponce (Carlos Orrantia 64′), Paulo da Silva, Carlos Esquivel, Jordan Silva, Antonio Ríos, Lucas Lobos, Richard Ortiz, Édgar Benítez (Jerónimo Amione 87′), Pablo Velázquez (Isaác Brizuela 46′).

Veracruz: Édgar Hernández, Óscar Mascorro, Leobardo López (Emmanuel Gil 41′), Leiton Jiménez, Adrián Cortés, Wilson Tiago (Carlos Ochoa 76′), Jehu Chiapas, Édgar Andrade (Emmanuel García 53′), Luis Martínez, Daniel Villalva, Cristian Borja. 

Moisés Muñoz Replaces Alfredo Talavera on Mexico Roster

el triA few days ago, Miguel Herrera released Mexico’s 22-man roster for September friendlies against Chile and Bolivia. Injury has now caused him to make a change to that roster.

Toluca netminder Alfredo Talavera has withdrawn from consideration for those two international friendlies and did not play in Toluca’s Jornada 7 game against Veracruz due to a left knee injury. Club América’s Moisés Muñoz has been added to the roster in his place.

This marks Muñoz’s return to the national team for the first time since a friendly against the U.S. on April 2, 2014. He was left off Mexico’s 23-man roster for the World Cup in Brazil despite starting in their final four games in World Cup qualifying.

César Farías Leaves Tijuana

tijuana logoFollowing Tijuana’s 1-1 draw with Leones Negros on Friday night, the club released a statement reporting that César Farías and Xolos have reached a mutual agreement to part ways.

The Venezuelan took charge of Tijuana on December 3, 2013, and coached the Xolos to a 7th place finish in the Clausura 2014. They reached the playoffs but lost to Toluca in the first round.

This season, Tijuana have struggled to find consistency. They are currently sitting in 14th place and have just one win this season.

Tijuana thanked Farías for his professionalism and wished him well in the rest of his career.