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Monterrey loses to Toluca with Clasico approaching.

Tigres, Rayados, Clasico
Monterrey lost for the first time this season at Toluca with a performance that was not expected. The Striped Ones were looking somewhat solid in their previous games and were showing a different style of play that was being approved by the always passionate fans. Toluca has always been a tough place for Monterrey and on very rare occasions do they leave with a win. Monterrey came into the game having won one game and drawing two in the first three games of Liga MX action. They beat a good Queretaro side the previous week and another win was looming in the eyes of the fans.

New Season, Same Expectations

After a disappointing Apertura 2013 season, Monterrey and its fans are expecting a much better performance this time around. Last season was atrocious to say the least; the team ended in 11th place and followed with a 5th place finish at the FIFA Club World Cup, where the team was expected to be in the final.

Mid-Season Review

What looked to be a promising season for Monterrey has been the total opposite. The Striped Ones have struggled to win games thus far and aside from that, their most important summer signing, Dorlan Pabon, left to Spain after only a few games. Not only that, after the loss to León, Victor Manuel Vucetich was let go after four years with the team. The firing of Vucetich took everyone by surprise, but we saw it coming. I was expecting the front office to leave Vucetich at least until the end of the season and maybe the FIFA Club World Cup.

Let the Wins Continue

The Striped Ones Lose the Derby

It took me a few days to get over the loss at the hands of the Tigres, therefore I am finally getting to this week’s entry. It’s not only the loss that gets under my skin, but a few more things that I will mention throughout. As I have written in previous entries, Monterrey is playing bad and it showed again on Saturday. It was a pretty disappointing showing from most of the team, including the coaching staff. We must also give Tigres a whole lot of credit for their almost perfect execution of the game. They dominated from start to finish and are deserving of the three points.

Youngsters Shine in Copa MX

I wasn't going to write about last night’s Copa MX game between the Rayados and Correcaminos because I figured it would be another boring game; I was going to sound redundant. But to my surprise, the game was actually pretty good. Monterrey fielded a team with a bunch of youngsters mixed with some veterans like Juan de Dios Ibarra, Neri Cardozo and Efrain Juarez, to name a few. In the mix of youngsters there were a few players that have seen first team action; Alfonso Hernández, Marcelo Gracia and Oscar García have played with the first team before.

In Need of a Win

I’m going to sound repetitive throughout this piece so bear with me, I want to apologize beforehand. If you have read my previous pieces you will soon find out why. I haven’t been very happy with Monterrey’s overall performance this season and I have made that clear. The Striped Ones took on Toluca last Saturday and guess what? Yes, another game, another tie. That’s three straight ties for them, two of those at home on back to back weekends.. Just like the week prior, Monterrey had a horrendous game at “El Tec”. It used to be difficult for a team to leave with a point.

Something to Build on

After managing to obtain just one point in their first two games, Monterrey was looking to secure their first win of the season against Queretaro at “La Corregidora”. They jumped to a 3-1 lead in the second half and the game looked to be in the bag, but Queretaro managed to tie the game after a few defensive mistakes from Monterrey. The game ended in a 3-3 tie and yet another disappointing result for the Striped Ones.

Rudderless Through Two

Two games: 1 point,1 goal, 1 loss, 0 wins, 14th place and some bad soccer in the first 180 minutes for the Striped Ones. Monterrey is displaying some horrendous soccer to say the least. These numbers aren’t what fans and players alike expected for the Rayados after two games in Liga MX play, and they are unacceptable for a team with players like Suazo, Pabón, Zavala and Delgado to name a few. Monterrey has shown close to nothing in the first two games and I don't know what or who to blame it on.

A Rough Start

The start to Monterrey’s season was not what the team and its fans were expecting. The Rayados lost their first game of the season to Cruz Azul. In all honesty, it was a horrendous 90 minutes of soccer from Monterrey. They didn't do enough to merit a win let alone a tie. There were talks throughout and after the game about referee Paul Delgadillo’s performance … the bad calls and the no calls. He wasn't the reason Monterrey lost; they looked awful for most if not the whole game. They couldn't string together a series of passes.

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