Winners, Losers, and Lost: Week 3 - A14

Each week this column will look back at the results from the weekend in Liga MX. It will heap praise on the Big Winner, lament for the Big Loser, and ridicule something that appears to be Completely Lost based on the weekend's action.   

The Big Winners: America

Club America didn't enter this past weekend in a bad position. Wins in their first two games ensured them top of the table status. However, their performances weren't convincing of potential greatness. While a win is indeed a win, tight victories over Leon and Tijuana could have revealed just as much about the somewhat shaky states at those clubs.

A resounding four-nil thumping of Puebla at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc counts as convincing.  Pregame talk of the match was all focused on 41-year-old Cuauhtemoc Blanco playing against the Aguilas, his former side. The talk after the match revolved around a new Club America idol.  Raul Jimenez notched a hat trick in the match and further secured the adoration of the Americanistas. Club America wins again as their negotiations with Porto over the potential sale of the striker were undoubtedly aided by his recent performances. 

The Big Losers: Morelia

Monarcas look to be in some trouble. They have one point through their first three matches and have yet to score a goal. A loss in Leon normally isn't a terrible one, but a four goal rout adds to the storm cloud feeling that is now looming over this team.

The loss of players the caliber of Aldo Leao and Jefferson Montero was always going to hurt. Morelia has shown the ability to get past the loss of a key player in the past. These two seem to be the biggest losses yet. In addition, the loss of manager, Carlos Bustos and introduction of a new coaching staff could be adding to the slow start.

Morelia has time to get their new additions playing more cohesively as a unit and Angel Comizzo could get more from the team. Things clearly don't look good at the moment, though. Monarcas are the big losers this week.

Completely Lost: The Pumas power season

After their impressive win in Queretaro week one, Pumas looked to be set for a great season. A potential spot among the true contenders awaited. That's gone.

Pumas could still have a good season. They might get some decent wins. They might qualify for the Liguilla. However, Pumas will not be having a great return to contender status.

Pumas played the entire second half in Toluca with a man advantage yet managed to not only fail to find the winner but concede it. Toluca, who hadn't begun the season in the best of form, took advantage of the sloppiness of Pumas to get an important win. Pumas may yet get back to powerhouse status, but it just won't be happening this season.


** the photo is used under a creative commons license from Fabian Gonzalez

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