The Burrito Wrap

It’s time to kick back, eat a tortilla and drink a cerveza as we wrap up some of the week’s top stories.


VAUNTED VELA OUT OF WORLD CUP


Carlos Vela, the enigma of the Mexican national team, has now finally put an end to months of speculation by ruling himself out of Brazil this summer. I don’t know why Vela isn’t prepared to return, nor do I care.

Talking Tuca

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Tigres have had their worst start to a season in recent memory. The side find themselves bottom of the league after four games, having shipped seven goals and three red cards, whilst only scoring one goal and managing one point. It all makes pretty miserable reading for the manager, Tuca Ferreti.
 

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.

The Burrito Wrap

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It’s Monday and ‘The Burrito Wrap’ is back with another warm tortilla stuffed full of the week’s talking points.

This week we take an in-depth look at Liga MX’s attendances, before touching on El Tri’s squad and concluding with a word about football kits.

Higher Education and Jornada 4

When a league sends nearly half its teams into a playoff to determine its champion it's a little silly to get too worked up about any one match. With the away goal rule recently creeping its way in to the Liguilla, the only advantage to higher seeds is hosting the second leg and having the second tiebreaker in the first two rounds (so, basically nothing). Finish in the top eight and you have a chance.

The Burrito Wrap

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As part of a new feature on Soccer Mexicana we look back at some of this week’s top stories away from results on the pitch. These delectable morsels are wrapped up in a metaphorical warm tortilla every week for your consumption. Buen provecho.

3 Points To A Santos Loss

It started out so well. Chuletita Orozco scored the first goal of the game for Santos in an empty Estadio Azul. Pigeons watched as Chuletita kissed the pitch after he scored, on the same pitch he once called his home. Add a typical Gerardo Torrado yellow and Chaco Jimenez getting substituted out in the next five minutes after the goal. All was going good for Santos, a little too good, if you know what I mean.

New Season, Old Feel

A confident Club Tijuana battled with the 2013 Clausura title winners in their first home game of the season, two weeks after coming from behind 3-0 to tie them in a friendly match in Los Angeles.


This is a more self-assured side under new head coach Cesar Farias, and it shows. Fidel Martinez’s form appeared more on point and he used his skill creatively, more so  in these last two matches  than toward the end of the Apertura under Jorge Almiron. And while it’s still new and developing, Martinez’ partnership with Herculez Gomez is starting to take shape.

Looking for Lobos

What’s happened to Lucas Lobos? The current incarnation of the Tigres number 16 is unrecognizable from the four-time Balón de Oro winner that last summer guided his side to first place in the regular season.

The New Guarani Prince

Great forwards are not easy to find in the soccer world.  Toluca has found a great gem that could possibly be, in my opinion, the next “Guarani Prince.”  Toluca is known for bringing in awesome forwards; Bruno Marioni, Hector Mancilla, and Ivan Alonso.  All of them had the potential to be the next Guarani prince, but in the end I think none of them really appreciated the Toluca institution.  I believe this is about to change.

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