Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente walked away from the Jalisco Stadium with a point thanks to goalkeeper Cirilo Saucedo. Both teams had coaches making their debuts in the match with Atlas fans putting their hopes on the return of Tomas Boy at the head of the team.
The home side began the game on the attack. Within minutes of the initial whistle they were threatening Saucedo’s net. But after sending a few shots away, the home side began to lose control of the ball. The Atlas midfield began to fall apart giving up control of the ball to the visiting squad.
Atlas had the first opportunity on goal when Arturo Gonzalez took the ball into the area past defender Javier Gandolfi. The team captain had no choice but to pull on Gonzalez to bring him down. The referee awarded the penalty shot. The task to convert fell on Edson Rivera who took a light shot in hopes of beating Saucedo. However, the keeper guessed the direction and sent the ball away. The rebound did not land at Rivera’s feet and the opportunity was wasted.
That is about as exciting as the game got as both teams moved into a more cautious position. Xolos coach Cesar Farias was the visiting coach and did not take major steps to move his team forward. Boy could not decipher his opponents leaving fans to doubt the team.
Saucedo’s save and actions gave Xolos the away point. In week 2 the Aztec dogs will host Club America at the Caliente Stadium and will face their former coach Antonio Mohamed. Atlas will visit current league champion Leon FC at the Nou Camp.
Toluca starts season with victory
Toluca FC defeated CF Pachuca 1-0 at the Hidalgo Stadium to open their Clausura 2014 season. Pablo Velasquez, Apertura 2013 goal scoring champion put the ball past Oscar Perez in the 75th minute to give the Red Devils the victory.
The result does not show what happened on the pitch as the Tuzos were a better team but had no luck.
“Pachuca played well, but they couldn’t score,” Toluca coach Jose Saturnino Cardozo recognized. “You’ve got to be smart and lethal on attack.”
Club America 3, Tigres UANL 0
CF Monterrey 0, Cruz Azul 0
Chiapas FC 1, Veracruz 1