As the start of the Mexican Apertura 2008 season approaches, I was doing some work for the upcoming editions of Sangre americana, where I keep tabs on American-born players in Mexico.
What I failed to notice is that the Primera A season got underway and we had two American-born players as well as a naturalized citizen see action. Two of them even scored a goal.
Jesus Padilla (San Jose, Calif.) and Carlos Borja (Orange, Calif.) each played for Tapatio in a 3-1 loss to Leon. Padilla started and went the distance while Borja came on as a late-game substitute. Padilla nabbed the only goal for Tapatio in the loss.
Sammy Ochoa (Michoacan-born US citizen) scored a goal for Tecos. Ochoa came on at halftime of Tecos UAG's match against Salamanca down 1-0 and scored the equalizer in the 63rd minute.
I'll be keeping tabs of Padilla, Borja and Ochoa as well as the full contingent of Americans in the Mexican First Division for the upcoming season. Keep an eye out on those in the coming days leading up to the start of the Apertura 2008 season.