Monday, August 4, 2008

Sangre americana J2 recap

Week 2 (or 3 for some of the Primera A guys) is in the books and there wasn't a whole lot of action. Only two of the top-flight guys played, and one was a sub.

However, Jesus Padilla scored a goal. And it wasn't against a scrubby second-division side either.

Edgar Castillo - Played 90 minutes in Santos' 1-1 draw with Pumas.
Jose Francisco Torres - Played final 20 minutes in Pachuca's 3-2 loss to San Luis.
Marco Antonio Vidal - Did not play in Indios' 2-0 loss at Monterrey.
Daniel Hernandez - Did not play in Jaguares' 3-1 loss to Tigres
Sonny Guadarrama - Did not play in Morelia's 0-0 draw with Atlante
Michael Orozco - Is with US Olympic team

Jesus Padilla - Scored a goal and came on at halftime of Chivas' 5-2 friendly loss to Barcelona in Chicago.
Carlos Borja - Started and played 71 minutes in Tapatio's 4-2 win over Salamanca.
Sammy Ochoa - Served second of three-match ban
Noel Castillo - Did not play; Indios' bye week

I wanted to take the time to write about Padilla. The cactus is alive and well apparently. If you didn't see the play, Padilla latched onto a bad pass that Carlos Puyol was slow to react to, and slammed a shot from the top of the area on goal. Barca keeper Jose Manuel Pinto got a piece of it but couldn't stop Padilla's potency.

English-language outlets - the few that covered the match - didn't speak with him, and if they did I couldn't find what they wrote. MedioTiempo talked to him though and here's a rough translation of what he said.

"I'm happy to have scored a goal against a great club like Barcelona and I need to just keep working. My job as a forward is to score goals and I did so I just need to keep working.

"Goals are goals. They are valuable so I need to continue scoring. Let's enjoy this one. You hardly ever get the chance to play against Barcelona and we just need to learn from both the good and bad."

What he should have said was...

- It's nice to score against Barcelona because when you score goals against clubs like Lobos BUAP nobody notices or cares. -

Okay, well, maybe people notice but it hasn't gotten him any playing time. Don't know if this latest tally will get him some playing time with the first team but it can't hurt.


Anonymous said...

Do you guys know anything about "Carlos Ochoa", says he's a US product that was selected for Sven-Goran Eriksson's first camp. Don't tell me the US let another American fall through the cracks. Or did they just straight up ignore this kid?

L.B. said...

Carlos Ochoa spent part of his childhood in socal. Not sure you could call him an American product. Moises Munoz of morelia also spent his childhood in California but he's not an American product either.

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