[AMERICANS ABROAD] For the third straight game, Joe Corona started for Tijuana in the Libertadores Cup. And for the third straight game, the Xolos, playing their first first season in the South American club championship, won by shutout. This time, the win was a big one: 1-0 over Corinthians of Brazil, the defending champion. Fellow American Greg Garzamade a late appearance in his Libertadores Cup debut.
Argentine Javier Gandolfi's goal in the 66th minute was the difference in the game.
Edgar Castillo, Xolos' third American on their first team, is sidelined following surgery to repair broken bones suffered in his face during last week's Liga MX game against Atlas. Tijuana players unfurled a banner -- "Edgar, Estamos Contigo" ("Edgar, We're with you") -- in a show of support of their injured teammate.
The win gave the Xolos a five-point lead at the halfway point of Group 5. The return game against Corinthians will be Wednesday in Brazil.