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Herculez Gomez scores hat trick in Tijuana debut
by Paul Kennedy, September 27th, 2013 12:45AM

TAGS:  americans abroad, concacaf champions league, mexico


[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Week 5] Herculez Gomez needed 25 minutes to score a hat trick in his debut for Tijuana as Xolos, who were already through to the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League, crushed Victoria of Honduras, 6-0. The U.S. national team forward missed the first two months of the Mexican league season with a knee injury before coming on in the second half Thursday night at the Estadio Caliente and scoring in the 59th, 67th and 84th minutes.

Tijuana-Victoria Highlights:

Tijuana was up 3-0 at the half with one of the goals coming from U.S. teenager Paul Arriola. Joe Corona and Greg Garza also started for Tijuana. Corona was making a rare start for Tijuana and came off at halftime so Gomez could come on for his first appearance since the Gold Cup. Gomez's three goals give him 12 in his CCL career to tie for fifth place on the scoring all-time list.

Another American, Kevin Hoyos, started for Victoria. Hoyos and his older brother, Michael, moved from California to Argentina as teenagers to join Estudiantes. They have since gone their separate ways, Kevin to Honduras and Michael, an Argentina U-20, to OFI Crete in Greece, where another young American of Argentine descent, Nicholas Gaitan, plays.

Tijuana and the LA Galaxy are the only teams through to the quarterfinals with one game to play.

MLS's Houston Dynamo (away to Panama's Arabe Unido) and Sporting Kansas City (home against Olimpia of Honduras) will advance with a win or tie, while the San Jose Earthquakes will advance with a win at home against Heredia of Guatemala.

The Montreal Impact are out. Either Heredia beats or ties the Quakes and wins Group 5 outright,  or the Quakes win to create a three-way tie that will be broken by their superior goal difference.

CCL WEEK 5: Results
Thursday, September 26
Alajuelense (CRC) 2 Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0
Tijuana (MEX) 6 Victoria (HON) 0
Wednesday, September 25
Houston Dynamo 2 DirecTV W Connection 0
Cartagines (CRC) 0 LA Galaxy 3
Comunicaciones (GUA) 2 Caledonia AIA (TRI) 0
Tuesday, September 24
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Valencia (HAI) 0
Montreal Impact 2 Heredia (GUA) 0
Olimpia (HON) 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 0
Group 1: Houston Dynamo 7 points; Arabe Unido 6; DirecTV W Connection 1.
Group 2: Sporting Kansas City 7 points; Olimpia 6; Real Esteli 1.
Group 3: Cruz Azul 9 points; Herediano 6; Valencia 0.
Group 4: Club America, Alajuelense 6 points; Sporting San Miguelito 3.
Group 5: Heredia, Montreal Impact 6 points; San Jose Earthquakes 3.
Group 6: Toluca 9 points, Comunicaciones 6; Caledonia AIA 0.
Group 7: *Tijuana 10 points; Luis Angel Firpo 4; Victoria 0.
Group 8: *LA Galaxy 9 points; Cartagines 4; Isidro Metapan 1.
*Clinched berth in quarterfinals.
CCL WEEK 4: Results
Thursday, September 19
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 0 Arabe Unido (PAN) 2
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 2 Victoria (HON) 1
Wednesday, September 18
LA Galaxy 1 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1 Toluca (MEX) 5
Herediano (CRC) 4 Valencia FC (HAI) 2
Tuesday, September 17
Sporting Kansas City 1 Real Esteli (NCA) 1
San Jose Earthquakes 3 Montreal Impact 0
Club America (MEX) 3 Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0

CCL WEEK 3, Results:
Thursday, August 29
Caledonia AIA (TRI) 0 Comunicaciones (GUA) 3
Alajuelense (CRC) 1 Club America (MEX) 0
Wednesday, August 28
Valencia (HAI) 1 Cruz Azul (MEX) 2
Heredia (GUA) 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Tijuana (MEX) 1 Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0
Tuesday, August 27
Houston Dynamo 2 Arabe Unido (PAN) 1
Olimpia (HON) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Cartagines (CRC) 0 Isidro Metapan (SLV) 0

CCL WEEK 2: Results
Thursday, August 22
Cruz Azul (MEX) 3 Herediano (CRC) 0
Comunicaciones (GUA) 1 Toluca (MEX) 2
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 1 Alajuelense (CRC) 0
Wednesday, August 21
Heredia (GUA) 1 Montreal Impact 0
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Olimpia (HON) 1
Tuesday, August 20
DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 0 Houston Dynamo 0
LA Galaxy 2 Cartagines (CRC) 0
Victoria (HON)  2 Tijuana (MEX) 3

CCL WEEK 1: Results
Thursday, August 8
Valencia FC (HAI) 1 Herediano (CRC) 6
Isidro Metapan (SLV) 2 Cartagines (CRC) 4
Arabe Unido (PAN) 3 DIRECTV W Connection (TRI) 1
Wednesday, August 7
Montreal Impact 1 San Jose Earthquakes 0
Sporting San Miguelito (PAN) 0 Club America (MEX) 1
Real Esteli (NCA) 0 Sporting Kansas City 2
Tuesday, August 6
Toluca (MEX) 3 Caledonia AIA (TRI) 1
Luis Angel Firpo (SLV) 0 Tijuana (MEX) 0
CCL WEEK 6: Schedule
Tuesday, October 22
Club America (MEX) vs. Alajuelense (CRC)
Herediano (CRC) vs. Cruz Azul (MEX)
Wednesday, October 23
Sporting Kansas City vs. Olimpia (HON)
Toluca (MEX) vs. Comunicaciones (GUA)
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Heredia (GUA)
Victoria (HON) vs. Luis Angel Firpo (SLV)
Thursday, October 24
Arabe Unido (PAN) vs. Houston Dynamo
Isidro Metapan (SLV) vs. LA Galaxy

  1. David Mozeshtam
    commented on: September 27, 2013 at 8:34 a.m.
    Can you please show standings in a normal, table format as opposed to hard to read text?
    commented on: September 27, 2013 at 9:52 a.m.
    The first thing I can think of is someone needs to look at the goalie for game fixing, seems he can't get any thinner for the third goal, and the chester he gave to Herc seemed suspicious as well? Maybe I'm just a cynic?

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