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Corona's Tijuana makes it three in a row
March 6th, 2013 11:16PM
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[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 Garza made 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.



5 comments
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 7, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.
    Xolos beat the world club champs. Now that's historic. Mexican soccer is no slouch. This s yet more proof that Mexico league is one of the best in the world as Brazil leaguehas already proven with this same Corinthians beating Chelsea. 3 Americans getting significant playing time on this great team should eliminate the notion that "Our best athletes are not picking soccer ". We have the talent. Yes sir. We just don't know what to do with it. We don't evn know how to see it. We have other interests. As much as Ridge Mahoney likes to rag on Castillo he looks pretty good with Xolos vs very good competition.
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 7, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
    It wasn't a pretty game, nevertheless a great result for Xolos, no question. Lets see what happens next week.
  1. Gordon Hayes
    commented on: March 7, 2013 at 10:47 a.m.
    Of course, we all know that one game does not indicate a need for such glaring proclamations. The Mexican league is not near the best in the world - that is not the truth. Our best athletes in the US do not, for the most art, pick soccer - that too is not the truth. And Ridge Mahoney is not racist.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 7, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.
    Ridge may not be racist but he doesnt like Castillo, that is certain, even though he is a key player for Mexican Champs Xolos. EIther way his judgement is fogged when it comes to Castillo. Corinthians = Brazil Champs= World Champs, beat a Chelsea side that had all of it's best players and played to win it. This same Chelsea team won UEFA but with many of it's starters injured or carded out of the final game. So this means Corinthians beat a better team than the one that won UEFA Champions!! Xolos beat Corinthians right after. South American club teams win a good % of games vs UEFA in Club Finals vene though they lose their better players to those very teams. Amazing!! Not to mention that an all Mexican League Team won Gold vs Brazil, who had all Euro based players, or most. Mexican league is producing top players for USA U20's, Luna, Oceugeda and Joya. Maybe i am wrong but there hasnt been a better USA team in a long time than this U20 and those 3 players were a big part of that success. For Mexico, a country that picks soccer first for its best athletes, they sure do seem to scout and pick alot of Americans for their league and National Teams. The more they do the more that notion of "Our best athletes in the USA do not pick soccer first" is proving to be untrue. Luna, Joya and Oceugeda are all excellent athletes along with Sanchez, U20 Mexico goalie who won U17 W.C., and a couple more AMericans who won Olympics with Mexico. El Salvador had 5-6 USA born players that helped them take 3rd in Concacaf and qualify for their first U20. They gave Mexico their 2nd best game of this tourney with score at 0-0 in the 75th minute.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 12, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.
    By most dont pick soccer first, do you mean like 70-75% ?? Because if that's the number then most people dont pick the same of any sport sport first in USA.

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