U.S. defenders Daniel Hernandez
and Edgar Castillo
started in wins for Chiapas and Santos, respectively, in the first leg of their quarterfinal series in Mexico's Torneo Clausura.
Chiapas beat Cruz Azul, 1-0, on Itamar Batista's goal in
the 86th minute. Walter Jimenez's goal in the 85th win broke a 1-1 tie at Necaxa and gave Santos a 2-1 victory. Michael Orozco
, called up for the
first time to the U.S. national team for its upcoming series of friendlies, did not get off the bench in San Luis' 1-1 tie at Toluca.
Fellow Californian Jesus Padilla
did not suit up for Guadalajara in its 4-1 loss to Monterrey. Jared Borgetti scored a hat trick for Monterrey. Chivas finished with nine players after Ramon Morales and
Patricio Araujo were sent off.