[AMERICANS ABROAD] Jose Francisco Torres
fell short of becoming the second American to lift the Mexican league title within two years after Pachuca tied
UNAM Pumas, 2-2, in overtime of the second leg of the final and fell, 3-2, on aggregate.
New Mexico product Edgar Castillo
, now with Club America, helped Santos with
the Clausura 2008 crown. Torres, a 21-year-old Texan who has been called up for next week's U.S. World Cup qualifying games, played the full 90 of the first leg against Pumas and entered in the 73rd
minute of the second leg, which went into overtime after regulation time ended with Pumas leading 2-1 and the aggregate scored tied 2-2.
Pachuca goalkeeper Miguel
allowed a weak shot from substitute Pablo Barrera through his hands in the 107th minute to send the title to Pumas.
Pachuca midfielder Cristian Gimenez
recently called up by the Argentine national team, scored twice in regulation time, on a penalty kick and a free kick. Paraguayan Dante Lopez
struck for Pumas in between Gimenez's
Pachuca's Javier Munoz
was ejected in the 90th minute for a foul on Martin Bravo,
forcing his team to play short-handed during the 30 minutes of