American Herculez Gomez
made his debut for Mexican club Puebla Sunday in
its 2-1 loss to Monterrey in the InterLiga, Mexico's Copa Libertadores qualifying tournament. Despite the loss, Puebla won Group B with wins in its first two games and will join Monterrey, Club
America and Estudiantes Tecos in Wednesday's closing doubleheader.
Puebla will face Estudiantes Tecos, formerly known as UAG, in the first game at the Home Depot Center. America, the
winner of Group A, will face Monterrey in the second game.
The two winners will advance to the 2010 Copa Libertadores.
Gomez, who spent six seasons with three teams in
MLS, played the first 71 minutes before giving way to former MLS MVP Carlos Ruiz
, who had two goals and an assist in Puebla's earlier wins.
international Edgar Castillo
started for Tigres in Sunday's first game, a 2-2 tie with Jaguares that left both teams with only two points.
Monterrey's win gave it five points, second behind Puebla.
On Saturday, Estudiantes Tecos rallied from 3-1 on goals by Chilean Rodrigo Ruiz
Paraguayan Fredy Bareiro
in the second half and earned 3-3 tie with America that was enough to send both teams into the Wednesday's finales.
the first game, Santos beat Atlante, 3-0, for its first three points of the tournament.